Lennox Eveleigh, Monica Garrido Huerta, and Rosie Bretz. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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Universal Child Care

Created by Quote Unquote Collective commissioned by BroadStage, Santa Monica, in association with Nightwood Theatre, Why Not Theatre and the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, presented by Canadian Stage.

Created by Quote Unquote Collective

The creators of Mouthpiece share a virtuosic new work

Witness the sheer power and force of the unaccompanied human voice in the newest work from Quote Unquote Collective. Part concert, part theatre play (and self-consciously neither of those things), the ensemble screams about the lack of affordable child care and growing inequalities while comparing different approaches to child care around the globe.

Three onsite childcare options available for Feb 25 matinee of Universal Child Care!

We understand that enjoying the theatre with your little ones can be a juggling act. That’s why Canadian Stage has partnered with Balancing Act Canada and our neighbours at The Jamii Hub to offer parents three FREE onsite childcare options during the Sunday, February 25th matinee of Universal Child Care 

BABES IN ARMS - newborn to age 3:  

For the Feb 25 matinee, parents are welcome to watch the performance with their baby/toddler in their arms/laps.   Please note that the performance is approximately 80 minutes long.   

TODDLER FUN - For ages 2 – 4:  

Theatre-goers can register their toddler(s) for free child care and activities provided by experienced ECE caregivers from the Summerhill Club.  The toddlers will explore their creativity with toys, activities, and crafts.   

CREATIVE KIDS -  For ages 5 – 12: 

While you’re at the theatre, the kids will enjoy a craft session guided by professional artist Janice Garel at the Jamii Hub. Janice studied at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica and at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited both in Toronto and abroad. She has been working with Jamii to facilitate youth arts workshops of all kinds. During the craft session, children will have the opportunity to try painting, mask making, and crafting.  

Drop-off and Pick-up Details: 

Location: 264 The Esplanade 

Drop-off: anytime between 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm 

Pick-up: anytime between 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  

Registration Requirement:    Parents must book or confirm their tickets to the performance at the time of registration for the childcare options. 

To reserve a spot or for more information, click here.


Looking for some bonus programming to go with your ticket to Universal Child Care? We've got you covered! You're invited to attend:

  • Feb 13th post-show talkback at 9:30pm with Child Care Now, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, and the Child Care Resource and Research Unit

  • Feb 16th pre-show chat at 7:15pm with the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

  • Feb 22nd post-show talkback at 9:30pm with artists from the show

  • Feb 25th post-show talkback at 3:30pm with Balancing Act Canada


...a gift to lovers of boundary-breaking theatre – Stage Door
The combination of movement and brilliant voice work produced by Nostbakken and Sadava can be unforgettable; and at its best, seems to speak for a generation. – The Scotsman (Review of Mouthpiece)

Music & Lyrics



  • Mónica Garrido Huerta


  • Orian Michaeli

Musical Director

Lighting Designer

  • André du Toit*

Set Designers

  • Lorenzo Savoini*
  • Michelle Tracey*

Sound Designer

  • Matt Smith

Projection Designer

  • potatoCakes_digital

Costume Designer

  • Christine Ting - Huan Urquhart*

Costume Assistant

  • Mad LeBlanc

Stage Manager

  • Tara Mohan

Assistant Stage Manager

  • Victoria Wang

Sound Engineer

  • Jess Forrest


  • Jenna Harris

Workshop Producer

  • Najla Nubyanluv

Consulting Producers

  • Michelle Yagi
  • Kelly Read

Workshop Devisors

  • Sturla Alvsvag
  • Akosua Amo-Adem
  • Augusto Bitter
  • Celia Green
  • Viktor Lukawski
  • Kwaku Okyere
  • Dan Watson

Production Supervisor

  • Crystal Lee

Production Manager

  • Carlos Varela Serra

Technical Director

  • Daniel Bennett

Baillie Theatre Head Technician

  • Josh Vlodarchyk

Upstairs Theatre Head Technician

  • Finn Browne

House Technician

  • Ben Junor

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

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