Produced by The Bakery
Director, Creator, Collaborator Performer: Leslie Baker
Co-Creator, Collaborator Performer: Emma Tibaldo
Co-Creator: Joseph Shragge
Collaborator Performers: Burcu Emeç, Carina Rose and Dean Makarenko
Strata text performed by Jennie Herbin

SKIN is a dreamlike reflection on the value and duration of human existence. Live stream event in 4 episodes. Free event.

January 18 - 31, 2021
From January 18 through 21, a different episode of SKIN will be presented live each night at 8pm.


Inspired by a photograph of a partially illuminated door and Seneca’s famous essay On the Shortness of Life (49 AD), the play explores the theme of the satisfaction of living, through formally distinct segments, each one proposing a singular scenographic universe. Conceived and directed by Leslie Baker, co-created with Emma Tibaldo and Joseph Shragge, initially developed through PWM’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (2015), SKIN continues to be developed with the support of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, with development support from Aluna Theatre’s CAMINOS Festival (Toronto, 2017), and digital creation residencies at both Maison de la Culture Notre Dame de Grace and Centaur Theatre (2020). 

From January 18 through 21, a different episode of SKIN will be presented live each night at 8pm. They will be repeated in the same order from January 25 through 28 and a final compilation of all four episodes will be online for January 29, 30 & 31.

The Bakery

The Bakery, a theatrical laboratory, was founded in 2016, marking the culmination of 15 years of collaboration and continued efforts to create works in a spirit of interdisciplinarity. Forceful bodily expressions are paired with images, sounds and text to present performances that emphasize the sheer joy of the living arts. The Bakery is dedicated to exploring performance through theatrical and interventionist experiences. The structure of its work is organized around physical, visual and sonic musicalities that consciously stray from traditional theatrical structures. The company appeals to 21st century audiences by addressing contemporary issues.

Each performance is constructed over the course of an extended research period. The aesthetic form and creative process are focused on the performance. The Bakery’s artistic approach is experimental and interdisciplinary, with ongoing collaborations at the heart of its process.

Works by The Bakery have been presented in Baltimore, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sofia, Varna and Bourgas.

Creative Team

Production and Stage Management: Merissa Tordjman
Set and Costume Designer: Peter Bottazzi
Composer: Michael Leon
Video Design and Technology: Emily Soussana & Andrew Scriver of potatoCakes_digital
Lighting Designer: Howard Mendelsohn
Sound Designer: Peter Cerone
Lighting Design Consultant: Luc Prairie
Prop Designer: Michel Richard
Dramaturgical Support: Sarah Elkashef
Band: Paule Girardin, Kevin Komoda, Michael Leon

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