Kara Sevda – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Releases

From the press release:

Now What Theatre is pleased to announce its inaugural international tour of the play Kara Sevda.

Written by Lisa VillaMil and directed by Kat Haan, the tour began performances at the Ithaca Fringe Festival on April 21, where it won the 2017 Audience Choice Award. The multi-fringe tour includes stops in Tampa (where the production was hailed “an increasingly moving testament to both the good and the evil humans are capable of”), Washington D.C., and Toronto, and will culminate with a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Now What Theatre was formed by international graduate students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The cast and crew of this tour includes Tierney Nolen (Celia), William Foote (Rhys), Kaija Pellinen (Stage Manager & Marketing), Lisa VillaMil (Playwright/Producer), and will see Director Liz Thaler step into the shoes of Celia for the Toronto leg of the tour. Ross Somerville (Composer) will take on Rhys for Toronto and Masa Gibson explored the character in Ithaca.

In Kara Sevda, nuclear winter has descended upon the globe. The last train south out of Paris is boarding. But not everyone will be drawn in the lottery. When Celia and Rhys find themselves awaiting the lottery results on the same bench, they strike up a challenging acquaintance amidst falling bombs and a nameless war, asking the question ‘what kind of world do we live in now…’ and what happens if they don’t catch the train at all? At the end of the world, the past catches up. Will you be on the train?


  • Kara Sevda plays at the St. Vladimir Institute. (620 Spadina Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warning: Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. After the building’s business hours, a staff member will need to escort you through this route, so plan to arrive early for evening shows.


  • Thursday July 6th, 10:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 07:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 03:30 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 06:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 11:30 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 01:45 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 07:30 pm

Photo by Kaija Pellinen