April 1 – 19, 2020 AT FACTORY 

A captivating narrative and sensory adventure, Factory is excited to present the Toronto Premiere of Ghost River Theatre’s ONE, a multi award-winning and beloved theatre production written by Jason Carnew and directed by Eric Rose. This incredibly visual and poetic show will be presented April 1 – 19, 2020 at Factory (opening night April 2).


Inspired by the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, ONE follows the desperate journey of Philistine, an impassioned librarian searching for the love of her life, George, an astronomer who’s been lost at sea. Her devotion takes her beyond the fabric of the living world and into the strange and all-consuming world of the dead. Through stunning visual imagery, poetic language and movement, innovative design, and an evocative soundscape, ONE invites you to surrender to emotions as big as the ocean and as vast as the stars.
ONE has received multiple awards and rave reviews across Canada. Awards include: 2011 Betty Mitchel Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Sound Design (Matthew Waddell), and Outstanding Lighting Design (Snezana Pesic with Lester Lee ),  as well as the 2011 SummerWorks Festival Canadian Stage Award for Direction (Eric Rose). In addition, Snezana Pesic’s Production Design of ONE in 2011 was chosen to represent Canada at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.
Jason Carnew (Playwright) – As an actor Jason has performed across Canada with highlights including working with Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Ghost River Theatre and the Citadel Theatre. Jason also writes short stories and plays, including ONE which received the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Production of a Play in 2011. Jason currently works in advertising and his most notable work includes Project Revoice which was awarded the Cannes Lion for Good in 2018 and a D&AD Black Pencil in 2019, and, most recently, ‘scUber,‘ which saw the first bookable submarine ride made available in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.


Eric Rose (director) is an award-winning director, playwright, educator and the Artistic Director of Calgary’s acclaimed Ghost River Theatre. His work embraces a hybrid of high tech visual spectacle with low-fi theatrical magic and is developed through a significant investment in imaginative research and development. Selected GRT credits: concept/direction Intuition ProjectScent Bar, Touch, Taste and Tomorrow’s Child for blindfolded audiences as part of GRT’s Senses Series; directing/co-writing Giant; directing/co-writing The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, directing/co-writing Highest Step in the World.


The talented Canadian cast features Amber Borotsik (Philistine), an Edmonton based creator and performer keenly interested in the intersection between theatre and contemporary dance practices; Richard Lee (George), an Edmonton-based performer, creator, and educator. In addition to a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Alberta, he has independently trained in contemporary dance across North America and Europe; Kristi Gunther-Hansen (Elishiva) is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree and the Co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre in Edmonton; and Keith Wyatt (Charon) currently lives in Vernon BC where he is developing his artistic practice through the co-creation of family with his wife Rachel, and his daughter Oswynn.

Factory’s mission is to enthrall audiences with the imagination of Canadian playwrights and develop the next generation of intercultural theatre artists. Since its founding in 1970, Factory has committed to exclusively produce Canadian plays. Factory has made it an artistic priority to invest in and showcase Canadian artists who bring their stories to our theatre in Toronto. This has made Factory the home of the Canadian playwright and, for over four decades, has developed and produced some of the finest theatrical works in our national canon, giving space to some of the most gifted and prolific playwrights in Canada.



Led by Artistic Director Eric Rose and Executive Director Kate Stadel, GRT is an award-winning devised theatre company that creates, develops and mounts original productions through a significant investment in imaginative research and development. We make our work in a rigorous, supportive collaborative-creation environment that recognizes and utilizes the unique abilities of all participants, premiering our work in Calgary and then touring it nationally and internationally. Our work embraces a hybrid of high tech visual spectacle with low-fi theatrical magic.


ONE: APRIL 1 – 19, 2020

When: April 1 – 19, 2020 at 8:00pm (Mondays dark), and Sundays at 2:00pm

Opening Night: Thursday, April 2, at 8:00pm

Closing Day: Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2:00pm

Preview: April 1, 2020 at 8:00PM

Where: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2R2

Price: Regular ticket price $25 – $50 (plus HST).

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