May 11—22, 2022

Sea Sick

Alanna Mitchell/The Theatre Centre / Canada

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“DROLL AND REFRESHINGLY UNPRETENTIOUS. Clear-eyed pathway toward comprehension and a knitting together of the important, largely siloed work of marine biologists across the world.”

The Guardian

A science journalist's grand adventure into the depths of the ocean reveals its secrets, perils, and hope.

What if you learned something so important that you packed your bags and set out to tell the world? This is the story of acclaimed science journalist Alanna Mitchell’s grand adventure into the ocean to learn its secrets, face its demons, and come to grips with the devastating implications of climate change that threaten our world.

Sea Sick is her rollicking, true story, refreshingly told in an intimate setting—you might feel like it’s just the two of you hanging out—where Mitchell’s marvelous discoveries are presented with whip smart humor and informed by some of today’s most fascinating scientific discoveries. Based on her Grantham Prize winning best selling book, and updated to reflect the current moment, this show will leave audiences hopeful, inspired, and ready to act.



Emerson Paramount Center
Jackie Liebergott Black Box
559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111


May 11, 2022 - May 22, 2022

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65 minutes


All Ages


Audio Description
Sun, May 22 2:00 pm

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

7:30 PM

Thursday, May 12, 2022

7:30 PM

Friday, May 13, 2022

8:00 PM

Saturday, May 14, 2022

2:00 PM

Saturday, May 14, 2022

8:00 PM

Sunday, May 15, 2022

2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

7:30 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2022

7:30 PM

Friday, May 20, 2022

8:00 PM

Saturday, May 21, 2022

2:00 PM

Saturday, May 21, 2022

8:00 PM

Sunday, May 22, 2022

2:00 PM


Produced By:

The Theatre Centre

The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator, café and community hub nestled in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood offering a home for creative, cultural and social interactions to invent the future. The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program is at the heart of everything they do. Residency is a structured two-year program (sometimes longer!) providing groups/artists with the necessary space, funding and mentorship to craft ideas still in their infancy into finished works that are provocative, innovative, and ambitious. Residency facilitates a highly collaborative artistic process that supports new work led by directors, designers, composers, choreographers, architects, visual artists, or even neurologists.

Written and Performed by:

Alanna Mitchell

Directed by:

Franco Boni, with Ravi Jain

Set & Costume Designer:

Shawn Kerwin

Lighting Designer:

Rebecca Picherak

Sound Designer:

Tim Lindsay

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer:

Melissa Joakim

Produced By:

The Theatre Centre

Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell (Writer and Performer) is an award-winning Canadian author and journalist who writes about science and social trends. Her international best-selling book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis won the prestigious Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in 2010. With the help of The Theatre Centre’s artistic director Franco Boni and Why Not Theatre’s founding artistic director Ravi Jain,

Mitchell turned Sea Sick into a one-woman non-fiction play that she has performed across Canada and internationally, her first foray into theatre. She has written for
the New York Times science section, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, GQ Magazine India, Maclean’s Magazine, Broadview Magazine, the Globe and Mail Newspaper, the Toronto Star Newspaper and is an award-winning radio documentary- maker for CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. Her fifth non-fiction book, The Spinning Magnet, about the Earth’s magnetic field, came out last year. She is working on a play with Boni and Jain based on her fourth book, Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths. Its working title: The Interview.

Franco Boni

Franco Boni (Director) is the Artistic and Executive Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this, he served as Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre in Toronto for sixteen years. Franco has also served as Festival Director of the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. He is a recognized cultural innovator, facilitator and community builder with a demonstrated track record of restoring financial stability and artistic credibility to local arts organizations and festivals for over two decades. In 2019, he directed Prophecy Fog by Jani Lauzon at The Theatre Centre. He is the inaugural recipient of the Ken McDougall Award for emerging directors, was awarded the Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, for outstanding leadership in the development of arts and culture in the City of Toronto, and in 2013 he received the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in Professional Theatre.

Ravi Jain

Ravi Jain (Co-Director)is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres.

As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/collaborations and innovative producing models which are aimed to better support emerging artists to make money from their art.

In all of his work, exemplified by projects like A Brimful of Asha and his reimagining of classics like Hamlet and Salt-Water Moon, is Ravi’s passion to inspire Canadians to look at new ways of representing Canada on national and international stages. Currently he is working on a new adaptation of The Mahabharata with the Shaw Festival and a new project with Canadian writer Nicolas Billon on a new play titled CODE, which completed a one week residency at the Barbican Theatre in London,

Ravi has been shortlisted for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize (2016 and 2019) and won the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. He is a graduate of the two-year program at École Jacques Lecoq.

