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“Want to see how I die on stage? I’ve had lots of practice dying prettily…pro-tip: die facing up-stage so they can’t see you breathing and rolling your eyes.”

O offers 30 minutes of ingénue-dominated stage time as you’ve never seen before: clothes stay on, talk is frank, tears are fake and any death is purely educational. By unearthing Shakespeare’s doomed Ophelia, O critiques the ingénue character type and the way we train and direct young female actors.


Created by Eliza Martin and Ali Joy Richardson

Written by Eliza Martin

Director/Dramaturg: Ali Joy Richardson

Featuring: Eliza MartinStage Manager: Lucy McPhee

Lighting Designer: Neil Silcox

Sound Designer: Nick Potter

Mentor: Clare Preuss, Native Earth Performing Arts

Special Thanks: David Matheson


30 minutes


Tuesday May 24, 9:30pm (with Director’s Lab ‘Faerie Dust’)

Friday May 27, 8pm (Double-Bill: with Director’s Lab ‘Faerie Dust’ &  Plum BOMB)



The Director’s Lab is a new program geared at emerging directors looking to develop their craft. In partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille and Native Earth Performing Arts, participants will receive mentorship from a professional theatre company, participate in master classes with a professional director, and have their work showcased at the festival.