★★★1/2 (out of 4) "There is no question about its relevance and power!... Undoubtedly impressive." Globe and Mail
- Created by Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jivesh Parasram, Melissa D'Agostino
- Written and performed by Adam Lazarus
- Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre Production.
Presesnted by NAC English Theatre
Presented as part of undercurrents.
The most talked-about performance of the 2016 Toronto SummerWorks festival, master clown Adam Lazarus explores the taboos of fatherhood in Daughter, a provocative performance that asks where dads are supposed to file the wilder ideas and experiences of their earlier lives.
Both hysterical and disturbing, Daughter plays in the liminal space between autobiography and fiction. It is a darkly satirical piece about a father stuck in a moment of confusion - raised in patriarchy, confronting his new identity as a patriarch/father, and not knowing how to operate in the world. Are we defined by our past? Where do we draw the line? Can we forgive? Can we change?
Daughter interrogates these questions and examines the beauty and horror of men in the true-bouffon style: stories that expose and laugh at the hypocrisies and difficulties of the human experience. Guaranteed to start a debate!
After the performance of Daughter, stay back for two post-show discussions.
Immediately following the performance, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and special guest Kim Solga, Professor of English Studies at Western University and author of the recent book Theatre & Feminism, will hold a town hall discussion about the themes raised in the play. Audience members will be encouraged to share their thoughts live and in immediate broadcast in the theatre via Twitter through the hashtag #nacdaughter.
Next, join co-creators Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jivesh Parasram and Melissa D’Agostino as they offer their perspectives on the creation, process and reaction around Daughter at the end of their national tour.
Audience advisories: coarse language, loud noises, loud music.
Performance is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.