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6 Essential Questions ()

Produced by

Factory Theatre

Playwright: Priscila Uppal
Director: Leah Cherniak


Factory Mainspace Theatre


March 1st - 5th, 2014


March 1st, 2014 – March 30th, 2014


6 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS is the debut play from poet, novelist and academic, Priscila Uppal. Based on her 2013 critically acclaimed memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother, 6 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS is the story of Renata as she travels to Brazil to see the mother who abandoned her when she was five years old.

In Rio, Renata reconnects with her mother and discovers that, well, some dreams are meant to die.  (


Maggie Huculak Grandmother
Mina James Renata
Elizabeth Saunders Mother
Richard Zeppieri Doctor Garbage

Creative Team

Priscila Uppal Playwright
Leah Cherniak Director
Iris Turcott Dramaturge
Victoria Wallace Set Designer
Victoria Wallace Costume Designer
Arun Srinivasan Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Cylla von Tiedemann Projection Designer
Cameron Davis Projection Designer
Siobhán Sleath Assistant Lighting Designer
Terrill Maguire Choreographer


Sarah Miller Stage Manager
Emily Mewett Apprentice Stage Manager
Vanessa Janiszewski Head of Properties
Allie Marshall Head of Wardrobe
Jamie Monteiro Carpenter
Alia Koster Crew
Les Stockley Crew
Jordan Routliff Crew
Patrick Lavender Crew
Michael Brunet Swing Technician
Josh Hoodless Swing Technician
Anna Treusch Set Dresser
Bronwen Sharp Photography
Joanna Akyol Production Photography


Erin Birkenbergs Production Manager
Jamie Monteiro MainStage Technical Director
Bryan Eaton Assistant Production Manager