Nothing surer. The rich get richer and the poor get… burned.

I Hope My Heart Burns First

by Colleen Murphy
director Jessica Van der Veen

Year II

Performance Hall Comedy

March 10-13
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“A black comedy teetering on the edge of something tragic.”

A gang of six break into a mansion looking to loot themselves out of a drug debt. Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy has crafted a black comedy full of youthful vigour that pushes resentment, violence, and class to an unavoidable emotional extreme. I Hope My Heart Burns First will take you to the edge of your seat, praying we all miss the head-on collision.

Content Advisory Extremely coarse language, loud noises, discussions of suicide, and depictions of violence, sexuality, and addiction.

I Hope My Heart Burns First is approximately two hours and fifteen minutes in length, with a ten minute intermission.


I Hope My Heart Burns First is produced by arrangement with Kensington Literary Representation, 34 St. Andrew Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1K6,
I Hope My Heart Burns First was commissioned by the University of Alberta’s Department of Drama and first produced in 2017 in the Timms Centre for the Arts.

Livestream Schedule

Wednesday, March 10 7:30pm
Friday, March 12 7:30pm
Saturday, March 13 2:00pm

Dates subject to change if required by the Provincial Health Authority.

photo credit Peter Pokorny

Alison Bendall Fleur

Statia Benny Sam
Sara Gargaro Lou
Jean Hart Emily
Mimi Hicks Zak

Cooper Hiebert Deon
Leo Livora Darnell
Naomi Lorenzo Larkin
Kane O’Scalleigh Ari
Emma Sainte-Marie Ruby

Heather Watt Jocelyn
Tyrus Williams-Penney Jarvis

by Colleen Murphy

director Jessica Van der Veen
Autistic consultant Riki Entz
production manager / livestream director R.J. Peters
stage managers Danny Saretsky & Courtney Crawford
year ii play common set design Caleb Marshall & R.J. Peters
costume design Shannon Carmichael
lighting design / production associate Eleanor Kschischang
sound & projection design R.J. Peters
fight director Jacques Lemay
intimacy coach Jessica Hickman
vocal coach Erin Ormond
counsellors Joan Dosso & Tiffany Sun

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