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The Ties that Bind and Gag ()

Produced by

Poor Life Choices Productions

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Anna Mehler Paperny
Director: Juliet Paperny


Factory Studio Theatre


July 6th, 2018 – July 14th, 2018


Three generations of a tight-knit family cram into a rental car to drive to a funeral. Neuroses collide, emotions run high, grievances are aired and over-shared, traffic laws are broken.

Buckle up and spend some claustrophobic quality time on a guilt-trip road trip with your nearest and dearest – the people you love and can’t stand or just can’t understand. The ensuing drama’s funny because it’s true and hilarious because it’s heartbreaking.

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Barry Birnberg Morris
Toni Ellwand Lydia
Alexander Franks Arnold
Jamie Johnson Simon
Anne Shepherd Nomi
Rachel VanDuzer Zoe

Creative Team

Anna Mehler Paperny Playwright
Juliet Paperny Director


Duaa Zahra Stage Manager
Tess Capern Assistant Stage Manager
Juliet Paperny Producer
Jaylen Gadhia Business Affairs Manager
Anna Mehler Paperny Producer
Tess Capern Publicity Coordinator