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The Waltz

October 22 – November 13 2022, Mainspace Theatre


Written by Marie Beath Badian
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

A Factory production in partnership with Blyth Festival | World Premiere

Audiences who loved Factory’s 2018 production of Prairie Nurse, get ready! Marie Beath Badian is returning to the Factory stage this October with the World Premiere of its sequel – The Waltz.

Love at first sight is total fiction.

It’s August 1993, 24 years after the events of Prairie Nurse.

Romeo Alvarez is travelling across the country from Ontario to British Columbia to attend University when he makes a pit-stop in Saskatchewan to connect with some of his mom’s old friends. His journey leads him to a remote cabin where his unexpected arrival is greeted by a suspicious Beatrice Klassen. It is here, on these doorsteps of a rustic cabin in North East Saskatchewan that two teenagers, whose histories are serendipitously interweaved, spend one evening with a boom box under the magnificent Saskatchewan sky at dusk.

A romantic comedy that is sure to capture the hearts of audiences, The Waltz explores whether we ever truly feel at home in the world.


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Tickets at the $0 price option will be available to book beginning Thursday October 13, 2022.

We believe theatre should be accessible to all who want to participate. That is why we’ve introduced a sliding scale ticket model with a $0 option. Tickets prices for The Waltz range from $10 – $60, and include a limited number of $0 tickets for every performance. Audiences are invited to select the ticket price option that works best for them to experience theatre at Factory.

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About the Playwright

Marie Beath Badian

Marie Beath Badian is a Filipino-Canadian writer and theatre maker based in Toronto. She is best known for her play Prairie Nurse, which was commissioned and premiered at the Blyth Festival Theatre in Blyth, Ontario in 2013. Since then it has been produced across the country to sold-out audiences and enthusiastic acclaim. It is published by Scirocco Drama. In 2018 it was adapted into a four-part audio play for the CBC Podcast PlayME.

Her play Common Part I and II, set in the common room of an urban youth crisis centre, was long-listed in the top 30 for The 2019 Brentwood Prize for Playwriting – the U.K’s biggest national competition for playwriting. Her other plays include The Making of St. Jerome (Next Stage Theatre Festival, nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards), Mind Over Matter (part of AutoShow, Convergence Theatre), and Novena (UnoFestival Victoria, Toronto Fringe Festival).

In addition to a CBC Radio Drama adaptation of Novena, she has also written for CBC Radio’s Outfront. She is a writer for the CBC Gem series Topline. She was the Playwright-in-Residence at fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company, Project:Humanity and The Blyth Festival. Marie Beath has developed work in the playwright units of Cahoots Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre and the Banff Playwrights Lab.

About the Director

Nina Lee Aquino

With a string of firsts in Asian Canadian theatre, Nina was the founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre company, organized the first Asian Canadian theatre conference, edited the first (2-volume) Asian Canadian play anthology, and co-edited the first (award-winning) book on Asian Canadian theatre. She became Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, currently holds the same position at Factory Theatre. Awards for her work include the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008, the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.