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Co-produced by Halifax Theatre for Young People and Eastern Front Theatre

This is a prerecorded performance.
Optional livestream Q&A/discussion with the playwright, director and/or lead actor.

#IAmTheCheese is supported and recommended by Halifax Regional Arts.

  • Grade Levels: 8 – 11
  • Duration: 90 minutes (can be viewed over multiple days/periods)
  • Cost: $60 per class viewing, or $400 per school includes optional livestream Q&A.
  • Format: Prerecorded performance with optional livestream Q&As happen with password protected link and Google Meet arrangements for Q&A.
  • Booking Dates: This is a limited opportunity – ONLY AVAILABLE MARCH 1 – JUNE 15, 2022
  • Website: https://halifaxtheatreforyoungpeople.com/ 
  • Study Guide Available 

by Josh MacDonald, adapted from the book by Robert Cormier
Directed by: Ann-Marie Kerr
Featuring: Sam Vigneault, Sebastian LaBelle, Susan Stackhouse and Micha Cromwell

#IAmTheCheese is a reimagining of Robert Cormier’s classic 1977 young adult novel. The play is set in the present day, and follows a traumatized teenager named Adam Farmer through a series of interviews with an analyst named Brint, as Adam struggles to recall deeply repressed memories of his past. Beginning with just a wisp of a children’s nursery rhyme—“The Farmer in the Dell”—Adam begins to reassemble his sense of self, bit by bit. Eventually, Adam remembers the social stigma of his preteen years, when his parents inexplicably banned the use of the internet: no cellphones, no computer, no wifi, etc.. But Adam dares to begin a relationship with a girl from his school named Amy Hertz, and this relationship blooms in cyberspace. The more that Adam remembers about Amy, however, and about his own parents, the closer he comes to recognizing that a massive, faceless danger might be surrounding him still… Through exploring the complex and intricate world of growing up in the digital era, #IAmTheCheese is an enriching and reflective thriller for young audiences.

Robert Cormier’s suspenseful novel has been a YA staple for decades, and this all-new adaptation by local playwright Josh Macdonald is the winner of a PGC Tom Hendry Prize—The Sharon Enkin Theatre for Young Audiences Award 2020.

Ann-Marie Kerr – Director
Josh MacDonald – Playwright
Kat McCormack – Assistant Director
Christian Ludwig Hansen – Projection & Co-Scenic Designer
Brenda Duran – Co-Scenic Designer/Builder
Everette Fournier – Costume Designer
Jackson Fairfax-Perry – Composer & Sound Designer
Olivia Rankin – Lighting Designer
Virg Iredale – Stage Manager
Leigh Ann Vardy – Lighting Design Mentor

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