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“Between Breaths” by Robert Chafe

June 3 @ 12:00 am - June 19 @ 12:00 am EDT


Between Breaths
June 3 – June 19 | 2:00pm / 8:00pm | Mainstage

About Between Breaths

Inspired by the true story of Dr. Jon Lien – known as the Whale Man – Between Breaths is a profoundly emotional memory play that sails through Dr. Jon’s life and the dangerous work of saving whales trapped in fishing nets off Newfoundland’s coast. Often risking his very life in the water with the formidable and frightened animals, Dr. Jon would seek to earn their trust as much as the fishermen’s. He looked for the best way to free whales while doing as little damage to the fishing gear as possible. Over his long career, Dr. Jon saved over 500 whales and earned the respect of the island’s fishermen, but his biggest fight came at the end of his life as dementia progressively conquered his body and mind.

“…Forty tons of muscle, fat, and bone, launched like a rocket. A Breach. No one’s entirely sure of why they do it. I might be tempted to say it’s nothing if not joy…”

Featuring an evocative live score by Newfoundland’s Juno-nominated The Once, Between Breaths is a beautiful and poignant play about the parts of ourselves we hold on to after everything else is gone. Sponsored by CAA Atlantic and presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.

Please be advised that this production includes mature language

Purchase Concessions

All concessions must be purchased in advance of the performance. Call the box office to pre-order concessions for you and your group, that will be delivered directly to your seat. The box office is open Monday – Friday from 12 noon – 5 pm at 1-800-565-0278.

Audience Guidelines

The health and of our patrons and employees is our top priority. Please review the below guidelines or take a few moments to watch our COVID messaging video prior to your arrival.

Written by | Robert Chafe
Directed by | Jillian Keiley
Music Composed & Arranged by | The Once
Playright/Artistic Director | Robert Chafe
Producer & Company Manager | Patrick Foran
Production & Stage Manager | Mara Bredoviskis
Assistant Director | Sharon King-Campbell
Music Director | Kellie Walsh
Set & Costumer Designer | Shawn Kerwin
Lighting Designer | Leigh Ann Vardy
Technical Director & Sound Designer | Brian Kenny


June 3 @ 12:00 am EDT
June 19 @ 12:00 am EDT
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Confederation Centre of the Arts
145 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1 Canada
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