The Archivist

The Archivist – The RISER Project

Part of The RISER Project

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
April 17 – 22, 2016

Tickets: Regular $20 | Youth (under 25) $10
Service charges may apply
Book 416-538-0988 | PURCHASE ONLINE

Special Deals:
RISER Project 2 Show Pass - One ticket for any two of the four shows in the Spring 2016 RISER Project for only $30 (plus applicable service charges).

My name is Shaista (Shy-east-a). I am attempting to write a history but I can’t remember the order of things. You see, my memories are not entirely my own. And if I can’t tell the story of how I came to be, WE will repeat a cycle of … reaching back in time from Afghanistan to Canada. Will you help me remember so we don’t forget

Written and performed by Shaista Latif

The Archivist is presented as part of The RISER Project, a collaborative producing model by Why Not Theatre, with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Government of Canada.

Sunday April 17 – 1:30pm – Preview
Sunday April 17 - 7:30pm – Opening
Monday April 18 – 7:30pm
Tuesday April 19 – 9:30pm
Wednesday April 20 – 7:30pm
Thursday April 21 – 9:30pm
Friday April 22 – 7:30pm

How I learned to serve tea

Shaista Latif will also be presenting a limited engagement run of How I learned to serve tea, as part of the RISER Project. Running for two days only:
Saturday April 23 – 9:30pm
Sunday April 24 – 1:30pm

Tickets: Regular $10 | Service charges may apply
Book 416-538-0988 | PURCHASE ONLINE

How does a culturally diverse artist serve the work, the institution, the contract and the audience without losing their integrity or voice in the process? How does an artist of colour break free from the fear of appearing ungrateful when they question the circulation of power? How does the artist survive their creativity, rage and guilt while creating a work that addresses a “unique” cultural narrative? Is the artist complicit and complacent in accepting opportunities that address diversity? And is it possible to address diversity without calling attention to the greater dominant powers that be?

Well, Shaista Latif can’t really answer all those questions right now. She’s in the middle of a f*cking epic meltdown!

About The RISER Project
In order to create more access and opportunity for artists, Why Not Theatre is looking at new ways of producing theatre in Toronto for independent artists. The RISER Project brings together a community of senior leadership and emerging artists, to support the artistic risk that independent artists must take in order to create and innovate. The model is designed to maximize existing infrastructures by sharing resources, risk and energy to reduce the producing burden on artists. The senior partners of the 2016 round of productions are Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, fuGEN Theatre, Modern Times, Theatrefront and The Theatre Centre. RISER is made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Art Council’s Open Door Program and the Government of Canada.

The RISER Project also features:
Dead Roads, April 16 – April 24, 2016
Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape, April 29 – May 12, 2016
The Other, May 3 – 14, 2016