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Honours Performance Series 2017


McMaster’s School of the Arts’ Honours Performance Series features work of students from the graduating class of the Theatre and Film Studies program working in collaboration with third year students designers. Each year the HPS productions reflect the interests and creativity of the current generation of McMaster students. With support from the “Tribute to Theresa Elspeth Pierrynowski Fund.”



For the full listing of performances, see the Honours Performance Series 2017 Main Poster

First Class

What would you do if you were trapped with two strangers who you had to compete against for your only chance to escape a dying earth?

In a worn out, unfinished diner facing an imminent apocalyptic world, a prodigy inventor, a worried mother, and a carefree diner owner are trapped inside by a torrential, toxic downpour. Driven by a mysterious broadcast, the three prisoners fight over who deserves passage and a First Class ticket to a new habitable planet.

CREATED BY: Genavieve DeCaria, Omobolanle Olarewaju, Madeleine Szlafarski.


Thursday, March 16 at 12.30pm and 9pm

Friday, March 17 at 2.30pm and 7pm

  Silent Treatment

Silent Treatment is a story of living with mental illness in a world that denies, invalidates, romanticizes and/or misunderstands. Little girls grow up being told they’re overdramatic, silly, or vain. Little boys are taught that having emotions make them weak, and that weakness makes them worthless. In movies and television, mental illness is used constantly in contexts of violence and amorality, where “crazy” people are villains or used for shock value. On the other hand, if our protagonist is mentally ill, we can rest assured that by the end, some girl with pink hair with love him hard enough that his depression will disappear. This is not real life. When these are the only visible and widely discussed examples of mental illness we have, it’s no wonder that so many people live under the burden of stigma.

CREATED BY: Claudia Spadafora


Thursday, March 16 at 2.30pm AND 7pm

Friday, March 17 at 12.30pm AND 9pm


Headcase follows the story of Lumis; a depressed stand-up comedian who uses his own life experiences as the centre of the punch line. Although he is able to laugh and poke fun at his circumstance, not all days are easy. Headcase explores the struggle and acceptance of mental illness, as well as demonstrates daily circumstances endured by the depressive mind. If we are able laugh at the darkest parts of ourselves, perhaps we can make light of any situation.

CREATED BY: Troy Abrams, Emily Mailing, and Charles Wallace


Thursday, March 23 at 12:30pm AND 8pm

Friday, March 24 at 1:30pm AND 7pm

Go Home

“Go home” is a sentiment you get used to hearing as a Person of Colour. As the “model minority”, Asians are often wrongfully lost in the discussion of racism, and their struggles dismissed. Go Home uses storytelling as an act of resilience countering ‘typical’ theatre narratives to create social change. Go Home uses poetry, spoken word, and physical movement to explore the abstract concepts of racism, sexism, Orientalism, belonging, and what it really means to be “home”.

CREATED BY: Cathy Huang and Kristina Kuhnert


Thursday, March 23 at 1:30pm AND 7pm

Friday, March 24 at 2:30pm AND 9pm


Cove: the narrow space that shapes our perceptions and is rarely considered in day-to-day life.

How does theatre shape you, as a viewer, and your perception of reality? Capgras Syndrome is a cognitive disorder that causes a person to see people as imposters.  Disassociation is a state in which one stops recognizing what reality is altogether; it becomes hard to recognize yourself. Cove explores perceptions of reality through Capgras Syndrome and Disassociation in the hopes that the audience is able to engage with the performers in this alternate state of reality.

CREATED BY: Senjuti Aurora Sarker and Lisa Ziegler


Thursday, March 23 at 2.30 AND 9pm

Friday, March 24th at 12.30 AND 8pm


The many variables that are involved with living in poverty are multi-faceted; poverty is much more than just simply needing money to survive; it is also the need for emotional, mental and financial support. Broke is about a young woman who has lived in poverty her whole life and the challenges that she faces every day.


Thursday, March 30th at 12:30pm AND 9pm

Friday, March 31st at 2.30 AND 7pm

CREATED BY: David Jackson, Andrew Walker

The Eighth Day

The 2016 word of the year was “post-truth”, which means “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Do facts even matter anymore? Do the ways candidates present themselves and behave in public view matter more than their policies? Are pandering to voters, bias media interaction and echoing baseless claims really the best way to run a campaign? The Eighth Day: A Political Drama is a show that strives to explore the relationships between politics and the media.


Thursday, March 30th at 2:30pm AND 7pm

Friday, March 31st at 12:30pm AND 9pm

CREATED BY: Kyle Billie, Liam Harris and Chris Morritt

Getting to the L. R. Wilson Building

The Honours Performance Series will take place in the newly constructed L. R. Wilson Building. The Black Box Theater is on the main floor.

See the Parking Map of McMaster. Enter campus from Sterling Street. As you approach campus, to your left is the L. R. Wilson building with underground parking, to your right is several more parking lots.  The newly constructed Wilson Building is now located at number 21 on the campus map.

Parking rates can be found here.