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Jesus Chrysler ()

Produced by

Praxis Theatre

Presented by

Theatre Passe Muraille

Playwright: Tara Beagan
Director: Michael Wheeler


Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace


November 29th, 2011 – December 11th, 2011


A world premiere by Dora-Award winning playwright Tara Beagan, Jesus Chrysler is an immersive production that revolves around Toronto activist and director Eugenia “Jim” Watts and poet Dorothy Livesay.  An unsung icon of 1930s Toronto theatre, Jim had her work banned by a Prime Minister before enlisting in The Spanish Civil War, becoming its sole female ambulance driver. Livesay went on to become a two-time Governor General Award winner for poetry and an Officer of The Order of Canada. Jesus Chrysler invites you to explore their complex relationship in a show that engages with and questions the intersection of art and politics. (


Margaret Evans Jim
Aviva Armour-Ostroff Dee
Jeffrey Wetsch Nate

Creative Team

Tara Beagan Playwright
Michael Wheeler Director
Scott Penner Set Designer
Scott Penner Costume Designer
Verne Good Sound Designer
David DeGrow Lighting Designer
Laura Nordin Assistant Director


Dini Conte Stage Manager
Aislinn Rose Producer
Leora Morris Movement Coach
Kirsten LaBonte Production Assistant
Will O’Hare Photography
Benjamin Kibblewhite Graphic Designer
Brendan Gilhuly Carpenter
Joey Morin Load-In Crew
Michelle Ramsay Load-In Crew
Alyksandra Ackerman Load-In Crew


Colin Harris Backspace Coordinator
Ryan McDougall Production Manager