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Little Death – The RISER Project

By Daniel Karasik
Directed by Zachary Florence
Part of The RISER Project

Alex may or may not be dying. Confronted with his mortality, he searches for sex and connection in hotel bars — with his wife Brit’s conflicted blessing. LITTLE DEATH, the lyrical and spare new play by CBC Fiction Prize winner and Dora Award-nominated playwright Daniel Karasik, asks fundamental questions about marriage, fidelity, and the intimate needs of men and women.

Karasik’s successful application piece to the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme in London, UK, LITTLE DEATH has since been developed at the Tarragon Theatre, the Stratford Festival, and with off-Broadway’s The New Group. Now back in Toronto for its first full production, LITTLE DEATH premieres as part of The RISER Project, a collaborative producing model presented by Why Not Theatre with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.


Shauna Black (Titus AndronicusAs You Like It, Dream in High Park/Canadian Stage)
Sarah Dodd (The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Tarragon Theatre)
Kate Hennig (Billy Elliot on Broadway; series regular on TMN’s Bomb Girls)
Christopher Stanton (Possible Worlds, Talk Is Free Theatre/BeMeTheatre Munich)
Nicole Underhay (The Shipping News, Miramax Pictures)
Elizabeth Tanner (The Seagull, Upstart Theatre)

This production has been made possible thanks to lead supporting partner the Koffler Centre of the Arts.

April 17, 2015
to May 3, 2015

$15 to $25


The Theatre Centre

Performance Dates

Friday, April 17 – 9pm – $15 PREVIEW
Saturday, April 18 – 9pm – OPENING
Sunday, April 19 – 3pm – $19
Tuesday, April 21 – 9pm – $19
Wednesday, April 22 – 9pm – $19
Thursday, April 23 – 9pm – $22
Friday, April 24 – 9pm – $22
Saturday, April 25 – 4pm – $22
Saturday, April 25 – 9pm – $22
Sunday, April 26 – 9pm – $22
Tuesday, April 28 – 9pm – $23
Wednesday, April 29 – 9pm – $23
Thursday, April 30 – 9pm – $25
Friday, May 1 – 9pm – $25
Saturday, May 2 – 3pm – $25
Saturday, May 2 – 9pm – $25
Sunday, May 3 – 3pm – $25
Sunday, May 3 – 9pm – $25 CLOSING

About The RISER Project
Inspired to create more accessibility and opportunity for artists, Why Not Theatre created this new collaborative model for performance production in 2014. In The RISER Project, Why Not Theatre joins with senior partners who are established theatre companies to help smaller companies find a financially viable way to create new work. They do this by providing space, mentorship and technical tools for selected companies. The model is built on sharing resources, risk and energy to reduce the production burden placed on independent artists and small theatre companies. The 2014 senior partners are Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, fuGEN Theatre and The Theatre Centre. The collaborative producing model is made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program and Canadian Heritage.

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