A Blow in the Face

Written by Lisa Ryder, Directed and Choreographed by Monica Dottor
Based on characters created by Selina Martin & Lisa Ryder
Produced by Bald Ego Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre
March 26-April 14, 2019 at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West)

Alice’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful husband and a gorgeous new baby.  The only thing is: her husband has left on a work trip and the baby is colicky. Alice cannot sleep. Into her chaotic world arrive two fantastical creatures who take an unnatural interest in her child.

In a play described as “Rosemary’s Baby meets Fight Club,” playwright Lisa Ryder explores the taboo subject of postpartum depression and the extreme places the mind can go. A Blow in the Face is a searing and irreverent take on a subject to which every parent will relate.


One of NOW Magazine’s 10 Best Plays to see this month


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“I went into what I called ‘the cave.’” - Playwright Lisa Ryder speaks with Intermission Magazine about turning her experience with postpartum depression into a hysterical dark comedy

“It’s funny, it’s incisive, it’s smart as hell. It’s also utterly original and thoroughly theatrical.”
Michael Healey, acclaimed Canadian playwright


Showtimes:

Tuesday March 26//8:00PM (Preview)
Wednesday March 27//8:00PM (Preview)
Thursday March 28//8:00PM (Opening Night)
Friday March 29//8:00PM
Saturday March 30//2:30PM
Saturday March 30//8:00PM
Sunday March 31//2:30PM

Tuesday April 2//8:00PM *Talkback Tuesday featuring guest speaker Amanda Munday, author of Day Nine: A postpartum depression memoir

Wednesday April 3//1:30PM
Wednesday April 3//8:00PM
Thursday April 4//8:00PM
Friday April 5//8:00PM
Saturday April 6//2:30PM
Saturday April 6//8:00PM
Sunday April 7//2:30PM

Tuesday April 9//8:00PM *Talkback Tuesday
Wednesday April 10//1:30PM
Wednesday April 10//8:00PM
Thursday April 11//8:00PM
Friday April 12//8:00PM
Saturday April 13//2:30PM
Saturday April 13/8:30PM
Sunday April 14//2:30PM




Photo of Lisa Ryder by Brooke Wedlock

A Blow in the Face

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM:

Written by Lisa Ryder
Based on characters created by Selina Martin & Lisa Ryder
Directed and Choreographed by Monica Dottor
Starring Tess Degenstein, Jordan Pettle, Selina Martin and Lisa Ryder
Set and Costume Design by Monica Dottor
Lighting Design by Oz Weaver
Music by Richard Feren and Selina Martin
Sound Design by Richard Feren
Cloud Construction by Taylor Young
Stage Managed by Troy Taylor
Produced by Kim Blackwell and Lisa Ryder
Production Managed by Suzie Balogh

A Blow in the Face

Showtimes:

Tuesday March 26//8:00PM (Preview)
Wednesday March 27//8:00PM (Preview)
Thursday March 28//8:00PM (Opening Night)
Friday March 29//8:00PM
Saturday March 30//2:30PM
Saturday March 30//8:00PM
Sunday March 31//2:30PM

Tuesday April 2//8:00PM *Talkback Tuesday featuring guest speaker Amanda Munday, author of Day Nine: A postpartum depression memoir
Wednesday April 3//1:30PM
Wednesday April 3//8:00PM
Thursday April 4//8:00PM
Friday April 5//8:00PM
Saturday April 6//2:30PM
Saturday April 6//8:00PM
Sunday April 7//2:30PM

Tuesday April 9//8:00PM *Talkback Tuesday
Wednesday April 10//1:30PM
Wednesday April 10//8:00PM
Thursday April 11//8:00PM
Friday April 12//8:00PM
Saturday April 13//2:30PM
Saturday April 13/8:30PM
Sunday April 14//2:30PM

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