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Jesus Chrysler at Theatre Passe Muraille: Everything you need to know

Margaret Evans (l) Plays Jim Watts, Aviva Armour-Ostroff (r) plays Dorothy Livesay in Jesus Chrysler ~ Photo by Will O’Hare


Written by: Tara Beagan & Directed by: Michael Wheeler
Starring: Margaret Evans*, Aviva Armour-Ostroff* and Jeffrey Wetsch*
Produced by: Aislinn Rose
Costumes & Set Design by: Scott Penner
Sound Design by: Verne Good
Lighting Design by: David DeGrow
Stage Managed by: Dini Conte*
Assistant Director: Laura Nordin
Movement Coach: Leora Morris
*Appearing courtesy of CAEA

Legendary activist and director Eugenia “Jim” Watts and poet Dorothy Livesay are embroiled in a mix of socialist organizing, sexual relationships, theatre rehearsals, and personal betrayal…

A world premiere by Dora-Award winning playwright Tara Beagan, Jesus Chrysler is an immersive production that revolves around Toronto activist and director Eugenia “Jim” Watts and poet Dorothy Livesay. An unsung icon of 1930s Toronto theatre, Jim had her work banned by a Prime Minister before enlisting in The Spanish Civil War, becoming its sole female ambulance driver. Livesay went on to become a two-time Governor General Award winner for poetry and an Officer of The Order of Canada. Jesus Chrysler invites you to explore their complex relationship in a show that engages with and questions the intersection of art and politics.

Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto ON

Click here to buy tickets

Tuesday November 29th & Wednesday November 30th:
Previews – 7:30pm
Thursday December 1st: Opening Night – 7:30pm
Tuesdays through Sundays – 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday Matinees – 2pm
Closes Sunday December 11th – 7:30pm

Tickets available though Arts Box Office
$15 – $30

*Due to the immersive nature of this production, seating in the Backspace is limited*

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This is an exciting time for Praxis Theatre. It’s our first production as part of the season of an established Toronto theatre, and the first time we have employed our artists as signatories to the Canadian Theatre Agreement.

All of this costs money and we couldn’t do it without the support of our donors. We are so close to reaching our goal, but we need your help to get us there… so we’re calling on our friends across Canada to help this indie company out.

For a short time, you can donate to Praxis Theatre via Theatre Passe Muraille and receive a charitable receipt. We promise, after Jesus Chrysler, we can leave you alone for a while!

Hope to see you at the theatre.


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  1. […] is giving away tickets to the Wednesday, November 30, 2011 performance of Praxis Theatre’s Jesus Chrysler at Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson […]

  2. Cindy says:

    Why won’t
    Dee marryJim?
    How did Jim kill herself?

  3. Hi Cindy,

    Good questions. Obviously I have to distinguish between the artistic license the production makes and the unknowable truth between two people 80 years ago.

    Certainly gay marriage was a long way off in 1937, but also I think Dee only understands that element of her relationship with Jim retrospectively. So it wasn’t really at the top of her mind in the moment. Jim’s family has never d exact details of how she took her life.

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