In Lessons in Temperament, James Smith tunes a piano while exploring the concept of equal temperament as well as his three older brothers’ mental illnesses: obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, and schizophrenia. Smith attempts to grant balance to the instrument that has both kept him grounded and kept him company throughout his life.

Part memoir, part performance art, part tune-up, this site-specific show offers a unique theatrical experience, and a singular glimpse into the lives of those living with strange, beautiful, distempered minds. 


The production would also like to acknowledge the work of Kate Sandeson and Sarite Harris in the original creation of this show, and producers Michelle Yagi and Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld for their work on the 2017 Toronto run.  

Approximate running time: 1 hour(s) & 30 minute(s) . There will be no intermission.

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