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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A remarkable feat of storytelling” – The List

The ocean contains the switch of life. Not land, not the atmosphere. The ocean. And that switch can be turned off.

Alanna Mitchell is a prairie girl who’s afraid of water, so she might not be the most obvious person to talk about the ocean. But she’s also an award-winning journalist and like all good reporters, she follows her curiosity. Her exploration takes us around the world, face to face with some of the brightest minds on the planet, and into a watery abyss. Using hard science and delicate wit, Alanna takes us on a journey to the bottom of the ocean, revealing the demons she encounters and her ultimate hope for the future.

*The audience is invited to stay for a talkback after every performance.*



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Running time: 
Approx. 1 hour, 20 minutes, including a 15-minute talkback.


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Cast & Crew

Production
Writer Alanna Mitchell
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Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian author and journalist who writes about science and social trends. Her international best-selling book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis won the prestigious Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in 2010. With the help of The Theatre Centre’s artistic director Franco Boni and Why Not Theatre’s founding artistic director Ravi Jain, Mitchell turned Sea Sick into a one-woman non-fiction play that she has performed across Canada and internationally, her first foray into theatre. She has written for the New York Times science section, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, GQ Magazine India, Maclean’s Magazine, Broadview Magazine, the Globe and Mail Newspaper, the Toronto Star Newspaper and is an award-winning radio documentary-maker for CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. Her fifth non-fiction book, The Spinning Magnet, about the Earth’s magnetic field, came out last year. She is working on a play with Boni and Jain based on her fourth book, Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths. Its working title: The Interview.

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Franco Boni

Director

Director Franco Boni
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Franco Boni

Franco Boni is the Artistic and Executive Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this, he served as Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre in Toronto for 16 years. Franco has also served as Festival Director of the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. He is a recognized cultural innovator, facilitator and community builder with a demonstrated track record of restoring financial stability and artistic credibility to local arts organizations and festivals for over two decades. In 2019, he directed Prophecy Fog by Jani Lauzon at The Theatre Centre. He is the inaugural recipient of the Ken McDougall Award for emerging directors, was awarded the Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, for outstanding leadership in the development of arts and culture in the City of Toronto, and in 2013 he received the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in Professional Theatre.

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Ravi Jain

Co-Director

Co-Director Ravi Jain
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Ravi Jain

Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/collaborations and innovative producing models which are aimed to better support emerging artists to make money from their art.

In all of his work, exemplified by projects like A Brimful of Asha and his reimagining of classics like Hamlet and Salt-Water Moon, is Ravi’s passion to inspire Canadians to look at new ways of representing Canada on national and international stages. Currently he is working on a new adaptation of The Mahabharata with the Shaw Festival and a new project with Canadian writer Nicolas Billon on a new play titled CODE, which completed a one week residency at the Barbican Theatre in London, UK.

Ravi has been shortlisted for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize (2016 / 2019) and won the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. He is a graduate of the two-year program at École Jacques Lecoq. theatrewhynot.org

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Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer

Set & Costume Designer Shawn Kerwin
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Shawn Kerwin

Set and Costume Designs include: The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival); A Tender Thing, Great Expectations, Our Town, (Soulpepper); The Soldiers Tale (Signal Theatre); Dead Metaphor (Canadian Rep.Mirvish Productions); Master Harold and the Boys (1000 Islands Playhouse); The Monument (Obsidian); Heaven, The Tempest, Habitat (Canadian Stage); A Killing Snow, Salt Water Moon, Leaving Home, Harvest, Spirit of the Narrows, The Drawer Boy, Another Season’s Harvest (Blyth Festival); Brothel #9, And So It Goes, Suburban Motel, Better Living, Escape From Happiness, Beyond Mozambique, Home Is My Road (Factory Theatre). Set designs include: Colony of Unrequited Dreams, After Image, Oil & Water (Artistic Fraud); Colours in the Storm, Pride and Prejudice (Grand Theatre). Costume designs include: If Truth Be Told (Blyth Festival); All’s Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park); Communion, How It Works (Tarragon Theatre); Moonlight and Magnolias, Miracle on 34th St. (Grand Theatre). Set & Costume Design/Co-Creator: float (Choral Canada); Between Breaths (Artistic Fraud). Shawn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, York University, where she served as Chair from 2003–2009.

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Rebecca Picherack

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer Rebecca Picherack
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Rebecca Picherack

Rebecca Picherack designs lights for theatre and dance. Recent companies include: adelheid, The Blyth Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Volcano, HUM, National Arts Centre, Buddies in Bad Times, Young Peoples’ Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, The Theatre Centre, and Kitchenband. Rebecca has received three Dora Awards for outstanding lighting design.

