Project Description:

Touring Now


Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn. Premiering as part of the 2012 Summerworks Festival, Iceland won the The Summerworks NOW Audience Choice Award, NOW Magazine Outstanding Production List, Outstanding Ensembles List and Outstanding Direction List, and won its playwright Nicolas Billon the Governor General’s Award for Drama.

Writer: Nicolas Billon
Director: Ravi Jain
Assistant Director: Jenna Turk
Cast: Claire Calnan (Anna), Christine Horne/Lauren Vandenbrook/Shannon Currie (Kassandra), Kawa Ada/Ali Momen (Halim)
Stage Manager: Neha Ross/Kat Chin
Lighting Designer: Kimberly Purtell
Sound Designer: Richard Feren
Set & Costume Designer: Joanna Yu


Summerworks Festival, Toronto
Aug 2012

Factory Theatre, Toronto
March 2013

Upper Canada College, Toronto
November 2013

Wildside Festival, Montreal
January 2014

Magnetic North Festival, Halifax NS
June 2014

LitLive Festival, Mumbai, India
November 2014

Spark Festival, Victoria BC
March 2016

Theatre Centre, Toronto
April-May 2016

Milton Centre for the Arts, ON
Oct 2016

Burlington Performing Arts Centre, ON
Oct 2016

Kingston Grand, ON
Nov 2016

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, ON
Nov 2016

Atom Egoyan

Iceland is a beautifully structured and extremely powerful play that haunts the mind. Billon is an original and exciting voice.”

NOW Magazine (Glenn Sumi) – NNNNN (out of 5) and Critic’s Pick

“Nicolas Billon’s absorbing play shows how three vastly different people are affected by what one character calls the C-word (capitalism) and the financial crisis. Billon is a masterful storyteller, drawing us into his characters’ lives via richly detailed monologues (plus a bit of dialogue to suggest past conversations), full of haunting imagery that echoes throughout the play. The actors dig deeply into their flawed but human creatures (only one of them slightly under- developed), with director Ravi Jain and his superb design team making each shaft of light, crossing of leg or overturning of a chair full of meaning.”

Toronto Star (4 out of 4 stars)

“Ravi Jain’s direction is tight and focused, while the design is spare and effective…A detailed and cleverly written script, performed and directed with real verve. This is an Iceland with lots of fire.”

Globe and Mail (3 ½ out of 4 stars)

“… an intelligent, gripping tale that cleverly taps into the housing boom and bubble anxieties of Torontonians.”

  • Governor General’s Award for Drama 2013
  • Summerworks NOW Audience Choice Award
  • Summerworks Contra Guys Award for Outstanding New Performance Text
  • NOW Magazine Outstanding Production List
  • NOW Magazine Outstanding Ensembles List
  • NOW Magazine Outstanding Direction List