the life and death of fred herko
1964 a queer contemporary dancer named Fred Herko jetéd out the window of his ex-lover’s apartment – naked and high on speed at the age of 28.
The Life and Death of Fred Herko is an interdisciplinary and site-specific performance that sheds light on a footnoted figure in queer history. The show re-imagines Herko’s tragic ‘suicide performance’ in order to find the utopian potential in his story.
The research and development of The Life and Death of Fred Herko is generously being supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Finalist, Cayle Chernin Awards 2019 - Theatre Production (Announcement May 15)
Awarded, Ontario Arts Council - Theatre Recommenders’ Grant 2018/2019 (Theatre Passe Muraille)
Awarded, Ontario Arts Council - Theatre Recommenders’ Grant 2018/2019 (Workman Arts)
Awarded, Ontario Arts Council - Theatre Recommenders’ Grant 2018/2019 (Outside the March)
Nominated, Montréal English Theatre Awards (2017/2018) - Outstanding Independent Production
Nominated, Montréal English Theatre Awards (2017/2018) - Outstanding Lead Performance - Actor (Oliver Price)
Nominated, Montréal English Theatre Awards (2017/2018) - Outstanding (Original) New Text - Natalie Liconti
Nominated, Montréal English Theatre Awards (2017/2018) - Outstanding Emerging Artist - Production - Daughter Product - Theatre Company - The Life and Death of Fred Herko
a dyke's guide to fair play
"THOUGHT PROVOKING, CLEVER, AND WILDLY FUNNY"
- ALT.THEATRE MAGAZINE
A Dyke’s Guide To Fair Play is a dark-comedy about the performativity of trauma.
Developed with the support of Camden People's Theatre's Starting Blocks Programme (2018)
Further developed with the support of the Toronto Arts Council Playwriting Grant (2018)
the gentle art of punishment
"beautiful, tragic... darkly comic...”
- alt.theatre magazine
A dystopian dark-comedy that unravels trauma through sound, text and movement. Three women engage with their girlhoods, idols and ideals in a dream-like and nostalgic narrative. The Gentle Art of Punishment is for anyone who has ever had a crush on their therapist - or thinks that Drew Barrymore is under-appreciated in her dramatic roles.
awards and history
Presented, ZH Festival 2017 (Montréal QC)
Presented, Calm Down, Dear Festival 2018 (London UK)
Presented, Wildside Festival 2019 (Montréal QC)
Shortlisted, Playwrights’ Guild of Canada’s Robert Beardsley Award 2018