As I Must Live It

by Luke Reece

WORLD PREMIERE | A Theatre Passe Muraille and Modern Times Stage Co-Production

Collage and poster design by Emily Jung | Pictured: Luke Reece

“This is the story As I Must Live It.”

As I Must Live It is a funny, endearing, and thought-provoking new work from award-winning spoken word artist Luke Reece. Through poetic storytelling touching on everything from antagonistic squirrels to Chris Pratt’s abs, Reece shares his experiences growing up with a mentally-ill father in a mixed-race family. Featuring Reece’s signature deft wordplay, with the direction of internationally acclaimed audience-specific practitioner Daniele Bartolini and stunning projections from one of the UK’s leading immersive production design companies, Limbic Cinema. As I Must Live It brings the page to the stage for an intimate and pun-filled event.

Show Dates

February 11th – March 2nd, 2024

Running Time: 80-90 minutes

Please note the show will be filmed on February 23rd and 24th


Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue)



$12 | $35 | $65

Flash and video motion warning. The immersive installation includes prominent sound, light and video projection directly on the audience. May not be recommended for individuals experiencing motion sickness and those sensitive to light and sound. Also includes water based haze & audience on stage with actor. 

Mention of suicidal ideation, mental illness, and grief.

Masks are still strongly encouraged inside the TPM building. There will be select “Mask Mandatory” Performances for this production which are listed below:

*Sat Feb 17th, 8:00PM
*Sun Feb 25th, 4:30PM
*Fri Mar 1st, 8:00PM

For more information please take a look at our COVID-19 Protocols

If you would like information on the topics or themes in our productions, or to determine the suggested age for attending a performance, please reach out to our Box Office staff at 416.504.7529 or by email at

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Written and Performed by
Luke Reece
Dramaturge and Director 
Daniele Bartolini
Assistant Director
Mahsa Ershadifar
Indrit Kasapi
Stage Manager
Ada Aguilar 
Lighting Designer
Sarah Mansikka
Set & Costume Designer
Jackie Chau
Sound Designer
Adrian Bent
Sound Consultant
Miquelon Rodriguez
Projection Designers
Barret Hodgson & Thom Buttery