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Tim Lindsay

Sound Designer

Sound Designer Tim Lindsay
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Tim Lindsay

Tim is a Toronto-born sound designer & full-time technical director at The Theatre Centre, where he designed their touring production of the award-winning play This Is the Point. Most recently, he designed the world premieres of Clitoria: A Sex-Positive Superhero! and Emotional Labour at Toronto Fringe 2019, and C’mon, Angie! and The Chance for Leroy Street Theatre. His other favourite designs include: six plays for Kat Sandler/Theatre Brouhaha, most recently Bright Lights at Toronto Fringe 2016; four shows for Cue6 Theatre including award-winner pool (no water); back-to-back international Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl Fringe runs and tours for Rebecca Perry Productions; Titus Andronicus for Hart House Theatre; Othello for Driftwood Theatre; Red Light Winter for Unit 102; and After Miss Julie for Red One Theatre Company. He also co-produced and designed BFL Theatre’s acclaimed productions of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, and Hard Core Logo: Live in its 2017 Toronto debut.

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Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager & Touring Lighting Designer

Stage Manager & Touring Lighting Designer Melissa Joakim
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Melissa Joakim

Melissa Joakim is a lighting and projection designer and stage manager in Toronto. She holds a BFA Spec. Hon.s from York University. She has been nominated for Dora Awards in Lighting Design and Scenic Design and for the Pauline McGibbon Award. Recent credits include: Environmental Design: Prophecy Fog (Theatre Centre and Paper Canoe Projects); Space Cats Invade the Earth (Nuit Blanche North). Lighting and Projection Design: This is the Point (Ahuri Theatre with Theatre Centre); A Side of Dreams (Paper Canoe Projects). Lighting Design: 2 Odysseys (Soundstreams and Signal Theatre); Isitwendam (Native Earth Performing Arts and Theatre Northwest); Balaklava Blues (Self Conscious Productions at Luminato and Latitude Festivals). Projection Design: Dissidents (ARC Stage Company); Flashing Lights (Bad New Days and Ahuri Theatre); Alien Creature (Theatre Passe Muraille). She is grateful to be part of this poignant and deeply relevant show.

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Alexis Eastman

Tour Producer

Tour Producer Alexis Eastman

Alexis Eastman

Alexis is a writer and producer in Toronto. She has been the Producer for The Theatre Centre since 2019 where she gets to collaborate with artists in The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program to support the long-term development of their new work. She has had the opportunity to produce with many incredible artists and projects including; This is the Point (Ontario Presents Tour), Monday Nights (Luminato), Secret Life of a Mother (Crow’s Theatre), Here are the Fragments. (The Theatre Centre) and the ongoing world tour of Sea Sick.

Cast
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Alanna Mitchell

Performer

Performer Alanna Mitchell
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Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian author and journalist who writes about science and social trends. Her international best-selling book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis won the prestigious Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in 2010. With the help of The Theatre Centre’s artistic director Franco Boni and Why Not Theatre’s founding artistic director Ravi Jain, Mitchell turned Sea Sick into a one-woman non-fiction play that she has performed across Canada and internationally, her first foray into theatre. She has written for the New York Times science section, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, GQ Magazine India, Maclean’s Magazine, Broadview Magazine, the Globe and Mail Newspaper, the Toronto Star Newspaper and is an award-winning radio documentary-maker for CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. Her fifth non-fiction book, The Spinning Magnet, about the Earth’s magnetic field, came out last year. She is working on a play with Boni and Jain based on her fourth book, Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths. Its working title: The Interview.

Production ID: 29492
Start Date: 3/2/2022 11:26:59 AM
End Date: 3/19/2022 11:27:06 AM
Title: Sea Sick
Playwright: Written and Performed by Alanna Mitchell
Billing: Produced by The Theatre Centre
Warnings:
Synopsis:

Click on the images to download the digital program and enrichment guide:

 Sea-Sick-Enrichment-Guide-175h.jpg

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A remarkable feat of storytelling” – The List

The ocean contains the switch of life. Not land, not the atmosphere. The ocean. And that switch can be turned off.

Alanna Mitchell is a prairie girl who’s afraid of water, so she might not be the most obvious person to talk about the ocean. But she’s also an award-winning journalist and like all good reporters, she follows her curiosity. Her exploration takes us around the world, face to face with some of the brightest minds on the planet, and into a watery abyss. Using hard science and delicate wit, Alanna takes us on a journey to the bottom of the ocean, revealing the demons she encounters and her ultimate hope for the future.

*The audience is invited to stay for a talkback after every performance.*



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