This “play about love, sex, and disability” runs the gamut from joyous celebration to unflinching drama as it paints a collective portrait of real-life individuals whose lives have been touched by cerebral palsy. Dan and Christina are parents searching for a way in which their non-verbal son, Bruno, can share his voice. Tony, a non-verbal adult, and Liz, his long-time romantic partner, grapple with the judgments that society makes about their love and sexuality. Questions of representation, the nature of companionship, whether people of different abilities can ever connect on equal terms—all are explored here.
Directed by Karin Randoja, this Dora Award-winning production incorporates high- and low-tech augmented communication aids (devices used by non-verbal people to express themselves) as well as projected live video feeds to create a heightened naturalistic style. Anchored by outstanding performances, This is the Point is an eye-opening and occasionally disturbing but ultimately life-affirming experience.
Tough and courageous… There’s plenty of pleasure to be derived from the mix of scenes, monologues, clips from home movies and live interactions—and simply watching bodies not regularly seen on a stage perform. —The Globe and Mail
Content Note: Includes scenes depicting physical and sexual violence.
WRITERS Tony Diamanti, Dan Watson, Christina Serra, Karin Randoja, Liz MacDougall DIRECTOR Karin Randoja PERFORMERS Tony Diamanti, Liz MacDougall, Christina Serra, Dan Watson PROJECTION DESIGNER Melissa Joakim SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER Sonja Rainey LIGHTING DESIGNER Andre duToit SOUND DESIGNER Tim Lindsay PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Pip Bradford ORIGINAL SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER Jenna McCutchen SOUND DESIGNER Miquelon Rodriguez PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Alexa Polenz DEVELOPED IN RESIDENCY AT The Theatre Centre ORIGINALLY CO-PRODUCED BY Ahuri Theatre, The Theatre Centre SUPPORTED BY Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial DEVELOPED IN PART BY Collaborations, an initiative of Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre