The Worst Thing I Could Be (Is Happy) — RISER Project – Cancelled

UPDATE: The Theatre Centre has made the difficult decision to close our building to the public as of Monday, March 16, 2020 until Sunday, April 5, 2020, inclusive. We have chosen this period in line with recent recommendations announced by Toronto Public Health. For the full update click here.

The upcoming RISER Project 2020 has been cancelled

The box office will be contacting all ticket holders for The Worst Thing I Could Be )Is Happy) with the following options:
- To convert your ticket into a donation. Your support can make a big impact and we ask that you consider donating the value of your ticket(s) for a charitable donation receipt.
- To receive a full refund.

During this time, we ask for your patience as we reach out to ticket buyers to process donations and returns. Any ticketing inquiries should be made via email to General inquiries should be directed to

If you are looking for additional information regarding COVID-19 and guidelines to help keep yourself and others healthy, we recommend you visit the websites linked below:
- Toronto Public Health
- Government of Canada
- World Health Organization

Written by Elena Eli Belyea, Tori Morrison, Ira Doré, & Philip Nozuka
Produced by Tiny Bear Jaws
Presented as part of Why Not Theatre‘s RISER Project

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
BMO Incubator
April 30–May 7, 2020

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can-Afford $12, $20, $35, $60*
Service charges may apply
Book 416-538-0988 | PURCHASE ONLINE

*A note on ticket prices for RISER Project: In order to ensure accessibility, Why Not Theatre invites you to Pay-What-You-Can-Afford. You can pick any one of four prices—$12, $20, $35, $60—whichever suits your budget. All tickets are general admission, and there are no limits on any price level. Pick the price you can afford to pay for your ticket and book your seat.

don’t worry, be happy. / be worried, don’t happy.

Philip, Tori, Ira, and Elena just want to be happy. They also recognize the ways this pursuit furthers systemic inequality and causes unprecedented environmental destruction. But Philip, Tori, Ira, and Elena still want to be happy… Using live-streams, projections, and onstage experiments, this cross-Canadian collaboration is a spontaneous investigation of grief, technology, and the things we’ll do to be happy at any cost.

Elena Eli Belyea — Co-creator, producer, performer, script supervisor (Edmonton)
Ira Doré — Co-creator, performer, choreographer (Calgary)
Tori Morrison — Co-creator, producer, performer, video and sound design (Halifax)
Philp Nozuka – Co-creator, performer, video and sound design (Toronto)
Tanya Rintoul — Director and dramaturg (Toronto)
Alison Yanota — Costume and prop design, dramaturgical support (Edmonton)
Rebecca Durocher — Technical Director, dramaturgical support (Montreal)
André du Toit — Lighting Design (Toronto)
Kole Durnford – Emerging Artist Mentee and collaborator (Edmonton)
Additional dramaturgical support by Mel Hague, Laurel Green, Tedi Tafel, Andrea Donaldson, Gianna Vacirca

For RISER Project 2020:
Production Management by Crystal Lee Chettiar

Publicity by Damien Nelson (Want & Able Arts Consulting) 

Produced by Tom Arthur Davis

Performance Dates:
Approximate running time: 80 minutes
Thursday, April 30 – 9:00PM Preview
Friday, May 1 – 9:00PM Opening
Saturday, May 2 – 9:00PM
Sunday, May 3 – 2:00PM
Tuesday, May 5 – 9:00PM Industry night — PWYC
Wednesday, May 6 – 9:00PM
Thursday, May 7 – 9:00PM

The Worst Thing I Could Be (Is Happy) is presented as part RISER Project, a collaborative producing model created by Why Not Theatre with the generous support of RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, and the Government of Canada. RISER is also supported by Aluna Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, Factory Theatre, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, Modern Times Stage Company, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre, Roseneath Theatre, Shaw Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, and The Theatre Centre. The first three years of RISER Project were made possible by Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program.

RISER Project 2019 also features:
Gods Like Us, April 10—19, 2020
An IMM-Permanent Resident, April 12—19, 2020
heart2heart, April 30—May 9, 2020