For his role as August, Steven McCarthy garnered a

2009 Dora Nomination
Best Actor

NORWAY.TODAY was generously supported by


by Igor Bauersima
Translated by Anna Köhler

September 5 - 12, 2008
Tarragon Extra Space
Canadian Premiere

"Would someone like to
                   die with me? :-)"

Theatre Smash presented the Canadian premiere of the critically-acclaimed global sensation, NORWAY.TODAY. Since its premiere in late 2000 at the Düsseldorf Play House, NORWAY.TODAY has been staged more than 200 times around the world and has been translated into 25 languages.

Based on a true story, NORWAY.TODAY is an existential romantic comedy about two lost souls searching for the meaning of life in death. Julie and August meet when Julie announces her intention to take her life in an internet chat room – and issues a challenge for someone to join her. August responds and they meet atop Pulpit Rock, a 2000 ft. cliff in Norway. On this last evening of their lives, the lines of life and virtual reality are blurred, and they discover that some things in life might just be scarier than jumping off a cliff.

Bauersima won the Audience Award in 2001 for best playwright at the Mühlheim Theater Days Festival, and was named best new dramatist by Theater Heute. Critic Svenja Klaucke declared: "Bauersima has caught the feelings of the web generation with precision. Almost like a Beckett for today – artful and complex, simple and humorous." (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Featuring Ieva Lucs and Steven McCarthy
Directed by Sarah Baumann
Produced by Ashlie Corcoran

Set & Costume Designer: Robin Fisher
Lighting Designer: Michael Walton
Sound Designer: Michael Laird
Video Designer: Romeo Candido
Composer: Joshua Van Tassel
Stage Manager: Kinnon Elliott
Production Manager: Kate Ann Vandermeer
Technical Director: Stefan Lenzi
Assistant Designer: Elizabeth Nutting


"Genuine theatre magic... Look out for Theatre Smash, they've got an exciting future ahead of them."
The Torontoist

"Theatre Smash puts on a classy production with clever sets, lighting and soundscape, and inventive directing by Baumann."
Classical 96.3 FM

"There's much to admire here."
EYE Weekly

"NORWAY.TODAY is a rare play: a serious piece about suicidal angst that turns into a romantic comedy."
NOW Magazine


Hoping for a Smash - NOW Magazine


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Photography by Martha Haldenby