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Between Breaths ()

Produced by

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland

Presented by

Factory Theatre

Playwright: Robert Chafe
Director: Jillian Keiley


Factory Mainspace Theatre


November 20th, 2019 – December 8th, 2019


Inspired by the true story of Jon Lien – known as the Whale Man – Between Breaths is a profoundly emotional memory play that sails through Lien’s life and the dangerous, death-defying work of saving whales trapped in fishing nets off Newfoundland’s coast. Over his long career, Lien saved over 500 whales and earned the respect of the island’s fishermen, but his biggest fight came at the end of his life as dementia progressively conquered his body and mind. Featuring an evocative live score by Newfoundland’s Juno-nominated The Once, Between Breaths is a beautiful and poignant play about the parts of ourselves we hold on to after everything else is gone. (


Steve O’Connell Jon
Berni Stapleton Judy
Darryl Avalon Hopkins Wayne

Creative Team

Robert Chafe Playwright
Jillian Keiley Director
Geraldine Hollett Composer
Phil Churchill Composer
Andrew Dale Composer
Geraldine Hollett Music Arrangements
Phil Churchill Music Arrangements
Andrew Dale Music Arrangements
Kellie Walsh Musical Director
Iris Turcott Dramaturge
Sarah Garton Stanley Additional Dramaturgy
Sharon King-Campbell Assistant Director
Leigh Ann Vardy Lighting Designer
Shawn Kerwin Set Designer
Shawn Kerwin Costume Designer
Brian Kenny Sound Designer
Pat Dempsey Associate Sound Designer


Brianna Gosse Musician
Steve Maloney Musician
Kevin Woolridge Musician


Mara Bredovskis Stage Manager
Brian Kenny Technical Director
Patrick Foran Managing Producer
Mallory Fisher Associate Producer


Alanna McConnell Interim Production Manager
Corey Waters Mainspace Head Technician