Show Announcement: 1979 by Michael Healey

Photo of ATP Production of 1979 by Benjamin Laird Arts Photography

The Toronto premiere of Michael Healey’s political comedy 1979 has been announced.

In June of 1979, Joe Clark was sworn in as Canada’s 16th prime minister on the eve of his 40th birthday. By winter, it was all over. The play finds Clark during the dying days of his government while he strives to hold true to his values as opinions swirl around him.

In April 2017, Alberta Theatre Projects produced the world premiere of 1979 in Calgary. The run garnered six Betty Mitchell Award Nominations. Director Miles Potter (New Canadian Curling Club, Blyth Festival) returns to direct the Toronto production opening January 2019.

The original cast of three play a dozen characters including politicians Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, and Flora MacDonald. Joe Clark, the headstrong and naive statesman, is played by Philip Riccio (Jerusalem, The Company Theatre). Riccio is joined by Christopher Hunt (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Half Life, Alberta Theatre Projects) and Jamie Konchak (The Virgin Trial, Alberta Theatre Projects; Miss Caledonia, Lunchbox).

The production features original designs from Calgary-based designers: Jennifer Lee Arsenault (Costume), Thomas Geddes (Sound), and Scott Reid (Projections). The Toronto set designer is Steve Lucas (Heisenberg, Canadian Stage) with lighting design by Nick Blais (Dr. Silver, Outside the March/Musical Stage Company).

1979 examines the rapidly changing world of conservative politics and reflects on the end of a time when politicians were elected to serve all people—not only their supporters.  The production runs from January 9-27, 2019 at The Berkley Street Theatre. For tickets, click here or call the box office at 416-368-3110.

Meet the cast and crew of 1979 :

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Bailey is the former editor-in-chief of Intermission. She's a bilingual actor and writer originally from St. Lazare, Quebec. She hoards books, lives north of Bloor, and spends way too much money on bubble tea.