Why We Fight

Why do we fight? Why do we love to watch others fight?
From slapstick to sport, cartoons to armed combat, violence is an integral part of human interaction and storytelling, and yet we seldom recognize it on its own merits. Why is violence so linked to the human experience? Why do we find it satisfying, terrifying, and even amusing? In a series of scenes and sketches, WHY WE FIGHT takes on the challenge of dissecting, slicing, and pummelling our ideas of conflict into passionate, perplexing, and sometimes hilarious submission.
November 17, 2:00pm & 8:00pm
November 18, 2:00pm
The Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St. E, Toronto
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LIVE-STREAMED on your device through Cleeng. Simulcast show times:
November 17, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, EST (-5 GMT)


Jade Elliott McRae and Siobhan Richardson

Fight Choreography/Direction

Jade Elliott McRae, Matt Richardson, Siobhan Richardson


Jade Elliott McRae, Siobhan Richardson, Abanoub Andraous, Afton Rentz, Alice Cavanagh, Carolyn Anderson and Timmy Bender.


Tyler Seguin


Genevieve Adam: Siblings, The Deserter, Buckle My Swash, Restraint, Dead Bodies

Matt Bradley: Sex and Diamonds

Jen Frankel: Satisfaction

Technical Producer and Broadcast Director: Ilan Waldman

Stage Manager: Heather Bellingham

Producer: Christopher Douglas

Production Manager: Courtney Pyke

Assistant Production Manager: Wes Babcock

Assistant to the AD and the GM: Carolyn Anderson

Lighting Designer: Jareth Li

Sound Designer: Alex Eddington

Additional Music (Spanish percussion): Christopher Peifer

Costume Designers: Alex Amini and Carmen Amini

Camera Operators: Louis Li, Ryan Ng, Jonathan Waldman, Filip Pavlovic, Keith Brown

Lighting Technicians: Nicole Bell, Alastair MacIntyre, Nicholas Simmons

Front of House Audio: Shaun McPherson

Front of House Lead: Jen Frankel

Front of House Display: Brianne Tucker

Photographer: Dahlia Katz Photography


Our appreciation goes out to

  • Westbury National

  • Mountain Man Media

  • Cristiano Health

  • The Redwood

  • City of Toronto’s Starter Company Plus Program

  • Artscape’s Creative Entrepreneurship Program

  • Fantastic Creations

  • Crow’s Theatre

  • Roseneath Theatre

  • Harbourfront Centre

  • Nightswimming Theatre

  • Brianne Tucker


This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.

Crux Encounter Productions Core Company:

Artistic Director: Jade Elliott McRae          General Manager: Siobhan Richardson (née Chin)

Abanoub Andraous, Afton Rentz, Alice Cavanagh, Andrew Hodwitz, Carolyn Anderson and Timmy Bender.


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