Heroes of the Fourth Turning

The Howland Company and Crow’s Theatre are thrilled to Co-Produce the Canadian Premiere of the multi-award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist play

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

by Will Arbery

Directed by Philip Akin

October 3rd to 22nd, 2023

Crow’s Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest
Studio Theatre*
345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
*The Studio Theatre is an intimate venue and seating is limited. It is recommended to book tickets early to secure seats.

Tickets: $20 – $70


An ASTONISHING new play.” – The New York Times

On a chilly night in the middle of America, one week after the Charlottesville riots in 2017, four alumni gather to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of their conservative catholic college. A daring look at the heart of a country at war with itself, their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos, clashing politics, and stunning revelations as they furiously grapple with their beliefs and sense of personal responsibility.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist play and winner of the 2020 Obie Award for Playwriting, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the Whiting Award for Drama, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the riveting and witty HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING has been hailed as “a work of singular distinction, for which the word ‘remarkable’ is, if anything, an understatement” by The Wall Street Journal.

Playwright and filmmaker Will Arbery has also written Corsicana, Plano, Evanston Salt Costs Climbing, and more; he was a writer and producer on HBO’s hit Succession, and is currently under commission from Audible, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Playwright Horizons. 

Actor, director, and founding member of Obsidian Theatre, where he served as artistic director from 2006 to 2020, Philip Akin is the most awarded Black director in Canada, including several Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award, and the 2019 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Recent directing credits include Of the Sea (Tapestry Opera and Obsidian Theatre), Gem of the Ocean, “Master Harold”…and the Boys (Shaw Festival), Passing Strange (The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre), and Pass Over (Obsidian Theatre).

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


For 40 years, Crow’s Theatre has been a leading force in the Canadian theatre landscape, recognized for provocative and award-winning new theatre work that has toured nationally and internationally. Led by Artistic and General Director Chris Abraham and Executive Director Sherrie Johnson, Crow’s Theatre ignites passionate and enduring engagement between our audiences and artists by creating, producing, and promoting unforgettable theatre that examines and illuminates the pivotal narratives of our times.

In 2017, Crow’s Theatre moved into our first permanent home, the purpose-built Streetcar Crowsnest at the corner of Carlaw Avenue and Dundas Street, in Toronto’s east end. Since opening the building with Kristen Thomson’s smash-hit The Wedding Party, Crow’s Theatre has produced many notable productions, including Emil Sher’s adaptation of Ian Brown’s The Boy in the MoonJulius Caesar with Groundling Theatre Company, Annie Baker’s The Flick with Outside the March, Dave Malloy’s haunted song cycle Ghost Quartet, George F. Walker’s Orphans for the Czar, and Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. 

Crow’s Theatre is distinguished as a preeminent cultural destination for its far-reaching imagination, exchange of ideas, diversity, and grassroots belief that the arts are essential to healthy and thriving communities. Find out more by visiting their website.