The National Arts Centre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage, Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre production of


Adaptation for the stage by
Hannah Moscovitch and Alisa Palmer

Co-created and Written by
Hannah Moscovitch

Co-created and Directed by
Alisa Palmer

Production Dramaturgy by
Mel Hague

Based on the Novel by
Ann-Marie MacDonald 

February 10 - March 5, 2023

Five theatre companies partner to bring production based on Ann-Marie MacDonald’s internationally acclaimed novel to four cities

Written by the internationally acclaimed Canadian writer Ann-Marie MacDonald, and adapted for the stage by award winning Nova Scotian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, Fall on Your Knees is a sweeping novel that chronicles three generations of Cape Breton’s Piper family. The story moves from the battlefields of the First World War to the emerging jazz scene in Harlem, NY, and into the lives of four unforgettable sisters. This adaptation for the stage spans multiple musical genres and generations, unfolding amid the collision and melding of identities – cultural, class, racial, sexual and gender – at the birth of the modern era.

Lead Donors - Margaret Fountain, C.M., DFA (H) & David Fountain, C.M.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. 
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Tim Campbell, Janelle Cooper,
Diane Flacks, Eva Foote,
Deborah Hay, Samantha Hill,
Drew Moore, Tony Ofori,
Cara Rebecca, Nathan D Simmons,
Maryem Tollar, Amaka Umeh,
Jenny L Wright, Antoine Yared

Natasha Powell

Music Supervisor and Composer
Sean Mayes

Set Designer
Camellia Koo

Costume Designer
Judith Bowden

Lighting Designer
Leigh Ann Vardy

Sound Design Consultant
Antoine Bédard

Sound Designer
Brian Kenny

Associate Music Supervisor
Douglas Price

Associate Costume Designer
Joyce Padua

Stage Manager
Michael Hart

Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Miller





*PLEASE NOTE: This show is in 2 parts. Please make sure you book for the correct Part.
Part One: Family Tree
Part Two: The Diary


Fountain Hall
February 10 - March 5, 2023


Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 1 pm & 7:30 pm

Key Dates

Part 1: Family Tree Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m - Support for Culture Industry Night
Part 1: Family Tree Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m - Talk back Night
Part 2: The Diary Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m - Talk back Night

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Lead Donors - Margaret Fountain, C.M., DFA (H) & David Fountain, C.M.

Neptune Theatre is located on sacred land that has been the site of human activity since time immemorial. We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

As artists, we are grateful to work and build community here. As stewards of culture, we are in the process of learning more about how our company can improve our relations with Indigenous People and uphold the values of collaboration and inclusivity in all that we do.