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1991 – The RISER Project

Produced by Guilty by Association
Presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project

About 1991
After a serial killer strikes again in her hometown, welfare kid Nicole heads south of the border to stay with her father, a boozy, fist-swinging Vietnam veteran. But safety is elusive. And one neighbourhood danger is exchanged for another. And another. Jumping from crap car to seedy bar to crap car, 12-year-old Nicole hunts for a way out unscathed.

1991 is a coming-of-age story told through projected shadows and photographs. With a distinctive blend of analogue and digital technology that is matched by a truly astounding story, Guilty by Association digs deep into a culture of misogyny and the resilience of youth. A thirty minute Long Table Discussion follows the performance, facilitated by Jessica Carmichael.

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*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.


Credits for 1991
Written and Directed by Cole Lewis
Produced by Claire Burns
Dramaturgy by Patrick Blenkarn and Jessica Carmichael
Projection Design by Patrick Blenkarn and Cole Lewis
Sound Design by Sam Ferguson
Lighting Design by André du Toit
Stage Managed by Giuseppe Condello
Performed by Jessica Carmichael, Mina James, Cole Lewis and Montserrat Videla

Credits for RISER Project:
Production Management by Crystal Lee Chettiar
Publicity by Carrie Sager (FLIP Publicity)
RISER Project 2019 produced by Tom Arthur Davis


May 22, 2019
to June 19, 2019

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can-Afford $12, $20, $35, $60


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Performance Dates

Performance Dates:
Wednesday, May 22 – 7:00PM Preview
Thursday, May 23 – 7:00PM Opening
Friday, May 24 – 7:00PM
Saturday, May 25 – 7:00PM
Tuesday, May 28 – 9:00PM
Wednesday, May 29 – 6:00PM Relaxed Performance and Post-show long-table discussion

Thursday, May 30 – 9:00PM
Friday, May 31 – 6:00PM
Saturday, June 1 – 9:00PM

About RISER Project
RISER Project is a collaborative producing model for theatre artists and companies to create and present new work. It was developed by Ravi Jain, Owais Lightwala and Kelly Read of Why Not Theatre in order to address some of the challenges of producing independent theatre in Toronto, including the high cost of production, difficulty of building audiences and inefficient use of resources and infrastructure.

RISER Project 2019 is made possible thanks to the generous support of RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, and the Government of Canada. RISER Project was first piloted with the support of the Toronto Arts Council.