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First Métis Man of Odesa

Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova

Punctuate! Theatre in Association with The Theatre Centre

Matt and Masha’s love spans continents, but distance can’t tame their passionate connection. After meeting on a theatre research trip in Kyiv, a Canadian Playwright and a Ukrainian artist spark up a romance that takes them from the beaches of the Black Sea to the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, through the onset of a global pandemic and the eruption of a brutal war, plus many moments of joy through it all including marriage and the birth of their son.

A World Premiere from the creator of the critically acclaimed play, Bears. Based on actual events, this captivating real-life love story is set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Award-winning playwright Matthew MacKenzie joins forces with his wife, award-winning Ukrainian actress Mariya Khomutova, to tell the story of their COVID courtship and share an intimate perspective on the personal impacts of the war in Ukraine.


Written and Performed by: Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova

Directed by: Lianna Makuch

Set/Lighting Design by: Daniela Masellis

Projection Design by: Amelia Scott

Composition by: Daraba

Sound Design by: Aaron Macri

Choreographed by: Krista Lin

Dramaturgy by: Matt McGeachy

Stage Managed by: Lore Green

Rehearsals Stage Managed by: Kiidra Duhault

Production Managed & Technical Directed by: Trent Crosby

Produced by: Sheiny Satanove

Associate Produced by: Alyson Dicey

Associate Produced by: desirée leverenz

Head Scenic Painting by: Emily Randall

Drape Stitching by: Theatre Garage

Fabrication by: art lab

From March 30, 2023
to April 8, 2023

Tickets are $27.50 Adult, $17.50 Student/Senior/Arts Worker


Franco Boni Theatre

Performance Dates

Thursday, March 30 – 8pm (Preview)

Friday, March 31 – 8pm (Opening)

Saturday, April 1 – 8pm

Sunday, April 2 – 3pm

Sunday, April 2 – 8pm

Tuesday, April 4 – 8pm (PWYC)

Wednesday, April 5 – 8pm

Thursday, April 6 – 8pm

Friday, April 7 – 8pm

Saturday, April 8 – 3pm

Saturday, April 8 – 8pm

This performance is 1 hours 30 min with no intermission