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The Wager ()

Produced by

Theatre Gargantua

Playwright: Michael Gordon Spence
Director: Jacquie PA Thomas


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


November 16th, 2018 – November 17th, 2018


Every day we’re faced with information that either confirms or challenges what we hold to be true. When we’re forced to make critical choices we end up betting a lot on the correctness of our worldview.

The Wager’s exploration was inspired by the real-life story of a nineteenth century scientist who accepted a wager to prove that the earth isn’t flat. While he irrefutably won the bet, the flat-earthers refused to see the evidence for what it was and proceeded to ruin the scientist’s life with harassment, lawsuits and death threats.

Today’s wagers are between scientists and climate-change deniers, doctors and anti-vaxers, journalists and fact-denying politicians. Suspicion of well established facts corrupt large portions of the population, yet the stakes have never been higher as we gamble with the future of our planet. (


Belinda Corpuz Performer
Teiya Kasahara Performer
Kwaku Okyere Performer
Michael Gordon Spence Performer

Creative Team

Michael Gordon Spence Playwright
Jacquie PA Thomas Director
Laird Macdonald Lighting Designer
Laird Macdonald Projection Designer
Michael Gordon Spence Set Designer
Melanie McNeill Costume Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Belinda Corpuz Original Composition
Teiya Kasahara Original Composition
Kwaku Okyere Original Composition
Thomas Ryder Payne Original Composition
Michael Gordon Spence Original Composition


Kathleen Jones Stage Manager
Courtney Pyke Production Manager
Yolanda Ferrato Producer
Tarndeep Pannu Artistic Intern
Ryan Percival Artistic Intern
Laura Warren Crew
Laura Philipps Crew
Giuseppe Condello Crew
Colin Harris Crew
Lindsay Jenkins Crew
Liz Maraston Crew
Eric Read Crew
Meghan Speakman Crew
Micah Champagne Crew
Jennifer Laws Crew


David Fisher Mainspace Technician