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Toronto: Dandelion Theatre presents “DEATH: a love story” August 17-20

Monday, July 31, 2023

DEATH: a love story is a fast paced, existential, dark comedy which explores the effects of mental illness on romantic partnerships and the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. When Jack and Moonie wake up to discover that they have died, they plead with the powers that be to send them a companion – to be dead but not alone. When the lights come up and they see each other for the first time in three years, these old friends and ex-lovers must reconnect after an extended absence in surreal circumstances to discover how they died. With hints of Waiting for Godot and No Exit, as well as classic romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind or Past Lives, this show stays light while getting deep and explores the beautiful cracks that make us human.

Death: a love story was first workshopped as part of the Beck Theatre Creation Festival back in 2018 and has grown and changed with its author and with the different actors who have portrayed Jack and Moonie. 

This production stars Sivert Das (seen most recently in Dandelion Theatre’s 2022 production of The Winter’s Tale) as Jack and Sophie Rivers (who appeared in last year’s Hamilton Fringe Festival production of The Storyteller) as Moonie. Dandelion Theatre has been producing new and immersive work in Toronto for the past four years. Among our recent productions are The Hands of Hypatia (and Other Stories) (2020), After Icarus (2021), and The Sinai Sessions (2022), all written and directed by Max Ackerman. Most recently we produced an immersive and site-specific production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in the fall of 2022, also directed by Max Ackerman.

This is a show that will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, make you cry, and make you consider your own place in the hearts of the people you love. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dandelion Theatre

in association with Sweet Action Theatre Company presents 

Death: a love story

Written and directed by, Max Ackerman


Sivert Das as Jack

Sophie Rivers as Moonie

Stage managed by, Emily Doucette

Assistant directed by, Ash Haslett Cuff

Lighting design by, Max Chu

Original score and soundtrack by, Checkout Queens 

Projection design by, Cameron Heraldo

Runs August 17-20, 2023

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