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What Linda Said


A poetic, humorous and poignant new play by Priscila Uppal.

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What Linda Said


A poetic, humorous and poignant new play by Priscila Uppal.

 

Creativity in the face of fear.

Through the lens of her real-life experiences with cancer, poet and playwright Priscila Uppal (6 Essential Things, Factory Theatre) creates a magical and uplifting theatrical dialogue between two old friends in the new play What Linda SaidBased on the relationship between Priscila Uppal and Linda Griffiths, the late celebrated Canadian actress, What Linda Said takes a bitingly funny, poetic and personal look at coping with cancer.

What Linda Said made its world premiere at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival, August 3 – 13, 2017 at the Factory Theatre Studio.

Award-winning playwright Priscila Uppal. Photo by Daniel Ehrenworth.

Award-winning playwright Priscila Uppal. Photo by Daniel Ehrenworth.

Two women with big imaginations exploring the unknown:

Poet Priscila was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer that tends to strike young and healthy adults, at the same time that her friend Linda was nearing the end of her life and battle with breast cancer. Because of her treatment, Priscila was unable to visit Linda in her final days. In What Linda Said, the two meet in an imagined space where the living and the dead passionately, poetically, and comically explore how cancer has affected each of their lives, friendships, art, and futures.

 
 

 
What Linda Said is dedicated to the 3 Graces:
Linda Griffiths, Rishma Dunlop, and Iris Turcott.
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News and Reviews


News and Reviews


What the press says about "What Linda Said"

What Linda Said is a top pick production of many Summerworks lists. Here are a few of those list and links to further media coverage.

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Derrick Chua's TOP 12 on Intermission magazine

Entertainment lawyer and Toronto theatre legend places What Linda Said on this list of top picks at Summerworks! 

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Carly Maga's Top picks for the Toronto Star 

Toronto Star Theatre Reviewer Carly Maga has named us the Top Show to see at the Factory Theatre Studio during Summerworks.

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PRiscila Uppal featured on CP24

Playwright, poet, and professor Priscila Uppal spoke with CP24 about What Linda Said and the Summerworks Festival!

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Priscila Uppal


Poet, Novelist, Playwright, and Professor.

 "Canada's coolest poet" – Time Out London (U.K.)

Priscila Uppal


Poet, Novelist, Playwright, and Professor.

 "Canada's coolest poet" – Time Out London (U.K.)

Photo by Daniel Ehrenworth.

Photo by Daniel Ehrenworth.

About Priscila

Priscila Uppal is a poet, prose writer, playwright and Professor at York University. Publications include poetry Sabotage and Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Hilary Weston Prize, Governor General’s Award finalist); short stories Cover Before Striking; and drama 6 Essential Questions. Her work has been published internationally and translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean and Latvian. She was Canadian Athletes Now poet-in- residence during the 2010 Vancouver and 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Priscila produces theatre under Dr. Up Productions. Time Out London dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.”

Connect with Priscila: prisuppal@gmail.com

Official Website: www.priscilauppal.ca

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Partners and Sponsors


Partners and Sponsors


The World Premiere production of What Linda Said was made possible by the generous support of personal donors, local production sponsors, and government and institutional funders. We are grateful for all of their generosity.


Individual Giving:

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER ($500)
Toni and Robin Healey

FRIENDS FOR LIFE ($200)
Len Early, Dany Lyne, David Sobelman, Helen Walsh, Jit Uppal and Jen Hacking

BEST FRIENDS ($100 +)
Leon Berdichevsky and Laura Shillington, Charles Boyes, Justin Connidis and Julia MacArthur, Michael Connidis, Dr. Iris Gorfinkel, Shannon Gurevitch, Canisia Lubrin, Nilufar Motaref, Norma Rowen, Paul Shaw, Ann Shin, Mark Tearle and Carol Pye, Dr. Gail Vanstone, Marg Webb

INNER CIRCLE ($50 +)
Anonymous, Gary H. Brown and Laura Brown, Megan Brown, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Hernan Humana, Sarah Miller, Melanie E. Moore, Leigh Nash, Donna Bailey Nurse, Trevor Thom, Suzanne Zelazo

FRIENDS ($20 +)
Anonymous, Damien Atkins, Leah Cherniak, Allison Hannah, Sandra Huh, Murray Reiss, Ray Robertson and Mara Karkola, Elizabeth Saunders, Kelly S. Thompson, Bhikshuni Weisbrot.

Thanks to our production sponsors:

SILVER SPONSORS

St. Clair Veterinary
• Pukka / Ji Restaurants
Continental Hair

BRONZE SPONSORS

NowSmile
Runner's Academy
Pierre LalandE HAIR SALON
RoasT FINE FOODS
Stazione Centrale
• Acapella
Nodo's
Premier Jour

FRIENDS

Daniel Ehrenworth Photography
• After Breast Cancer

SPECIAL THANKS

The team of What Linda Said would like to express our thanks to York University and the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of this project.

 
 
 

SPONSORS & FUNDERS

Interested in becoming a What Linda Said production sponsor at Summerworks and beyond? Contact Producer Kevin Matthew Wong at whatlindasaid@gmail.com for full sponsorship benefits and details.