William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying on Stage in Toronto to March 31 2013

From a media release:

Theatre Smith-Gilmour presents
As I Lay Dying
By William Faulkner
March 8th-31st, 2013
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace

"It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end."

TORONTO - Following this year’s acclaimed workshop production, Theatre Smith-Gilmour presents the World Premiere of William Faulkner’s AS I LAY DYING at Theatre Passe Muraille from March 8-31, 2013. An original adaptation, AS I LAY DYING is the evocative Southern gothic chronicle of the Bundren family odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury their wife and mother. Calamity haunts their 40-mile funeral procession, an absurdly tragic journey through the grotesque intersection of character and circumstance. Tickets will be available via the artsboxoffice.ca, 416-504-7529, or at the door.

AS I LAY DYING transgresses triumphantly all the principles of good taste – it is a rich and unsettling tale that takes us to the edge of sanity as each member of the family struggles in their own way with the promise made to Addie Bundren. A dying Addie watches her eldest son build the coffin she’ll soon occupy. The family – including Addie herself, speaking from beyond the grave – reveal their foibles and secrets in overlapping narratives chronicling the journey, marked by flood and fire and family discord. There aren’t any angels aboard this wagon - just humanity, with all of its virtues and vices, beneath an ominous halo of circling vultures.

AS I LAY DYING features Daniel Roberts (Home Ice, Theatre North), Julian De Zotti (Suits, USA Network, New Year, indie feature film), Dan Watson (Ahuri Theatre, creator/director of A Fool's Life), Ben Muir (Storming Juno, The History Channel), Nina Gilmour (recently returned from two years of study at the school of Philippe Gaulier in Paris), alongside Theatre Smith-Gilmour founders Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour (Lu Xun Blossoms, Chekhov Cycle, Grimm too, Katherine Mansfield). Lighting Designed by Dora award-winner Andre Du Toit (TSG, Factory Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, LabCab Festival). Set and Costume Design by Dora and Gemini award-winner Teresa Przybylski (Stratford, Shaw, COC, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre). Stage managed by Heather Thompson.

Theatre Smith-Gilmour occupies an essential place in the landscape of Canadian Theatre; founders Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour have created physically bold and moving pieces of theatre, based on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, since 1980. Their highly-esteemed body of work is known for its compassionate vision of the human condition, and includes the acclaimed Chekhov Cycle and Lu Xun Blossoms. Theatre Smith-Gilmour has been nominated for 29 Dora Awards, and won 8, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Actor (Dean Gilmour), and Outstanding Director (Michele Smith), for both Chekhov’s shorts and Chekov longs – In The Ravine.

Show information for AS I LAY DYING:
Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto)
Dates: March 8-31, 2013
Tues - Sat @ 7:30pm, PWYC Matinee Saturdays @ 2:30pm and Sunday 31 March at 2:30pm
Tickets: $15-$30 Will be available via artsboxoffice.ca or 416-504-7529


  1. If you are new to Faulkner, read this novel first, now that you know the secret to its puzzle in narration. Then imagine sitting around that collective campfire and hearing this story just as Faulkner wrote it. Puzzling on paper, clear in the telling. So Faulknerian!


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