Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13 at 7 PM | Saturday, June 14 at 4 PM
Tickets $20 | $15 students and seniors
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The Book of Judith is a musical play about a self-anointed preacher who is passionately driven to change the lives of others before changing his own. After a chance meeting with a quadriplegic woman named Judith Snow, theatre artist Michael Rubenfeld believes he has “seen the light.” With the help of his director and her best friend, who is blind, Michael corrals a fully integrated choir of performers of varying abilities to help him preach “The Book of Judith” and convert the audience with his inspirational (yet deeply suspect) tale of Judith Snow.
After premiering in 2009, in co-production with The Theatre Centre, and a subsequent successful Ontario tour, this provocative, transformational performance comes to the state-of-the-art Abilities Centre, which promotes inclusive and innovative programs for people of all ages and abilities.
Co-Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley with Judith Snow
Director: Sarah Garton Stanley
Music by Andrew Penner
Performed by Michael Rubenfeld, The Book of Judith Choir, and Judith Snow
Producer: Evelyn Tauben
Choir Director: Alex Bulmer
Musical Director: Paula Wolfson
Associate Director: Caitlin Murphy
Stage Manager: Tanya Greve
General admission seating | Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance
Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abilities Centre is a fully accessible venue. Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information on available accessibility services. Please note that the production includes adult themes.
“Theatre has proven to be a more powerful venue than advocacy for having ordinary people understand, experience and choose to be inclusive – to welcome diversity into their own lives.” - Judith Snow
“[The Book of Judith] is a socially minded, soul-mending public spectacle of the stand-up-and-shout variety and, at the risk of sounding more of a cheerleader than critic, I encourage you to see this and to lend to its charming crusade your own energy. You never know: miracles happen every day.” - Byron Laviolette
Lend your voice to a critical conversation, share ideas and inspiration – join in a daylong symposium exploring accessibility in the arts. The event spotlights the field of disability arts through panels, group discussions, art bursts and more – with a focus on the performing arts. All are welcome to this convening of artists, arts professionals and organizations committed to incorporating inclusive thinking into their work.
Presented in conjunction with the theatrical production of The Book of Judith (June 12-14) created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley with Judith Snow. The performance & symposium are co-produced by Selfconscious Theatre (Toronto) and Abilities Centre (Whitby).