Aviva Armour-Ostroff & Chala Hunter. Photo Credit: Tanja-Tiziana

The Philosopher’s Wife

Part of The Empire – a trilogy of modern epics

By Susanna Fournier

Deep in the North, a philosopher, exiled for promoting his atheist work amidst a bloody religious war, knows his theories can ignite a revolution. He wants nothing more than to return to the City, join the young Prince on the verge of inheriting political power, and usher in a new age of Reason. There’s only one thing holding him back; his personal life has collapsed into chaos. In a desperate attempt to cure his wife’s inexplicable, animalistic behaviour he hires a dog trainer. What begins as an experiment in canine obedience erupts into a power struggle between the sexes–unleashing violent reckonings with the animal within.

The Philosopher’s Wife, is a modern gothic Rated Mature for opium eating, female sexuality, phantoms coming for your soul, dark humour, the birth of the enlightenment project, religious persecution, and subverting notions of education, sex, power, and submission.

“The Philosopher’s Wife is a dark, violent and intellectually rigorous medieval version of Pygmalion, geared for the modern age”

The Toronto Star Carly Maga

“a transporting speculative gothic, one that strikes with the force of an exacting drillmaster’s hand.”

NOW MagazineJosé Teodoro

“The Philosopher’s Wife whets the appetite for the other courses” (on The launch of The Empire trilogy)

The Globe and MailJ. Kelly Nestruck

Production Details

1 Male

2 Female

1 Male or Female

2 Acts, 110 minutes plus intermission

Configuration: The premiere production played in the round

By Susanna Fournier

Production History

PARADIGM productions launched the world premiere of The Philosopher’s Wife at Aki Studio, December 4-16th, 2018 as a part of The Empire – a complete season of epic theatre.

The world premiere was directed by Leora Morris and starred Susanna Fournier in the role of The Philosopher, alongside Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Chala Hunter, and Danny Ghantous.

The Philosopher’s Wife was developed with The National Arts Centre and The Banff Centre for the Arts.


 2013 Cayle Chernin Award

 2013 Finalist, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition

Chala Hunter. Photo: Bernie Fournier

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