CDTPS Mainstage Show - The Trials by Dawn King

When and Where

Thursday, March 07, 2024 7:30 pm to Sunday, March 10, 2024 2:00 pm
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E5


Join us for the 2024 Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies Mainstage Show The Trials written by Dawn King, directed by Andrew Kushnir and performed by our DRM403 students running from March 7 to 10, 2024 at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79 St. George Street, Toronto). This year’s timely production about the climate crisis is a Canadian premiere and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist from the UK. To reserve your tickets, visit

Read The Trails program

Check out The Trials video teaser. 

View our YouTube channel and meet the cast members! 

Play description:
Were you a big meat eater? How many flights did you take before the special flight restrictions came into effect? Or did you only go green after the laws started changing? Set in the near future, The Trials asks: what does eco-justice look like in the hands of young judges and jurors who have inherited a planet-beyond-repair? Playwright Dawn King’s dynamic ensemble piece puts young people at the helm of a global reckoning, prosecuting our current era for its role in the climate emergency — and not just the “super-polluters” one might expect. First performed at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in 2021 and then the Donmar Warehouse in 2022, The Trials has its first outing in North America at the Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies.

The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (Second Floor, UC Union Building) is currently only accessible by stairs as the elevator is being repaired. If you have any questions, please contact We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Defendant 3, Ada/Adnan: Chloe Ali   
Defendant 2 & Chris: Hannah Chown 
Gabi: Elžbieta Chernyak 
Kako: Cassandra Marrazza-Radeschi 
Marek/Zoe: Skylar Petrah
Grace: Fiona Du 
Noah: Phaedra Archimandriti
Ren: Emily Beaubien
Defendant 1 & Tomaz: Ethan Verderber
Sydney: Hannah DeVellis

Creative Team: 
Playwright: Dawn King
Director: Andrew Kushnir
Set & Costume Designer & DRM 354 Instructor: Snezana Pesic
Lighting Designer: Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy
Sound Designer: Olivia Shortt 
DRM403 TA: Robert Motum
DRM354 TA: Anna Paliy 
Stage Manager & Production Manager & CDTPS Manager of Theatre Operations: Ariel Martin-Smith
CDTPS Technical Director & DRM355 Instructor: Adrien Whan
Assistant Set & Costume Designers: John Cleave, Abbey Kowalski, Salma Wennekers, Sichun Xia, Xinyi Zhang  
Associate Sound Designers: Sungwon Cho, Evan Moritz, Larry Ng, Qilin Yu  
Assistant Stage Manager: Woo Ho
Prop Master: Salma Wennekers
Stage crew: Cass Aalbers-Davey, Jessie Chen, Abbey Kowalski, Kennedy McCarthy, Niamh Moll, Sichun Xia, Casper Yang, Winston Zang, Alyson Zhang

Performance dates:
Thursday March 7, 7:30 PM
Friday March 8, 7:30 PM 
Saturday March 9, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM 
Sunday March 10, 2:00 PM
An opening night reception will be held on March 7 following the performance. 
A talkback session with the director and actors will take place following the performances on March 8, 9 & 10.

General admission: $20
Students: $10
Alumni: $10
Run time: Approx. 1.5 hours with no intermission
Late-comers: for the safety of our actors and in consideration of our patrons, late-comers will not be admitted.  
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79 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E5