Soulpepper Studio Series

Soulpepper presents two spiritual solo shows this season

The Gospel According to Mark
Directed by Albert Schultz
Featuring Kenneth Walsh

Subway Stations of the Cross
Written and Performed by Ins Choi

Ins Choi in Subway Stations of the Cross. Photo by Nathan Kelly.

This spring, Soulpepper's Studio Series features two very different yet complementary solo shows: The Gospel According To Mark read by esteemed actor Kenneth Welsh, and Ins Choi's latest work Subway Stations of the Cross.

While either piece can be viewed on its own, there is something profound about watching the two productions in succession, as I did this past Sunday.

The Gospel According to Mark comes second in the New Testament, after Matthew, and tells the story of Jesus' life and death. Welsh reads the King James version (1611) in a commanding 100-minute performance that makes the ancient text accessible to contemporary audiences. Lit softly behind a podium on a bare stage, Welsh narrates with authority, grace and subtle humour, relating Jesus' experiences before and after he embraces his mission as Messiah. Believer or not, Welsh's reading is a remarkable feat to behold.

In Subway Stations of the Cross Ins Choi (author of Kim's Convenience) explores Jesus' message through the eyes of a visionary vagrant. Barefoot, in raggy robes, Choi inhabits this underground urban character, performing his own songs and poems under the glow of a hand-held spotlight. The hour-long show alterntates between lunacy and lucidity, as Choi takes us on a musical, spoken-word journey, shining a light on a spiritually lost generation. Songs range from the devotional "God Is Calling," to the symbolic ("A Baby In A Manger"), to lighthearted ("1980s Sitcom Song") and disenchanted ("We're Being Played"). Choi uses a few choice props, including a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine, which are powerfully incorporated into the performance. Subway Stations of the Cross is a unique, creative exploration of modern faith.

The Gospel According to Mark and Subway Stations of the Cross are now playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

Show Dates: 
Wed, 2015-03-18 - Sat, 2015-04-04
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