Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

TORONTO 2015, PANAMANIA presented by CIBC

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

BY David Rakoff
ADAPTED BY Mark McGrinder

July 16, 2015
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West, Toronto

World Premiere

CO-PRESENTED BY STUDIO 180 THEATRE AND PANAMANIA PRESENTED BY CIBC

On July 16, 2015, Studio 180 Theatre paid tribute to essayist, humourist and national treasure David Rakoff (Fraud, Don’t Get Too Comfortable, Half Empty) with a concert staging of his whimsical and deeply moving portrait of life in the 20th century. Part novel, part epic poem, Rakoff’s biting, incisive and compassionate final work explores human fallibility and redemption through beautifully drawn characters, linked by acts both cruel and generous. The production featured original music by Tom Bellman, and illustrations by internationally renowned cartoonist Seth.

Studio 180’s adaptation was commissioned for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games arts and culture festival, PANAMANIA presented by CIBC.

This staging was in association with the International Festival of Authors with additional production support from the Toronto Arts Council, Penguin Random House Canada and the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation.

DIRECTED BY Mark McGrinder
FEATURING Ashley Botting, Joel Greenberg, Sterling Jarvis, Daniel Krolik, Kimwun Perehinec, Maria Vacratsis & Jonathan Wilson
ART BY Seth
ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY Tom Bellman
SOUND DESIGN BY Verne Good
SET, COSTUME & PROJECTION DESIGN BY Denyse Karn
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Kimberly Purtell
STAGE MANAGER Marcie Januska


Season Sponsor 2014/15


BMO Financial Group

TORONTO 2015, PANAMANIA, presented by CIBCReviews of David Rakoff’s novel

“An extraordinarily and deliriously entertaining work… Heartfelt, charmingly profound… [A] giddy, wistful triumph.”
New York Times Book Review

“What shines through is a piercing, wistful appreciation for life, love and art… A rare bird: moving, amusing, lilting, crushing.” NPR

“Terrific: a sweeping narrative of the 20th century that encompasses personal tragedy, family secrets and broad social movements while going down as easy as a bite of crème brûleé.”
New York Times Book Review

“Funny and heartbreaking and, like Rakoff himself, not easy to forget.”
Entertainment Weekly

TORONTO 2015, PANAMANIA, presented by CIBCAudience responses to Studio 180’s staging

“Wonderful! The piece already holds up as a work of literature – a beautifully crafted novel in rhyming couplets. It was one thing to hear it read as an epic poem at the book launch in NYC a couple of years ago. It took on a whole new depth with those verses spoken by a company of actors as deeply inside the characters and story as those last night, with music and projected illustrations. It really comes to life on the stage.”
RAMONA C.

“Fantastic performance! Funny & heartfelt, at times heartbreaking.”
KATHE R.

“Beautiful & bittersweet to hear David Rakoff’s words brought to life by the talented humans of Studio 180.”
KATIE J.

“David’s spirit and humour were filling the space like he was still with us. It was perfect. Just perfect.”
RAKOFF FAMILY MEMBER

“Simply wonderful. Such a beautiful evening – I was so happy to be alive when I left!!! Thank you again and congratulations to everyone involved with this production!”
TANIA S.