LEMONTREE CREATIONS + BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES + WHY NOT THEATRE
In 1912, two schoolboys fall in love performing a play about Saint Sebastian. Their passion is interrupted when one is unjustly sent to prison. Decades later, several inmates agree to stage this story of young love in search of their own redemption.
Prolific indie company lemonTree creations revives Michel Marc Bouchard’s masterpiece with Walter Borden (African/Mi’qmaq/Choctaw) leading a cast of Indigenous, Black, and culturally diverse artists to make visible the high incarceration rates of these communities. Centring Indigeneity and diverse worldviews, the creative team bring this romantic drama into the 21st century, unearthing love, lies, and colonialism.
LILIES; OR, THE REVIVAL OF A ROMANTIC DRAMA
by MICHEL MARC BOUCHARD
translation by LINDA GABORIAU
directed by COLE ALVIS
starring WALTER BORDEN, BRUCE DOW, MARK CASSIUS, WAAWAATE FOBISTER, RYAN G. HINDS, INDRIT KASAPI, TSHOLO KHALEMA, TROY EMERY TWIGG + JOSEPH ZITA
set + props design by JAY HAVENS
costume design by JOANNA YU
lighting design by MICHELLE RAMSAY
associate director NIKKI SHAFFEEULLAH
outside eye DONNA-MICHELLE ST. BERNARD