PARADIGM productions presents the first installment of The Empire trilogy,

THE PHILOSOPHER'S WIFE

by SUSANNA FOURNIER
directed by LEORA MORRIS

DECEMBER 4 - 16th 2018

Presented at Native Earth's AKI Studio  585 Dundas Street East, Toronto.

Deep in the North, a philosopher, exiled for promoting his atheist work amidst a bloody religious war, knows his theories can ignite a revolution. He wants nothing more than to return to the City, join the young Prince on the verge of inheriting political power, and usher in a new age of Reason. There’s only one thing holding him back; his personal life has collapsed into chaos. In a desperate attempt to cure his wife’s inexplicable, animalistic behaviour he hires a dog trainer. What begins as an experiment in canine obedience erupts into a power struggle between the sexes--unleashing violent reckonings with the animal within.


The first installment of The Empire trilogy, The Philosopher’s Wife, is a modern gothic Rated Mature for opium eating, female sexuality, phantoms coming for your soul, dark humour, the birth of the enlightenment project, religious persecution, and subverting notions of education, sex, power, and submission.  

producer ALISON WONG
costume design by ALEXANDRA LORD / Triga
set design by SHANNON LEA DOYLE / Triga
lighting design by KAITLIN HICKEY
sound design by CHRISTOPHER ROSS-EWART
with collaboration from EMPIRE TRILOGY designers: MICHELLE TRACEY +  BEN MCCARTHY

This production is generously supported by The Storefront Theatre

In 2013, The Philosopher's Wife won the Cayle Chernin Award and was an Honorable Mention in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition. 

SHOWTIMES : DECEMBER 4 -16th, 2018

Tuesday, December 4 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Wednesday, December 5 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Thursday, December 6  // 8:00 PM (opening)
Friday, December 7 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 8 // 2:00 PM   (PWYC available)
Saturday, December 8  // 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 9 // 2:00 PM*

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Tuesday, December 11 // 8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 12 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 13 // 8:00 PM
Friday, December 14 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 15 // 2:00 PM   (PWYC available)
Saturday, December 15 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 16 // 2:00 PM   (PWYC available)

TICKET PRICES

REGULAR
Previews  $20
All Other Shows   $35

UNDER 30 / SENIOR / ARTS WORKER
Previews  $20
All Other Shows  $25

PAY WHAT YOU CAN (PWYC)
Every Saturday and Sunday matinee, a block of tickets will be held for sale at the door starting at noon and you can pay whatever you want. Limit 2 per person, cash only.

The Aki Studio is located at 585 Dundas Street East. The venue is wheelchair accessible and located on the TTC Dundas Streetcar route. Click here to learn more. 

Photos by Tanja-Tiziana


Stay tuned for the release of radio-drama podcast version of The Philosopher's Wife premiering summer 2018 on Expect Theatre's PlayMe . Learn more about The Empire podcasts.