by justin shaw & the Theatre; Just because collective

This play-in-development highlights the components of the grief cycle - the phases that one experiences following a moment of immense shock.


exhale is presented as a collection of monologues written and developed by the performer, and dramaturged by director Justin Shaw. Each of the monologues are a response to a moment of shock that impacted the person’s life. However, each person is visited during a different phase of the grief cycle, in an effort to highlight the contrasting and chaotic feelings that commonly occur after a moment of shock. This shock may resemble the loss of a friend, a family member, or a loved one. The objective of this play is to convey that the only way to reach the point of acceptance of a new reality is to experience the catharsis of emotion of the grief cycle.

What does theatre have to do with supporting those who meet life's challenges?

A piece of theatre is intended to reflect real life on stage, and to highlight the human experience. Through this emotional exploration and bold challenge of difficult subjects offers audiences a moment of empowerment: a reminder that we all have the capacity to meet life's challenges, and to help others to do the same. 

September 30, 2017 - One act wonders/AB CUlture Days

keyano recital theatre


Director: Justin Shaw

Nathan: Chris Bowers                      Katherine: Camryn Hannigan

Gerard: Dave Boutilier                     Janene: Brieanna McCutcheon