Will You Be My Friend

A Green Light Arts Production with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille

Dr. West, Pluto’s leading Friendiologist, presents a program just for People of Colour (POC) to make friends and find happiness. His secret: become White! Janice, a lonely artist, enthusiastically enrolls and gets paired up with Mike. He’s a super well-meaning guy. Observe as she navigates love, friendship and the fun times pretending not to be “ethnic.”

Originally titled: Janice Lee and the White Supremacy Smackdown, Will You Be My Friend is a sharply funny and brutally honest musical comedy about the everyday challenges when loving white people.  Through stories and fifteen original songs the audience is challenged to examine their privileges and reconsider the different ways we act in day-to-day life.

Venue: Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave.

Running Time: 110 minutes 

Content Warnings: Some strong language


Creator/Performer: Janice Jo Lee


Director/Dramaturg: Matt White
Set & Costume Designer: Julia Kim
Musical Arrangements/Recordings: Joni Nehrita
Lighting Designer: Paul Cegys

Wednesday November 7 @ 6:30pm

What is The Preamble? This free pre-show program features Artistic Director Andy McKim in conversation with an artist from the play, or a local expert, to talk about the way in which that piece of theatre is contributing to a broader conversation.

Join us for “Warm Drinks with White Men” creator Tanisha Taitt as she and Andy discuss race and whiteness.

Show your ticket at Tequila Bookworm on the night you attend and get $6 drinks before or after the show!

Sunday November 4 (post-show)

After the performance you are welcome to stay and take part in our  Q&A with some of the cast and/or creative team. Q&A’s are a chance  for you to ask questions or just find out more about the play or the  process of creating the work.

Relaxed Run 

Theatre Passe Muraille will be piloting Relaxed Runs for select shows in our 2018-19 Season. This means if a show is doing a Relaxed Run that all of the performance in the show will be considered Relaxed Performances.
Relaxed performances offer a warm welcome to people who find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre behaviour. This can include: people with learning disabilities, movement disorders, autistic spectrum disorder, other neurological conditions, those with young children or babies, and people with Tourettes.
Many other people may choose to attend a relaxed performance, either as an access requirement or because they like the inclusive environment.
Relaxed performances take a laid-back approach to noises or movement coming from the audience. They give everyone permission to relax and respond naturally. Many people feel that relaxed performances offer a more dynamic theatrical experience, which benefits everyone.

Sunday November 11 at 2:00pm – Audio Description

Audio Described Performances offer partially sighted and blind patrons a companion piece to the shows delivered through an earpiece and a small receiver. The Audio Described Performance will outline the events happening on stage – including relevant sets, costumes, and non verbal actions – in a delivery style that matches the tone and presentation of the play. The scripts for the Audio Described Performance are developed in conjunction with the creative teams at Theatre Passe Muraille, with the goal of giving visually impaired audience members a more immersive experience.

Founded in 2014 by Matt White and Carin Lowerison, Green Light Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company based in Waterloo Region. Their mission is to create and produce entertaining, challenging, and unique theatre experiences that engage and inspire audiences to make the world a better place. They strive to cultivate a relevant artistic voice in contemporary society and use theatre as the beginning of a conversation towards positive social change.

To find out more about Green Light Arts visit their website here