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Four Sisters

Time erodes as a family of women struggle to survive a plague in a shifting political landscape in the culmination of The Empire trilogy, a story that defies the past and howls for the future.

June 11 - 15, 2019

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Sarah, a former madam, is 279 years old. She has defied Death, survived the toppling of regimes and centuries of war. When a mysterious plague breaks out, she is forced to relocate to a quarantined zone with her four young wards – girls who have been orphaned by the women she once employed. When a strange doctor arrives and discovers the girls are plague-positive, Sarah must choose between treating the girls with an experimental, new drug or no treatment at all. 

Four Sisters culminates Susanna Fournier’s critically-acclaimed trilogy, The Empire, and also stands on its own as a single riveting play. Chronicling 500 years of the rise and fall of an empire, these works crash into today’s world, disrupting ideas of theatrical realism, history, and civilization.

Four Sisters shifts between narrative and movement, darkness and light, through the synthesis of Fournier’s provocative text and direction and Amanda Acorn’s choreography. Join a stellar ensemble of women, including Beatriz Pizano, Claudia Moore, Ximena Huizi, and Krystina Bojanowski, as they hurtle you into a fractured world, where grief and injustice provoke a cry for revolution.

Main image: Claudia Moore, Bea Pizano, Ximena Huizi, Krystina Bojanowski in Four Sisters. Photo by Tanja Tiziana.
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Four Sisters is commissioned by Luminato.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada. 
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PARADIGM productions

Four Sisters

Time erodes as a family of women struggle to survive a plague in a shifting political landscape in the culmination of The Empire trilogy, a story that defies the past and howls for the future.

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Performance: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
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Performance: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
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Performance: Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
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Performance: Friday, June 14, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
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Performance: Saturday, June 15, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
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Supported by
Nona Macdonald Heaslip

Reviews

“At the same time very beautiful and deeply unpleasant, The Scavenger’s Daughter is the product of a unique creative vision that’s taking flight in very exciting ways.”
– Toronto Star, on The Scavenger’s Daughter and The Empire
“Fournier has tortured history…she’s compressed wars of conquest, religious wars, colonial wars and wars on terror into a single fictional war that alludes to them all.”
– The Globe and Mail

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Creative Team

WRITER & DIRECTOR
Susanna Fournier

CHOREOGRAPHER
Amanda Acorn

 

PRODUCER
Alison Wong 

PRODUCTION DESIGNERS
Kaitlin Hickey and Christopher Ross-Ewart in collaboration with Susanna Fournier.
From concepts developed by The Empire trilogy design ensemble: Shannon Lea Doyle, Michelle Tracey, Alexandra Lord, Ben McCarthy, Wesley McKenzie, and Steph Raposo.

PARADIGM productions is a collaborative theatre company based in Toronto focused on developing and producing large-scale, Canadian, expressionist narratives in order to bring poetry, politics, and mystery to our stages. Our work is feminist, anti-imperial, queer, and sometimes impossible.