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Toronto Film School Launches Stage Production of Carol Shields’ ‘Departures & Arrivals’

Departures & Arrivals

Toronto Film School Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre students will tackle Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields’ 1990 play Departures & Arrivals next week at the Papermill Theatre.

Directed by Jonathan Whittaker, the 75-minute play is set in an airport lounge, and, through a series of vignettes, captures a spectrum of travelers awakening to contemporary limbo.

“There is not a day that goes by that we are not off to somewhere or coming from something. All these comings and goings have a direct impact on our daily lives and the lives of others we encounter. Some of those encounters may affect us briefly, others more profoundly,” said Whittaker.

“A terminal, be it an airport, subway, train station or port allows for a hodgepodge of personal interactions where we experience new beginnings, endings, frustrations, revelations, joys, hopes and heartaches. A microcosm of life if we choose to take the time to take it in.”

Departures & Arrivals

Departures & Arrivals, which is stage managed by John Lagura, will take to the stage at the Papermill Theatre for a three-performance run on March 20, 21 and 22 as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 20 at 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22 at 9 p.m.

The Papermill Theatre is located at Todmorden Mills67 Pottery Rd. Tickets are free and available at the door.

The Creative Team Behind ‘Departures & Arrivals’:

Monika Adhikari

Monika Adhikari as Watcher

Kaden Legrow Kaden Legrow as Clingy Young Man, Announcer, Cleaner, Poet

Jules Masson

Jules Masson as London Lady, Janice, French Woman, Lady, Caller

Jordan Rance

Jordan Rance as Salesman, Jim, Miss. Horton Hollis, Young Selfish Man

Andre Le'Neire

Andre Le’Neire as Young Man, Reporter, Son Caller, Wesley

Natasha Bartholomew

Natasha Bartholomew as Concerned Woman, Rachel, Bodyguard, British Matron, Woman Activist, Elderly Woman

Jainee Fernandez

Jainee Fernandez as Expectant Woman, Attendant, Daughter, Woman in Line

Reema Amar

Reema Amar as Business Person, Beta, Attendant, Ball Player

Gillian MacAulay

Gillian MacAulay as Business Person, Reporter, Jock, Mrs. Kitchell

Mei Hou

Mei Hou as Runaway Woman, Alpha, Official

Farrah Taylor

Farrah Taylor as Club Med Woman, Flight Attendant

Farrah Taylor

Dante Gionfriddo as Politician, Pilot, Elderly Man

Abdulla Alrefai

Abdulla Alrefai as Questioning Man, Robert, Reporter, Politician, Father

Phiphi Lazarre

Phiphi Lazarre as Joyful Traveler, Dorothy, Ball Player, Woman Telephoner, Myra

Jonathan Whittaker

Jonathan Whittaker – Director

John Lagura

John Lagura – Stage Manager

Cynthia Reason

Cynthia Reason (she/her) is a former newspaper journalist turned communications professional who currently works as Toronto Film School’s Manager of Communications. Prior to joining TFS, she spent 13 years working as a reporter for Torstar/Metroland Media Toronto, writing for publications including Toronto.com, the Etobicoke Guardian, and the Toronto Star, among others. Her byline has also appeared in the National Post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Humber College.


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