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Out the Window

What would you do if you saw a stranger die? Based on true events, Out the Window is both highly charged and devastatingly topical.

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June 19 - 24, 2018

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$39
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June 19-20 (previews)
June 21-24

No photography

   

Please be aware of the following during this event: loud noises, flashing lights, mature themes, police voilence.

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 June 23

You can book an earpiece and receiver and reserve a spot on the Touch Tour when you purchase your tickets. If you have questions contact our Box Office at 416 368 4849. Guests may request 1 complementary companion ticket.

Audio Description Introductory Notes will begin at 1:45 PM, please arrive 1:30 PM to pick up your equipment.

The Tour Tour begins at 1 PM and is approximately 25 minutes in length. Please meet in the outer ticket lobby, west of the ticket booth, close to the curved railing staircase. 

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.

Be sure to check out Same as it ever was: Thoughts beyond Out the Window for three post-show talks, including: Black Lives Matter, Policing People: Society and the Justice System, and Mentally Speaking: A Toronto Conversation
 

ASL/English Interpreting provided by Richard Manilla and Scott Garant.

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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

What would you do if you saw a stranger die? Based on true events, Out the Window is both highly charged and devastatingly topical.

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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
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
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Performance: Sunday, June 24, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
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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

LIZA
Sarah Kitz

LAWYER 1
David Ferry

LAWYER 2
R H Thomson

OFFICER A
Peyson Rock

OFFICER B
Brett Donahue

OFFICER C
Richard Lee

OFFICER D
James Graham

LIVE VISUAL ARTIST
Syrus Marcus Ware

LIVE MUSIC AND COMPOSITION
​LAL: Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray

PLAYWRIGHT
Liza Balkan 

DIRECTOR
Sarah Garton Stanley

PRODUCER
Aislinn Rose

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Tanisha Taitt

SCENOGRAPHER
Trevor Schwellnus 

COSTUME DESIGN
Ming Wong


SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION
Nicholas Murray

DESIGN COORDINATOR
Frank Donato

NETWORKING CONSULTANT
Montgomery Martin

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Seán Baker 

STAGE MANAGER
Sandy Plunkett 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Jen Cooper 

Same As It Ever Was: by Syrus Marcus Ware

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Artist Statement:
This image 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.

Dig Deeper

From her fifth floor apartment window at Lansdowne and College, after hearing yells, Liza Balkan looked down on the scene unfolding outside a 7-Eleven. Read more about how this encounter sparked her to create Out the Window on Toronto Star

It's been nearly 18 years since the night Liza Balkan saw Otto Vass die after a brutal beating by police, Balkan is still sharing his story. Read and watch her interview on CBC

Visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate, and educator Syrus Marcus Ware will be sitting on the stage live drawing during each performance of Out the Window. Read his interview with Akimbo