#62 - PlayME - Bunny Episode 3

April 9, 2018

Bunny

By Hannah Moscovitch

Aroused by inappropriate love, a young woman discovers the power of her own allure. Ever the outsider, she struggles with the social acceptable only to find herself increasingly alone in her desires. Dangerous and disorienting, Bunny is a play about repressive social convention, personal inhibition and desire unleashed.

A Tarragon Theatre production.

BUNNY was commissioned and received its world premiere in August 2016 at the Stratford Festival - Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director.

Featuring:Gabriella AlbinoMaev BeatyRachel CairnsMatthew EdisonCyrus LaneJesse LaVercombe & Tony Ofori. Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley.

Music by Alexander MacSween.

Buy tickets: http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/bunny/
Plays at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Canada
Feb 21 – Apr 1, 2018
Use the discount code, "bunny20" for a 20% discount.

BIOS:

Hannah Moscovitch - playwright

Tarragon past productions: East of Berlin, The Children's Republic, This is War, Little One/Other People's Children, Infinity. Hannah Moscovitch is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work have been produced across Canada as well as in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Japan, Germany, Austria and Australia. Hannah has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Trillium Book Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the SummerWorks Prize for Production, both The Scotsman Fringe First and The Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She is one of Tarragon Theatre's Playwrights-In-Residence. Upcoming Projects: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan (Off-Broadway New York 59E59 Theatres), What a Young Wife Ought to Know (2b theatre/Crow's Theatre).

 

Gabriella Albino

At Tarragon: Debut. Other theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Festival Players), The Penelopiad, As You Like It, Cavalcade (GBTS), In the Heights, Beauty and the Beast, American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar (Yes Theatre), Emotional Creature (Nightwood/V-Day). She has worked as an actor developing new Canadian work with Studio 180, Soulpepper, Fu-GEN, Factory Theatre, and Festival Players. Gabriella is currently a member of the Factory Mechanicals, Factory Theatre’s company of emerging actors. She is a recent graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. Upcoming: Mary in Merrily We Roll Along, directed by Mitchell Cushman (Yes Theatre).

 

Maev Beaty

Maev was last seen at Tarragon in Wide Awake Hearts. In her 18-year professional career she has gathered 50 stage credits from across the country, ranging from new plays (Maev has appeared in 25 Canadian Premieres, including Palace of the End, Proud,Terminus, Passion Play, Parfumerie, Montparnasse and Goblin Market) to the classics (Goneril, Viola, Titania, Rosaline, Hamlet, Helena and Portia, among others). She originated Bunny in her third of four recent seasons at the Stratford Festival. She is a Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award winner, three-time Dora winner and nine-time nominee in both performance and writing. She’s been a proud member of huge theatre ensemble endeavours such as Theatrefront’s The Mill series, Volcano Theatre’s Another Africa (LuminaTO/Canadian Stage) and Nightwood’s The Penelopiad. Next winter she’ll be playing “Hannah Moscovitch” in their play (also created with Ann-Marie Kerr) Secret Life of a Mother at the Theatre Centre.

 

Rachel Cairns

Rachel trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include The Summoned, Hamlet (Tarragon), Stupid F*cking Bird (Bird Collective), Seeds, Fury (Blythe Festival), Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Equivocation (Bard on the Beach), Peter and the Starcatcher (Arts Club), Romeo and Juliet (Pilot Theatre, UK). TV credits include: Anne (Netflix), Save Me (CBC), Saving Hope (CTV). She is the creator of three award winning web series, check them out at http://www.rachelcairns.ca/ Up next Rachel will be appearing as Juliet in R&J and Helena in Dream in High Park this summer.

