The Miserable Worm – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Photo from the miserable wormFrom Press Release

“What a miserable, miserable worm I am.”

The “Platonov Estate” opens its doors to old friends and old lovers to celebrate the birthday of Platonov, everyone’s favourite intellectual heart-breaker. This reunion is tense from the start, and only spirals further into disaster once the vodka is passed around. How long can Platonov keep hiding from her husband, her lover, and herself before she succumbs to Chekhovian ennui?

This new adaptation of Chekhov’s “untitled play” is our reaction to the traditionalism we learned in theatre school. We’ve been waiting for years to graduate and start breaking rules and this is our
chance. Galvanized by our exposure to classical training, and emboldened by the Toronto indie theatre scene; we want to ask questions and we want to challenge assumptions. We invite you to
question and challenge with us. We are Let Me In and we want to let you in.

Let Me In makes their Fringe debut this summer with The Miserable Worm, a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “untitled play” directed by Patrick J. Horan. This version, adapted and written by
Justine Christensen, gender-bends eight of the original characters, thrusting them into the present day with debauchery, vitality, and a little melodramatic humour.

You’re invited to Platonov’s birthday bash! Bring your own vodka, but we’ll provide the entertainment – as long as you don’t mind laughing at other’s misfortune.

Let Me In in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents:

The Miserable Worm

Adapted by: Justine Christensen
Directed by: Patrick J. Horan
Featuring: Justine Christensen, Geneviève DeGraves, Seamus Easton, Philip J. Geller, Emily Howard, Tymika McKenzie-Clunis, Justin Mullen, Michael Ruderman


  • The Miserable Worm plays at the Annex Theatre. (736 Bathurst St.)
  • 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 Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route which requires a staff escort. Check in at the box office at least 20 minutes prior to showtime.


  • Friday July 7th, 04:45 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 06:15 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 08:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 02:15 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 09:15 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 07:30 pm

Photo of Justine Christensen by Rae Ormshaw