The Commandment – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

What happens when an atheist discovers he’s been chosen to deliver God’s new commandment?

Simple Truth Theatre is proud to present The Commandment, a dark comedy written & performed by Phil Rickaby, & directed by Richard Beaune, and assistant direction from Adrianna Prosser, at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (30 Bridgman Ave.) as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, from July 3 – 14, 2019. The Commandment is a comedic solo play, with a surprising emotional punch.

While the play is not autobiographical, it does draw lightly from Rickaby’s own experiences (though not the part about talking to God). “I started writing The Commandment as a way to deal with the suicide of a loved one, to occupy my mind,” Says Phil Rickaby, “It was supposed to be a silly play with a ridiculous premise, but as I wrote, my own anger and sorrow started to come out in the character of Thomas. It was through the writing of the play that I found some peace, and also learned to find humour and laughter again.”

The Commandment has been seen at Fringe festivals in Hamilton, Halifax, and Saint John where it was named Outstanding Solo Show, and received rave reviews from both audiences and critics alike.

Phil Rickaby and Richard Beaune are founding members of Keystone Theatre, who’s silent film style play The Last Man on Earth was awarded Best of Fringe at the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe and was held over at the 2012 Edmonton Fringe. Phil is the host of the theatre podcast Stageworthy, and co-host of the podcast The Introvert’s Guide To… Richard has worked at both the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival, and is also the director of the Canadian Comedy Award winning show Trapped in Taffeta. Adrianna Prosser directed the Best of Toronto Fringe winner Meet Cute at the 2015 Toronto Fringe, and also won Best of Fringe for her performance as Jenny in the 2012 production of The Shape of Things. Adrianna is also the creator, producer and star of the smash hit one-woman show Everything but the Cat…

“A roller coaster” – ★★★★★ – Grid City Magazine

“Rickaby has commanding stage presence and storytelling prowess” – ★★★★ – TWISI Theatre Blog

“A well crafted story with surprising emotional impact” –

“Highly Recommended” – Raise the Hammer

The Commandment

written & performed by Phil Rickaby

Directed by Richard Beaune | Asst. Director Adrianna Prosser

Stage Managed by Ryan Percival

Original trailer by Adrianna Prosser | Poster design by Phil Rickaby

Tarragon Theatre Extra Space – 30 Bridgman Ave.

Wednesday July 3 8:00pm

Friday July 5 5:00pm

Sunday July 7 2:00pm

Tuesday July 9 5:15pm

Thursday July 11 10:15pm

Saturday July 13 1:00pm

Sunday July 14 6:00pm

Tickets $11 $2 fee at the door or

By phone: 416-966-1062

Content Warning: this play deals with difficult subject matter, including blasphemy, suicide, mental illness, and homelessness.

 Twitter: @philrickaby • Instagram: philrickaby • #CommandmentTO