 

Cyrus Lane

Cyrus is proud to be working at the Tarragon for the first time in Bunny. This winter, he played Scrooge in Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol: The Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose at the Elgin Theatre. Selected shows from his 6 seasons at the Stratford Festival include The Changeling, Macbeth, As You Like It, Bunny (original production), The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Cymbeline, Peter Pan, Titus Andronicus, Richard III and Wanderlust. Happy moving between musicals and dramas, some favourite credits are Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper – Dora Award, Ensemble), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Talk is Free), Passion Play (Convergence/Outside the March/Sheep No Wool – Dora Award, Ensemble), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT), The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre) and An Inconvenient Musical (Factory). After two seasons at the Shaw Festival, Cyrus acted in several shows for Canadian Stage including Rock N Roll, Habeas Corpus, and Take Me Out. TV credits include Reign, The Border, The Summit, Anne of Green Gables: a New Beginning, and on the Murdoch Mysteries playing Roger Newsome, and now that Roger is dead, his identical twin brother, Rupert. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He sends his love to his wife, writer-comedian Joanne O’Sullivan. They have an 8 year old daughter named Eliza.

 

Matthew Edison

At Tarragon: Bunny, Marine Life, An Enemy of the People, Sextet, The Real World?, Forests, Midnight Sun. As playwright: The Domino Heart. Other theatre: Killer Joe, Noises Off, Venus in Fur, Race, Amadeus, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Proof, A Christmas Carol, Loot, Awake and Sing!, The Caretaker, The Real Thing, The School for Wives, The Importance of Being Ernest, The 39 Steps, Lawrence and Holloman, Pride and Prejudice, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Real Thing. Film and TV: The Detail, Save me, The Girlfriend ExperienceDirty Singles, Rookie Blue, Reign, Saving Hope, The LA Complex, Republic of Doyle, Harriet the Spy, Princess, Flash of Genius, The Wild Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, House Party, Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Other: Matthew received two Dora nominations for his play The Domino Heart and for his performance as Hal in Proof, as well as a My Entertainment World award for Killer Joe.

 

Jesse LaVercombe

At Tarragon: Bunny, Hamlet, Sequence. Other theatre credits include: The Bakkhai (Marigny Opera House, New Orleans), Our Beautiful Sons (Blyth), S h e e t s (Videofag), A Presence of Monster (PuSh Festival), The Ark: Ibsen on Fogo Island (NAC), Mistatim (Red Sky, Canadian Tour), Hacked (Caravan Stage Company, U.S. Tour). TV: American Gods (STARZ), The Detail (CTV), Salvation (CBS), Mayday (Discovery), Save Me (CBC); Films: Mary Goes Round, The Telephone Game, In Clamatore. Writing credits include: Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (Videofag, NYC Fringe, Kick & Push), Preacher Man (NTS, Festival of Clowns, United Solo Festival [New York]); Short Films: “Philip” and “Tony” (CFC), “The Things You Think I’m Thinking” (Festivals include: SXSW, Slamdance, Whistler, BFI, CFF); writer and contributing editor for Intermission Magazine; 2017 Writer-in-Residence for Driftwood Theatre; commission for a new musical from YES Theatre. Training: National Theatre School, Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory. www.jesselavercombe.com

 

Tony Ofori

Born and raised in Toronto, Tony Ofori is a graduate of both Humber’s Theatre Performance program and York University’s BFA program, later training with Second city to round off his theatrical studies. Some of his latest works include, Best of fringe Kids winner Tick, Harold Green’s production of The Model Apartment (Toronto Centre for the Performing arts), Shakespeare in Action a touring show, and Let’s Go (Theatre Passé Muraille Backspace). Aside from theatre, Tony is also a recording hip hop musician, opening for the likes of Asap Rocky, Massari and Scratch from the roots. Tony is absolutely honoured to be working with Tarragon and is excited to work with such an amazing team to tell this amazing story.

