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By David French
Directed by Ravi Jain
A Factory Theatre production touring with Why Not Theatre

By the light of a moon-filled night in 1926 Newfoundland, two lovers contemplate their future. A bold, lyrical interpretation of a classic Canadian play.

February 15 - 24, 2018 • MainStage

This glorious production of David French’s Salt-Water Moon was a sold-out hit in Toronto last season. The beloved Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation was daringly re-imagined by visionary director Ravi Jain. With its boldly spare staging, this production asks “Can you ever truly return home?”

“With just two actors and only a few physical elements, the audience will be transported to the place of David French’s timeless tale; Newfoundland under a star-filled sky,” explains Jain.

It’s 1926 and every day the villages of Newfoundland are being abandoned by their young for a new life in the big city. But eighteen year-old Jacob Mercer has come home to Coley’s Point, from Toronto, to win back his former sweetheart Mary Snow, who he abruptly left over a year ago. By the light of a moon-filled night, the former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future together.

“Ravi Jain is one of Canada’s bright lights,” says Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. “I am delighted to showcase this extraordinary director’s work here at Gateway. Ravi has taken one of the great plays from the Canadian canon and interpreted it into something that pays homage to its past and yet feels exactly right for today.”


Salt-Water Moon was named Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2016

"You couldn’t ask for a better pairing of performers or more emotionally honest work than in this Factory Theatre production."  NOW TORONTO

★★★★ "On Thursday night, I saw SALT-WATER MOON ... On Friday morning, I woke up and the first thing I did was buy tickets to go see it again." Toronto Globe And Mail


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Special Performances & Events


Friday, February 16, 2018 - Post-show
Opening Night

Come celebrate the opening of Salt-Water Moon with the artists along with refreshments and cake after the show!

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 1:00 pm.
Gateway Forum: Immigrants Onstage – Narratives of refugees, immigrants, and expats onstage

Join us for an engaging and interesting discussion with a panel of experts before the Sunday Matinee.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 1:00 pm.
Tea Matinee

Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and cake before the show generously provided by Gilmore Gardens & Courtyard Gardens, and Anna's Cake House. 

February 21, 23, & 24, 2018 - Post-show
What did you think of the show? We want to hear what you have to say so come join us for an informal discussion after the show to share your thoughts with us and others!

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Post-show
Talkback Thursday
Join us for an intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team!

Cast & Creative Team

KAWA ADA as Jacob Mercer Director RAVI JAIN
MAYKO NGUYEN as Mary Snow Lighting Designer and Production Manager KAILEIGH KRYSZTOFIAK
ANIA SOUL as Music and Narration Stage Manager TAMARA PROTIC

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