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dirty butterfly, by Jamaican British playwright Debbie Tucker Green, is a mesmerizing and startling drama that explores voyeurism, power and guilt by confronting the collateral damage of domestic abuse and racial economic divide through a modern storytelling style that is equally blunt and poetic.

A North American professional premiere as part of OBSIDIAN THEATRE's 2013/14 Season Presentation Series Nov 1-17, 2013. Strong press and audience response for both the initial festival and professional production included being voted one of the Top Ten Shows to see at the 2012 Toronto International Fringe Festival by Grid Magazine and the Torontoist, garnering Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Ensemble by NOW Magazine and topping the Best of Fest list by Mooney on Theatre. dirty butterfly was also called:

A rich and powerful play and how brilliantly acted and directed ... thank you for waking us up.  – Judith Thompson

Critic’s Pick NNNN  - Under Jack Grinhaus’s direction, everything is precise: Jackie Chau’s zigzag, mottled apartment walls that separate the trio but allow for fantasy confrontations, Andre du Toit’s expressive light, Sam Sholdice’s edgy sound design, the shocking moments of explosive physicality and carefully controlled speech rhythms that overlap to create effective harmonies.  - Jon Kaplan NOW Magazine

Psychologically rooted... physically striking…an intriguing play and production.  Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

There’s a poetic fluidity to the language of the play and the actors perform it beautifully...makes you think. It’s the kind of performance that stays with you (as you replay certain lines and try to untangle their true meaning.  – Charlebois Post 

Jack Grinhaus’s staging, especially his symbolic use of red sand, is still effective, while Brotman reprises her gut-twisting performance as Jo. – Martin Morrow, The Grid

**** 1/2 A harrowing examination… Bound to Create Theatre's production goes right for the gut - The Torontoist

... a devastatingly gorgeous production... visually arresting, metaphorically rigorous staging, beautifully simple and utterly compelling – Dispositio

Featuring Kaleb Alexander, Beryl Bain, and Lauren Brotman. Written by Debbie Tucker Green, Directed by Jack Grinhaus, Stage Managed by Heather Thompson, Apprentice Stage Managed by Meredith Henry, Production Managed by Dave Degrow, Set and Costume Design by Jackie Chau, Lighting Design by Andre du Toit, Sound Design by Samuel Sholdice, Marketing and Publicity by Sue Edworthy, Associate Produced and photography by Joe Bucci.



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" Robert Lepage-esque…a stellar cast… You will leave knowing you have just seen the future of theatre in Toronto. "
- Mooney on Theatre