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Produced with The Tank and Theatre Conspiracy          July 18-21, 8pm                                                                    July 25-28, 8 @ 10pm                                                          $15                                                                                              August Tour to Summerworks (Toronto) & Vancouver 




Stray is a meta-memoir based on creator Tanya Marquardt’s experience as a sixteen-year-old runaway and BDSM model, and a New York transplant writing about this earlier stage of her life. A punk show with references to Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowitz, the show begins on November 1, 1992, the day Tanya runs away from home, and each song careens you through the chaotic years that follow – life with Tanya’s father, a traveling vacuum cleaner salesman, her first attraction to a girl and witnessing her self-cutting, being in a BDSM bar as an underage virgin, a writing teacher’s praise, which saved her from suicide, and, how art sustained her throughout, poetically describing the pleasure of writing, “a left hand scuffing across the page like a club foot, or a piece of bread smeared in delicious sauce.” The show will tour to Vancouver and Toronto’s Summerworks Festival after its run at The Tank, and is being published as Stray: Memoir of a Runaway by Little A in September 2018.


Directed by Mallory Catlett
Written by Tanya Marquardt
Lyrics by Tim Carlson
Scenography by Ilena Lee Cramer
Dramaturgy by Brian Rogers                                                                        Performed by Tanya Marquardt, Tim Carlson, Jon Wood and Ed Goodine

Theatre Conspiracy gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and City of Vancouver of Cultural Affairs.


November 2014, BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange) as part of a curated evening of performances by Canadian ex-pats.

February 2014, PuSh Performing Arts Festival as part of Club PuSh, at Performance Works on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.