McManus Stage

Between Breaths

Grand Theatre presents
Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s

Between Breaths

by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Music Composed and Arranged by The Once

February 25 to March 7, 2020
McManus Stage | Opens February 26

From Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Robert Chafe
Compelling and compassionate… breathtaking.” - The Telegram

Between Breaths is based on the life of Dr. Jon Lien — known in Newfoundland as “the Whale Man” — who pioneered techniques for rescuing whales trapped in fishing nets. Moving backward in time, from Lien’s final moments to his first whale intervention, this poignant story depicts Lien’s rescue efforts, which saved over 500 animals, and his own struggle with relentless paralysis and dementia. From Newfoundland’s Artistic Fraud (Oil and Water, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams), Between Breaths considers what we hold onto when everything else is gone.

"Known for their innovative storytelling, Artistic Fraud creates another hauntingly evocative tale — complete with musicians and storytellers. Gentle, inspiring, and fresh — an intimate story unfolds in a completely surprising way." – Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director

Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission


Pull up a chair for a casual conversation with the artists from the show at the Speak Easy, Wednesday March 4, post-show in the McManus. The bar will be open!

Between Breaths

Production Team

Jillian Keiley
Shawn Kerwin
Costume & Set Designer
Leigh Ann Vardy
Lighting Designer
Brian Kenny
Sound Designer
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