Trompe-La-Mort, or Goriot in the 21st Century


Factory Theatre Studio
125 Bathurst Street
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Thursday August 4th 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday August 5th 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday August 7th 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Monday August 8th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday August 9th 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday August 13th 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday August 14th 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Latecomer Policy

Latecomers permitted up until 5 minutes after the start of the performance.


Coarse Language, Nudity, Gunshots.


An anarchist holds the world’s secrets on a hard drive. Three developers try and disrupt stagnant markets, missed connections, and freedom of speech. A venture capitalist finds his profit in the rubble. The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.

A loose adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s Le Père Goriot smashed up against Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century asking what’s the difference between terrorism and whistleblowing? What’s the difference between a human being and a start-up corporation? What is the difference between freedom and control? This digital age thriller explores what happens when your work life, relationships, and ideas are reduced to data processed in an app.


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Directed by Ted Witzel; Written by Anthony MacMahon; Set and Costume Design by Anahita Dehbonehie; Lighting Design by CJ Astronomo; Projection Design and Sound Design by Wesley McKenzie.

Curator's Note

"'After studying the world very closely, you’ll see that there are but two alternatives–stupid obedience or revolt.'
-Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

Anthony MacMahon, my favourite young commie playwright, has come to similar conclusions. This smart, fast, and funny play drops Balzac through the trapdoor of global capital." - Guillermo Verdecchia