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The Toronto Premiere of Migraaaants
By Matei Visniec, Translated by Nick Awde

Directed by Siavash Shabanpour


January 13 to 28, 2024




THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2P3




TICKET PRICES: $50 for General Admission, $25 for students and arts workers, plus applicable taxes and service fees. Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. and Jan. 27 @2 p.m. are Pay-What-You-Can performances. 


CONTENT NOTES: Strong language, loud noises, strobe lighting, flashing lights, depictions of violence. Recommended for ages 16 and up.



Approximately 80 minutes, no intermission. 



Ahmad Meree (Boss)

Jamar Adams-Thompson (Fehed)

Daniel Motaharzadeh (Ali)

Andrew Chown (Balkan Man)

Mahsa Ershadifar (Balkan Woman)

Garrett Mallory Scott (President)

Henry Peirson (Coach)

Parastoo Amanzadeh (Elihu)

Shannon Pitre (Presenter)

Keely Krall (Presenter)

Jona Villa (Ensemble)

Silvana Herrera (Ensemble)

Henrique Santsper (Ensemble)

Lean Jafari (Ensemble)

Tina Valizadeh (Ensemble)

Ramtin Salimi (Ensemble)

Jeysa Caridad (Ensemble)



Siavash Shabanpour (Director)

Daniela Olmos (Stage Manager)

Rose Mohammadi (Assistant Stage Manager)

Tessa Bourchier (Costume Designer, Assistant Producer & Production Manager)

Kadi Badiou (Set Designer)

Victoria Gallant (Sound Designer)

Nariman Eskandari(Sound Designer Consultant)

Duncan Appleton (Lighting Designer)

Payam Saeedi (Dramaturge)

Zahra Saleki (Photographer)

Katie Saunoris | KSPR (Publicity)

Tushar Dalvi (Marketing Manager)

Masoud Shabestary (Marketing Assistant)


In Matei Visniec’s dark comedy Migraaaants, we journey with asylum seekers from war and unrest to an over-crowded boat, to an uncertain welcome in an unknown land. 


The mosaic of stories in Migraaaants leads us through the many facets of a global crisis: not only the terrifying journeys of those in flight but the machinations of deadly chaos shaped by political forces. 


Migraaaants is an immersive, multimedia performance about refugees who risk their lives to escape oppression. Through interconnected stories, the play captures the struggles, hopes, and fears of refugees and sheds light on the human impact of war and migration. 


“Because the show is inspired by the real stories of African and Middle Eastern refugees on their perilous journey to Europe, it explores the unbreakable human spirit within the refugee narrative, and gives audiences a chance to connect with the people beyond the headlines,” says director Siavash Shabanpour. 


“Did you bring your cell phones? Good. Careful now these little guys are your actual life–jackets. They’re your guardian angels. They’re your compasses, your actual front door keys to Europe.” 

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