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We’ve changed our name!

Dear friends and fans, TheatreRUN has officially changed our name to Bad New Days performing arts.

Please be patient as we make the transition and construct our new website. And stay tuned for news about upcoming productions and tours!

For presenters interested in information about our production The Double please contact our touring agent Tammy Fox and The Collection agency For photos and press clippings visit The Double page on this site


Logo by Lacey Creighton

Theatromania Interview

A little Q & A with Adam Paolozza a propos le Double…


A clip of The Double from came in to film a clip of The Double last week. Here’s a sneak peek at the average morning chez Golyadkin…

Double rehearsals begin again at Tarragon

Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Adam Paolozza and Viktor Lukawski photo by Lacey Creighton

Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Adam Paolozza and Viktor Lukawski photo by Lacey Creighton

We’ve begun rehearsals again for The Double at Tarragon yesterday…We open October 23rd with previews October 15-22. Check for more info on tickets, etc.


A Letter from an Audience member in Kitchener

The Double closed in Kitchener at the MT Space last weekend. In three short days we transformed a black rehearsal hall into a theatre and were met by extraordinary audiences. Here’s a note from an audience member who saw the show on closing night:

“Dear MT Space,

I just wanted to write and thank you for the amazing entertainment we received last Saturday with the final performance of The Double.

When my wife and I moved to KW a few years ago, one of our concerns was the possibility that a city of this size might not offer us the kind of cultural opportunities that can be found in major cities. While this is true to some degree, organizations like MT Space have allowed us to enjoy first rate theatre within walking distance. We were both incredibly impressed with all aspects of the show – the writing, the acting and the technical aspects were all great. My wife commented that the “ventriloquism” scene in particular was absolutely brilliant both in conception and delivery, and I couldn’t agree more.

My only regret is that I didn’t stand during the applause. I hate to think of all the mediocre performances I’ve been pressured into standing for at large, expensive theatres, and yet on Saturday, when I felt the actors truly deserved a standing ovation, I wasn’t brave enough to give them one. If you could pass along my apologies for that mistake to TheatreRUN, I’d appreciate it.

Thanks again. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future, especially at the Impact festival this fall.


We want to give many thanks to The Double team, to Majdi and everyone as MT Space and to Richard Rose and Andrea Romaldi at the Tarragon theatre for their continued support of the project. Stay tuned for more Double news closer to the Fall.

Here’s a look at how it all came together:

Andre du Toit during hang and focus

Andre du Toit during hang and focus

Andre Du Toit Focusing

Andre Du Toit Focusing

The final result

The final result

Arif and Norah

Arif and Norah





We are proud to announce that our Dora Award winning production of Dostoevsky’s The Double has been included in The Tarragon Theatre’s 2013/14 season. And in such esteemed company!

We are currently in the middle of a 3-week Workspace at Tarragon developing the piece further. Thanks to Richard Rose and all the Tarragon gang for their continuing support.

The Double will be running in October and November 2013.

Stay tuned for dates, times and ticket information

photo by lacey creighton

photo by lacey creighton


Adapted for the stage by Adam Paolozza, Arif Mirabdolbaghi and Viktor Lukawski (with the assistance of Norah Sadava, Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Coleen MacPherson)

Directed by Adam Paolozza

Original Music by Arif Mirabdolbaghi (from the Juno nominated Canadian Metal band Protest The Hero)

Featuring Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Adam Paolozza and Viktor Lukawski

Lighting Design by Andre Du Toit

Set Design by Ken Mackenzie


Winter & Spring 2013 Announcement: SPENT returns to Toronto and The Double tours to Kitchener

SPENT @ The Young Centre

Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza

After a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, an 800-seat sold-out command performance in India as part of Mumbai’s Lit! Live Festival and a two-week run in NYC at the Queens Theatre last April, SPENT returns home for a limited engagement at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in February and March 2013. Information on Dates and Ticket sales coming soon.

Click here to read about the other exciting shows in Soulpepper’s 2013 Season 

Spent is co-produced and co-created by Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Why Not Theatre and TheatreRUN

The Double in Kitchener

Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Adam Paolozza and Viktor Lukawski photo by Lacey Creighton

Our Dora award-winning hit from last season, The Double, has been selected by MTSpace Theatre in Kitchener to play a limited engagement in April 2013 as part of their Impact 13 Festival. We’ll be going on the road for 4 performances and we hope that this is just the beginning of a long touring life for The Double! Details about ticket sales coming soon…


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Check out this link to a great spot on The Double from Bell Media’s Space Network earlier this year.

Stay tuned for more Double news next season…

Double Double Double Double Double

The Double closed to a sold out weekend and standing ovations! Many thanks to all the people who worked on it and who came out to see it and support. We’re looking forward to bringing it back next year…

Here’s some of what the critics had to say:


“…hysterical…There’s a cabaret atmosphere to the whole production…All this comes to a head in a marvellous quick-change sequence that may owe something to the Marx Brothers’ great mirror scene in Duck Soup; indeed the whole show might be taken as a sustained riff on that classic routine, with the sinister undertones brought to the surface.”
-Robert Cushman, THE NATIONAL POST

Word has it that Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will be starring in a new film version of Dostoyevsky’s The Double. No need to wait for that—TheatreRUN has already whipped up a wildly entertaining adaptation of the 19th-century Russian classic.”
-Martin Morrow, The GRID TO

“Adam Paolozza, Arif Mirabdolbaghi and Victor Lukawski, along with their design team, create a world of shadows, darkness, frenzy, mystery, insecurity and a touch of madness. They use clowning and music to plumb the darkest depths of the story, and to bring out the humour as well.”
-Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

“…a multi-disciplinary powerhouse performance…one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen in a while.”
-Adelina Fabiano, Mooney On Theatre

“With the success of Spent last year and now with this stylish and madcap production of The Double, TheatreRUN has established itself as company whose productions you miss at peril to your artistic wellbeing. 4/5 STARS”
-Christopher Hoile, The Stage Door

“Uniquely multi-faceted and not to be missed.”
-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World

And here’s what the audience had to say:

“Pure next Level.”

-Charles Ketchabaw

“Existential physical comedy.”

-Maev Beaty

“Floored! I’m not going to stop recommending the Double until I fall asleep! When I saw the shadow play I almost threw up!”


“Incredibly in comic spirit of the original novella.”

-Chair Of Slavic Languages, University of Toronto

Here are some photos:

image by lacey creighton

image by lacey creighton


The Double opens February 3

Two actors and one musician with a double bass collide in a schizophrenic feast of sight and sound