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We Keep Coming Back

November 14–25 2018, Mainspace Theatre


Running Time: 90 mins
Recommended for ages 14+

Created by Michael Rubenfeld
Created and Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley

Factory presents a Selfconscious production

An artist, his mother, a scholar, and a creepy guy with a moustache – We Keep Coming Back is a real life story of a Jewish mother and son who decide to visit their pre-Holocaust familial home in Poland. On their quest to discover their lost history, Michael and Mary find new friends, love, and an unexpectedly vibrant cultural revival. An intimate and humorous look at how confronting trauma and preconceptions can sometimes lead to the discovery of something beautiful and transformative.


An intimate and wholly original work

NOW Magazine

A touching mother son adventure

The Globe and Mail

About the Co-Creator

Michael Rubenfeld

Michael Rubenfeld is an actor, writer, director and producer living in Canada and Poland. As a performer and playwright, his work has been seen on stages in Canada, Europe and America. Acting credits include: Isaac in Disgraced (Mirvish) Abram in Our Class (Canadian Stage / Studio 180 and Wilma Theater) and Louis in Angels in America (WJT). Michael has created multiple works with Selfconscious, including The Book of Judith and We Keep Coming Back, which has toured Canada and Poland and is going to Berlin and London in 2017/18. Michael has been the producer of the award winning Guerrilla Folk Opera, Counting Sheep and was Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Performance Festival for 8 years. He is the Artistic Producer of Selfconscious Production, which produces CanadaHub an annual showcase of Canadian performance work during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. MichaelRubenfeld.com

About the Creator/Director

Sarah Garton Stanley

Director, dramaturge and conversationalist, Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre Canada’s National Arts Centre, where she curates The Collaborations and The Cycle(s). She is co-founder and creative catalyst for SpiderWebShow, and is a former Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times. Throughout her career, Sarah has worked across Canada and overseas. Most recent directing credits include Out the Window (Luminato/Theatre Centre) Bunny (Stratford Festival, Tarragon) Kill Me Now (RMTC/NAC), Helen Lawrence (multiple, including CanStage, Brooklyn Academy, Munich Kammerspiele, UCLA/Royce Hall). Sarah continues to develop Awkward and Embarrassing Conversations About Difference with Marcus Youssef and Neworld Theatre.

Cast & Creative Team

Mary Berchard


Katka Reszke


Michael Rubenfeld


Trevor Schwellnus

Production Designer

Lyon Smith

Sound Designer

Adam Barrett

Stage Manager

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