Judith Thompson wrote Lion in the Streets as a delayed, and largely unconscious response to the murder, in 1983, of nine-year-old Sharon Morningstar Keenan in the neighborhood in Toronto where she lives with her family. The play initially explored moments of crisis in the lives of a diverse and changing community. Soon enough “Isobel,” who is the ghost of a girl murdered seventeen years before the action of the play, asserted herself and entered the play. Lion in the Streets charts Isobel’s returning to earth to hunt down her killer and take revenge.
Written and directed by Judith Thompson; designed by Troy Hourie.
Lion in the Streets “is so harsh that it makes you feel like you’ve been stripped, beaten and abandoned, and so compassionate that it releases floods of grief and gratitude with its touch.” Colin Thomas, The Georgia Strait
Warning: This play contains coarse language and content which may not be suitable for all members of the audience, particularly those fourteen or under.
November 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.
November 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
George Luscombe Theatre, MacKinnon Building