 

Sarah Garton Stanley - Director

For the Tarragon: Director of Spring Training for 3 years and performer and creator for several Spring Festivals.  Other Theatre: Awkward and Embarrassing Conversations About Difference (Neworld) Kill Me Now (RMTC/NACBunny (Stratford) December Man (L’homme de décembre)(NAC), Caught (TPM) Helen Lawrence (Arts Club, CanStage, BAM, Kammerspiele etc.,) We Keep Coming Back (Polish tour + Asheknaz, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Chutzpah) Associate Artistic Director of English TheatreCo-creator and Creative Catalyst SpiderWebShow Performance Sarah is presently a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. Upcoming: Liza Balkan’s Out the Window (Luminato/Theatre Centre) and foldA (SpiderWebShow)

 

Alexander MacSween

Musician, composer and sound designer, Alexander MacSween, has navigated many musical genres and participated in numerous dance, theatre and film projects. As a composer and sound designer he has worked with Natasha Bakht, Marie Brassard, Daniel Brooks, Paul-André Fortier, Dana Gingras, Brigitte Haentjens, François Girard, Jennifer Lacey, Robert Lepage, Montréal-Danse, José Navas, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Public Recordings and The Stratford Festival. He is active as a drummer and multi-instrumentalist in the fields of rock, electronic and improvised music, having played with Bionic, Foodsoon and The Nils, and in the duo Detention with Sam Shalabi, as well as in Martin Tétreault’s Turntable Quartet. Alexander has created numerous solo musical performances and sound installations. He is also a teacher, giving workshops in live sound processing for the performing arts in diverse institutions around the world. His latest record, The Squiggle Game, is available on & records.

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#61 - PlayME - Bunny Episode 2

March 26, 2018

Bunny

By Hannah Moscovitch

Aroused by inappropriate love, a young woman discovers the power of her own allure. Ever the outsider, she struggles with the social acceptable only to find herself increasingly alone in her desires. Dangerous and disorienting, Bunny is a play about repressive social convention, personal inhibition and desire unleashed.

A Tarragon Theatre production.

BUNNY was commissioned and received its world premiere in August 2016 at the Stratford Festival - Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director.

Featuring:Gabriella AlbinoMaev BeatyRachel CairnsMatthew EdisonCyrus LaneJesse LaVercombe & Tony Ofori. Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley.

Music by Alexander MacSween.

Buy tickets: http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/bunny/
Plays at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Canada
Feb 21 – Apr 1, 2018
Use the discount code, "bunny20" for a 20% discount.

BIOS:

Hannah Moscovitch - playwright

Tarragon past productions: East of Berlin, The Children's Republic, This is War, Little One/Other People's Children, Infinity. Hannah Moscovitch is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work have been produced across Canada as well as in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Japan, Germany, Austria and Australia. Hannah has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Trillium Book Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the SummerWorks Prize for Production, both The Scotsman Fringe First and The Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She is one of Tarragon Theatre's Playwrights-In-Residence. Upcoming Projects: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan (Off-Broadway New York 59E59 Theatres), What a Young Wife Ought to Know (2b theatre/Crow's Theatre).

 

Gabriella Albino

At Tarragon: Debut. Other theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Festival Players), The Penelopiad, As You Like It, Cavalcade (GBTS), In the Heights, Beauty and the Beast, American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar (Yes Theatre), Emotional Creature (Nightwood/V-Day). She has worked as an actor developing new Canadian work with Studio 180, Soulpepper, Fu-GEN, Factory Theatre, and Festival Players. Gabriella is currently a member of the Factory Mechanicals, Factory Theatre’s company of emerging actors. She is a recent graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. Upcoming: Mary in Merrily We Roll Along, directed by Mitchell Cushman (Yes Theatre).

 

Maev Beaty

Maev was last seen at Tarragon in Wide Awake Hearts. In her 18-year professional career she has gathered 50 stage credits from across the country, ranging from new plays (Maev has appeared in 25 Canadian Premieres, including Palace of the End, Proud,Terminus, Passion Play, Parfumerie, Montparnasse and Goblin Market) to the classics (Goneril, Viola, Titania, Rosaline, Hamlet, Helena and Portia, among others). She originated Bunny in her third of four recent seasons at the Stratford Festival. She is a Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award winner, three-time Dora winner and nine-time nominee in both performance and writing. She’s been a proud member of huge theatre ensemble endeavours such as Theatrefront’s The Mill series, Volcano Theatre’s Another Africa (LuminaTO/Canadian Stage) and Nightwood’s The Penelopiad. Next winter she’ll be playing “Hannah Moscovitch” in their play (also created with Ann-Marie Kerr) Secret Life of a Mother at the Theatre Centre.

