written by Alyson Grant
From February 6th 2018 to February 25th 2018
Director: Guy Sprung
Avec/Starring: Diana Fajrajsl, Timothy Hine, Mike Payette and Denise Watt
Writer of our hit show Progress!
Conversion ’s four family members get together for what is supposed to be a straightforward celebratory supper, but familiar patter and patterns quickly devolve into a collision course of identities—race, class, gender and religion.
This is the night that secrets explode and the bonds of love and blood get twisted and tested.
Post-Show Talk-Backs on Thursdays!
French surtitles available on Tuesdays and Fridays!
Dans Conversion quatre membres d’une famille se rassemblent pour ce qui est censé être un souper de célébration, mais les modèles familiers entrent rapidement en collision avec des identités telles que la race, la classe sociale, le genre et l’appartenance religieuse. C’est la nuit où les secrets se révèlent, où la laideur arrive à son paroxysme et où les liens de l’amour et du sang deviennent tordus et seront mis à l’épreuve.
Discussions après le spectacle chaque jeudi!
Surtitres en français disponibles les mardis et vendredis!
Décor et les costumes / Set and Costumes: Emily Soussana
Éclairage/Lighting: Andrew Scriver
Son/Sound: Devon Bate
AUDIENCES ARE RAVING!
"Imagine Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on steroids and Guess Who's Coming to (ruin) Dinner… with no one left to sacrifice by the time the lamb is served…a searing new play, …a ferocious, hyper-realistic powerhouse…Grant's writing, so lucid and genuine, makes it clear to audiences that they've been given a heightened peek into the closet dynamics taking place in many dining rooms throughout the city and beyond." -MJM
"A gut-wrenching, can't-look-away, score-settling fest that just escalates until everything and everyone involved implodes… Infinithéâtre Artistic Director Guy Sprung directs this production with sensitivity and aplomb, clearly supporting the cast and finely tuning the performances… Diana Fajrajsl is mind-blowing as Mary… Timothy Hine manages to create a nuanced, complex character… Emily Soussana's beautiful set ingeniously integrates Espace Knox's gorgeous architecture into Al and Abi's sweet abode… All in all, Infinithéâtre's world-premiere production of Alyson Grant's Conversion is a home-run." - ZONECULTURE
"…brilliantly straightforward…masterful expert direction…four exquisitely chiseled characters…a mesmerizing two-way mirror… a ripped-straight-from-the-headlines confrontation for the ages, clearly à propos for the 21st century, and definitely one not to be missed…Fortunately, no one in our fair city need miss it, as you can catch it in full throttle mode at the beautiful, new Espace Knox theatre until February 25th" - Orcasound
"Quite frankly, I was blown away…a script beautifully written by Alyson Grant that will test your emotions as you get into the psyche of each character. Kudos as well to Guy Sprung on directing this play, which I predict has a great future ahead of it…" - LCWS
"Even two days later, this play stays with you as you reflect on all the many and delicate subjects woven into the script. I've spoken to many friends about it. Very powerful. Would love to chat about it, but don't want to be the spoiler. One of the best plays I've seen in a very long time. I loved it more than what was up to now my favourite, Vittorio Rossi's fantastic trilogy. (Thanks Alyson.)" - Anonymous Audience Reaction
Previews February 6th & 7th
Shows at 8pm, Sunday PWYC Matinees at 2pm
Post-Show Talk-Backs on Thursdays
$30 General Admission
$23 Students & Seniors
$20 Groups (7+) & Previews
$14 Action-Infini School Groups
$120 6 Pack Season Pass
*All Prices Include Taxes
Sunday Matinees are PWYC
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***LOVE HURTS Valentine's Day Special!
February 13th and 14th ONLY
Purchase a pair of tickets for only $45.00 (taxes in)!
Thursday Post-Show Talk-Backs
Thursday February 15th and 22nd ONLY
We will host Thursday night post-show talk-backs with the playwright (Alyson Grant), all four actors (Diana Fajrajsl, Timothy Hine, Mike Payette and Denise Watt), and two professionals to shed light on the two central religions discussed in Conversion.
We have the pleasure of welcoming Ehab Lotayef, a human rights activist and advocate against Islamophobia, and Rabbi Reuben Poupko, a rabbi of the Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation, to share their insights on the Muslim and Jewish topics in the play.
Guy Sprung, the director, will act as panel mediator.