Canadian premiere

The Object Lesson

Geoff Sobelle

United States

About the Performance

Illusionist and performer Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson unpacks the material components of memory. From the depths of a glittering sky-high junkpile installation, Sobelle produces an impossible profusion of artifacts. The objects he presents recount a story of life and love. They seem to contain the past itself. Combining charmingly simple delivery and meticulous stagecraft, The Object Lesson is a meditation on the things we keep and the things we throw away. It is a magic act of storytelling by one of the US’s most unusually gifted performers.

A co-founder of actor-driven company Rainpan 43 and a member of Philadelphia’s celebrated Pig Iron Theatre Company, Goeff Sobelle is a physical theatre-maker driven by a passion for articulating the absurd. The Object Lesson has garnered Sobelle the 2014 Carol Tambor and Total Theatre awards, two of the Edinburgh Fringe’s most prestigious honours. Sobelle performed and choreographed HOLOSCENES, which was part of this year’s Nuit Blanche.

About Geoff Sobelle

An award-winning performer, director, and creator of original theatre, Geoff Sobelle is a member of the Pig Iron Theater Company, which was awarded an Obie in 2005 for Hell Meets Henry Halfway. His production of machines machines machines machines machines machines machines won a 2010 Obie Award for design. Other honours include a 2005 Innovative Theatre Award for best performance art piece, all wear bowlers, which also received a Drama Desk Award nomination; and Barrymore Award nominations for best supporting actor and best choreography.

Geoff and his theatre group rainpan 43 have toured extensively around the world. Productions include, in addition to all wear bowlers, Elephant Room and Amnesia Curiosa.

A Message from the Artistic Director


The Object Lesson – Pre-show Tea

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 7pm

Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of The Object Lesson.

Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson is inspired by our relationship to everyday objects: the junk drawer in your house, the pile of papers you need to file, the things you dream of buying. The performance is timely given the contemporary fascination with those who hold onto and can’t let go of stuff. But while it’s easy to watch a show like Hoarders as a form of entertainment, how often do we think about our own relationship to objects and things? And what does this relationship have to say about our engagement with our stuff, the world, and each other?

The Object Lesson – Talkshow

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – After the show

The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Object Lesson.