House on Fire – A Post-Hope Comedy

When and Where

Thursday, March 07, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, March 08, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 09, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, March 15, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street, Totonto, ON M5S 2E5


Join us for the 2019 CDTPS Mainstage Show House on Fire  A post-hope comedy 
A newly devised outrageous comedy by DRM403 students
Directed by Martha Ross

“I often hear adults say: ‘We need to give the next generation hope’…But I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I do. Every day. And I want you to act. I want you to behave like our house is on fire. Because it is.”

— Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old Swedish activist.

A ragtag group of panellists assemble at a public symposium to discuss Hope: is it a curse or a blessing? A question that philosophers have been debating since the Ancient Greeks. Is Hope a good thing to cling to when one’s situation looks grim? Does the world still have Hope? How do we start behaving like “the house is on fire” without the support of Hope? Are we hard-wired to be hopeful?

Drawing from “Scenes from the Classics” the panellists aim to illuminate some answers to these questions. But instead of answers they descend into unexpected mayhem, at times hilarious, at other times terrifying. They discover truths they weren’t expecting. Perhaps only Pandora knows the real answer.

Martha Ross

Rachel Bannerman
William Dao
Leslie Durward
Büke Erkoç
Jacob Kay
Eiléanór O’Halloran 
Joanne Perez
Frosina Pejcinovska
Margaret Rose

Production Team:
Stage Manager: Beka Morrison
Set and Costume Designer: Snezana Pesic
Lighting Designer: Giuseppe Condello
Sound Designer: Lyon Smith
Projection Designers: Nicole Eun-Ju Bell and Dan Petrenko
Course instructors: Martha Ross, Snezana Pesic and Janice Fraser
Teaching Assistants: Paula Danckert and Martin Julien
Production Manager: Giuseppe Condello
Technical Director: Peter Freund
Assistant Stage Managers: Sebastian Lima Santos, Alison Starkey, Cankurt Perek, Daisy Duan

Audience advisory: Use of strong language. Theatrical haze and strobe effects will be used during the performance.

Each performance is approx. 1.5 hours with no intermission

Thursday, March 7 (SOLD OUT) - 8pm
Friday, March 8 - 8pm
Saturday, March 9 - 8pm
Tuesday, March 12 - 8pm
Wednesday, March 13 - 8pm
Thursday, March 14 - talkback night & alumni invited - 8pm
Friday, March 15 - 8pm
Saturday, March 16 - 8pm

General admission - $20.00
Student admission - $10.00
Each cast/crew receives 2 free comps
Alumni tickets are free on Alumni Nights (March 7 and 14) and $10 on other nights
Tickets available at:

If you have an accessibility request, we will do our best to make appropriate accommodations. Please email at your earliest convenience.

Email your questions to or call 416-978-7987.

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