Passion Play

by Sarah Ruhl

One of the Top 10 Shows of the Decade – NOW Magazine 

An Outside the March, Convergence Theatre & Sheep No Wool Production
Brought to Toronto’s East End by Crow’s Theatre

Wildly ambitious in theme and scope, Passion Play is a three-part saga that examines a company of amateur actors staging a traditional passion play at three different historical moments: Elizabethan England, Nazi Germany and Reagan-Era America. This triptych explores the collision of religion, politics, and theatre, and how the stories we tell shape who we are as individuals and as a community.

Our production of Passion Play was an unique immersive performance experience in three parts, lasting almost four hours. Part One began at Withrow Park, after which the audience and performers processed together to Eastminster United Church. The project was collaboratively developed over two years by Outside the March, Convergence Theatre and Sheep No Wool.

  • June 6th – 30th, 2013

Withrow Park, then Eastminster United Church

Passionate, profound, undeniable unique… a theatrical event you won’t want to miss.

The Globe and Mail

Passion Play

The Globe and Mail

The Indie Event of the Summer!

The Toronto Star

Passion Play

The Toronto Star

a deeply moving piece
★ ★ ★ ★

NOW Magazine

Passion Play

NOW Magazine

Passion Play

Cast & Creative Team


  • Cyrus Lane
as Pontius/Foot Soldier/P
  • Andrew Kushnir as John/Eric/J
  • Mayko Nguyen as Mary 1
  • Julie Tepperman as Mary 2
  • Richard Binsley as Visiting Friar/Visiting Englishman/VA Doctor
  • Amy Keating as Village Idiot/Violet
  • Katherine Cullen as Carpenter 1
  • Thrasso Petras as Carpenter 2
  • Jordan Pettle
 as Director
  • Sam Kalilieh as Machinist/German Officer/Young Director
  • Maev Beaty as Queen Elizabeth/Hitler/Reagan
  • Bilal Baig, Howard Davis, Kathryn Davis, Kasey Dunn, Aviva Philip-Muller, Cheyenne Scott, Harsharan Sidhu, Jesse Watts – Passion Players (Artistic Accomplices)

Creative Team

  • Alan Dilworth, Aaron Willis and Mitchell Cushman – Directors
  • Jung-Hye Kim – Production Design
  • Michelle Bailey – Costume Design
  • David DeGrow – Lighting Design
  • Samuel Sholdice – Music and Sound Design
  • David DeGrow – Production Management
  • Marinda de Beer – Stage Management
  • Bryn McLeod – Assistant Stage Management
  • Maev Beaty, Katherine Cullen, Mitchell Cushman, Alan Dilworth, Amy Keating, Julie Tepperman, Aaron Willis – Producers
  • Colin Doyle, Dan Daley, Byron Abalos – Associate Producers
  • Chloe Cushman – Poster Illustration and Design


Awards & Accolades

  • #5 Production of the Decade – NOW Magazine Top Ten List
  • Outstanding Ensemble – Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2014)
  • Top 10 Productions of 2013 – NOW Magazine
  • ★★★★ – The Torontoist
  • ★★★★ – Now Magazine