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(off) Balance
Written and Performed by Naomi Tessler
Direction and Dramaturgy by Bronwyn Steinberg
Music by April Lavine
Produced by Natasha Jose
Stage Managed by Grace Phan
Light and Sound Technician: Chin Palipane


A heart-centered play about finding equilibrium when your world is reduced to a diagnosis.

September 19th & 20th
7:30pm
General Admission: $20 online/$25 at the door
Student/Artist/Under-employed: $15

(off) Balance shares the autobiographical journey of one woman’s struggle with depression that led to spiritual awakening in her first year at university. This play addresses the stereotypes and stigma associated with mental health, poses questions about the line between spirituality and mental illness, and critically reflects upon the medical care in our society that all too often leaves people feeling powerless.
(off) Balance calls into action the need for nurturing a holistic system of support for those struggling with mental health and awakening to their spiritual path.

Talk-backs:
There will be a talkback following each performance in which audiences are invited to join Naomi, accompanied by mental health and spiritual well-being experts, to further explore the themes in the play.

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After a memorable run in Ottawa as part of TACTICS Double-Bill, here’s what critics are saying about (off) Balance:

“[(off) Balance is] theatre that takes risks…an engaging piece of theatre thatraises important conversation points”
Allan Mackay, OnStage Ottawa

"(off) Balance... is a must-see for those who have dealt with or are interested in learning about mental illness.” Allegra Morgado, The Fulcrum

“Naomi Tessler gives a very personal and vulnerable performance while also being extremely dynamic throughout the one-woman show. You can hardly take your eyes off her." Diane Lachapelle, Apartment613
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