A trilogy of modern epics
The Empire is an offering. It is a ghost story, a fable, and a prophecy.
Three plays. Three unique stories – but when combined they reveal a secret narrative spanning 500 years of imagined history.
You first enter the world of The Empire at the birth of a new age in The Philosopher’s Wife, a modern gothic exposing society’s obsession with power dynamics and gender wars told through the lens of dog training. 20 years later, The Scavenger’s Daughter plunges you into the now destroyed landscape as orphan soldiers try to survive war, toxic masculinity, and each other. 300 years after that, Time itself begins to erode in Four Sisters, a spiraling combination of dance and theatre, following a found family of women facing an apocalyptic world.
The Empire trilogy spans five hundred years of an imagined history (not unlike our own). Each play is its own story, but when combined they reveal a secret, over-arching narrative. The second installment, The Scavenger’s Daughter, picks up the story of The Empire 20 years after The Philosopher’s Wife ends, premiering at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, January 15- 27th, 2019. Visit empiretrilogy.com to learn more.
The Storefront Arts Initiative is proud to support PARADIGM productions in producing these three modern epics with the help of the Canadian Heritage Presentation Fund. Paradigm Productions has been supported by The Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Program, as a unique season of theatre spanning three different venues in Toronto from 2018- 2019. The Empire Trilogy has been developed, in part, through The Collaborations, an initiative of Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.
PARADIGM productions is a collaborative theatre company based in Toronto focused on developing and producing the large-scale work we crave in live performance. We create playful, contentious, expressionist narratives in order to bring poetry, politics, and mystery to our stages. Our work is feminist, anti-imperial, queer, rowdy, and sometimes impossible.