Inspired by Aristophanes’ Peace, an Athenian comedy written in 421 BCE, Houston’s adaptation of the play is set in a fable-like time in Eastern Canada.

On the brink of war, two nations, The Realm and The Republic, hope to live in peace, something that each side defines in its own way. Houston’s serio-comic exploration reveals the complexities of both war and peace – their opportunities, fortunes, and failings. The production is commissioned by the Ryerson School of Performance, Toronto, Canada. Peace will also tour to Los Angeles after its Toronto premiere. Performed by the graduating BFA actors, designed and produced by the BFA Performance Production students, with professional Projection Design by Kristen Ferguson.


Written by Velina Hasu Houston
Directed by Dr. Cynthia Ashperger
Produced by Dr. Peggy Shannon
Projection design by Kristen Ferguson
Lighting design by Anna Spencer
Costume design by Angela Cabrera & Kaleena Lee
Set design by Megan Cinel
Sound design by Alex Robinson

Zachary Arndt as Merchant of War
Sebastian Biasucci as Spirit of the past IV / Chorus Leader
Katherine Cappellacci as Spirit of the Past I
Audrey Chairman as Hope
Laura Hamel as Fear
Daniel Krmpotic as the Sage / Farmer Concord
Sean Laird as Nobel
Ariana Marquis as Spirit of the Past III
Michael Merrithew as Senso
Sydney Owchar as Peace
Kierstyn Penney as Grace
Vitan Pravtchev as Spirit of the Past II
Tori Stewart as Spirit of the Past V
Leigh Truant as Peace Merchant / The Philosopher
Alexander Zonjic as Spirit of the Past VI
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