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Reflections on Giving Birth to a Squid ()

Produced by

Parent Productions and The Steady State Theatre Project

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: David Levine
Director: Mitchell Cushman


The Randolph Theatre


July 3rd, 2009 – July 11th, 2009


Know how sometimes you spend a long time looking at something before you can put a name to it? Before you remember what it’s called? It was like that. Oblong, grey head, mess-a-legs. And I sat in the tub for a solid three minutes before the word hit me. Squid.

Unique in both form and content, Reflections on Giving Birth to a Squid tells the oldest of stories – a story of love and faith, of mother and child – in the strangest of contexts: What would you do if you gave birth to a squid? Squid is the tale of a nameless woman who has given birth to the inexplicable. When her husband, her neighbours and her world demand answers she doesn’t have, she is forced to confront motherhood, faith, language, love, and what makes a family.

Told through a series of short scenes and making creative and editorial use of projection in both set design and staging, Squid has been a surprise to most audiences – what begins as a tale of the tawdry evolves into a thoughtful, touching look at a woman betrayed by the unknown, and a reminder of the infinitesimal things that bind us all together. (


Mikaela Dyke Performer
Sébastien Heins Performer
Jessica Huras Performer

Creative Team

David Levine Playwright
Mitchell Cushman Director
Akiva Romer-Segal Set Designer
Kristina McNamee Lighting Designer
DJ X O Teric Sound Designer


Kristina McNamee Producer
David Levine Co-Producer
Maya Rabinovitch Co-Producer
Gary Levine Co-Producer
Sarah “Pip” Bradford Tour Manager
Jon Greenberg Set Captain
Nate Lyman Video
Dave Chin Graphic Designer
Rob Salerno Program Design