Emotional Labour – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

Comedian Jess Beaulieu and actor Luis Fernandes tell a socially relevant

tale shedding light on the EMOTIONAL LABOUR women bear in

today’s patriarchal society

Women far too often have to carry the emotional load in their relationships with men. And it’s a load of exhausting, rage-inducing bullshit. So we wrote a play to talk about it. A play that focuses on the lives of Dan and Mel; a couple who are struggling to keep their crumbling relationship alive. The main problem? Dan is taking more than he is giving and Mel is very close to ending it. The show is funny, educational, and provides solutions for some ongoing issues related to toxic masculinity.

Jess Beaulieu, co-host of Crimson Wave Comedy, who is known for her timely feminist humour joins forces with Luis Fernandes of indie production house The Assembly to create this hilarious and political new work. Directed by Gwynne Phillips of The Templeton Philharmonic and produced by Natalie Norman, producer of Crimson Wave Comedy. With sound design by Tim Lindsay and lighting by Andra Legault.

If you are a modern woman who lives, works and plays in Toronto, you will connect with the struggles of the female characters in this observational comedy; if you are a man, you might just learn something about how to be a better ally, partner, coworker, and friend.


Crimson Wave Productions

in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents


written by Jess Beaulieu & Luis Fernandes

directed by Gwynne Phillips

starring Jess Beaulieu & Luis Fernandes

produced by Natalie Norman

stage managed by/lighting design by Andra Legault

sound design by Tim Lindsay


Opens JULY 3rd and runs to JULY 14th


125 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON



Wednesday, July 3rd at 10:00 pm

Friday, July 5th at 3:45 pm

Saturday, July 6th at 5:00 pm

Monday, July 8th at 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 11th at 9:15 pm

Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 pm

Sunday, July 14th at 7:45 pm


Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.



Purchase online: fringetoronto.com

By Phone: 416-966-1062

In Person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe. Located in the Hockey Rink at 275 Bathurst Street (Dundas + Bathurst)

Tickets go on sale June 9, 2019