The Wager: World Premiere

Nov 14, 2019 @ 06:00:00 PM – Nov 30, 2019 @ 09:00:00 PM
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
16 Ryerson Ave
ON M5T 2P3


Responding to an era of rampant climate change denial, fake news, and increasingly fragile defenses of truth, THEATRE GARGANTUA is proud to announce the World Premiere of THE WAGER.


THE WAGER is a timely piece that takes its inspiration from a true story, where a 19th century scientist accepted a bet to prove that the planet earth is round rather than flat, only to have his proof rejected by the hostile flat-earthers. From here, connections are easily drawn between this episode and our current moment of climate denial, anti-vaxxing campaigns, and “alternative facts”. Presented in a moment where the future of our earth is particularly uncertain, the “wager” of the title doubles as a provocation, asking to what extent we are willing to gamble on our own future.


The much-anticipated World Premiere of THE WAGER marks the culmination of this latest cycle of creation. The Gargantua style weds physical theatre, innovative use of technology and live vocal scores into dynamic, multidisciplinary, and wholly unique works of art. THE WAGER is a particularly musical event, with the cast doubling as a live, on-stage band.


Written by Michael Spence, directed by Jacquie P.A. Thomas, featuring an exceptional cast of Olivia Croft, François Macdonald, Teiya Kasahara, and Michael Spence,. THE WAGER will be presented November 14 – 30, 2019 in the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (opening night, November 15).