Honesty plays out in various locations within Toronto’s iconic discount emporium, Honest Ed’s. Performer Virgilia Griffith embodies the diverse people who sustain the store on a daily basis. Shape-shifting between voices, transcending age, gender, and race, Griffith comes to represent the very essence of Toronto’s working class, who have come to rely on the store over decades.
Honesty is presented as a performance in two acts. In the first act, 'Honest Work' (5 – 6:30 PM), Griffith will perform the real duties of ten Honest Ed's employees. The audience is encouraged to interact with her, to approach her and engage in conversation. She will otherwise quietly go about performing her job as a real employee would.
In the second act, 'Honest Stories' (7:30 – 9 PM), Griffith will perform monologues as each employee, leading the audience on a performance promenade through the store - becoming a living, breathing archive of the store's many extraordinary personal narratives.