Outside the March

Written and Performed by James Smith
Directed and Developed by Mitchell Cushman

Lessons in Temperament is the story of four neuro-diverse brothers, told through a theatrical escape into the art and science of piano tuning.

Due to a delay in processing international work visas, we are no longer able to present the performance Lessons in Temperament. We apologize for the inconvenience.

An Outside the March Experience

“A memoir of minds gone out of tune” The New York Times

“Enlightening… enthralling… an elegant and melancholy metaphor for time.” – The National Post 

The story of four neurodiverse brothers, told through a theatrical escape into the art and science of piano tuning. It is impossible to perfectly tune a piano – something that musician and theatre-maker James Smith knows all too well. A few years ago James taught himself how to tune pianos as an additional source of income between gigs. Through pursuing this work, he discovered something even more valuable – the perfect metaphor through which to process the mental complexities of his family. Between James and his brothers, they have had life-long journeys with OCD, autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Throughout the piece, James shares the story of his family, while getting the piano in front of him beautifully and imperfectly in tune. Catch this award-winning play’s return to the stage, hot on the heels of its recent feature film adaptation.

Outside the March

creates unforgettable immersive encounters—redefining the experience of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Heading into their 12th season, they have become Canada’s leading immersive theatre company.


Masks, plus proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test required to attend. Seating provided.

Patron Notes

This is a ticketless event. Use your printed email confirmation for entry. Trigger Warning: Lessons in Temperament deals with conversations around mental health crises, suicide, violence and homelessness. There is the occasional use of adult language.

$20 Ticket


FRI: 5:00 pm
6:30 pm
SUN: 3:30 pm

Approx. Run Time

110 minutes


Light Box @ Dorothea Laub Music & Arts Center (2590 Truxtun Rd #205), Dance & Music Studios

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