Directed by Emily Dix
THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE
TORONTO, March 8-17, 2019
Tristan Claxton as L.B.Jefferies
Kate McArthur as Lena Hall
Alex Clay as Charles Thomas
Antonino Pruiti as Lars Thorwald
Elizabeth Rose Morriss as Mrs Thorwald
Isaiah Kolundzic as The Working Stiff
Sarah Marchand as The Dancing Girl
Casey Romanin as The Newlywed Husband
Kathleen Welch as The Newlywed Wife
Produced by Emily Dix and Conor Fitzgerald
Designed by Emily Dix
Lighting Design by Wes Babcock
Stage Managed by Whitney Hewitt
*A Canadian Actor's Equity Association production under the Artist's Collective Policy. Created as part of The Rear Window Collective. Supported by Bygone Theatre.
BY EMILY DIX
Recuperating from a broken leg, a news photographer spends his days cooped up in his New York apartment, watching his neighbours through the rear window of his home. The intense summer heat wave, a growing addiction to his painkillers, and the kind of delirium brought on by boredom and lack of sleep leads him to create fanciful stories about those he spies on, but when the line between truth and reality begins to blur, he finds himself questioning whether he has just witnessed a brutal murder, or whether his demons have finally gotten the best of him.
Based on the short story It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich, the same tale that inspired the 1954 Hitchcock film, Rear Window (James Stewart, Grace Kelly), The Rear Window takes a new look at this classic tale of a peeping Tom who saw more than he wanted to see. Still set in the 1950s, the play's relevancy to today is undeniable in a world where many of us waste away our hours "spying" on others through social media, while rarely reaching out to those that we follow. A gripping, psychological thriller that will leave you guessing until the final moments whether or not what we're seeing can truly be believed.