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The Runner

Showing on Jan 24-26

Playing at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

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Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Presents - A Human Cargo Production The Runner Written and Performed by Christopher Morris March 31 – April 16, 2022 Director - Daniel Brooks Associate Director - Severn Thompson Set & Costume Designer - Gillian Gallow Lighting Designer - Bonnie Beecher Composer & Sound Designer - Alexander MacSween Production Manager, Associate Lighting Designer & Technical Director - Jeff Pybus Stage Manager - Sarah Miller Assistant Stage Manager - Katie Schmidt

Human Cargo (Canada)

PuSh @ SFU Woodward’s Anniversary Series

Jacob, an Orthodox jew, volunteers with ZAKA: a group in Israel who collects the remains of those killed in accidents to ensure their proper burial as per religious law. When Jacob, a member of the ZAKA volunteer force, makes the split-second decision to treat a young woman instead of the soldier she may have killed, he must grapple with the political and moral fall out of his choice.

Urgent, visceral and complex, The Runner invites us into a nuanced exploration of our shared humanity and the value of kindness. Daniel Brooks’ unsettling, breathless, physical production offers an unexpected, harrowing and ultimately hopeful path.

This work was the 2019 winner of  the Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding New Play. Based on the story of a real-life ZAKA member, The Runner is a powerful tour de force. 

Writer Christopher Morris was interviewed on the PuSh Play podcast by Gabrielle Martin, Director of Programming. Listen to the podcast episode here.

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Artist Bio

Human Cargo (Canada)

Human Cargo is a Toronto-based theatre company mandated to the creation, production and touring of new theatrical works. Founded in 2007 by artistic director Christopher Morris, Human Cargo creates innovative, theatrical experiences that provide audiences with a safe environment to engage in a thorough and provocative discussion of ideas.

We collaborate with theatre artists and companies in Canada, and around the world, to create our work. We develop our plays over long periods, in the countries and communities the play is set in, and present these productions in Canada and the places they were developed. To date, Human Cargo has worked in Nunavut, Iceland, Greenland, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Republic of Georgia, CFB Petawawa, Montréal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Central African Republic.

We’ve presented our work in English, Inuktitut, Icelandic and Dari. Committed to removing the geographic/financial/cultural barriers between potential audiences and our work, we implement a touring/presentation model that reaches out to a new generation of viewing public. We believe this is the only way to engage 21st Century audiences in Toronto, Canada and the World.


SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

149 W Hastings St, Vancouver


  • January 24: 7:30
  • January 25: 7:30
  • January 26: 7:30

Runtime: 60 mins, no intermission

Content Advisory

Strobe lights, thick haze, blackout, and coarse language.


Single tickets: $39
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ASL Interpretation Jan 26


Playwright & Jacob Christopher Morris Director & Dramaturge Daniel Brooks Associate Director Severn Thompson Set & Costume Designer Gillian Gallow Composer & Sound Designer Alexander MacSween Lighting Designer Bonnie Beecher Production Manager & Associate Lighting Designer Jeff Pybus Stage Manager Arwyn MacDonell Assistant Stage Manager Taryn Dougall Human Cargo Artist in Residence Stephie Mazunya PRODUCER, HUMAN CARGO Samantha MacDonald