Jonathan Goad, Michelle Monteith, Matthew Edison

Public Enemy

A Canadian Stage Production

By Olivier Choinière
Translated and Adapted by Bobby Theodore
Directed by Brendan Healy

Always subversive, Siminovitch Prize-winning playwright, Olivier Choinière, invites you to a family dinner unlike any you’ve attended before – a familiar setting with a surreal twist.

Directed in its Canadian English-language premiere by Artistic Director Brendan Healy, Public Enemy is full of wit, rapid-fire dialogue, and fantastical elements.

Very slick and very funny – The Globe and Mail
A crème de la crème cast – The Globe and Mail

Throughout Public Enemy, multiple characters converse simultaneously. The audience is engaged in a very intimate way as they listen to overlapping, competing conversations, and make the choice of what to listen to. This unique experience is one of the reasons we wanted to program the show; it's what makes every viewing of Public Enemy unique.

As a result of the unique challenge of capturing the layered dialogue in this production, hearing assist devices will not be available for performances of Public Enemy.

Please contact the box office if you require accessibility accommodations to discuss your options.

If you would benefit from knowing more about specific emotive content and themes in this production, please read our Content Advisory.



If you enjoyed the play, take it home with you!

Public Enemy is now available for purchase through Playwrights Canada Press. Canadian Stage will be hosting a post-show talkback with translator and adaptor Bobby Theodore on Friday, October 7 following that evening's performance. Copies of the play will be available for purchase at the bar.




Playwright, Artistic Adviser, General and Artistic Director of L'ACTIVITÉ

  • Olivier Choinière

Translated and Adapted by

  • Bobby Theodore

Directed By

  • Brendan Healy


  • Finley Burke
  • Rosemary Dunsmore
  • Matthew Edison
  • Jonathan Goad
  • Michelle Monteith
  • Amy Rutherford
  • Maja Vujicic

Stage Manager

  • Matt MacInnis

Assistant Stage Manager

  • Jennifer Newnham

Set Designer

  • Julie Fox

Lighting Designer

  • Kimberly Purtell*

Sound Designer

  • Richard Feren*

Costume Designer

  • Ming Wong

Fight Director

  • Anita Nittoly

Assistant Technical Director

  • Jillian Wardell

Video Coordinator

  • Laura Warren

Head of Wardrobe

  • Janet Pym

Wig Stylist

  • Sharon Ryman

Head of Props

  • Mary Spyrakis

Props Assistant

  • Chynah Philadelphia

Puppet Builder

  • Sophie Moynan

Scenic Artist

  • Daniela Mazic
  • Alysson Bernabe

Head Technician

  • Josh Vlodarchyk

Head Technician - Audio

  • Everett Dalingwater

LX Operator

  • Bennett Hyslop

Stage Crew - Flies

  • Ben Junor

Stage Crew

  • Edwin Fisher
  • Colin Fisher


  • Barbara Morrone-Sanchez

* Indicated designers on this production are represented by the Associated Designers of Canada, IATSE Local ADC659.

Public Enemy is underwritten by Sandra Simpson in recognition of her generous gift to Canadian Stage's Transformation Campaign.

Public Enemy is generously underwritten by John and Nancy Embry.

This translation was commissioned by L’ACTIVITÉ with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

With support from the Bureau du Québec à Toronto.

Province of Quebec

Public Enemy In Rehearsal

Currently Playing at Canadian Stage

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