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The Overwhelming ()

Produced by

Studio 180 Theatre

Presented by

Canadian Stage

Playwright: J. T. Rogers
Director: Joel Greenberg


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


March 8th, 2010 – April 3rd, 2010


American academic Jack Exley travels to Rwanda to interview old friend Joseph Gasana about his struggle for good against daunting odds. But when Jack arrives in Kigali, he is unable to find the Tutsi doctor – or anyone who will even admit to having known him. Befriended by both locals and diplomats with veiled motives, Jack and his family become enmeshed in the tension, terror, professional risks and personal betrayals that they ultimately realize mark the start of a genocidal war. (


Dorothy A. Atabong Élise Kayitesi / Rwandan Doctor
Audrey Dwyer Emiritha / Market Woman / Waitress
Paul Essiembre Jean-Claude Buisson / Jan Verbeek /British Doctor
Mariah Inger Linda White-Keeler
Sterling Jarvis Samuel Mizinga
Hardee T. Lineham Charles Woolsey
Brendan McMurtry-Howlett Geoffrey Exley
Karim Morgan Gérard / Waiter
André Sills Market Man / UN Major / Policeman / Man at French Embassy Party / Man at Night Club
David Storch Jack Exley
Nigel Shawn Williams Joseph Gasana / Waiter / Orderly / Servant

Creative Team

J. T. Rogers Playwright
Joel Greenberg Director
Shari Hollett Assistant Director
Michael Gianfrancesco Set Designer
Erika Connor Costume Designer
Kimberly Purtell Lighting Designer
Michael Laird Sound Designer
Dylan Roberts Fight Choreographer


Emma Laird Stage Manager
Liz Campbell Assistant Stage Manager
Natalie Gisèle Apprentice Stage Manager
Erika Connor Head of Wardrobe
Nathaniel Kennedy Production Manager
Paul Essiembre Fight Captain
Régine King Kinyarwanda Language Coach
Jean Paul Gahunde Kinyarwanda Language Coach
Paul Essiembre French Language Coach
Craig Smith Head Carpenter
Matthew Marshall Carpenter
Matt Jordan Carpenter
Mattea Kennedy Scenic Artist
Silvie Varone Head of Properties
John Karastamatis Marketing & Publicity
Samer Muscati Photography


Eric Meadows House Technician