The Unbelievers


The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator
1115 Queen Street West
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Friday August 5th 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Saturday August 6th 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday August 7th 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Monday August 8th 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday August 11th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday August 13th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sunday August 14th 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Latecomer Policy

No Latecomers.


Mature Subject Matter


Northern Iraq: August of 2015. It is one year since ISIS massacred the Yazidi people in Sinjar and began sex-trafficking Yazidi women. The Unbelievers follows Sanaa, a Yazidi woman and Orli, a conflict journalist, after their capture by ISIS. Two women are alone on opposite sides of a crisis; together they must find a way to endure.

The Unbelievers features a power-house cast comprised of Shadi Shahkhalili (To Our Bright White Hearts/Cannes) and Sarah Baskin (Blindspot/NBC). The show is directed by Marina McClure (MFA Directing/CalArts) ) designed by indie-favourite Anahita Dehbonehie (Featured in Jon Kaplan’s Top Ten Theatre Artists of 2015/NOW Magazine) and written by emerging playwright and producer Hannah Rittner (2015 Winner of the Dramatic Writing Chair’s Award in Excellence/Tisch School of the Arts).


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Directed by Marina McClure; Performed by Sarah Baskin and Shadi Shahkhalili; Written by Hannah Rittner; Designed by Anahita Dehbonehie; Produced by Hannah Rittner, Joanne Williams and Rachel Stephenson Sheff; Outreach & Communications by Sedina Fiati; Associate Produced by Kierston Drier.

Curator's Note

"The Unbelievers follows a Yazidi refugee and a conflict journalist after their capture by ISIS. Playwright Hannah Rittner says, 'We need to rethink our relationship to ISIS by focusing on the stories of the women who have been
violated and enslaved during this ongoing conflict'." - Tara Beagan