A Blow in the Face at The Theatre Centre


(l-r) Lisa Ryder and Monica Dottor. Photo by Brooke Wedlock

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
When: March 26 – April 14, 2019
Cost: Tickets $20-$35 and are available in person at The Theatre Centre box office, 416-534-9261, or at www.theatrecentre.org.

Details: Alice’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful husband and a gorgeous new baby. The only thing is – her husband has left on a work trip and the baby is colicky. Alice cannot sleep. Into her chaotic world arrive two fantastical creatures who take an unnatural interest in her child. In a play described as Rosemary’s Baby meets Fight Club, playwright Lisa Ryder explores the taboo subject of postpartum depression and the extreme places the mind can go. A Blow in the Face is a searing and irreverent take on a subject to which every parent will relate.

Produced by Bald Ego Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre and written by Lisa Ryder. Directed and choreographed by Monica Dottor. Featuring Tess Degenstein, Jordan Pettle, Selina Martin and Lisa Ryder.

“A Blow in the Face is a play I have been birthing for a long time – 13 years in fact,” explains playwright Lisa Ryder. “I had just finished five years as an action hero on a sci-fi show. Within a year and a half I got married, moved to the suburbs of Vancouver, and had a baby. Within three days of the baby’s birth, my then husband left town for work. I was alone; in a house with a leaky roof; with a brand new baby. It rained a lot. The baby cried a lot. I entered a period I  now refer to as The Cave. I now know that many women experience The Cave, but very few talk about it. I think it’s time we talked about it.”

“It’s funny, it’s incisive, it’s smart as hell. It’s also utterly original and thoroughly theatrical.” – Michael Healey

More Info: www.nightwoodtheatre.net #BlowInTheFace

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