First Métis Man of Odesa at Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Photo by Alexis McKeown

Where: Baillie Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane
When: May 8-19, 2024
Cost: Tickets range from $36 to $87 (with fees and taxes) and can be purchased at 

Details: Soulpepper is thrilled to present Punctuate! Theatre’s multi-Dora Award-winning production of First Métis Man of Odesa. This celebrated production was the top touring show in the country in 2023, playing in seven cities for over 15,000 people. Based on actual events, this captivating real-life love story is set against the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Award-winning playwright Matthew MacKenzie joins forces with his wife and celebrated Ukrainian actress  Mariya Khomutova and director Lianna Makuch to tell the story of a COVID-19 courtship and share intimate perspectives on the impacts of the war in Ukraine. The production returns triumphantly to Toronto to tell this urgent story. Onstage at Soulpepper Theatre.

Matt and Masha’s love spans continents, but distance can’t tame their passionate connection. After meeting on a theatre research trip in Kyiv, a Métis playwright, and Ukrainian actress spark up a romance that takes them from the beaches of the Black Sea to the banks of the North Saskatchewan River through the onset of a global pandemic and the eruption of a brutal war, plus many moments of joy, including marriage and the birth of their son.

Approx. Runtime:  90 minutes, no intermission.

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