The Runner


November 25th to December 9, 2018

Theatre Pass Muraille, Toronto

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Creative Team

  • Christopher Morris, Playwright

    Christopher Morris


    • Gord Rand, Jacob

      Gord Rand

      Stars as Jacob

      • Daniel Brooks, Director

        Daniel Brooks


        • Gillian Gallow, Set and Costume Designer

          Gillian Gallow

          Set & Costume Designer

          • Bonnie Beecher, Lighting Designer

            Bonnie Beecher

            Lighting Designer

            • Alexander McSween, Composer and Sound Designer

              Alexander MacSween

              Composer and Sound Designer

              • Judy Farthing, Stage Manager

                Judy Farthing

                Stage Manager

                • Ada Aguilar, Assistant Stage Manager

                  Ada Aguilar

                  Assistant Stage Manager

                  • Remington North, Production Manager

                    Remington North

                    Production Manager

                    • Devon Jackson, Producer

                      Devon Jackson


                      • Eric Dizon, Graphic Designer

                        Eric Dizon

                        Graphic Designer

                        • Howard Rypp, Nephesh Theatre, Tel Aviv

                          Howard Rypp

                          Nephesh Theatre, Tel Aviv

                          • ZAKA is an Orthodox Jewish volunteer force in Israel. They collect the remains of Jews killed in accidents. This one-person play follows Jacob – a ZAKA volunteer – as he grapples with the political and moral fall out of saving a woman’s life.

                            Based on a real-life Z.A.K.A member, The Runner has been created in Israel in collaboration with Nephesh Theatre, Tel Aviv and is being presented with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille.

                            The Runner is a touring production! For all touring inquiries please contact Human Cargo’s Artistic Director Christopher Morris


                            LATEST: The Runner will premier in Toronto in 2018.

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                            Human Cargo is a Toronto-based theatre company devoted to the creation, production and touring of new theatrical works.

                            MISSION STATEMENT

                            Human Cargo is dedicated to the creation of theatre that explores the extremes of the human condition. It’s our goal to bring new voices to the world stage, offer diverse perspectives of the human condition and celebrate our evolving Canadian identity.

                            We collaborate with theatre artists and companies in Canada, and around the world, to create our work. We develop our plays over long periods of time, in the countries and communities the play is set in, and present these multi-lingual productions, with international casts, in Canada and the places they were created in.

                            We strive to create innovative, theatrical experiences that will inspire audiences to re-evaluate their personal and global perspectives of the human condition. We provide a safe environment for audiences to engage in a thorough and thought-provoking discussion of ideas. We implement a touring/presentation model that reaches out to a new generation of viewing public and embraces the diverse make-up of our ever-changing society.

                            Devoted to the empowerment of youth, we strive to present their stories in our work and create opportunities for youth to excel.


                            Human Cargo is grateful for the generous support of these founding donor organizations



                            We would also like to thank the individuals who have made a contribution to help bring our stories to life



                            Maureen Blackie

                            Majdi Bou-Matar

                            Itai Erdal

                            Sara Farb

                            Natalie Harrower

                            Nathan Medd

                            Michelle Ramsay

                            Esther Purves-Smith

                            Elizabeth Plunkett

                            Vicki Stroich

                            Shannon Taylor



                            Nicole D’Aoust

                            Alison Dewis

                            Andrew & Wendy Eakins

                            Tara Nicomdemo

                            Gordon Rand

                            Govind Rao

                            Jules Scott

                            Ann Stuart

                            Rosemary Thompson

                            Dorothea M Moore

                            Harveen Sandhu

                            Tim Fort

                            Heather Daley

                            Julia Morgan



                            Alon Nashman

                            Paul Garfinkel



                            Steve A Cosens

                            Charles Christie Hill


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                            Who We Are

                            Though Human Cargo works with a diverse group of theatre professionals from several different continents, we function thanks to the dedication of the following core members:


                            Human Cargo
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                            Christopher Morris- Artistic Director

                            Media & Reviews

                            A “powerful, moving drama that feels more true than most war movies.”

                            Calgary Herald review of Dust (now titled ‘The Road to Paradise’)

                             “United by the theatre of war”

                            Globe and Mail profile on Christopher Morris and the back story of Dust (now titled ‘The Road to Paradise’)

                            “Night is an emotionally powerful play that skips over the Northern clichés”

                            Globe and Mail review of Night

                            “I was so touched by the story, and more importantly, how elegantly it was told, that I was literally overcome.”

                            Mooney on Theatre review of Night

                            Cape Dorset youth workshop

                            Youth Outreach

                            Committed to the empowerment of youth, Human Cargo runs theatre mentorship and educational workshops for youth. These workshops aim to strengthen the student’s skills in group work, public speaking and creating theatre. Since 2007, Human Cargo has worked extensively in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Recently, this has extended to the Arctic communities of Kugluktuk, Cape Dorset, Cambridge Bay, and the Curve Lake First Nation.