Fall On Your Knees

World Premiere: A National Arts Centre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage, Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre Production

Fall on Your Knees, the acclaimed and best-selling book by beloved Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald, will be brought to life in 2023 as a highly theatrical, music-movement-and-story driven production that promises to be a visual feast.

A National Arts Centre English Theatre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage, Neptune Theatre and Grand Theatre production, the World Premiere of this classic story will be performed in four cities across Canada - Toronto, London, Ottawa and Halifax – from January to April 2023.

Adapted and co-created by playwright Hannah Moscovitch and directed and co-created by Alisa Palmer, Fall On Your Knees will be a history-making two-part stage adaptation (part one: Family Tree, part two: The Diary), allowing audiences to enjoy two extraordinary evenings at the theatre.

“We can't wait to take audiences on a sensually rich and emotionally powerful journey through this beloved story.” Co-Creator and Director Alisa Palmer.

World Premiere 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

Part One: Family Tree
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Early 1900s to 1960s

Part Two: The Diary
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and New York City, New York
1920s to 1967

Please note this performance contains:
partial nudity, graphic violence, sexual content, sexual violence, strong language, e-cigarette performance, smoke and haze.

Upcoming events

  1. Based on the iconic novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees is a sweeping, multigenerational saga set in atmospheric Cape Breton, during a time of roiling … read more

  2. A play with shocking twists and unforgettable characters, our closing installment of Fall On Your Knees is a journey through love, betrayal, the inescapable bonds of … read more

  3. Based on the iconic novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees is a sweeping, multigenerational saga set in atmospheric Cape Breton, during a time of roiling … read more

  4. A play with shocking twists and unforgettable characters, our closing installment of Fall On Your Knees is a journey through love, betrayal, the inescapable bonds of … read more

  5. Based on the iconic novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees is a sweeping, multigenerational saga set in atmospheric Cape Breton, during a time of roiling … read more

  6. A play with shocking twists and unforgettable characters, our closing installment of Fall On Your Knees is a journey through love, betrayal, the inescapable bonds of … read more

  7. Based on the iconic novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees is a sweeping, multigenerational saga set in atmospheric Cape Breton, during a time of roiling … read more

  8. A play with shocking twists and unforgettable characters, our closing installment of Fall On Your Knees is a journey through love, betrayal, the inescapable bonds of … read more

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

Bringing a Classic Novel to Life

The process of adapting the novel for the stage included exploratory workshops focusing not only on the script, but also on live music, movement, choreography and design. Follow along below to learn more about the rehearsal process of this amazing production.

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