We Keep Coming Back has been generously supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, The Collaborations at Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre (Ottawa, Ontario), Stichtin HipUp NL, Theatre Kana (Szczecin, Poland), Factory Theatre, Why Not Theatre, The Theatre Centre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (Toronto, Ontario), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, The Polish Cultural Institute in New York City, Beit Kraków, and LOGTV, Ltd.

Honorary Patronage: Embassy of Canada to Poland.

The Toronto Arts Council supported our Nov/Dec 2015 development workshop of We Keep Coming Back through the Suck and Blow Collective, the collective we formed in 2006 to present an early work with Judith Snow called ‘Suck and Blow’ at the Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

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January 31st, 2014 As part of PuSh OFF 2014

PL1422, 1422 William Street Vancouver, BC 1-5:30pm

More: http://selfconscious.ca/category/projects/mother/ And also: http://theatrereplacement.org/portfolio-item/pushoff/


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June 12 – 14, 2014 Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon Street, Whitby, Ontario

Produced by Self-Conscious Theatre in partnership with Abilities Centre and The Theatre Centre Information / Tickets: Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13 at 7 PM | Saturday, June 14 at 4 PM

$20 | $15 students and seniors


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In January 2014, selfconscious did ten workshop days on We Keep Coming Back that culminated with a showing for a small audience. For this workshop we worked with Cameron Davies (video), Lyon Smith (sound) and Emilie Aubin (stage management) as well as the core creative team.

Our next two-week development phase will be in partnership with Theatre Kana in Szczecin, Poland in August/September 2014.


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In November, 2013, selfconscious went to Poland and Sweden with Michael’s mother, Mary Berchard and author/filmmaker, Katka Reszke. This was a research trip to support the development of We Keep Coming Back. On this trip, they visited Mary’s parents’ small home towns of Komarówka Podlaska and Wolbrom. They also went to Treblinka and Auschwitz as well as Warsaw and Krakow. They ended the trip in Uppsala, Sweden, where Mary was born and lastly, in Stockholm. It rained the entire time and they stayed in many different places, some of them were very bad. The trip was incredible.

photos by Michael Rubenfeld
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Selfconscious is a performance company that was established in 2008 as a merger between two separate theatre companies: Die in Debt and Absit Omen Theatre. It began because Sarah Garton Stanley and Michael Rubenfeld really liked spending time with each other and making work together. They also both share the belief that other people and being alive are both very confusing. They think that this is probably why they get along so well and also why they both remain interested in using the theatre as a place to explore how hard it is to do and be the things they most want to do and be. But they also believe that it is possible. So they keep trying.

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Michael is a performance maker originally from Winnipeg and now residing in Toronto. He is a Dora Award-nominated performer and playwright and has worked on stages across the country and in parts of the United States. In 2002 he launch the Absit Omen Playwrights’ Unit with Hannah Moscovitch, which was a bi-monthly space for writers to explore new work. Two years later, they launched Absit Omen Theatre, where they produced a number of new works including Essay, The Russian Play and Mexico City (Moscovitch) and Present Tense, Spain and My Fellow Creatures (Rubenfeld). The company was collectively nominated for over 10 Dora-Mavor Moore Awards, including


Sarah is a Montreal original now living between Ottawa, Kingston and beyond. She founded her first theatre company, The Baby Grand, in Kingston, in 1985 and went on from there to co-create Women Making Scenes, in Montreal and Die in Debt in Toronto, (a company that became synonymous with groundbreaking, large canvas site-specific work.) Sarah is a founder of The Harold Awards in Toronto and became the first and only female Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She was the Associate Director at The Factory Theatre and the inaugural Associate Artist at The Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Sarah has been nominated or won several awards including