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THE MASTER PLAN @ Young Centre for the Performing Arts

  • Crow’s Theatre and Soulpepper Theatre Company Present | A Crow's Theatre Commission
  • Michael Healey, based on Sideways: The City Google Couldn't Buy by Josh O'Kane
  • Chris Abraham
  • Nov 24 - Dec 29, 2024
  • $65.00 - $105.00
  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts – Michael Young Theatre
  • Details

    THE MASTER PLAN may be included in any 4-ticket or 6-ticket Design Your Own Flexible subscription. Subscribe today and save!

    Our 2023 hit returns after a critically-acclaimed sold-out run last season!

    THE MASTER PLAN is the biting satire about the stunning failure to build a smart city in Toronto. Adapted from award-winning writer and The Globe and Mail journalist Josh O’Kane’s best-selling book Sideways: The City Google Couldn’t Buy, the play takes us behind closed doors and reveals the corporate drama, epic personalities, and iconic Canadian figures involved in the messy affair between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto.

    In 2017, when the public agency Waterfront Toronto decided to put up a parcel of land for development. Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s Alphabet Inc., swept in with a proposal to create the city of the future. The project quickly fell apart from uneasy partnerships, rigid local politics, and an overwhelmingly negative public response. THE MASTER PLAN exposes the hubris of big tech, the feebleness of government, and the dangers of public consultation with sharp wit and insightful commentary.

    THE MASTER PLAN features original cast members Christopher Allen (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) as Cam Malagaam, Ben Carlson (The Lehman Trilogy) as Will Fleissig, Phillipa Domville (The Penelopiad) as Meg Davis, Mike Shara (Hamlet-911) as Dan Doctoroff, and the playwright Micheal Healey as Tree.


    The Globe and Mail

    “The play every Torontonian has to see. Four Stars.”
    Toronto Star

    “Crow’s Theatre at its best...an astounding piece of theatre. Go.”
    Intermission Magazine

    OFF-SITE: THE MASTER PLAN will be performed at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane in the Distillery Historic District. Single tickets can be purchased at Soulpepper Theatre.


  • The Team


    • Christopher Allen - Cam Malagaam, Designer at Sidewalk Labs
    • Ben Carlson - Will Fleissig, CEO of Waterfront Toronto
    • Philippa Domville - Meg Davis, Chief Development Officer of Waterfront Toronto
    • Michael Healey - Tree
    • Mike Shara - Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs


    • Chris Abraham - Director
    • Michael Healey - Playwright
    • Josh O'Kane - Author, Sideways: The City Google Couldn't Buy
    • Joshua Quinlan - Set and Props Designer
    • Ming Wong - Costume Designer
    • Kimberly Purtell - Lighting Designer
    • Thomas Ryder Payne - Sound Designer
    • Amelia Scott - Video Designer