Written by Jane Doe, Directed by Andrea Donaldson
A Nightwood Theatre production in association with Crow’s Theatre
January 8-26, 2019 at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Ave)

Grace by Jane Doe from Nightwood Theatre on Vimeo.

Exquisitely told in a stunning blend of documentary theatre, striking visual projections and choreography, Grace is a searing piece that ignites a pertinent discussion on the failures and limitations of the legal system. “There was no justice, there was just a legal outcome.” In the wake of a young woman’s disclosure of childhood sexual assault, a family presses charges. A true story about survival, hope, and the pursuit of justice at a time when provability still usurps truth in our courtrooms.

★★★ (out of 4) - The Toronto Star

★★★ (out of 4) - The Globe & Mail

NNNN - NOW Magazine

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“The piece tells the story of how this played out for us, but it is not a unique event.” -My Family’s Story by Jane Doe in Intermission Magazine

“This is one of the most hopeful plays I’ve ever worked on; because Grace is okay. This is a piece where a room full of survivors and allies can celebrate where they’re at.” -Interview with Andrea Donaldson in Shameless Magazine

Content warning: Some references to sexual assault (no explicit details)
Running time: 90 minutes
Re-entry will be permitted

Click HERE to download the Education Guide.

JANUARY 8-26, 2019
Tuesday, January 8 // 8:00 PM (Preview)
Wednesday, January 9 // 8:00 PM (Preview)
Thursday, January 10 // 8:00 PM (Opening Night - SOLD OUT)
Friday, January 11 // 8:00 PM (Community Night)
Saturday, January 12 // 2:00 PM
*Free symposium: Saturday, January 12 // 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, January 12 // 8:00 PM

Monday, January 14 // 8:00PM (PWYC - Available in person, beginning at 6:00PM)
Tuesday, January 15 // 8:00 PM *Talkback Tuesday
Wednesday, January 16 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, January 17 // 8:00 PM
Friday, January 18 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 19 // 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 19 // 8:00 PM

Monday, January 21 // 8:00PM (PWYC - Available in person, beginning at 6:00PM)
Tuesday, January 22 // 8:00 PM *Talkback Tuesday
Wednesday, January 23 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, January 24 // 8:00 PM
Friday, January 25 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 26 // 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 26 // 8:00 PM

Community Partners: Assaulted Women’s Helpline, The AMY Project, Bechdel Tested, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Canadian Women’s Foundation, University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, Feminist Art Collective, Happy Healthy Women, Pantry Catering, Sistering, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape, We Talk Women, Women in Film & Television - Toronto, Women’s Art Association, Women in Capital Markets

Photo of Rose Napoli, Conrad Coates, Michaela Washburn and Brenda Robins by Tanja-Tiziana



Conrad Coates
Rose Napoli
Brenda Robins
Michaela Washburn

Playwright - Jane Doe
Director - Andrea Donaldson
Set and Costume Design - Joanna Yu
Lighting Design - Michelle Ramsay
Projection Design - Laura Warren
Sound Design & Composer - Deanna H. Choi
Stage Manager & Associate Lighting Design - Christina Cicko
Assistant Sound Design - Cosette Pin
Production Manager - Pip Bradford
Assistant Director - Sadie Epstein-Fine


In conjunction with our production of Grace, Nightwood Theatre is proud to present a free symposium on Saturday, January 12th from 4pm-6pm, 2019 onstage at Streetcar Crowsnest.

Free to attend - please CLICK HERE to RSVP!

The symposium will consist of two panels:

- The Failure of Justice: the challenges of the legal system as faced by survivors of sexual assault

With guest speakers The Hon. Justice Rebecca Shamai; defence lawyer Megan Savard of Addario Law Group; and Deepa Mattoo, Director of Legal Services at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Moderated by Christine McGoey, Retired Lawyer and Chair of the Death Investigation Oversight Council

- The Psychology of Memory

Moderator and Panelist Dr. Lori Haskell, academic research associate with the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, with Guest Speakers psychotherapist Brenda Ponic, founder of the GTA Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Service Provider Network, and Dr. Amy Gajaria, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at CAMH.

CLICK HERE to RSVP for your free ticket

Nightwood Theatre’s Community Engagement program is generously sponsored by TD Bank.


For further research on the themes of assault, healing from trauma, and the navigation of the legal system, we recommend the following titles:

-Trauma and recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith L. Herman
- The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittal
-Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession by Elaine Craig
-The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
- The second rape: society’s continued betrayal of the victim by Lee Madigan and Nancy C. Gamble

Nightwood Theatre’s Community Engagement program is generously sponsored by TD Bank.


Education Guide for Grace downloadable HERE

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