Lela & Co.

Jenna Harris and Graham Cuthbertson

Photo credit: Dahlia Katz

"Jenna Harris explodes into the character, Lela... There is an urgency to Lynn's

                   script, which she smartly writes." - Toronto Star

                 "Shaw stages this with urgency, power and a grip that often makes one want to

                   look away, but we don't." - Slotkin Review 

                 "Lela, played with clear-eyed commitment by Jenna Harris...it's an effort to drive

                  home or complicity and willful blindness to the continued existence of sexual

                  slaves even within our own borders." - The Torontoist

                 "...even a story as painful as this one can be a thing of beauty." - The Charming Modernist

                 "I wanted to punch Graham Cuthbertson in the face for 90% of the play, and I

                  mean that as the highest compliment." - Mooney on Theatre

 

First produced in 2015 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Lela & Co. is a timely and gut-wrenching play about women’s worth in a capitalist world.

And as for what came next, things unspoken and untold until now, Lela's story untold in its entirety, it happened like this...

Based on a true story, Lela & Co. gives space for a woman to be able to tell her story of being brought into sex trafficking by her husband during a time of war. Starting off as a seemingly innocuous telling by Lela of her childhood, Lela & Co. dives headfirst into this while also exploring “truth” in storytelling, who gets to tell whose story, and the resiliency of the human spirit. 

Director: Melissa-Jane Shaw

Featuring: Jenna Harris and Graham Cuthbertson

Scenographer: Claire Hill

Lighting Designer: Jazz Kamal

Sound Designer: Verne Good

Stage Manager: Laurie Merredew

Production Manager: Pip Bradford

Associate Producer and Education Coordinator: Brittany Kay

Running Time    100min

The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator, 1115 Queen Street West

TRIGGER WARNINGS:
This play contains mature language and subject matter, gun and war sound effects and sexual violence, including simulated violence against women. Recommended for 16+. 

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