Broken Branches

Presented by CreateTruth Productions
in Association with Workman Arts

September 17-29, 2019
in Aki Studio


Rachel runs away with her daughter, arriving unexpectedly at her childhood home; Jade spends more nights in the college art studio than she does in her own bedroom; the sudden reappearance of Josh’s mother forces him to take a hard look at his life. Now all three of them must confront the truth about their childhood, as its impact on their adult lives is revealed.

Broken Branches exposes a side of family life, often hidden in plain sight. Siblings are our friends, role models, and rivals. They define who we are, perhaps more than our parents. But what happens when sibling conflict crosses a line into something cruel, even dangerous? When the bully lives in the same house, babysits younger siblings, shares a bedroom?

Through the pain, humour, and reality of family dynamics⁠—and the resiliency of the human spirit⁠—Broken Branches makes the invisible visible, and will forever change the way we see sibling relationships.

Brothers. Sisters. Survival.

Audience Advisory:
There are references to childhood abuse from siblings (including sexual abuse), and its aftermath; mental health issues, addiction, self-harm. Coarse language.

Mental health resources will be available. All evening performances will have Active Listeners on-site. Some performances will be followed by talkback discussions.

RUNNING TIME: Approx. 90 minutes.


Rebecca Applebaum
Mark Correia
Janel Rae Filipiak
Sarah Kitz
Anastasia Kokolakis


Playwright & Assistant Director Lorene Stanwick
Director & Dramaturg Philip McKee
Stage Manager Sam Hale
Production Manager & Technical Director Gloria Mok
Lighting & Set Designer Jareth Li
Sound Designer Lyon Smith
Costume Designer Adriana Bogaard
Choreographer Carmen Leardi

Broken Branches Artwork & Graphic Designer Liliana Vera


Tues Sept 17  |  8:00 PM Preview
Wed Sept 18  |  8:00 PM Preview
Thurs Sept 19*  |  8:00 PM Opening
Fri Sept 20  |  8:00 PM
Sat Sept 21  |  2:00 PM
Sat Sept 21  |  8:00 PMPost-show Talkback with Judith Thompson, and Kelly Straughan, moderated by Director Philip McKee
Sun Sept 22  |  2:00 PM Mental Health Professional Performance; Post-show Talkback with Dr. Vernon Wiehe, professor & author on sibling abuse, and playwright Lorene Stanwick, moderated by Justina Zatzman of Workman Arts

Tues Sept 24  |  8:00 PM
Wed Sept 25  |  2:30 PM “Centennial Day”, sponsored by Centennial College School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design (SOLD OUT)
Wed Sept 25  |  8:00 PM Post-Show Talkback with trauma therapist Heidi McBratney and sibling abuse survivors
Thurs Sept 26  |  8:00 PM Post-Show Talkback with Dr. Linda Baker, CREVAWC, Western University, and playwright Lorene Stanwick
Fri Sept 27  |  8:00 PM
Sat Sept 28  |  2:00 PM
Sat Sept 28  |  8:00 PM Post-Show Talkback with actors, moderated by Cara Spooner of Workman Arts
Sun Sept 29  |  2:00 PM

*Note: Tickets may be open to the public at a later date.


Previews  |  Pay-What-You-Can-Afford
General  |  $30

Groups (10+)  |  $25
(for groups, contact box office: 416-531-1402)
Senior, Student, Arts Worker  |  $20

PLEASE NOTE: HST and ticket fees are included.
Purchases made online or by telephone are by credit card only.
At the door payments accepted by cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard.
Box Office Telephone: 416-531-1402
Email: boxoffice[at]
More information on ticket pick-up here.

Publicist Danielle Iversen – that PR Thing – 416-923-6566

CreateTruth Productions was founded by playwright Lorene
Stanwick and Doug Hennessy. Their mandate is to develop plays that dig below the surface of mental health and addiction issues, explore root causes, and tell stories that reflect the creative and varied ways that people survive trauma. Learn more.

Workman Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. Workman Arts supports artists through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community. Learn more.