created & performed by haley mcgee

curated by the red light district in collaboration with outside the march as part of PROGRESS, an international festival of performance and ideas.

february 5–9, 2019
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after a critically acclaimed, sold out run in london (UK), haley mcgee brings her “brilliantly entertaining, witty and poignant show” (stagedoor), THE EX-BOYFRIEND YARD SALE, to toronto.

can we turn sentimental value into cold, hard cash?

haley mcgee was on the phone with visa, promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realized all the things she could sell were gifts from her exes. inspired by this call, THE EX-BOYFRIEND YARD SALE is a hilarious and daring show about the cost of love… or what love costs us.

THE EX-BOYFRIEND YARD SALE smashes together personal divulgences, math, recorded interviews with haley’s exes and economics in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth. this autobiographical show features eight objects — all gifts from haley’s exes — and introduces audiences to a mathematical formula (created by mathematician melanie phillips) for the cost of love.

the PROGRESS run will also include several bonus events that expand to conversation around love, money and what it’s all worth. join us for haley’s interactive cost of love installation, a post-show Q&A following the final show, and a financial literacy crash-course in partnership with generator.

“★★★★ joyful, funny, excruciating … a powerhouse performance.”
– the stage


haley mcgee: writer & performer
melanie phillips: mathematics collaborator
mitchell cushman: director
zoe robinson: producer (uk)
ted witzel: producer (canada)
anna reid: scenic design
kieran lucas: sound design
lucy adams: lighting design
eliza cass: additional production & creative support
nick blais: production manager and relights
griffin mcinnes: production support (canada)

Arts Council England

tues / feb. 5 / 9:00pm
wed / feb. 6 / 9:00pm
thurs / feb. 7 /9:00pm
fri / feb. 8 /9:00pm
sat / feb. 9 / 7:30pm (followed by a post-show Q&A)

installation hours:
feb 5 – fri feb 8, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
feb 9, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

financial literacy crash course:
feb 8, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

90 minutes

this performance was developed in camden people’s theatre’s starting blocks scheme in 2017. in august 2017, it won the wilderness festival commission. THE EX-BOYFRIEND YARD SALE premiered at camden people’s theatre in november 2018. partner venues include battersea arts centre and the albany with additional support from arts council england, the theatre centre (toronto), and ontario arts council (canada).

PROGRESS is collectively curated and presented by a rotating series of canadian organizations, operating within a contemporary performance context. the fourth edition of the festival is curated by

FADO performance art centre, festival of recorded movement, summerworks performance festival, native earth performing arts, the power plant contemporary art gallery, the red light district, the theatre centre, uma nota culture and why not theatre. | #progressTO