February 10 - March 5, 2023

*Please note this show is divided into TWO parts. You book for two separate performances. You can attend each part whenever you wish during the run - you do not have to see the complete show on two consecutive days or on the same day. The story begins with Part 1 and concludes with Part 2.


Part 1: Family Tree is approximately 3 hours with 1 intermission.
Part 2: The Diary is approximately 3 hours with 2 intermissions.

Please note: this performance contains partial nudity, mature themes, graphic violence, sexual content, sexual violence, strong language, smoke and haze and e-cigarettes.


“Seeing Fall On Your Knees brought to fruition as a piece of theatre is the fulfillment of a process that began long ago when I first started writing what would become the novel.  Fall On Your Knees began, in my mind, as a play.  This makes sense because I was, and am, a playwright. I ended up bringing the story to light as a novel, but I’ve always cherished the vision of it as a three-dimensional experience for a live audience.  I am so grateful to all the incredibly talented artists, especially Hannah Moscovitch and Alisa Palmer, for boldly and beautifully bringing it to life."

– Ann-Marie MacDonald, Author, Fall On Your Knees


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 

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., D.F.A.(h.c.), D.H.L.(h.c.) and 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.

THE CAST
Tim Campbell
James Piper / Ensemble
Janelle Cooper
Adelaide Taylor / Sweet Jessie Hogan / Ensemble
Diane Flacks
Sister St. Monica / Giles MacVicar /
Mrs. Luvovitz / Ensemble
Eva Foote
Lily Piper / Ensemble
Deborah Hay
Frances Piper / Ensemble
Samantha Hill
Kathleen Piper / Ensemble
Drew Moore
Ralph Luvovitz / David / Ensemble
Tony Ofori
Leo “Ginger” Taylor / Impresario / Ensemble
Cara Rebecca
Materia Piper / Charity Woman / Ensemble
Maryem Tollar
Mrs. Mahmoud / Musician
Amaka Umeh
Rose Lacroix / Doc Rose / Ensemble
Dakota Jamal Wellman
Anthony / Ambrose / Ensemble
Jenny L. Wright
Mercedes Piper / Jeanne Lacroix / Ensemble
Antoine Yared
Mr. Mahmoud / Tommy Jameel / Maestro / Ensemble
Kira Chisholm
Rehearsal Swing
Naomi Ngebulana
Rehearsal Swing

FOUNTAIN HALL
FEBRUARY 10 - MARCH 5, 2023

SHOW TIMES*
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 1 pm & 7:30 pm

*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



KEY DATES

SUPPORT FOR CULTURE
INDUSTRY NIGHT:

Part 1: Family Tree Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m  

TALK BACK NIGHT:

Part 2: The Diary Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m

LEAD DONORS

Margaret Fountain, C.M., D.F.A.(h.c.), D.H.L.(h.c.) and David Fountain, C.M.

CREATIVE TEAM

Alisa Palmer
Director/Adaptor/Co-creator
Hannah Moscovitch 
Writer/Adaptor/Co-creator
Cherissa Richards 
Associate Director
Natasha Powell 
Choreographer
Hollywood Jade
Associate Choreographer
Tereka Tyler-Davis 
Associate Choreographer
Sean Mayes 
Music Supervisor & Composer
Camellia Koo 
Set Designer
Judith Bowden 
Costume Designer
Joyce Padua 
Associate Costume Designer
Leigh Ann Vardy 
Lighting Designer
Brian Kenny 
Sound Designer
Brandon Wells 
Audio Engineer
Daniel Bennett 
Technical Director
Douglas Price 
Associate Music Supervisor
Anita Nittoly 
Fight & Sexual Choreography 
Mel Hague 
Dramaturg
Jane Gooderham 
Dialect Coach
Yousef Kadoura 
Dialect & Disability Consultant
Ann-Marie MacDonald 
Author
STAGE MANAGEMENT
Michael Hart 
Stage Manager
Sarah Miller
Assistant Stage Manager
MUSICIANS
Douglas Price 
Conductor, piano, accordion
Anna Atkinson 
Violin, accordion
Spencer Murray 
Flutes, reeds, pipes
Maryem Tollar
Vocals, qanun, oud, percussion

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. 

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