An IMM-Permanent Resident — 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 An IMM-Permanent Resident 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

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- Toronto Public Health
- Government of Canada
- World Health Organization

Written by Neha Poduval & Himanshu Sitlani
Produced by Nautanki Bazaar
Presented as part of Why Not Theatre‘s RISER Project

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
BMO Incubator
April 12–19, 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.

A comedy infused with Bollywood elements, An IMM-Permanent Resident is a hilarious take on the mundane and tiresome bureaucracy of the Canadian immigration process, as experienced by playwrights and real-life couple, Himanshu and Neha. An IMM-Permanent Resident explores the irreverent journey in obtaining Neha’s PR status, including the couple’s trials and tribulations as they put their hopes and dreams on pause (indefinitely). Join them on this roller coaster ride as they transport us between Mumbai and Toronto, while navigating the immigration system and asking themselves—is love worth it all?

Directed by Miquelon Rodriguez
Set and Costume Design: Jung-Hye Kim
Sound Design: Miquelon Rodriguez
Dramaturgy: Matt McGeachy
Production Manager: Gloria Mok
Stage Manager: Lily Chan
Marketing and Publicity: Neema Kaushik

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
Sunday, April 12 – 7:00PM Preview
Monday, April 13 – 7:00PM Opening
Tuesday, April 14 – 9:00PM
Wednesday, April 15 – 7:00PM Relaxed Performance
Thursday, April 16 – 9:00PM Talk Back
Friday, April 17 – 7:00PM
Saturday, April 18 – 2:00PM
Saturday, April 18 – 7:00PM
Sunday, April 19 – 1:00PM

An IMM-Permanent Resident 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
The Worst Thing I Could Be (Is Happy) , April 12-19, 2020
heart2heart, April 30-May 9, 2020