Unravelling the Ligatures of Ashley Smith

Ensemble in Melanie Bennett’s From Solitary to Solidarity: Unravelling the Ligatures of Ashley Smith. Directed by Andy Houston. Set design by Gill Lesperance. Costume design by Sharon E. Secord. Lighting & Video design by Paul Cegys. [March 2014]

The Department of Communication Arts produces a series of performances each year created by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Performances are open to the public. Please join us!

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Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave

Carried away on the crest of a wave

The Theatre and Performance program has chosen to produce scenes from carried away on the crest of a wave as part of the winter 2021 term.  

Written by: David Yee

Directed by: Andy Houston 

Associate Director: Mira J. Henderson

Performances: March 25, 2021 at 11:30 AM; March 26 - 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 General; $5 Students and Seniors

Venue: Livestreamed online

carried away on the crest of a wave is a series of stories that follow the impacts of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as they resonate, intersect globally, and move us with the power of water and the beauty of human resilience. The deadliest tsunami in recorded history, the waves killed over 250,000 people from forty-six countries as they struck the coasts of fourteen nations spanning two continents. In the aftermath, we find a wide range of humanity: a conflicted priest, sisters of legend, an orphaned boy, a radio shock jock, an awed scientist, and a man who makes miraculous discoveries in the aftermath of the disaster.

Written by David Yee, the audience bears witness to the experiences of people from around the world who have been changed in their minds and souls by this event. These stories represent glimpses of the human spirit, facing enormous adversity yet driven by a will to come together for reflection and sharing — a desire that our own pandemic-impacted world knows all too well. The staging of scenes from carried away on the crest of a wave will reveal the effects of a global natural disaster through a surreal lens. In the ebb and flow of trauma, the unconscious and perceptual space of dreams will exist alongside and within our experience and understanding of reality.

Director Andy Houston collaborates with Denyse Karn (set and props), Howard J. Davis (projections), Deanna Choi (sound), and Paul de Jong (vocal coach), as well as resident designers Nadine Grant (costume) and Nicole Reid (lighting). Together, they weave together a dream-like world of found objects, images and people amidst an environment as fluid as floodwaters from a tsunami.

As the program’s first ever livestreamed production, carried away on the crest of a wave aims to connect our communities in times of uncertainty through the medium of live theatrical performance. There will be a digital dramaturgy Hub and Engagement Space hosted on the website for the performance, which can be found at This space aims to provide context to our audience’s experience of the play and production, from research sources and themes of the work to the creative vision of the artistic team. Don’t miss this important aspect of scenes from carried away on the crest of a wave.


Ma'mar, Win - May Nemat Allah

Runner, Aunt, Lenore - Yuru Su (Susu)

Hard-boiled Man, Diego - Tony Liu

Beckett, Statue, Camera Operator - Abbey MacDonald

Rick - Mira J. Henderson

Swimmer, Chili, Kid - Qing Wen

Amal, Sanjay, Vermin - Leela Stone


Director - Andy Houston

Associate Director - Mira J. Henderson

Set & props designer - Denyse Karn

Costume Designer - Nadine Grant

Video Designer - Haui

Lighting Designer - Nicole Reid

Lighting Design Mentor - Kirsten Watt

Sound Designer - Deanna H. Choi

Vocal Coach - Paul de Jong


Production Manager - Janelle Rainville

Technical Director - Christopher Greenhalgh

Assistant Technical Director -  Cameron Jolliffe

Assistant Production Manager - May Nemat Allah

Stage Manager  - Madie Bennett

Head of Wardrobe - Yuru Su (Susu) 

Heads of Video - Tony Liu and Abbey MacDonald 

Publicity and Outreach Associate (co-op) - Eloise Fan

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