Amaka Umeh, Deborah Hay © Lorne Bridgman

Ottawa: Fall On Your Knees - Part Two

The Diary

2023-03-11 19:00 2023-03-25 21:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Ottawa: Fall On Your Knees - Part Two

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/30733

In-person event

A National Arts Centre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage, Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre production. Based on Ann-Marie MacDonald’s best-selling debut novel, our closing installment of Fall On Your Knees takes us to Harlem and the early jazz scene. Love blossoms, seemingly a world away from the constraints of family and social convention. A play with shocking twists and unforgettable characters, Fall On Your Knees is a journey through love, betrayal, the inescapable...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
March 11 - 25, 2023
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Amaka Umeh, Deborah Hay © Lorne Bridgman
Eva Foote, Drew Moore. Set Design by Camellia KooCostume Design by Judith BowdenLighting Design by Leigh Ann Vardy © John Lauener
Janelle Cooper, Samantha Hill, Drew Moore. Set Design by Camellia KooCostume Design by Judith BowdenLighting Design by Leigh Ann Vardy © John Lauener
Theatre Drama
“Fall On Your Knees… will bring you to your feet” – J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail
  • In-person event
  • English
  • Ages 17+
  • ≈ 3 hours with two intermissions · With intermission
  • Partial nudity
  • Mature themes
  • Graphic violence
  • Sexual content
  • Sexual violence
  • Strong language
  • Smoke machine
  • Haze
  • Gunshots
World Premiere NAC English Theatre Co-production

A National Arts Centre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage, Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre production.

Based on Ann-Marie MacDonald’s best-selling debut novel, our closing installment of Fall On Your Knees takes us to Harlem and the early jazz scene. Love blossoms, seemingly a world away from the constraints of family and social convention.

A play with shocking twists and unforgettable characters, Fall On Your Knees is a journey through love, betrayal, the inescapable bonds of family, and the power of redemption. 

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Fall On Your Knees reminds us that secrets are potent with the power to break us or bring us closer, the power to hold us back, or set us free.

"Stage adaptation...LIVES UP TO THE HYPE through deft use of music." – Morgan Mullin, The Coast

Fall On Your Knees Part Two - The Diary is part of a two-part performance. If you wish to see part one, click here.

Please note this performance contains:
partial nudity, graphic violence, sexual content, sexual violence, strong language, e-cigarette performance, smoke and haze.
Trigger Warning: parental abuse, incest, childhood sexual abuse

Please note, due to an illness in the cast, performances of Fall On Your Knees, Part 2: The Diary on March 17 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 1 p.m. have been cancelled.  See the calendar below for updated performance schedule.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

© Amaka Umeh, Deborah Hay
© Eva Foote, Drew Moore. Scénographie Camellia Koo, Costumes Judith Bowden, Éclairages Leigh Ann Vardy
© Janelle Cooper, Samantha Hill, Drew Moore. Scénographie Camellia Koo, Costumes Judith Bowden, Éclairages Leigh Ann Vardy

Artists

  • Alisa Palmer ©Maxime Cot
    Director / Adaptor / Co-Creator Alisa Palmer
  •  ©
    Writer / Adaptor / Co-Creator Hannah Moscovitch
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald ©Lora MacDonald-Palmer
    Author Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Adaptation for the stage by Alisa Palmer and Hannah Moscovitch
  • Co-created and Written by Hannah Moscovitch
  • Co-created and Directed by Alisa Palmer
  • Production Dramaturgy by Mel Hague
  • Based on the Novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald 
  • Featuring Tim Campbell (James Piper / Ensemble), Janelle Cooper (Adelaide Taylor / Sweet Jessie Hogan / Ensemble), Diane Flacks (Sister St. Monica / Giles MacVicar / Mrs. Luvovitz / Ensemble), Eva Foote (Lily Piper / Ensemble), Deborah Hay (Frances Piper / Ensemble), Samantha Hill (Kathleen Piper / Ensemble), Drew Moore (Ralph Luvovitz / David / Ensemble), Tony Ofori (Leo “Ginger” Taylor / Impresario / Ensemble), Cara Rebecca (Materia Piper / Charity Woman / Ensemble), Maryem Tollar (Mrs. Mahmoud / Musician), Amaka Umeh (Rose Lacroix / Doc Rose / Ensemble), Dakota Jamal Wellman (Anthony / Ambrose/ Ensemble), Jenny L Wright (Mercedes Piper / Jeanne Lacroix / Ensemble), Antoine Yared (Mr. Mahmoud / Tommy Jameel / Maestro / Ensemble), Kira Chisholm (Rehearsal Swing), Naomi Ngebulana (Rehearsal Swing)
  • Associate Director Cherissa Richards
  • Music Supervisor and Composer Sean Mayes
  • Choreographer Natasha Powell
  • Associate Choreographer Hollywood Jade
  • Associate Choreographer Tereka Tyler-Davis
  • Set Designer Camellia Koo
  • Costume Designer Judith Bowden
  • Lighting Designer Leigh Ann Vardy
  • Sound Design Consultant Antoine Bédard
  • Sound Designer Brian Kenny
  • Associate Music Supervisor Douglas Price
  • Musicians Douglas Price (Conductor, piano, accordion), Anna Atkinson (Violin, accordion), Spencer Murray (Flutes, reeds, pipes), Maryem Tollar (Vocals, qanun, oud, percussion)
  • Fight & Sexual Choreography Anita Nittoly
  • Associate Costume Designer Joyce Padua
  • Dialect Coach Jane Gooderham
  • Dialect & Disability Consultant Yousef Kadoura
  • Stage Manager Michael Hart
  • Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Miller
  • Apprentice Stage Manager (Rehearsal Toronto)/Production Assistant Ciaran Brenneman
  • Apprentice Stage Manager (Halifax, Ottawa, London) Virg Iredale
  • Technical Director Daniel Bennet
  • Audio Engineer Brandon Wells