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dirty butterfly


by debbie tucker green

In Association with Obsidian Theatre

​North American Premiere

Nov 1-17, 2013

debbie tucker green’s plays have gained worldwide attention for their intense and brutal subject matter and the poetic and crafty ways she weaves them together. This play, her first, discusses the collateral damage of domestic abuse and underscores the increasing divide between upper and lower classes and between races. dirty butterfly's overlapping dialogue moves at a rapid pace, creating new thoughts and images and places high demands on both artists and audience.

Following a smash hit run at the Toronto Fringe dirty butterfly was added into Obsidian Theatre’s 2013.14 Season Presentation Series. Reviews and accolades included: Top Ten shows to see at the 2012 Fringe by GRID Magazine, Best of Fest list by Mooney on Theatre, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Ensemble NOW TORONTO.

****A harrowing examination… goes right for the gut. The script is pervasive and mesmerizing, and all three actors are affecting. - The Torontoist

NNNN, CRITIC’S PICK - Jack Grinhaus’s meticulous direction makes this emotionally demanding tale an absorbing hour of theatre. Beautifully constructed... Visually Stunning. - NOW Magazine.

Director Jack Grinhaus’s production is puzzling … the acting is psychologically rooted, but physically striking…an intriguing play and production – Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail


… this is a terrific production. Its visually arresting, metaphorically rigorous staging, beautifully simple and utterly compelling…and this cast delivers …this gorgeous, very accomplished, and rigorously conceived production makes the most of it. I’d love to see more shows like this. -  Holger Symer, DISPOSITIO

8/10…the language is hypnotic. So is the acting in this powerful production. Directed with minimalist intensity—and a brilliant use of coloured chalk dust—by Jack Grinhaus, this is a show that deserves a post-Fringe life — Martin Morrow. THE GRID

Kaleb Alexander - Jason

Lauren Brotman - Jo

Beryl Bain - Amelia (Cherissa Richards for the Toronto Fringe Production)



Director – Jack Grinhaus

Stage Manager – Heather Thompson
Apprentice Stage Manager – Meredith Henry

Production Manager – Dave Degrow

Set and Costume Design – Jackie Chau

Lighting Design – Andre Du Toit

Sound Design – Samuel Sholdice
Associate Producer and Photography by – Joe Bucci

Marketing – Sue Edworthy

Poster Design – Sydney Jones

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