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What Makes a Man ()

Produced by

Necessary Angel Theatre Company

Presented by

Canadian Stage

Creators: Jennifer Tarver and Justin Ellington
Director: Jennifer Tarver

Originally conceived by Jennifer Tarver


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


October 5th, 2014 – November 2nd, 2014


French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour is one of the world’s last living “showmen” who, at 90 years, is still a dazzling performer and songwriter. Created from his rich and diverse catalogue of songs, What Makes a Man is inspired by the life he lived, observed and wrote about. In a moment of personal self-examination, four distinct aspects of one man are born: poet, survivor, performer and prophet, collectively embodied by four extraordinary vocal artists. (


Kenny Brawner Performer
Andrew Penner Performer
Louise Pitre Performer
Saidah Baba Talibah Performer

Creative Team

Jennifer Tarver Creator
Justin Ellington Creator
Jennifer Tarver Director
Charles Aznavour Songwriter
Justin Ellington Music Direction
Justin Ellington Arrangements
Marie-Josée Chartier Movement / Staging Collaborator
Teresa Przybylski Set Designer
Teresa Przybylski Costume Designer
Kimberly Purtell Lighting Designer
Michael Laird Sound Designer
Andrew Shaver Dramaturge


Andrew Craig Keyboard
Heather Crawford Guitar
Rich Grossman Guitar
Marlon Pennant Bass
David Restivo Piano / Band Leader
Roger Travassos Drums


Joanna Barrotta Stage Manager
Sarah Miller Assistant Stage Manager
Patrick Lavender Production Manager
Marlee Bygate Head of Wardrobe
Mary Spyrakis Props Assistance
Vanessa Janiszewski Props Assistance
Sybil Goday Executive Producer


Jay Blencowe Sr. Head Technician
Cecilia Waszczuk Head Technician
William Fallon Production Sound Engineer