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Leaving Home ()

Produced by

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Playwright: David French
Director: Ted Dykstra


The Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


April 30th, 2007 – July 23rd, 2007


David French’s humorous and heartrending play represents the first installment of the seminal and very personal Mercer Family Saga. Set in Toronto, Leaving Home explores physical and spiritual dislocation in a tale of unrequited love between a father and a son. This astonishing play was instrumental in the establishment of Canadian home-grown drama when it triumphantly premiered in 1972.  (


Diane D’Aquila Mary
Oliver Dennis Harold
Anthony Johnston Bill
Jeff Lillico Ben
Martha MacIsaac Kathy
Jane Spidell Minnie
Kenneth Welsh Jacob

Creative Team

David French Playwright
Ted Dykstra Director
Patrick Clark Set Designer
Patrick Clark Costume Designer
Louise Guinand Lighting Designer
John Gzowski Sound Designer
Alison Palmer Assistant Director
Simon Fon Fight Choreographer


Nancy Dryden Production Stage Manager
Janet Gregor Assistant Stage Manager
Diane Pitblado Dialect Coach
Kelly McEvenue Alexander Coach


Bill Penner Director of Production
Matt Farrell Technical Director
Mike Ledermueller Assistant Technical Director
Mary-Jo Carter Dodd Head of Wardrobe
Kaz Maxine Millinery
Lisa Nighswander Head of Properties
Greg Chambers Props Builder
Monique Stewart Props Builder
Andy DeVries Head Carpenter
Dustin Gingerich Assistant Carpenter
David Rayfield Head Scenic Artist
Will Leskevich Scenic Artist
Stephanie Ripley Production Assistant
G. Stuart Baulch House Technician
Jason Browning House Technician
Greg Poulin House Technician
Pascale Thibodeau House Technician