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Toronto: Theatre Gargantua presents “The Wager” November 14-30

Monday, October 28, 2019

Responding to an era of rampant climate change denial, fake news, and increasingly fragile defenses of truth, THEATRE GARGANTUA is proud to announce the World Premiere of THE WAGER, written by Michael Spence, directed by Jacquie P.A. Thomas, featuring an exceptional cast of Olivia Croft, François Macdonald, Teiya Kasahara, and Michael Spence. 

THE WAGER is a timely piece that takes its inspiration from a true story, where a 19th century scientist accepted a bet to prove that the planet earth is round rather than flat, only to have his proof rejected by the hostile flat-earthers. From here, connections are easily drawn between this episode and our current moment of climate denial, anti-vaxxing campaigns, and "alternative facts". Presented in a moment where the future of our earth is particularly uncertain, the “wager” of the title doubles as a provocation, asking to what extent we are willing to gamble on our own future.

The Wager World Premiere 

November 14th – 30th | 7:30 pm

presented at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto 

Cast & Crew 

Conceived and directed by Jacquie PA Thomas

Written by Michael Spence

Featuring François Macdonald, Michael Spence, Olivia Croft, Teiya Kasahara

Stage Manager Milly Maguire

Lighting & Projection Design by Laird Macdonald

Costume Design by Sarah Delignies, based on original design by Melanie McNeill

Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne

Set Design by Michael Spence

Production Manager David Vanderlip

Produced by Sukaina Ibraheem

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