Voices of Pomona [Liza/Gale]


M.C.Escher’s “Relativity”

This is what the dive into the script sometimes feels like. With snacks. And laughter.


Alistair McDowall’s Pomona: It has me up at 3am thinking about moral codes. OK, living in 2016 has me up at 3am thinking about the same thing. But let’s focus on this incredibly addictive puzzle of a play. And moral codes.

The Universal Moral Code, created by a Dr. Kent M. Keith in 2003:


  • Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you.
  • Do not lie.
  • Do not steal.
  • Do not cheat.
  • Do not falsely accuse others.
  • Do not commit adultery.
  • Do not commit incest.
  • Do not physically or verbally abuse others.
  • Do not murder.
  • Do not destroy the natural environment upon which all life depends.


  • Do to others what you would like them to do to you.
  • Be honest and fair.
  • Be generous.
  • Be faithful to your family and friends.
  • Take care of your children when they are young.
  • Take care of your parents when they are old.
  • Take care of those who cannot take care of themselves.
  • Be kind to strangers.
  • Respect all life.
  • Protect the natural environment upon which all life depends.

I play Gale. She runs a business. I’d call her upper (middle) management.

I’d suggest that the above code is nowhere in the vicinity of her bedside table.

I suspect that she sleeps well.


Maybe not.

It’s only week 1.


Liza Balkan

Liza is an actor, theatre and opera director, librettist, writer and educator. Pomona marks her first show with ARC.

Over the past three decades, Liza has appeared in multiple productions in Toronto and across the province and country, as well as in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. She received a Dora Award for her performance in Theresa Tova’s Still the Night (Theatre Passe Muraille/Tapestry/Tova Ent). Upcoming: KISS (Theatre Smash/ARC/Canadianstage)

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