Blackbird opens September 25th, 2009

From Press Release

A new Toronto Theatre initiative joins forces with talent from Montreal and the USA to break the mould of Canadian theatre productions

This haunting, powerful, incendiary work is the sort of daring theater far too absent from our stages these days”.


“extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama that both chills and thrills”


TorontoDoor in Foot Theatre Initiative will arrive in Toronto with a new production of the highly acclaimed play, Blackbird by David Harrower.

Door in Foot Theatre Initiative is a new exciting company, evolving from Carter Thor Studios East, an acting for film studio that pushes students to break new ground, and be the true storytellers that they are. This new production company brings together a restless group of actors, writers, directors, producers and filmmakers to create a new theatrical experience by focusing productions down to the relationship between the people on stage and words that they speak.

David Harrowers script, Blackbird, is described as an “intense psychodrama”. This Olivier Award Winning script has received critical acclaim both in London and off-Broadway runs. Blackbird follows the tale of Ray (Jock MacDonald) and Una (Isabel Farias) who once had a passionate affair when he was 40 and she was 12. The play investigates the answers we look for and not the vengeance we seek, when Una arrives unannounced at his work, 15 years later. This shattering and mesmerizing piece has been described as a “miracle” by the The New York Times.

Door in Foot Theatre Initiative brings this “remarkable play” to life with the talented cast featuring: Isabel Farias (founding member of the repertoire company Teatro Grupo Graxa), Jock MacDonald (founding member of Los Angeles based acting studio Carter Thor and coach amongst its chapters all along the East Coast), and introducing Haylee Wanstall (Cheaper by the Dozen 2 & Queer as Folk), this will be a production not to be missed.

We are so thrilled to offer Blackbird to Toronto audiences as our first production. A gutsy new play with a new kind of theatre acting where the truth of film acting meets with the thrill of live theatre. Showcasing that at a grass roots level we can be the most extraordinary artists and can touch people’s hearts and help make a change.

Door in Foot Theatre Initiative, Carter Thor Studios East & Freestanding Production



by David Harrower

Directed by

Nicole Braber & Craig Thomas


Isabel Farias, Jock MacDonald and Haylee Wanstall

September 25th 26th 27th

October 2nd 3rd 4th 9th 10th 11th

All performances commence 8pm

No latecomers permitted

Performance Duration 90 mins


245 Carlaw Ave, Suite 004



$12* ACTRA/Equity/Seniors

* Minimum Suggested Donation

For tickets

call 416-996-8046