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Don Valley Girls

RISER Toronto 2022

Produced by Poetic License Creations
Presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Toronto

We’ve aged out of being the Main Character, and it kinda really sucks. So we wrote a sketch show about it because why cry when you can cry while you laugh! …on stage, in front of everyone. We’re a mashup of Somali/Korean/Palestinian/Pakistani Canadian perspectives from women and non-binary folks, and boy, our sketches don’t hold back any punches. You may even experience a punch or two to the gut… with laughter! Come for the snarky blurb, stay for the weird (sometimes heartfelt) sketches, songs, and occasional video interlude. This is NOT your auntie’s sketch show. (Or maybe it is.)

This show was selected to be funded through the Sketch Comedy Project Fund, a special project of The Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts and the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.


Directed by Liza Paul
Music direction & sound design by Ayaka Kinugawa
Written & performed by Surer Qaly Deria, Mona Hersi, Andie Hong, Rabiya Mansoor & Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller
Stage manager: Patricia Tab
Lighting design by André du Toit
Costume design by Lucy Wong
Set design by Antonia Sinn
Produced by Rabiya Mansoor


For RISER Toronto 2022
Production Manager: Crystal Lee
Associate Production Manager: Carlos I. Varela Serra
Publicist: Damien Nelson
Producer: Tom Arthur Davis
Assistant Producer: Matthew Eger

Don Valley Girls is presented as part of RISER Toronto, a collaborative producing model created by Why Not Theatre with the generous support of RBC Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Government of Canada.

From April 14,
to April 24, 2022

Tickets are Pay What You Can Afford ($10, $15, $20, $25, $30)


BMO Incubator

Performance Dates

Wednesday, April 20 – 8:30pm (relaxed)
Thursday, April 21 – 8:30pm
Friday, April 22 – 8:30pm (relaxed)
Saturday, April 23 – 2pm
Saturday, April 23 – 8:30pm
Sunday, April 24 – 2pm

Friday, April 15 – 8:30pm
Saturday, April 16 – 8:30pm
Sunday, April 17 – 2pm
Tuesday, April 19 – 8:30pm

*If you are a ticket holder for one of the cancelled performances, please check your email for instructions on re-booking.

If you wish to speak with a representative of our box office team, please call (416) 538-0988 and we will get back to you within 1-2 business days.

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