Shawn Kerwin

Shawn Kerwin (Set and Costume Designer) Set and Costume Designs include: The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival), A Tender Thing, Great Expectations, Our Town, (Soulpepper), The Soldiers Tale (Signal Theatre), Dead Metaphor (Canadian Rep.Mirvish Productions), Master Harold and the Boys (1000 Islands Playhouse), The Monument (Obsidian), Heaven, The Tempest, Habitat (Canadian Stage), A Killing Snow, Salt Water Moon, Leaving Home, Harvest, Spirit of the Narrows, Drawer Boy, Another Season’s Harvest (Blyth Festival), Brothel #9, And So It Goes, Suburban Motel, Better Living, Escape From Happiness, Beyond Mozambique, Home Is My Road (Factory Theatre).

Set designs include: Colony of Unrequited Dreams, After Image, Oil & Water (Artistic Fraud); Colours in the Storm, Pride and Prejudice (Grand Theatre).

Costume designs include: If Truth Be Told (Blyth Festival), Alls Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park), Communion, How It Works (Tarragon Theatre), Moonlight and Magnolias, Miracle on 34th St. (Grand Theatre). Set & Costume Design/Co-Creator: float (Choral Canada), Between Breaths (Artistic Fraud). Shawn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, York University, where she served as Chair from 2003–2009.

Tim Lindsay

Tim Lindsay (Sound Designer) Tim is a Toronto-born sound designer & full-time technical director at The Theatre Centre, where he designed their touring production of the award-winning play This Is the Point. Most recently, he designed the world premieres of Clitoria: A Sex-Positive Superhero! and Emotional Labour at Toronto Fringe 2019, and C’mon, Angie! and The Chance for Leroy Street Theatre. His other favourite designs include: six plays for Kat Sandler/Theatre Brouhaha, most recently Bright Lights at Toronto Fringe 2016; four shows for Cue6 Theatre including award- winner pool (no water); back-to-back international Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl Fringe runs and tours for Rebecca Perry Productions; Titus Andronicus for Hart House Theatre; Othello for Driftwood Theatre; Red Light Winter for Unit 102; and After Miss Julie for Red One Theatre Company. He also co-produced and designed BFL Theatre’s acclaimed productions of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, and Hard Core Logo: Live in its 2017 Toronto debut.

Melissa Joakim

Melissa Joakim (Stage Manager & Touring Lighting Designer) is a lighting and projection designer and stage manager in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BFA Spec. Hon.s from York University. She has been nominated for Dora Awards in Lighting Design and Scenic Design and for the Pauline McGibbon Award. Recent credits include: Environmental Design: Prophecy Fog (Theatre Centre and Paper Canoe

Projects) Space Cats Invade the Earth (Nuit Blanche North). Lighting and Projection Design: This is the Point (Ahuri Theatre with Theatre Centre); A Side of Dreams (Paper Canoe Projects). Lighting Design: 2 Odysseys (Soundstreams and Signal
Theatre); Isitwendam (Native Earth Performing Arts and Theatre Northwest); Balaklava Blues (Self Conscious Productions at Luminato and Latitude Festivals). Projection Design: Dissidents (ARC Stage Company), Flashing Lights (Bad New Days and Ahuri

Theatre); Alien Creature (Theatre Passe Muraille). She is grateful to be part of this poignant and deeply relevant show.


“This show is designed to hit you hard with the facts and agitate your wounds with the artistry. It compels you to think, to act, and ultimately to heal.”

The Feminist Fringe

“What is the most important show on the Fringe? It might just be Sea Sick.”

Lyn Gardner (Stagedoor)


“a remarkable feat of storytelling and reportage”

The List

“Sea Sick is a quiet call to action, a reminder of our responsibilities, and a crucial examination of an underexposed issue.”

The Arts Desk

“★★★★ – Edinburgh Fringe: Top 5 Shows to See”

The Financial Times


The Scotsman


Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“Sea Sick is a crucial lesson on climate change that we all must hear.”

The Skinny

Best of Edinburgh Festival List

The Times

“Mitchell illuminates the need for seismic systemic change without overwhelming viewers in the same way.”

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