the father

by florian zeller

TRANSLATED BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

location | 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

DESIGNED BY KOSTIS PETRIDIS  www.kostisgd.com

DESIGNED BY KOSTIS PETRIDIS www.kostisgd.com

Preview Sunday, February 10 at 2:00pm
Preview Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30pm
Opening Night Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30pm
Closing Matinee Sunday, March 3 at 2pm
Added Sat Matinees: Feb 16 & 23, and Mar 2 at 2pm 
Added Sun Evenings: Feb 24 and Mar 3 at 7:30pm

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 Beau Dixon, Trish Fagan, Paul Fauteux, Michelle Monteith, Oyin Oladejo and Eric Peterson
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.

ERIC PETERSON, MICHELLE MONTEITH, and PAUL FAUTEUX | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

BEAU DIXON, ERIC PETERSON, and TRISH FAGAN | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

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 Eric Peterson, with Beau Dixon, Trish Fagan, Paul Fauteux, Michelle Monteith and Oyin Oladejo rounding out the cast.


Eric Peterson in the title role gives an incredible virtuoso performance from start to finish, with the support of an impeccable ensemble.
— Bateman Reviews
3.4/4 stars. The Father is a candid account of age-caused dementia, evenly wrought and clear of pity. The Coal Mine production is tight, fearless and worthy of the script.
— The Globe & Mail
The Father is a small gem of a play which receives a highly laudable production by Coal Mine under the expert hand of director Ted Dykstra.
— James Karas