The Doll Play: A Miniature Revolution

By Joanne Sarazen

Poster Design by Jonah Hundert

This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.

Grand Canyon

2 Osler St., Toronto, ON

Preview Tuesday, May 21

Opening Night Wednesday, May 22

Closing Night Saturday, June 8

All Performances at 8:00pm

No Performances Sunday/Monday

90 Minute Run-Time

No Intermission. No Latecomers. 

Previews $15

General Admission $30

Arts Worker $25

Indie Lover $35

Directed by Joanne Sarazen

 

Starring: Breanna Dillon, Adam Driscoll, Chantele Francis, Christopher Hayes, Jonah Hundert, Brittany Kay, Susannah Mckay, Amy Matysio, Laura Vincent and Mike Vitorovich

Set Design by Mike Vitorovich

Lighting Design by Quinn Hoodless

Costume Design by Julia Kim

Shadow Puppets by Kathleen Atkinson-Hindle

Original Music by Neil Rankin 

Fight Direction by Nate Bitton

Stage Managed by Caitlin Brenneman

Produced by Christopher Hayes, Breanna Dillon and Bri Proke

Associate Produced by Emma Bulpin

About the Play

The Doll Play: A Miniature Revolution tells the story of a dysfunctional community of dolls who live in the waiting room of a child psychologist’s office. Having suffered years of mistreatment and abuse at the hands of the psychologist’s young patients, the dolls are galvanized to a new vengeful purpose by the sudden appearance of Anne and Andy, two very particular dolls — with a very particular purpose — that have just escaped their long isolation in the psychologist’s desk drawer. Infuriated by the extent of the trauma suffered by these new arrivals, the dolls mobilize their rage and resentment and target it at the ultimate scapegoat: the psychologist herself.

 

An allegorical tale in the style of Animal Farm, The Doll Play is a darkly satirical exploration of the insidious ways trauma imprints on the human psyche and infiltrates a community.

Reviews

About the Writer

Joanne Sarazen is a screenwriter, playwright and director. As a playwright, her work has been produced in Montreal, Toronto and Banff. She was the recipient of The Mainline Next Stage Award and she has received several nominations for her work as a writer and director in the Montreal Fringe Festivals. Her first feature length screenplay, Tammy’s Always Dying, was developed through the Canadian Film Centre’s Writer’s Lab and optioned shortly thereafter. It went to camera in 2018 and is currently in post-production.

She is also a very accomplished waitress.

"Sarazen uses toys as proxies to not only demonstrate the physical details of child abuse, but the long-lasting emotional impact that these kids are likely to face as they grow up." | Carly Maga, Toronto Star

"...a curious, fantastic blend: at once shockingly dark and desperately funny..." | Dom Harvey, My Entertainment World

"The way Sarazen tells her story slowly grips the audience into it... More please." | Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

Laura Vincent as Oldie-Young, Susannah Mackay as Pig, Mike Vitorovich as Bear, Jonah Hundert as Lion, Christopher Hayes as Ken, Adam Driscoll as Andy, Breanna Dillon as Anne, Chantele Francis as The Doctor, Brittany Kay as Skipper, Amy Matysio as Barbie  | Photo by John Gundy

Adam Driscoll as Andy, Breanna Dillon as Anne, Chantele Francis as The Doctor | Photo by John Gundy

Laura Vincent as Oldie-Young, Susannah Mackay as Pig | Photo by John Gundy

Mike Vitorovich as Bear, Susannah Mackay as Pig | Photo by John Gundy

Laura Vincent as Oldie-Young, Amy Matysio as Barbie | Photo by John Gundy

Laura Vincent as Oldie-Young, Susannah Mackay as Pig | Photo by John Gundy

Adam Driscoll as Andy, Breanna Dillon as Anne, Chantele Francis as The Doctor | Photo by John Gundy

Chantele Francis as The Doctor | Photo by John Gundy

Adam Driscoll as Andy, Breanna Dillon as Anne | Photo by John Gundy

Adam Driscoll as Andy, Breanna Dillon as Anne, Brittany Kay as Skipper, Amy Matysio as Barbie | Photo by John Gundy

Laura Vincent as Oldie-Young, Jonah Hundert as Lion, Adam Driscoll as Andy, Breanna Dillon as Anne, Mike Vitorovich as Bear, Brittany Kay as Skipper, Christopher Hayes as Ken, Amy Matysio as Barbie | Photo by John Gundy

Laura Vincent as Oldie Young, Jonah Hundert as Lion | Photo by John Gundy

Breanna Dillon as Anne, Adam Driscoll as Andy, Susannah Mackay as Pig, Mike Vitorovich as Bear, Brittany Kay as Skipper | Photo by John Gundy

Christopher Hayes as Ken, Brittany Kay as Skipper, Amy Matysio as Barbie | Photo by John Gundy

Laura Vincent as Oldie-Young | Photo by John Gundy

Brittany Kay as Skipper, Adam Driscoll as Andy | Photo by John Gundy

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