the father

by florian zeller


location | 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto



Preview Sunday, February 3 at 7:30pm
Preview Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30pm
Opening Night Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30pm
Closing Matinee Sunday, February 24 at 2pm
Added Matinee: Sat Feb 16 2pm 
Added Matinee: Sat Feb 23 2pm

Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm (Mondays Dark)
Matinees are Sunday at 2pm.  
No intermission. No latecomers. 
Previews $25 (plus HST)
Regular price $42.50 (plus HST) 
Rush tickets $25 (cash only, at the door, 30 minutes before performance starts, subject to availability. No phone reservations).

Directed by Ted Dykstra
Set and Costume design by Anna Treusch (Dora Nominated for Category E)
Lighting design by Bonnie Beecher
Sound Design by Richard Feren
Production Manager Charissa Wilcox
Starring  Nicholas CampbellBeau Dixon, Trish Fagan, Paul Fauteux, Michelle Monteith and Oyin Oladejo 
Coal Mine Theatre engages under the terms of the INDIE 2.2, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. 

French writer Florian Zeller’s THE FATHER, winner of the 2014 Molière Award for France’s Best Play, is arguably the greatest play ever written about dementia, regularly garnering awards for the playwright and its leading men in countless international productions that span the globe from the UK to South Africa, and across the United States to Singapore.

In 2016 THE FATHER was nominated for the Tony Award for Best New Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, which was awarded to Frank Langella for his disorienting performance of a man in mental decline. Savagely honest and softly humorous, a daughter becomes caregiver to her demanding father who exists in his own lonely and frightening world.

Candid and humanizing, THE FATHER is a deeply affecting look at the realities of living with Alzheimer’s and being cared for by loved ones who are becoming unrecognizable. Directed by Coal Mine Co-Chief Engineer Ted Dykstra (The River, Coal Mine Christmas, Superior Donuts, Rumours), the title role of the father will be played by Nicholas Campbell, with Beau Dixon, Trish Fagan, Paul Fauteux, Michelle Monteith and Oyin Oladejo rounding out the cast.

One of the most acute, absorbing and distressing portraits of dementia I’ve ever seen
— The Telegraph (London)