The Tale of a T-Shirt takes us on a trip around the world as we follow a t-shirt from seed to cotton to cloth.  Inspired by actual events, this docu-comedy asks young people to question the true cost of our clothing, daring us to look beyond the familiar storefront windows as we re-examine the roles we all play as consumers in this game that lasts a lifetime.

Directed by Lisa Marie DiLiberto and featuring four clown-trained performers, this theatrical adventure is framed as a school presentation and uses live music and zany puppetry juxtaposed with archival images to dazzle audiences while provoking us to consider how our actions have global reverberations. 

The Tale of a T-shirt was first produced in 2007, touring Canada on the Fringe circuit with critical acclaim to festivals in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver with support of the Jumblies Theatre. We toured again in 2008 to theatres in Graz and Vienna in Austria and to the Prague International Festival.

In 2014, it was adapted as a Theatre for Young Audiences piece, produced by FIXT POINT and presented with support from Theatre Direct Canada. The show was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2014 in the Theatre for Young Audiences category (Outstanding Performance - Ensemble, Outstanding Direction). In 2015, we toured to Newfoundland Arts & Culture Centres.


Lisa Marie DiLiberto - Director
Lise Cormier, Marissa Zinni, Norah Sadava, Nina Gilmour, Katie Swift - Ensemble
Oz Weaver - Lighting Design
Ken MacKenzie - Set and Costume Design
Jivesh Parasram / Kirsti Mikoda - Stage Manager

2007-2008 PRODUCTION
Lisa Marie DiLiberto - Director, Creator/Performer, Producer
Sophia Laggner - Creator/Performer, Costume Designer
Amber-Kelly MacKereth - Creator/Performer, Choreographer
Leah Houston - Set and Props Designer
Michael Laird - Sound Designer
Trevor Schwellnus - Lighting Designer


The project was supported by Jumblies Theatre, Theatre Direct Canada, and Newfoundland Arts & Culture Centres.