Common Ground – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release


From press release

Common Ground is a suspenseful, character-driven play that follows ordinary people who are forced into extraordinary circumstances. This drama/mystery is about community, honouring and embracing differences, shared values, urban living and social justice.

Racial profiling, homophobia, sexism, the struggles of single mothers and a living wage – many people living in downtown Toronto face these difficult issues every day. The play aims to show the diversity of real Torontonians and how their differences can contribute to shared meanings and understandings, ultimately finding COMMON GROUND.

This new play is written, produced and directed by Susan Magerman and Michelle Brightman. As a strong social justice advocate and high school teacher in Toronto, Susan Magerman was inspired to include in her writing many of the issues she is passionate about and her students have faced. Michelle Brightman has past experience as a new immigrant assimilating to Toronto, which provided inspiration for her writing. This play showcases the amazing talents of our cast and crew: Mishka Balilty, Cameron Grant, Susan Finlayson, Margarita Valderrama and Julie-Rae King.


  • Friday July 1st, 03:00 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 08:00 pm
  • Monday July 4th, 02:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 6th, 02:15 pm
  • Thursday July 7th, 06:00 pm
  • Friday July 8th, 09:15 pm
  • Sunday July 10th, 12:00 pm


  • Common Ground plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. (79 St. George St)
  • Tickets are $10 at the door, $12 in advance. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s Alley, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warning: Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.

Photo of  Susan Magerman, Margarita Valderrama, Mishka Balilty, Susan Finlayson, Cameron Grant, Julie-Rae King by Zamy Bayer