don’t cry when constellations beg to burn

When and Where

Thursday, March 09, 2023 7:30 pm to Sunday, March 12, 2023 4:30 pm
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario


In a world where birds hold more rights than books: two men pitch a better way of living to a Bird Man, while a group of students leaf through books to censor dangerous thoughts. Delightfully irreverent and thought-provoking, don't cry when constellations beg to burn by Jeff Ho is a brand new play about freedom and the power of imagination.  

Creative Team:
Playwright: Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho)
Director: Eva Barrie
Set & Costume Designer: Snezana Pesic
Lighting Designer: Peter Freund
Sound Designer: Gloria Mok
Sound Design Mentor: Maddie Bautista 
DRM403 TA and Assistant Director: Robert Motum
CDTPS Manager of Theatre Operations: Ariel Martin-Smith
CDTPS Technical Director: Adrien Whan
Assistant Set Designers: Liz So and Amitis Mashayekhi 
Assistant Costume Designers: Selina Jia, Val Vergara, Vicky Zhang, Jessie Chen and Valeria Macgregor-Ordonez
Assistant Projection Designer: Shreshta Gupta

Iris: Carol Chen 
Tereus, Celine: Maria Perry  
Pisthetarius, Censor, Ministry: Emma Janusky  
Euelpides, Ministry: Doga Melisa Demirer
Felix, Guard, Crow, Messenger: Christina Gross  
Sparrow, Joanna, Commissioner: Abi Akinlade  
Cain, Flock, Procne, Ministry: Liam Peter Donovan   

Performance dates:
March 9-11 at 7:30pm
March 12 at 2:00pm
Run time: Approx. 2.5 hours with a 15-minute intermission

A talkback session with the director and actors will take place following the performance on Friday, March 10.

General admission: $20
Students: $10
Alumni: $10

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View the program.

View the trailer.

Poster graphic design by Carol Chen.

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.


79 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario