Spriet Stage

Fall on Your Knees

the National Arts Centre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage Company, Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre production of

Fall On Your Knees

World Premiere Adaptation for the stage by Hannah Moscovitch and Alisa Palmer
Co-Created and Written by Hannah Moscovitch
Co-Created and Directed by Alisa Palmer
Production Dramaturgy by Mel Hague
Based on the Novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Limited engagement: March 29 to April 2, 2023
Opening Night March 29
Spriet Stage


"To believe and yet to have no hope is to thirst beside a fountain."


The Story

Relentless ambition, forbidden love, and a secret that could shatter the foundation of a family.

Written by the internationally-acclaimed Canadian writer, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees chronicles three generations of Cape Breton Island’s Piper family. The story moves from the battlefields of the First World War, to the emerging jazz scene in Harlem, New York, and into the lives of four unforgettable sisters.


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Fall On Your Knees performances
Part One: Family Tree

Wed. March 29, 2023 - 7:30PM
Fri. March 31, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sat. April 1, 2023 - 2:00PM

Part Two: The Diary

Thu. March 30, 2023 - 7:30PM
Sat. April 1, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sun. April 2, 2023 - 2:00PM

From the Stage Door

“We are proud to be partnering with four extraordinary theatre organizations to bring the historic stage-telling of Fall On Your Knees to four cities – ending right here in London! This highly original experience will break MacDonald’s beloved story into two parts to chronicle the full lifespan of the novel. Whether you see the first part, second part, or both, it will be an experience to remember.” – Dennis Garnhum, Grand Theatre Artistic Director

Fall on Your Knees

The Cast

Tim Campbell
James Piper / Ensemble
Janelle Cooper
Adelaide Taylor / Sweet Jesse Hogan / Ensemble
Diane Flacks
Sister St. Monica / Giles / Mrs. Luvovitz / Ensemble
Eva Foote
Lily Piper / Ensemble
Deborah Hay
Frances Piper / Ensemble
Samantha Hill
Kathleen Piper / Ensemble
Drew Moore
Ralph Luvovitz / David / Ensemble
Tony Ofori
Leo Ginger Taylor / Impresario / Ensemble
Cara Rebecca
Materia Piper / Ensemble
Nathan D Simmons
Anthony / Ambrose/ Ensemble
Maryem Tollar
Mrs. Mahmoud / Musician
Amaka Umeh
Rose / Doc Rose / Ensemble
Jenny L Wright
Mercedes Piper / Jeanne / Ensemble
Antoine Yared
Mr. Mahmoud / Jameel / Maestro / Ensemble

Production Team

Alisa Palmer
Director / Adaptor / Co-Creator
Hannah Moscovitch
Writer / Adaptor / Co-Creator
Natasha Powell
Sean Mayes
Music Supervisor & Composer
Camellia Koo
Set Designer
Judith Bowden
Costume Designer
Joyce Padua
Assistant Costume Designer
Leigh Ann Vardy
Lighting Designer
Antoine Bédard
Sound Design Consultant
Brian Kenny
Sound Designer
Douglas Price
Associate Music Supervisor
Mel Hague
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Michael Hart
Stage Manager
Sarah Miller
Assistant Stage Manager
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