The biggest mistake we could make would be to underestimate Satan.

Paradise Lost

by Erin Shields
facilitated by Yvette Nolan

Studio Ensemble

Performance Hall Comedy

December 3-6
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“Extremely funny and stingingly contemporary.” -The Toronto Star

Erin Shields’s fiercely engaging, irreverently funny and deeply moving Governor General’s Award nominated play inspired by John Milton’s epic poem takes us to the depths of hell. The fallen angel Satan is plotting her revenge against the Almighty with a devious plan to corrupt his two newest creations, Adam and Eve. This witty, engaging, and moving feminist play is a fresh retelling of one of humanity’s biggest quandaries, the battle between good and evil. “Not your grandmother’s archetypes.”

Content Advisory Explicit language, violence, simulated nudity, simulated sexual content, fog.

Paradise Lost is approximately two hours in length, plus a ten minute intermission.


Special thanks to the Belfry Theatre and Bard on the Beach for graciously supporting and advocating for the licensing rights to produce the first production in Western Canada.
Paradise Lost was commissioned by and received its world premiere at the Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2018 in the Studio Theatre. Antoni Cimilino, Artistic Director and Anita Gaffney, Executive Director. Paradise Lost is performed by arrangement with Ian Arnold, Catalyst TCM Inc.

Livestream Schedule

Thursday, December 3 7:30pm
Friday, December 4
Friday, December 4 7:30pm
Saturday, December 5 2:00pm
Saturday, December 5 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6 2:00pm

photo credit Peter Pokorny

by Erin Shields

facilitated by Yvette Nolan
composer Amanda Trapp
choreographer Emily Dehod
music director Niah Davis
stage manager Emily Anne Pugsley
assistant stage managers Ella Daly & Emily Dehod
set designers Ella Daly & Kianna King
scenic artist Carole Klemm
sound & projection designer Nathaniel Exley
lighting design Kelsey Launier & Tessa Thompson
costume design Jaime Butler & Josephine Kay
props Danica Charlie & Niah Davis
fight captain Tessa Thompson
student marketing / box office / front of house Elan Miller-Jeannotte & Sammy Radelfinger
student business manager Kelsey Launier
production assistant Eleanor Kschischang
intimacy & puppetry coach Jessica Hickman
voice coach Erin Ormond
stage combat coach Jacques Lemay
livestream operator R.J. Peters

No angels were harmed during making of not-so-contemporary comedy

Erin Shields’ Paradise Lost is a modern take on John Milton’s epic poem that covers the genesis of Adam and Eve and Satan’s plot for revenge.
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