• Main Stage
  • Youth Pass

As I Lay Dying

Showing on January 19–February 12, 2017

Playing at

As I Lay Dying, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Katherine Fleitas

Theatre Smith-Gilmour (Canada)

Gripping and unabashedly experimental, this production testifies to the power of suggestion. Adapting William Faulkner’s classic novel, Theatre Smith-Gilmour gives us the Bundren family in all their misfortune. The centrepiece of this production is a journey: the children of deceased matriarch Addie haul her corpse across the land to the town that she’s asked to be buried in. It’s one hell of a trip—sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, often both. Through the hellish trek, we hear from many, including Addie herself as she speaks from beyond the grave. The cast of seven perform 19 roles, paying tribute to the novel’s cacophony of voices.

What pushes the production even further is its innovative presentation. This is a stripped-down work, but by no means is it austere. Using a bare set with few props, the company conjures a rich physical world: water, fire and more are rendered through movement, lighting and sound, all to spectacular effect. We may not see the Bundrens’ world, but we feel it in all its intensity. It’s physical theatre, put across with aplomb and great force. Convulsive, imposing and definitely inspired, this is a show that honours a great writer while breathing new life into his vision.

This is first-rate storytelling theatre, built of the simplest elements and delivering maximum effect.

—Now Toronto

As I Lay Dying, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Katherine Fleitas
As I Lay Dying, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Katherine Fleitas

Artist Bio



January 19–February 12
135 minutes, with intermission

Mondays no performance
Tuesdays 7:30PM
Wednesdays 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Thursdays 7:30PM
Fridays 8:00PM
Saturdays 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sunday 2:00PM


Starting at $29

Buy tickets via Arts Club Theatre Company
Or call 604.449.6000

PuSh Pass
Eligible on the PuSh Pass and Youth Pass.


Eligible on the PuSh Pass and Youth Pass January 19 to February 5 only.

Post-show talkback
January 26, February 7

ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEL BY William Faulkner DIRECTORS Dean Gilmour, Michele Smith PERFORMERS Julian De Zotti, Dean Gilmour, Nina Gilmour, Eli Ham Ben Muir, Daniel Roberts, Michele Smith SET, COSTUME DESIGNER Teresa Przybylski LIGHTING DESIGNER André du Toit STAGE MANAGER Heather Thompson SUPPORTED BY City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Michael B. Decter Foundation at Toronto Foundation