 

Rachel Cairns

Rachel trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include The Summoned, Hamlet (Tarragon), Stupid F*cking Bird (Bird Collective), Seeds, Fury (Blythe Festival), Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Equivocation (Bard on the Beach), Peter and the Starcatcher (Arts Club), Romeo and Juliet (Pilot Theatre, UK). TV credits include: Anne (Netflix), Save Me (CBC), Saving Hope (CTV). She is the creator of three award winning web series, check them out at http://www.rachelcairns.ca/ Up next Rachel will be appearing as Juliet in R&J and Helena in Dream in High Park this summer.

 

Cyrus Lane

Cyrus is proud to be working at the Tarragon for the first time in Bunny. This winter, he played Scrooge in Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol: The Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose at the Elgin Theatre. Selected shows from his 6 seasons at the Stratford Festival include The Changeling, Macbeth, As You Like It, Bunny (original production), The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Cymbeline, Peter Pan, Titus Andronicus, Richard III and Wanderlust. Happy moving between musicals and dramas, some favourite credits are Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper – Dora Award, Ensemble), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Talk is Free), Passion Play (Convergence/Outside the March/Sheep No Wool – Dora Award, Ensemble), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT), The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre) and An Inconvenient Musical (Factory). After two seasons at the Shaw Festival, Cyrus acted in several shows for Canadian Stage including Rock N Roll, Habeas Corpus, and Take Me Out. TV credits include Reign, The Border, The Summit, Anne of Green Gables: a New Beginning, and on the Murdoch Mysteries playing Roger Newsome, and now that Roger is dead, his identical twin brother, Rupert. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He sends his love to his wife, writer-comedian Joanne O’Sullivan. They have an 8 year old daughter named Eliza.

 

Matthew Edison

At Tarragon: Bunny, Marine Life, An Enemy of the People, Sextet, The Real World?, Forests, Midnight Sun. As playwright: The Domino Heart. Other theatre: Killer Joe, Noises Off, Venus in Fur, Race, Amadeus, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Proof, A Christmas Carol, Loot, Awake and Sing!, The Caretaker, The Real Thing, The School for Wives, The Importance of Being Ernest, The 39 Steps, Lawrence and Holloman, Pride and Prejudice, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Real Thing. Film and TV: The Detail, Save me, The Girlfriend ExperienceDirty Singles, Rookie Blue, Reign, Saving Hope, The LA Complex, Republic of Doyle, Harriet the Spy, Princess, Flash of Genius, The Wild Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, House Party, Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Other: Matthew received two Dora nominations for his play The Domino Heart and for his performance as Hal in Proof, as well as a My Entertainment World award for Killer Joe.

 

Jesse LaVercombe

At Tarragon: Bunny, Hamlet, Sequence. Other theatre credits include: The Bakkhai (Marigny Opera House, New Orleans), Our Beautiful Sons (Blyth), S h e e t s (Videofag), A Presence of Monster (PuSh Festival), The Ark: Ibsen on Fogo Island (NAC), Mistatim (Red Sky, Canadian Tour), Hacked (Caravan Stage Company, U.S. Tour). TV: American Gods (STARZ), The Detail (CTV), Salvation (CBS), Mayday (Discovery), Save Me (CBC); Films: Mary Goes Round, The Telephone Game, In Clamatore. Writing credits include: Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (Videofag, NYC Fringe, Kick & Push), Preacher Man (NTS, Festival of Clowns, United Solo Festival [New York]); Short Films: “Philip” and “Tony” (CFC), “The Things You Think I’m Thinking” (Festivals include: SXSW, Slamdance, Whistler, BFI, CFF); writer and contributing editor for Intermission Magazine; 2017 Writer-in-Residence for Driftwood Theatre; commission for a new musical from YES Theatre. Training: National Theatre School, Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory. www.jesselavercombe.com

 

Tony Ofori

Born and raised in Toronto, Tony Ofori is a graduate of both Humber’s Theatre Performance program and York University’s BFA program, later training with Second city to round off his theatrical studies. Some of his latest works include, Best of fringe Kids winner Tick, Harold Green’s production of The Model Apartment (Toronto Centre for the Performing arts), Shakespeare in Action a touring show, and Let’s Go (Theatre Passé Muraille Backspace). Aside from theatre, Tony is also a recording hip hop musician, opening for the likes of Asap Rocky, Massari and Scratch from the roots. Tony is absolutely honoured to be working with Tarragon and is excited to work with such an amazing team to tell this amazing story.

