Three love stories, a stretch of Canadian beach, a wedding and a funeral… Rita tries to scatter the ashes of her father. Like Hamlet, she hesitates. Assaf walks up and down the beach looking for something, or looking for nothing. He misses a daughter and contemplates a life lost in the Lebanese civil war. Tristan from Newfoundland meets Ato from Ghana. They have nothing in common, and yet… Iman, a recent refugee from Syria, coincidentally meets her immigration officer Rae. The two women find themselves facing generational, cultural and political differences forcing them apart, or maybe pulling them together. Thomas, the grandson of a British war veteran, prepares for his speech at his best friend’s wedding. Tackling the politics of the sexualized body — the intertwined stories of characters driven by their desires — propelled forward or derailed … An exploration of intergenerational and inter-gendered conflict amongst international cultures where vastly different cultured bodies encounter one another… Signature physicality and dynamic improvisation tackle the core subject of human relationships negotiated through body language and sub-cultural communication. Join us on the beach!
“… an ensemble triumph...”
“Each character is like a chapter, which in their totality comprise a postmodern, post-colonial novel.”
- Waterloo Region Record
Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar
Workshop Play Written by Joan Kivanda and Gary Kirkham
Dramaturgy by Ric Knowles
Performed by Badih AbouChakra, Jessalyn Broadfoot, Brad Cook*, Trevor Copp, Nada Humsi, Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, Pam Patel,
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Music by Nick Storring (Composer) with Colin Fisher and Germaine Liu
Production Stage Management by Hannah Metcalfe
Set & Lighting Design by Jenny Jimenez
Costume Design by Denis Huneault-Joffre
Prop work by Gary Kirkham
Photography by Andy Wright and Nicholas Cumming
*Body 13 was called Body 13 / The ChangeRoom during its workshop process which has now been shortened to simply Body 13.