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Produced by

Nightwood Theatre

Playwright: Mary Vingoe
Director: Kelly Thornton


Tarragon Theatre – Extra Space


April 19th, 2016 – May 8th, 2016


Inspired by the award-winning CBC Radio documentary Habtom’s Path by Mary Lynk, Refuge offers a penetrating look into Canada’s refugee system and confronts the heightened paranoia that can so tragically disrupt our capacity to trust.

East African army deserter Ayinom Zerisenai has landed in Nova Scotia, where his mother already has refugee status. But even as his plight wins the support of immigration lawyer Saul Ackman, questions about his past actions – and his current enigmatic behaviour – begin to haunt Pamela who has taken him under her roof. Are she and her husband harbouring a legitimate refugee – or a terrorist? A harrowing story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world. (


Andrea Davis Amleset Zerisenai
Ryan Hollyman Allan Ross
Mary Francis Moore Interviewer
Raïs Muoi Mebrahtu
Pamela Mala Sinha Pamela Ross
Jason Weinberg Saul Ackman

Creative Team

Mary Vingoe Playwright
Kelly Thornton Director
Mary-Elizabeth Willcott Assistant Director
Laura Gardner Set Designer
Laura Gardner Costume Designer
Richard Feren Sound Designer
Rebecca Picherack Lighting Designer
Rebecca Vandevelde Associate Lighting Designer


Richard Feren Composer


Kaitlin Hickey Projection Designer
Jacqueline Costa Production Manager
Neha Ross Stage Manager
Victoria Wang Apprentice Stage Manager
Gloria Chan Sound Intern