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Toronto: Nightwood presents UnSpun Theatre’s live encounter “Lost Together” May 25-June 5

Friday, May 7, 2021

Nightwood is pleased to present UnSpun Theatre’s Lost Together, conceived by Shira Leuchter and created and realized by Shira Leuchter and Michaela Washburn, from May 25th to June 5th, 2021. In this micro-multi-disciplinary art piece, audience members enter a digital space one at a time to share a story about something they’ve lost. Once shared, Michaela and Shira build and present a small object that encapsulates their guest’s story, which is added to an ever-evolving exhibition, reminding us that loss doesn’t have to be a solitary reckoning. Called an “intimate and unforgettable piece of live art” by NOW Magazine, this winner of the 2018 SummerWorks Performance Festival Production Prize brings humanity, artistry and heart to a moment well acquainted with loss.

The co-creators share, “Lost Together was born out of a desire to offer audiences a gift in a time of political and cultural violence and upheaval. We feel privileged to meet every one of our participants, and lucky that they've trusted us to embark on a micro-adventure with them. The encounter we share is an act of witnessing, companioning and finding community in loss and grief. After this year of radical isolation, we are putting forward a gentle reminder that we are interconnected, we need each other, and we don't have to navigate our griefs alone. Lost Together is a chance to practice collaboration and care.” Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson offered, “there are no two artists more equipped to hold this space more tenderly. In a time stained with so much distress, Nightwood is honoured to host these exquisite encounters full of love, connection, and that will offer a positive memory during this time.”

Available through the Nightwood Theatre site:


Tickets range from PWYC, $25, $50.

Due to the nature of this piece, there are only 60 tickets available and time slots must be booked in advance. Please note that there are no ticket exchanges or returns.


As Canada’s foremost feminist theatre, Nightwood Theatre is driven by artistic excellence, advocacy, and the successful training and development of artists that self-identify as having lived experience touched by womanhood – this includes but is not limited to trans, cis, Two-Spirit and non-binary folks. Founded in 1979, Nightwood Theatre has created and produced award-winning plays, which have won Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers, Trillium and Governor General’s Awards.


UnSpun Theatre is a creation-based theatre company that focuses on a collaborative, artist-driven, non-hierarchical approach to performance-making. They situate their work in the space between narrative and experimental storytelling, and between fiction and documentary. Led by Chris Hanratty and Shira Leuchter, UnSpun Theatre has been creating award-winning work since 2004. Their work is tender but rigorous, delicate but exacting, and offers an invitation to challenge the patterns of the everyday encounter: the objects, places and stories that define our shared narrative.