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From June 19
to July 24, 2018

Tickets are Student/arts worker $30 | Adult $50–$70 | Service charges may apply


Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West)

Performance Dates

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 7:00PM
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 7:00PM
Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 7:00PM
Friday, June 22, 2018 – 7:00PM ASL Performance
Saturday, June 23, 2018 – 2:00PM
Saturday, June 23, 2018 – 7:00PM
Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 2:00PM

Out the Window

A Luminato production in partnership with The Theatre Centre presented in association with Harbourfront Centre

What would you do if you saw a stranger die? In August 2000, Liza Balkan witnessed the beating death of a man during an altercation with the police in the west end of Toronto. Called to the witness stand, Balkan kept careful track of the aftermath, then turned verbatim court transcripts, audio, video and text derived from interviews with top lawyers from both sides of the bench, into Out the Window.

The result is a rousing theatrical forum investigating a highly charged and provocative subject that remains topical today.

Through the perspectives of journalists, activists, artists, police force members, a police psychologist, mental health experts, and members of the deceased’s family, the show poses important questions about law enforcement, the Special Investigations Unit, our mental-health care system, accountability, and the shifting nature of memory.

Previously staged in 2012 as a Resident Artist project at The Theatre Centre, Out the Window comes to life again in 2018 at Luminato as a further developed piece with an all-star team of local collaborators. It is the first production to be developed and presented as part of the Resident’s Project partnership between Luminato and The Theatre Centre. In November 2017 the company enjoyed an intensive residency in New York City at 3-Legged Dog, a world-renowned production facility that specializes in digital performance interface. Working with advanced technology, the creative team investigated solutions for presenting the wealth of data collected by Balkan about the trial and the related current issues.

Be sure to check out Same as it ever was: Thoughts beyond Out the Window for three post-show talks, including: Black Lives Matter, Policing People: Society and the Justice System, and Mentally Speaking: A Toronto Conversation

Interpreter provided by the Toronto Sign Language Intepreter Service


Playwright: Liza Balkan
Director: Sarah Garton Stanley
Producer: Aislinn Rose
Associate Director: Tanisha Taitt
Starring: Brett Donahue, David Ferry, James Graham, Sarah Kitz, Richard Lee, Peyson Rock, R.H. Thomson
Scenographer: Trevor Schwellnus
Costume Design: Ming Wong
Sound Design & Composition: Nicholas Murray
Design Coordinator: Frank Donato
Networking Consultant: Montgomery Martin
Production Manager: Seán Baker
Stage Manager: Sandy Plunkett
Production Assistant: Jen Cooper
Live Visual Artist: Syrus Marcus Ware
Live Music and Composition: LAL: Rosina Kazi & Nicholas Murray