Past Projects

The Philanderess

The Philanderess, by Sophia Fabiilli and directed by Michelle Alexander premiered at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival.

The play is a 60min feminist farce inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer. The Philanderess sold-out its run, was awarded The Second City Award for Outstanding New Comedy, and was remounted on The Second City Main Stage in the fall of 2015.

Synopsis: Meet Charlotte. She has her PhD in feminist philosophy, she just asked her lawyer boyfriend to be her life partner, and she authors a wildly famous blog about sleeping with men on the side. This fabulous feminist has it all. Until one of her lovers crashes her life partner engagement party… with his eccentric family in tow.

NNNNN“Sophia Fabiilli brilliantly adapts George Bernard Shaw’s play for the 21st century… A comical, feisty, and at times smoldering bedroom farce.” (NOW Magazine)

 Feature interview with Richard Ouzounian (Toronto Star)

“Sophia Fabiilli’s, The Philanderess, a farcical adaptation of a Shaw classic (and her first play), enchanted audiences.” (Torontoist)

  • The Second City Award for Outstanding New Comedy
  • Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Direction (NOW)
  • Patron’s Pick Award and sold out run

The Philanderess is wonderful. It keeps the original themes of Shaw’s play intact, merging them with a modern setting and very nice, fast-paced, bawdy wit that works. Fabiilli’s script is something to be proud of, never giving the audience’s attention a chance to lapse as funny things keep happening.” (Mooney on Theatre)

Photography: Max Telzerow


Well Born

Well Born, by Celeste Percy-Beauregard and directed by Michelle Alexander and Darwin Lyons, premiered at the Artscape Youngplace (Feb 25-March 6 2016), produced by SoCo Theatre in association with Truth’n’Lies.

Synopsis: Mother-to-be Elizabeth is haunted by her inconclusive prenatal test results, the mystery behind her birth mother… and a talking plastic baby. Deeply personal and darkly comic, Well Born is a twisted dramedy about otherness, acceptance, and facing your fears.

Photography: Darren Goldstein


Feminist Debaters

Hilarious individuals from Toronto’s theatre and comedy community face-off in a battle of feminist wits!

With debate questions like “Who’d you rather get drunk with, Hilary Clinton or Michelle Obama?” and “What do you hate most, mansplaining or catcalling?” Feminist Debaters is your chance to let your feminist flag fly!

The inaugural Feminist Debaters took place in January 2015, co-produced by Celeste Percy-Beauregard and Sophia Fabiilli. In January 2016, Laura Jabalee Johnston joined the team! Both events were sold out and hosted by the ever-incredible Jess Beaulieu.

Photography: Neil Silcox