or, the revival of a romantic drama
A queer masterpiece, reimagined.

lemonTree creations + Buddies in Bad Times + Why Not Theatre

In 1912, two schoolboys fall in love performing a play about Saint Sebastian. Their passion is interrupted when one is unjustly sent to prison. Decades later, several inmates agree to stage this story of young love in search of their own redemption.

Prolific indie company lemonTree creations revives Michel Marc Bouchard’s masterpiece with Walter Borden (African/Mi’qmaq/Choctaw) leading a cast of Indigenous, Black, and culturally diverse artists to make visible the high incarceration rates of these communities. Centring Indigeneity and diverse worldviews, the creative team bring this romantic drama into the 21st century, unearthing love, lies, and colonialism.

photo of Walter Borden by Tanja-Tiziana

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Cast & Crew
Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by
Linda Gaboriau
Directed by
Cole Alvis
Associate Director
Nikki Shaffeeullah
Outside Eye
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Walter Borden
Bruce Dow
Mark Cassius
Waawaate Fobister
Ryan G Hinds
Indrit Kasapi
Tsholo Khalema
Troy Emery Twigg
Joseph Zitta
Stage Manager
Neha Ross
Set + Props Design
Jay Havens
Joanna Yu
Lighting Design
Michelle Ramsay
PRODUction Manager
Suzie Balogh
for buddies
Charissa Wilcox, Production Manager

Adrien When,
Technical Director