The Art of Building a Bunker on Factory Theatre


Factory Theatre and QuipTake present
Written by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia
WARNING: A play about sensitivity training that is anything but sensitive
On Stage October 11 to November 2, 2014



Factory Theatre launches its 45th season with the main stage world premiere of THE ART OF BUILDING A
BUNKER in partnership with QuipTake. This one-man tour-de-force is co-written and directed by Guillermo
Verdecchia and co-written and starring Adam Lazarus. First seen in 2013 at SummerWorks Festival, the show was
heralded by, The Grid, BlogTO and as one of the best of the Festival, as well as named
Best of the Fest for Outstanding Production, Performance and Direction by NOW Magazine.

THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is a viciously funny and tragic story recounting a week in the life of your
average Elvis as he endures mandatory workplace sensitivity training. Elvis finds himself surrounded by a group of
characters that is diversely bizarre and bizarrely diverse, all portrayed by Adam Lazarus with a sharp wit and comic
genius. THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is an equal opportunity satire where nothing is sacred and no one is

Guillermo Verdecchia is a director, playwright, dramaturge, and reluctant actor. He is the recipient of the Governor-
General’s Award for Drama for his play Fronteras Americanas and a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian
Play Award. His work, which includes the Governor General shortlisted Noam Chomsky Lectures (with Daniel
Brooks), the Adventures of Ali & Ali (with Marcus Youssef and Camyar Chai), and Another Country, has been
anthologized, translated into Spanish and Italian, and produced in Europe and the US. He is a Resident Artist at
Soulpepper where he heads New Play Development.

Adam Lazarus is an award winning actor, director, and acting instructor and graduate of L’École Phillipe Gaulier.
He is faculty at The National Theatre School of Canada and the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of
Clowns. Notable credits include, The Solo Show Project at the National Theatre School of Canada (2009-13); The
Lupe Trilogy (QuipTake); Bleed (QuipTake); [boxhead] (Crow’s Theatre/ Mammalian Diving Reflex); Wonderland
(QuipTake); Le Fain de Partie (Waves Festival/Luminato Festival); Appetite (Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille/
Exchange Rate Collective); Tyumen, Then (Groundwater Productions); and Terminus (Outside The March).
QuipTake produces startling new works that engage audiences through bouffon and clown styles. Often heralded
as political meets comic, the works of QuipTake are challenging, entertaining and relevant. THE ART OF BUILDING
A BUNKER is a Factory Theatre and QuipTake partnership.


FACTORY THEATRE and QuipTake present
Created and Written by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia
Directed by Guillermo Verdecchia • Starring Adam Lazarus
Set and Costume Designs by Camellia Koo
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay • Sound Design by Richard Feren
Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)
Run Dates: October 11 to November 2, 2014 • Opening Night: Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 8pm
MEDIA NIGHT: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm • Sundays @ 2pm
Ticket prices range from $23-$45 (plus applicable service charges) and can be purchased by calling 416.504.9971
or online at
Student/Senior/Arts Worker discounts and limited Pay-What-You-Can Sunday Matinee tickets also available


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