Alberta Theatre Projects Production (Calgary)

Alberta Theatre Projects Production (Calgary)

Theatre Centre/Why Not Theatre (Toronto)

Theatre Centre/Why Not Theatre (Toronto)

Butcher

BY NICOLAS BILLION

DIRECTED BY WEYNI MENGESHA

A new political thriller from the winner of the 2013 Governor General's Award for Drama.

AWARDS: DORA AWARD - BEST DIRECTION 2016. Along with 8 other nominations.

Who is the Butcher?  At a police station a mysterious old man is found wearing a foreign military uniform and a Santa hat, with a meat hook dangling around his neck.  As a lawyer, a police officer, and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won't stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served.  Haunted by events a world away, no one is who they seem to be.

Stupefying and unapologetic, it’s a live entertainment game changer.
— Toronto Stage
Excruciatingly excellent production
— National Post
For a lack of a better word, it is thrilling.
— Toronto Star
Staged with stylized bravura by director Weyni Mengesha
— Torontoist
Director Weyni Mengesha stages the play cleverly, employing slow motion and strategic angles in scenes of violence
— NOW Magazine
Director Weyni Mengesha bridges hyper-real scenes with stylized, slow-motion interludes – and she and her committed cast do an effective job of making the audience squirm and gasp out loud.
— Globe and Mail
Butcher