Last Train In (2017) - rice & beans theatre
Written and performed by award-winning theatre and film maker Adam Grant Warren, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, Last Train In is drawn from his lived experience. It is not, however, the typical story of disability and triumph over adversity. It is not about finding a way despite overwhelming odds. Instead, it’s about travel, romance, career expectations, and the all-too-human tendency to… embellish.
Moving back and forth in time – from the winter of 2007 to present-day – Last Train In follows Adam through his first year as a high school teacher in a small town just outside of London, England. It was a year that ended with Adam literally trapped in a UK train station, between two flights of stairs and without an elevator, for over an hour. That’s where audiences find him at the opening of the play. Because now, almost ten years later, there is still a part of him that’s trying to leave that station behind.
At its core, Last Train In is about what it really means to be stuck somewhere – and how long it really takes to get out.
Photo Credit: Matt Reznek
CREEPS (2016) – Real Wheels Theatre
CREEPS premiered at Toronto’s Factory Theatre in 1971. In the more than 40 years since, Real Wheels Theatre's Vancouver production was the first in Canada to bring together a cast of professional actors – with and without disabilities – in order to capture the play’s stirring portrayal of life for people with disabilities in the “sheltered workshops” of the time.
Adam played the role of Jim Harris. For more about the production and its critical reception, visit the Media page.
Photo Credit: Tim Matheson
TRACE (2016) – All Bodies Dance Project
Conocerlos – Get to Know Them (Film – 2015) - Bluespot Arts
Adam has worked on a number of films as either writer or director. But Conocerlos marks his first production as both.
This short film takes a broader look at the notion of barriers: in language, communication, culture, disability, and family. It follows young couple, Jared and Maya, as they find out what can happen when all of those barriers are in place in a single house, on a single night, over a single dinner with family.
Conocerlos was produced with the assistance of the British Columbia Arts Council, and it earned Adam a BC Film Award nomination for Best Screenwriting. In the role of Luz, Gabriela Reynoso Cerecero was also nominated for Best Female Performance. Watch Conocerlos
Image Credit: Kenneth Lau
See & Be Seen (2015) – All Bodies Dance Project
See & Be Seen was the culmination of the All Bodies Dance Project’s first season of work. True to the All Bodies vision, It brought together professional performers and those new to the stage; standing and seated dancers; dancers of all ages and abilities in a collection of wonderful new pieces, many of which have since gone on to showcase on other stages.
Adam featured in a number of pieces, including Weight – his first collaboration with See & Be Seen director and ABDP co-founder, Naomi Brand.
Photo Credit: Chris Randle
Verbatim (2015) – All Bodies Dance Project
Originally created in 2015 for Kickstart Arts’ Mouthpiece performances, Verbatim was (and is) a joint effort between Adam and his collaborating partner, Naomi Brand. The piece, which still shows quite frequently, is an examination of place, space, connection, and isolation within community. It’s a balance of original text and movement, and finding that balance – where both text and movement were necessary to the piece as a whole – was one of the most satisfying challenges Adam has ever taken on with a partner.
Photo Credit: Chris Randle
I Love Mondays (2015) – Theatre Terrific
I Love Mondays follows lead characters, George and Peggy, though a friendship that grows over a deceptively simple series of Monday afternoon chats. The play has been performed to critical acclaim throughout much of Canada, but Theatre Terrific’s 2015 production was the first to feature an inclusive cast of professional actors – including Jonah Killoran, who played the lead role of George.
Like his character, Jonah is cognitively different, and the choice to cast him as George led to a singularly honest and forthright production of the play that both honored the source material and spoke to the need for genuine representation of character and experience in theatre-making practice. Adam was proud to appear alongside Jonah and the rest of the ILM cast.
As Adam’s second production with Theatre Terrific, I Love Mondays deepened his appreciation – and expanded his toolkit – for the making of inclusive theatre.
Photo Credit: Alanna Milaney
Stuffed (2014) – Theatre Terrific
Co-created in collaboration with the members of the Theatre Terrific company and its Artistic Director, Susanna Uchatius, Stuffed asked its audiences to think about what was most important to them. Though a collection of personal stories as told by the performers, the show set out to boil a society lost in its quest for material possession down to a handful of personally significant objects. In the end, its creators and its audiences alike found that those things held most important were rarely, if ever, the things they’d expected.
Stuffed marked Adam’s first experience in community-devised, inclusive theatre. That experience continues to influence and inform his professional practice to-date.
Photo Credit: D.M. Gillis
CAPS LOCK: The Musical! (2012) – Pipedream Theatre
Late in 2011, Adam happened to be sharing a tiny office with some of the most talented creatives in Vancouver. One day, the office internet went down. No email, no social media, nothing. For the kinds of people Adam typically shares offices with, small spaces and no internet connectivity usually result in things like… breaking into song!
Someone hummed a few lines. Someone else hummed a few more. And pretty soon they realized they could write a musical that centered around the awkwardness of office romance in the age of electronic communication. So they did. And it went on to win Pipedream Theatre a "Pick of the Fringe" award, with Adam as director and librettist.
As long ago as it went up, Adam still considers CAPS LOCK one of the best things he’s ever been part of in the city.
Image Credit: Kristian Guilfoyle
Float (Film – 2011) – Twin Engine Films and Strangeways Media
Produced with funding from the BRAVO Foundation for the Assistance of Canadian Talent, Float follows Tom Preston (Ben Ratner) and his wife, Judy (Nancy Sivak). Tom is afraid of water, but with Judy’s help, he finally makes it into the pool, where his first swimming lesson quickly becomes a lesson in living without his wife – in keeping her with him, while staying afloat all on his own.
Image Credit: Tony Mirza