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Amaka Umeh and Deborah Hay. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
Support for Fall On Your Knees
Transforming an inspired idea into a large-scale creation for the stage is only possible with major financial and artistic support. Lead donors David and Margaret Fountain have enabled five Canadian theatre companies to co-produce a uniquely Canadian story that will be seen by a wide, national audience across four cities.
“During the best of times and the worst of times, the performing arts have always provided us with entertainment, inspiration, diversion and a means to experience the joy of being alive. We are proud to be a part of making this landmark theatrical project possible,” said Mr. and Mrs. Fountain. Added Margaret, “Fall on Your Knees is one of my favourite books, and when the National Arts Centre approached us with the proposal of turning this important Canadian novel into a play, I was inspired by the idea of the story coming to life on stage.”
A significant investment from the NAC’s National Creation Fund made the development workshops possible. Marking its fifth year in 2022, and fuelled entirely by generous donors from across the country, the National Creation Fund invests in the development of compelling and ambitious new Canadian works. Heather Moore, Executive Producer of the Fund, said the chance to invest in Fall on Your Knees and bring it to the stage was irresistible.
The Toronto premiere at Canadian Stage would not have been possible without a consortium of donors who came together to underwrite the run. Lead by Canadian Stage board members Alexandra Baillie and Sara Angel, they gathered a group of generous theatre-lovers to bring Fall On Your Knees to the Bluma Appel Theatre.
“We owe enormous thanks to Alexandra and Sara and to the incredible donors who stood behind this herculean effort. Thank you!” said Brendan Healy, Artistic Director at Canadian Stage.
Fall On Your Knees at Canadian Stage was generously underwritten by: The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation – lead production underwriter Gail & Mark Appel, Alexandra Baillie, Katy Graham Debost, Kiki Delaney, Catherine Graham, and Michelle Koerner – supporting production underwriters Sara Angel and Julie Sutherland – performance underwriters
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund And lead donors Margaret Fountain, C.M., DFA(hc), DHL,(hc) and David Fountain, C.M.
We acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
Canadian Stage sends its love to the family and friends of Daniel Brooks who passed away peacefully on Monday. A beloved artist at Canadian Stage, Daniel was most recently on stage in 2022 with Other People, a play that he wrote and performed in. Our Artistic Director, Brendan Healy, shares some thoughts on his experience of working with Daniel on that show and on the generous gift of mentorship that Daniel offered him and others over two decades. Daniel will be greatly missed.
Canadian Stage interviews Sébastien Heins and David Rokeby
In advance of the premiere of No Save Points, “a play you can play,” in this edition of CS Grid, we catch up with artist Sébastien Heins and his mentor David Rokeby, BMO Lab Associate Director. We’re fascinated to learn more about the inner artistic workings behind this innovative new theatre production and how the Canadian Stage residency allowed Sébastien to expand on his artistic endeavours.
Blue Bird Theatre Collective with Brad Cook and Tawiah M'Carthy
We're back with Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook for a second round of Maanomaa, My Brother!
In this edition of CS Grid, Paul Smith—the Education & Outreach Coordinator of Blue Bird Theatre Collective—gathers some unique insight from the co-creators about the life lessons we can learn through the characters, Anne-Marie Donovan's contribution to the play, and more.
Canadian Stage interviews Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook
We're thrilled to finally unveil the world premiere of Maanomaa, My Brother this month in co-production with Blue Bird Theatre Collective. Maanomaa is a heartwarming story about friendships, adventure and truth-seeking.
In this edition of CS Grid, we're delighted to interview Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook, the co-creators and performers of Maanomaa to learn about the making of this play, how the characters grow from children to men and the touching story of aspiration, healing, and imagination.