Kiss of the Spider Woman

The David & Stacey Cynamon Family Foundation present

March 6-10, 2019

Book by Terrence McNally

Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the novel by Manuel Puig

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at the Don Jail is an immersive piece of musical theatre uniting space and story. By letting the narrative unfold in this historic building, the artistic producers are able to highlight a piece of Toronto’s history, while presenting a musical theatre classic in a thrilling new way. Set against the gritty world of Argentina’s Dirty War, the musical spins a harrowing tale of persecution, while straddling the two worlds of dark reality and colourful fantasy. Fuelled by his need to escape the harshness of prison life, Molina shares stories of the glamorous actress named Aurora. Through their unlikely union, these two characters change one another in unexpected and illuminating ways, as they grapple with politics, masculinity and the power of love over death. With a sold out run, ETC was the first company to stage a theatrical production at the Don Jail.

Nominated for 6 Dora Awards:

Outstanding Production, Direction, Choreography, Musical Direction, Performance for Tracy Michailidis and Kawa Ada

Dora Award - Outstanding Musical Direction - Chris Barillaro

Kiss of the Spider Woman is presented by special arrangement with samuel french inc.

We wouldn’t be on this amazing theatrical adventure without the immense generosity from our sponsors

The David and Stacey Cynamon Family Foundation

The Hellyer Foundation

Elly and Peter Daniels

Mitchell and Lissie Sanders

spencer Miller

Bear path inc

Photography by John Gundy

Poster / Graphic design by BT/A Advertising


Tracy Michailidis as AURORA

Kawa Ada as MOLINA

Jonathan Winsby as VALENTIN

Jayne Lewis as MOLINA'S MOM

Eva Tavares as MARTA

Alejandro Ampudia as THE WARDEN


Hunter Agnew, Joshua AlCantara, Alexander Batycki, Noah Beemer, Emma Burke-Kleinman, Michael Derworiz, Jesse Drwiega, Jill Goranson, Alexandre Iannuzzi, Kelsi James, Taran Kim, Alten Wilmot, & Elise Wilson.


Director: Evan Tsitsias

Assistant Director: Joseph Recinos

Musical Director: Chris Barillaro

Choreographer: Sara-Jeanne Hosie

Assistant Choreographer: Darren Burkett

Sound Designer: Jeremy Mitchell

Production Designer: Nick Blais

Production Manager: Daniel Bennett

Stage Manager: Laurie Merredew

Dramaturg: Antonio Miniño

Fight Director: Kevin Kruchkywich

In conjunction with: SHERIDAN COLLEGE


"Eclipse Theatre's site-specific staged concert production of the Tony Award-winning musical delivers a one-of-a-kind experience. Eclipse Theatre's inaugural production will hold you completely captive." - Now Magazine
"...near perfect...with such a strong first outing and powerful buzz, you can bet Eclipse will be presenting more of these delightful site-specific escapes from reality." - Mooney on Theatre
"The audience is drawn into the imaginative act and the performers’ energy is compellingly focused. The ambition and the musical achievement bode well for Eclipse’s future." - The Toronto Star
"In keeping with Eclipse Theatre Company’s vision to re-examine and re-configure the classics, this production makes brilliant use of the multi-level Don proves an atmospheric - and arresting experience." - Sesay Arts Magazine"