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Tangled Art + Disability Theatre

Suite 30, 401 Richmond St. West

Toronto, ON M5V 3A8


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MAD ONES is a new play by Laura Burke, presented as part of Tangled's Flourishing exhibition series, in which Deaf, Mad, and Disability-identified artists respond to the question "what does it mean to flourish?"

Starring: Stefne Mercedes, Jake Wilkinson, Leah Pritchard, Michael Gaty

Directed by: Harrison Thomas

Stage Manager: Crystal Lee Chettier

MAD ONES will be presented to the public FIVE NIGHTS ONLY in Suite B30 of 401 Richmond. Performances: November 20 - 24, 2018


Preview: November 19 7:00-8:30 pm

Opening Night: November 20 7:00-8:30 pm

Performance and Talk Back: November 21 7:00-9:15 pm

Performance Night: November 22 7:00-8:30 pm

Performance Night: November 23 7:00-8:30 pm

Performance Night: November 24 7:00-8:30 pm


MAD ONES is set in the famous Bedlam Asylum in London in 1825. It is the story of Guen, a mad woman, and her lover Tsura, who meet on a ship of fools – a place representing the dangerous yet inspired, liminal space of Guen’s mind. The setting of the ship is built around the love between Tsura and Guen. It is juxtaposed with the harsh realities of Bedlam, and Guen’s relationship with Dr. Jack Williams, a well-meaning physician whose privilege and training are at odds with his high ideals for the treatment of asylum inmates. Dr. Williams sets in motion a plan to display Guen’s “recovery” from madness before the hospital review board as a case study which will impact her fate, and that of everyone involved. In her work with Dr. Williams, Guen must ultimately choose between the psychological freedom to define her own reality and the practical freedoms of emancipation from Bedlam.


The Tangled Art + Disability Theatre is in a barrier-free location. We will have printouts of the script available for audience members. ASL interpreters will be present during the Talk Back on November 21. A semi-relaxed space will be in affect: house lights will be left dim for the duration of the performance, audience members will be welcome to exit and re-enter the space as they feel comfortable. Active Listeners will be present during each performance. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment. Accessible gendered washrooms will be available at the 401 building.


This performance deals with multiple mature subjects. These include ableist ideas, sexual content, nudity, mentions of sexual violence, depictions of sexual violence, depictions of miscarriage, simulated physical violence, depictions of blood and physical injury, loud verbal aggression, allusions to torture and antiquated medical treatments, and general mature themes and content.


Tangled Art + Disability Theatre is located in studio 30 on the basement floor on the 401 Richmond Building. The closest accessible subway station is at Osgoode Station. The closest accessible streetcar stop is the 510 Spadina Queen Street West Stop (going south from Spadina Station) and Richmond Street Stop (going north from Union Station)


Laura Burke is a mad-identified writer, actor, and performance poet based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She debuted her first play entitled Voices in San Francisco in 2011. Since then, she has written Heartwood, a confessional one-woman show about her journey as a psychiatric survivor and her path toward giving back to others who suffer in similar ways. Heartwood has toured across Canada, including the Mayworks Festival and as part of Neptune Theatre’s open spaces program with Doppler Effect Theatre. An excerpt from her play Iris has been presented at the Soloicious Festival and The Women in Theatre Festival in Halifax. Laura likes to make work about vulnerable, often misunderstood characters who fight through their marginalization to reclaim their otherness as their birthright. When she is not writing or working on stage, she works as a psychotherapist. She also likes to spend time in the north end of Halifax with her 12 urban chickens.


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Tangled Art Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting disability art and showcasing the highest standard of accessible curatorial practice.

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