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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'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

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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