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Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille presents “Toka” online April 20-23

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

“What is startling to me about the story of Toka, is that I have to remind myself that it is a modern-day tale of revenge. All around the world we still suffer from the damaging consequences of colonial constructs such as ‘land-ownership’.

Toka, in an interdisciplinary way, skillfully explores this human cost and path to healing.” — Marjorie Chan

Gjakmarrja (blood feud in Albanian), is rooted in the Kanun and dates as far back as 5th century B.C., obliging that murder be repaid with murder. Male family members are expected to seek revenge in the name of familial honour or else be stigmatized by theircommunity.

Under the Communist Dictatorship of Enver Hoxha blood feuds were outlawed, though the practice saw a resurgence in the 1990s during the country’s turbulent transition to democracy. Since 1991, over 12,000 revenge murders have reportedly been committed in Albania. Safe only in their own homes, many affected by these feuds live in isolation, for fear of death if they were to venture outside still today.

Toka tells the story of siblings who wrestle with the cycle of blood feuds. Written and choreographed by Indrit Kasapi and directed by Cole Alvis (lemonTree creations), Toka is a startling theatrical piece you won't want to miss.

Tickets & Showtimes

This show runs from April 20 – April 23, 2022. To see the list of shows and book your tickets, please visit or contact us at 416.504.7529, or by email at Tickets are all Pay-What-You-Can-Afford Price Points: $50, $25, $5.