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Out the Window

A lethal real-life incident in Toronto's west end is the launching pad for questions about truth, memory, mental health, law and the theatre in this consistently relevant docudrama.

June 19 - 24, 2018

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Post show talk

   

There will be a post show talk following the evening performance on June 23.

ASL

   

ASL Performance on June 22, 7 PM

Audio Description

   

Audio Description and Touch Tour take place on June 23, 2 PM.

What would you do if you saw a stranger die? In August 2000, Liza Balkan witnessed the beating death of a man during an altercation with the police in the west end of Toronto. Called to the witness stand, Balkan kept careful track of the aftermath, then turned verbatim court transcripts, audio, video and text derived from interviews with top lawyers from both sides of the bench, into Out the Window.

The result is a rousing theatrical forum investigating a highly charged and provocative subject that remains topical today. 
Strikes a nerve
— NOW Magazine (2012 production)

Through the perspectives of journalists, activists, artists, police force members, a police psychologist, mental health experts, and members of the deceased’s family, the show poses important questions about law enforcement, the Special Investigations Unit, our mental-health care system, accountability, and the shifting nature of memory. 

Previously staged in 2012 as a Resident Artist project at The Theatre Centre, Out the Window comes to life again in 2018 at Luminato as a further developed piece with an all-star team of local collaborators. It is the first production to be developed and presented as part of the Resident’s Project partnership between Luminato and The Theatre Centre.  In November 2017 the company enjoyed an intensive residency in New York City at 3 Legged Dog, a world renowned production facility that specializes in digital performance interface. Working with advanced technology, the creative team investigated solutions for presenting the wealth of data collected by Balkan about the trial and the related current issues.
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A Luminato commission in partnership with The Theatre Centre (The inaugural Residents Project). The 2018 Resident’s Project is supported by The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation and an anonymous donor committed to Emerging and Independent artists.

Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre.
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Out the Window

A lethal real-life incident in Toronto's west end is the launching pad for questions about truth, memory, mental health, law and the theatre in this consistently relevant docudrama.

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Performance: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
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Performance: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Performance: Thursday, June 21, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Performance: Friday, June 22, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Performance: Saturday, June 23, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Performance: Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Performance: Sunday, June 24, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Reviews

“Touching on important topics, Out The Window has a raw, powerful quality that distinguishes it from most other theatre: it will leave you with questions rather than answers.”
– NOW Magazine

Creative Team

WRITER
Liza Balkan 

DIRECTOR
Sarah Garton Stanley

SCENOGRAPHY
Trevor Schwellnus 

VISUAL ARTIST
Syrus Marcus Ware

COMPOSERS
​LAL

Artist Statement, Syrus Marcus Ware:

The image at the top of this webpage captures the location of Otto Vass’ death at the hands of the police, at the corner of Lansdowne and College. How do we seize these moments and locations in Mad history? How do we remember these passings, as they continue to happen today? What are the connections between the contemporary deaths of black Mad people like Andrew Loku and Amleset Haile and the deaths of Edmund Yu, Otto Vass and Sammy Yatim? As an artist interested in archiving social movements, this location seems so significant in Mad history in Toronto, and as the meeting place for the rally and march in support of Otto Vass shortly after he was killed. I am attempting to archive the unarchivable, connecting past and present into a seamless and uninterrupted timeline.