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the marquise of O- ()

Produced by

The Red Light District

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Adapter: Lauren Gillis and Ted Witzel
Directors: Lauren Gillis and Ted Witzel

After the short story by Heinrich Von Kleist


Factory Mainspace Theatre


August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015


the marquise of O— is pregnant, but doesn’t know how it happened. was it the immaculate conception or an ordinary sex crime? she puts an ad in the newspaper to find out.

in this new performance, based on the dubiously comedic and at any rate rather awkward short story by heinrich von kleist, tell-all TV segment inexplicably meets period drama as the red light district explores the tenuous relationship between truth and appearance, in a tabloid world of bleeped-out events and identities, lots of blushing and falling down, kantian metaphysics, a very important horsey-mask, some barfing, and ‘really great guys’ who just happen to be —.

(oh yeah, there’s a “great romance” too, if you’re the sort of person who’s into that).

the red light district is a toronto-based theatre-making thing that deconstructs texts by dead people in a way that is not humourless or stodgy. they made this thing by eating a lot of late night freezer pizza while talking about jian ghomeshi. (


Kaleb Alexander The Count
Rong Fu The Marquise
Tyler Hagemann Leopardo
Richard Partington The Father
G. Kyle Shields The Brother
Eve Wylden The Mother

Creative Team

Heinrich Von Kleist Author
Lauren Gillis Adapter
Ted Witzel Adapter
Lauren Gillis Director
Ted Witzel Director
Camellia Koo Set Concept
Amanda Wong Assistant Set Designer
Amanda Wong Costumes
C.J. Astronomo Lighting Designer
Christopher Stanton Sound Designer
Wesley McKenzie Video Designer
Jonnathan Leong-Sem Assistant Video Designer


Aisling Gibson Stage Manager
Jules Mendoza Assistant Stage Manager
Christopher Ross Production Manager
Amanda Wong Production Manager
Sandra Mandich Wardrobe Manager
Luke Pieroni Props Builder
Fraser Schouton-Pace Props Builder
Ksenia Ivanova Props Builder
Mia Vaasjo Props Builder
Brenda Duran Props Builder
Luke Pieroni Costume Maker
Fraser Schouton-Pace Costume Maker
Ksenia Ivanova Costume Maker
Mia Vaasjo Costume Maker
Brenda Duran Costume Maker


Jamie Monteiro Venue Technician
Matt Armour Venue Technician