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Trompe-La-Mort, or Goriot in the 21st Century ()

Produced by

Live Lobster Theatre

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Anthony MacMahon
Director: Ted Witzel


Factory Studio Theatre


August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016


An anarchist holds the world’s secrets on a hard drive. Three developers try and disrupt stagnant markets, missed connections, and freedom of speech. A venture capitalist finds his profit in the rubble. The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.

A loose adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s Le Père Goriot smashed up against Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century asking what’s the difference between terrorism and whistleblowing? What’s the difference between a human being and a start-up corporation? What is the difference between freedom and control? This digital age thriller explores what happens when your work life, relationships, and ideas are reduced to data processed in an app. (


Mark Crawford Peter
Farah Merani Delphine
Lindsay Owen Pierre Barry
Ewa Wolniczek Vautrin
Jeff Yung Owen
Torren Sylvain Voice Actor
Spencer Schunk Voice Actor
Jenna-Lee Hyde Voice Actor
Michela Cannon Voice Actor
Ali Kazmi Voice Actor
David Mackett Voice Actor
Katherine Gauthier Voice Actor
Win Davvit Voice Actor

Creative Team

Anthony MacMahon Playwright
Ted Witzel Director
Anahita Dehbonehie Set Designer
Anahita Dehbonehie Costume Designer
C.J. Astronomo Lighting Designer
Wesley McKenzie Projection Designer
Wesley McKenzie Sound Designer
Matt McLaren Assistant Director
Simon Fon Stunt Co-Ordinator


Alanna Dunlop Stage Manager
Milly Maguire Assistant Stage Manager
Justis Danto-Clancy Production Manager
Michelle Yagi Producer