[In-] Staged Reading

When and Where

Friday, March 22, 2024 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E5


[In-] is a compilation of artist-led conversations about medical assistance in dying, or MAID. In particular, the play responds to Canada’s decision to delay requests under the condition of mental illness until 2024. In verbatim theatre style, the script takes from conversations with the original 2023 production's cast and crew, over the course of a week, and the cast play versions of themselves and the crew. This is the first phase of Ethan's performance research on MAID; with this phase, [In-] is structured as a reverse ‘vocal masque,’ where artist-researchers complete the play title by the end of the show.
How can we make legal and medical language accessible when not all know or care about it? When do we stop recycling social justice issues? How do we show pure truth? These are the many urgent questions this play asks. Additionally, the use of the camcorder has a dual purpose: Can we archive and document a conversation that awaits new information or discoveries, like a ‘time capsule’? Can talking in front of a camcorder offer catharsis or therapy?

Please RSVP to attend this event. 

Performer 1 - Ashley Dingwell
Performer 2 - Alexandra Milne
Performer 3 - Ryan Iwanicki
Director - Georgia Findlay

Creative Team: 
Playwright - Ethan Persyko* 
Director - Ethan Persyko
Producer - Ariel Roitman
Stage Manager - Unwoo ("Woo") Ho
Marketing Director - Drishti Chantel
Assistant Marketing Director - Colin Castro

*The script was made in conversation with Ethan Persyko (Director), Valérie Carrier (original "Performer 1"), Reese Cowley (original "Performer 2"), Jimmy George (original "Performer 3"), Eli Holiday (original "Director"), as well as contributors Tessa Danielle, Alie Ruty, Jianna Neufeld, Rowena Moyes, Jessica Ellison and Emma Dorfman. 

NB: The Playhouse (second floor) is currently only accessible by stairs, as the elevator is being repaired. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E5