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Orphans for the Czar

  • A Crow's Theatre Production
  • George F. Walker
  • Tanja Jacobs
  • Mar 29 - Apr 17, 2022
  • Guloien Theatre
  • Details
    Vasley is an orphan. A child left to his own devices becomes a man without an anchor. Nobody knows why he thinks or does anything. Including himself probably. - Orphans For the Czar, George F. Walker

    Orphans for the Czar is George F. Walker’s newest high-stakes comedy that ruefully exposes the duplicity, revenge, and self-interest at the core of a culture about to go up in flames. Suggested by the novel The Life of a Useless Man by Maxim Gorky and set shortly before Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg, a hapless double agent tries to stay on the right side of both the revolutionaries and the czarists.

    Our protagonist, the orphaned fool Vasley, leaves his impoverished village to work in his uncle’s bookstore in the city. He becomes engrossed by the women, the intelligentsia, the spies, and all their conflicting ideologies. A comedy of pathos about the fragility of people in unstable times, Orphans for the Czar is a plea for the possibility of decency.

    George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific, decorated, and popular playwrights. Since beginning his theatre career in the early 1970s, Walker has written more than 30 plays, including Suburban Motel, Love and Anger, and Nothing Sacred. His plays have been translated into more than ten languages and have received many hundreds of productions around the world. Director Tanja Jacobs has appeared with Porte Parole and Crow’s Theatre in Seeds, The Watershed, and The Assembly and has directed George Bernard Shaw’s Getting Married at the Shaw Festival, Twelfth Night at Canadian Stage, and the ferocious comedy La Bête at Soulpepper.

  • Dates & Times
  • The Team


    • Eric Peterson - Piotr
    • Christopher Allen - Yakov
    • Shayla Brown - Rayisha
    • Timothy Dowler-Coltman - Sasha
    • Jakob Ehman - Vasley
    • Craig Lauzon - Makarov
    • Michelle Mohammed - Olga
    • Shauna Thompson - Maya


    • George F. Walker - Writer
    • Tanja Jacobs - Director
    • Logan Cracknell - Lighting Design
    • Rick Sacks - Sound Design
    • Lorenzo Savoini - Set Design
    • Ming Wong - Costume Design