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Instructions (To Any Future Socialist Government Wish to Abolish Christmas) ()

Produced by

The Coal Mine Theatre

Playwright: Michael Mackenzie
Director: David Storch


The Coal Mine (1454 Danforth Ave)


May 29th, 2016 – June 19th, 2016


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. (


Diana Bentley Cass
Ted Dykstra Jason

Creative Team

Michael Mackenzie Playwright
David Storch Director
Anna Treusch Costume Designer
Steve Lucas Set Designer
Steve Lucas Lighting Designer
Samuel Sholdice Sound Designer


Katie White Stage Manager
Seán Baker Production Manager
Christopher Hayes Producer


Kevin Hutson Scenic Carpenter
Ksenia Ivanova Scenic Painter
A.J. Morra Lighting Crew