The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

Part of the Summerworks PROGRESS Festival
Curated and presented by the red light district in collaboration with Outside the March


Can we turn sentimental value into cold, hard cash?

Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa, promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realized all the things she could sell were gifts from her exes. Inspired by this call, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is a hilarious and daring show about the cost of love… or what love costs us.

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale smashes together personal divulgences, math, recorded interviews with Haley’s exes and economics in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth. This autobiographical show features eight objects — all gifts from Haley’s exes — and introduces audiences to a mathematical formula (created by mathematician Melanie Phillips) for the cost of love.

The Progress run will also include several bonus events that expand to conversation around love, money and what it’s all worth. Join us for Haley’s interactive Cost of Love installation, a financial literacy crash-course in partnership with Generator, and the premiere of The Broken Hearts Auction, a one-night only presentation in which audience members can have gifts from their exes appraised and auctioned off.

Named “Readers’ Favourite Theatre of 2018”
– The Guardian

“★★★★ Joyful, funny, excruciating … A powerhouse performance.”
– The Stage

Tues / Feb. 5 / 9:00pm
Wed / Feb. 6 / 9:00pm
Thurs / Feb. 7 /9:00pm
Fri / Feb. 8 /9:00pm
Sat / Feb. 9 / 7:30pm (followed by The Broken Hearts Auction at 9pm)

Installation Hours:
Feb 5 – Fri Feb 8, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Feb 9, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Financial literacy crash course:
Feb 8, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

90 minutes

Haley McGee: writer & performer
Melanie Phillips: mathematics collaborator
Mitchell Cushman: director
Zoe Robinson: producer (UK)
Anna Reid: scenic design
Kieran Lucas: sound design
Lucy Adams: lighting design
Eliza Cass: additional production & creative support
ted witzel: producer (Canada)
Nick Blais: production manager and relights
Griffin McInnes: production support (Canada)

This performance was developed in Camden People’s Theatre’s Starting Blocks scheme in 2017. In August 2017, it won the Wilderness Festival commission. The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale premiered at Camden People’s Theatre in November 2018. Partner venues include Battersea Arts Centre and The Albany with additional support from Arts Council England, The Theatre Centre (Toronto), and Ontario Arts Council (Canada).

Production stills by Sophie le Roux.

  • February 5-9, 2019

BMO Incubator for Live Arts
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St. W Toronto

Joyful, funny, excruciating … A powerhouse performance.

The Stage


The Stage

This is intelligent theatre – deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest – that’s been carefully made.

Exeunt Magazine


Exeunt Magazine


The Guardian


The Guardian