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Directed by Keshia Palm

RISERx is presented by Why Not Theatre and Toronto Metropolitan University

Forget what you think you know about gods. Set in an America post-capitalist collapse, this contemporary retelling of Persephone‘s story examines the heartbreaking challenges of growing up in a broken home, a rupture defined by life and death. A teenage coming of age story with epic themes; love, choice, consequence. Love again.


Written by Tori Keenan-Zelt

Performed by Haley Garnett, Kendra Cordick, Ali Farhadi, Jade Tardif Da-Silva, Avery Rose, Kiara-Kumail

Set Design by Delia Yuan

Lighting Design by Gavin Mcdonald

Costume Design by Carlyn Rahusaar Routledge

Sound Design by Sam Fergusson

Directing Coach – Sarah Garton Stanley

Intimacy Director – Corey Tazmania

Fight Director – Christopher Mott

Assistant Set & Props Designer – Alyssa Duhaney

Assistant Lighting Design – Sasha Alymova

Production Manager – Carlos Varela

Technical Director – Curtis Whittaker

Assistant Production Manager – Jonathan Cestnick, Kiera Deorksen Smith

Stage Manager – Sofia Di Cicco

Assistant Stage Manager – Myann Vu

From April 12
to April 22, 2023

Tickets are $12.50/ $22.50 / $35 / $50


BMO Incubator

Performance Dates

Wednesday, April 12 – 9pm

Thursday, April 13 – 7pm

Saturday, April 15 – 9pm

Tuesday, April 18 – 7pm

Thursay, April 20 – 7pm

Saturday, April 22 – 9pm

This performance is 75 minutes

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13+ recommended; explicit language; discussions of sex, abortion, death; hunting and killing of animals are part of the narrative; use of haze

A note on ticket prices for RISERx: In order to ensure accessibility, Why Not Theatre invites you to pay what you can afford. You can pick any one of four prices – $12.50, $22.50, $35, $50 – whichever suits your budget. All tickets are general admission, and there are no limits on any price level. Pick the price you would like for your ticket and book your seat. The higher price-points help to keep tickets accessible for everyone. Thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at the show!