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Awake ()

Produced by

Expect Theatre and Spark Collective

Presented by

Next Stage Theatre Festival

Playwright: Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley
Directors: Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley


Factory Mainspace Theatre


January 3rd, 2013 – January 13th, 2013


A hit of the 2011 Fringe, AWAKE takes you deep into the heart of one of Toronto’s most violent neighbourhoods. Set in the funeral of a victim of gun violence, AWAKE explores the ripple effect of gangs within a community. Developed over three years, the production portrays the lives of those living in an “at risk” community. The show is made up entirely from interviews with mothers who lost sons, gang members, outreach workers, and police. (


Beryl Bain Nadia
Lauren Brotman Heart
Quancetia Hamilton Audette
Muoi Nene Andrew
Peyson Rock Wisdom
David Shelley Officer X
Richard Stewart Pastor

Creative Team

Laura Mullin Playwright
Chris Tolley Playwright
Laura Mullin Director
Chris Tolley Director
Erica Kopyto Dramaturge
Andrew Craig Musical Director
Arun Srinivasan Lighting Designer
Jackie Chau Set Designer
Jackie Chau Costume Designer
Ed Hanley Sound Designer
Simon Fon Fight Choreographer


Richard Wilson Organist


Laura Cournoyea Stage Manager
Arun Srinivasan Production Manager
Sue Edworthy Marketing Consultant


Jamie Monteiro Technical Director, Mainspace
Kevin Hutson Venue Technician
Joey Morin Venue Technician
Christopher Ross Venue Technician
Aaron Kelly Festival Lighting Designer