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Terminally Ill

Created by Melissa Yi | Produced by Hope Rises | Origin: Ottawa
Arts Court Theatre
$10, $20, $50, or/ou $75.

Show Details

Chained. Nailed. In a coffin. In Montreal’s St. Lawrence River. Will Elvis survive?

After Dr. Hope Sze restarts the escape artist’s heart, she investigates who might have sabotaged Elvis’s stunt. As Hope plunges into the merry, mysterious, and potentially murderous world of magic and illusion, she must also balance her rotation on palliative care and her attraction to two strong-willed men.

A complex yet funny play inspired by Dr. Melissa Yi’s novel Terminally Ill, which was praised as “utterly likeable” by Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and “entertaining and insightful” by Publishers Weekly.

Content Notes

Audience Participation, Flashing Lights, Abrupt Loud Noises, Fog. Wooden/toy gun. For extended content notes, click here.

World Premiere

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  • February 88:30pm
  • February 97:00pm
  • February 103:30pm
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Written by Melissa Yi
Directed by Micah Jondel DeShazer

Sponsored by the Ottawa Community Foundation, the City of Ottawa, The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation, and TACTICS

undercurrents festival brings two world premieres to Ottawa this February

“Terminally Ill” a play directed by an E-R doctor

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