carried away on the crest of a wave By david yee directed by kim collier March 21 – April 1, 2018

NAC english theatre production  
carried away on the crest of a wave

By david yee
directed by kim collier

March 21 – April 1, 2018

March 6, 2018 – OTTAWA (Canada) – “Be prepared to be hit by and possibly carried away on the crest of a wave... a richly nuanced, far-ranging show.”  -

Born of a single cataclysmic afternoon, David Yee’s stunning play tosses lives together and just as quickly pulls them apart – an apt metaphor for the massive tsunami that rolled across the Indian Ocean in 2004. Millions of lives were changed forever in a fury of water whose ripple effect gave rise to these far-reaching stories, extending from the shores of Thailand to a Toronto shock-jock radio studio.

In a series of nine vignettes, carried away on the crest of a wave illustrates the ripple effect of one of the deadliest natural disasters in history and considers what happens when the events that can bring ones closer together are the same that tear us apart.

“I remember the tsunami of 2004 – the lonely dread of knowing that the world had collapsed on one side while we were celebrating Christmas on the other. David’s play brings that feeling into sharp relief for me; he articulates and encapsulates our disconnect, while pulling at the strings that tie us together.” – Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director.

Winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and directed by Siminovitch Prize laureate Kim Collier, carried away on the crest of a wave shows that despite our differences, we are all connected through serendipity, loss and love.

Featuring Ryan Hollyman, Kayvon Khoshkam, Clarissa Lauzon, Chirag Naik, John Ng, Zaib Shaikh, Jonathan Tan, Adrienne Wong, Jenny Young and Andrea Yu.

Assisting Ms Collier in bringing this story to life are Set and Costume Designer Camellia Koo, Lighting Designer Gerald King, Sound Designer Brian Linds, Assistant Director Pamela Feghali, Stage Manager Laurie Champagne and Assistant Stage Manager Loreen Gibson.

carried away on the crest of a wave
March 21 – April 1, 2018
Babs Asper Theatre

Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23

carried away on the crest of a wave Points of View:
Saturday, March 24 at 12:45 p.m. in NAC Salon
Experience this English Theatre production through an encounter with two special guests, each offering their own unique perspective on the piece.

Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with cast members of carried away on the crest of a wave.

American Sign Language (A.S.L.) Presentation:
Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
The NAC is continually striving to make theatre accessible to all audiences. In order to do so for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, English Theatre presents an A.S.L. interpretation performance.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 pm;

PLUS Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
(no performance on Mondays.)

From $25 to $75

Tickets are available:

  • Online on the NAC’s website:
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  • By telephone 1-888-991-2787**
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Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer
National Arts Centre English Theatre
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