Instructions at Coal Mine Theatre


Instructions with Ted Dykstra & Diana Bentley. Photo Credit - Shaun Benson

Where: The Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When: May 29 – June 19, 2016
Cost: All Tickets $35 (preview $20) and can be purchased at

Details: Coal Mine Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of the edgy and electric Instructions (TO Any Future Socialist Government Wishing To Abolish Christmas). Written by Canadian playwright Michael Mackenzie, directed by David Storch and starring Coal Mine’s Artistic Curator Ted Dykstra and Artistic Producer Diana Bentley, this modern-day two-hander examines the shifting and suspect forces that drive the global financial system.

Set in 2008 against the panic-stricken backdrop of the U.S. financial collapse, a ruthless hedge fund manager in the midst of market chaos, gets a surprise visit from his brilliant yet troubled assistant who has just returned from an enforced sabbatical. Their intense interactions swing between humorous and tender to crude and cunning as they examine the financial mess and interrogate each other about their work and motives.

Equal parts thriller and Greek tragedy, emotions, numbers and words collide in a frantic yet controlled rhythm made all the more dramatic by Mackenzie’s breathtaking use of language and his perceptive take on the global economy.

Michael Mackenzie is a Canadian film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright and dramaturge best known for his play Geometry in Venice; his feature film The Baroness and the Pig, an adaptation of his play; and his Genie Award-winning screenplay Le Polygraphe, co-written with Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard.

Director David Storch has performed or directed at most major theatre companies in Canada. He recently helmed The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper) and has appeared in Cake and Dirt (Tarragon Theatre) and Arigato, Tokyo (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre).

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