 

Sarah Garton Stanley - Director

For the Tarragon: Director of Spring Training for 3 years and performer and creator for several Spring Festivals.  Other Theatre: Awkward and Embarrassing Conversations About Difference (Neworld) Kill Me Now (RMTC/NACBunny (Stratford) December Man (L’homme de décembre)(NAC), Caught (TPM) Helen Lawrence (Arts Club, CanStage, BAM, Kammerspiele etc.,) We Keep Coming Back (Polish tour + Asheknaz, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Chutzpah) Associate Artistic Director of English TheatreCo-creator and Creative Catalyst SpiderWebShow Performance Sarah is presently a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. Upcoming: Liza Balkan’s Out the Window (Luminato/Theatre Centre) and foldA (SpiderWebShow)

 

Alexander MacSween

Musician, composer and sound designer, Alexander MacSween, has navigated many musical genres and participated in numerous dance, theatre and film projects. As a composer and sound designer he has worked with Natasha Bakht, Marie Brassard, Daniel Brooks, Paul-André Fortier, Dana Gingras, Brigitte Haentjens, François Girard, Jennifer Lacey, Robert Lepage, Montréal-Danse, José Navas, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Public Recordings and The Stratford Festival. He is active as a drummer and multi-instrumentalist in the fields of rock, electronic and improvised music, having played with Bionic, Foodsoon and The Nils, and in the duo Detention with Sam Shalabi, as well as in Martin Tétreault’s Turntable Quartet. Alexander has created numerous solo musical performances and sound installations. He is also a teacher, giving workshops in live sound processing for the performing arts in diverse institutions around the world. His latest record, The Squiggle Game, is available on & records.

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#60 - PlayME - Bunny Episode 1

March 14, 2018

Bunny

By Hannah Moscovitch

Aroused by inappropriate love, a young woman discovers the power of her own allure. Ever the outsider, she struggles with the social acceptable only to find herself increasingly alone in her desires. Dangerous and disorienting, Bunny is a play about repressive social convention, personal inhibition and desire unleashed.

A Tarragon Theatre production.

BUNNY was commissioned and received its world premiere in August 2016 at the Stratford Festival - Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director.

Featuring:Gabriella AlbinoMaev BeatyRachel CairnsMatthew EdisonCyrus LaneJesse LaVercombe & Tony Ofori. Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley.

Music by Alexander MacSween.

Buy tickets: http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/bunny/
Plays at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Canada
Feb 21 – Apr 1, 2018
Use the discount code, "bunny20" for a 20% discount.

BIOS:

Hannah Moscovitch - playwright

Tarragon past productions: East of Berlin, The Children's Republic, This is War, Little One/Other People's Children, Infinity. Hannah Moscovitch is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work have been produced across Canada as well as in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Japan, Germany, Austria and Australia. Hannah has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Trillium Book Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the SummerWorks Prize for Production, both The Scotsman Fringe First and The Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She is one of Tarragon Theatre's Playwrights-In-Residence. Upcoming Projects: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan (Off-Broadway New York 59E59 Theatres), What a Young Wife Ought to Know (2b theatre/Crow's Theatre).

 

Gabriella Albino

At Tarragon: Debut. Other theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Festival Players), The Penelopiad, As You Like It, Cavalcade (GBTS), In the Heights, Beauty and the Beast, American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar (Yes Theatre), Emotional Creature (Nightwood/V-Day). She has worked as an actor developing new Canadian work with Studio 180, Soulpepper, Fu-GEN, Factory Theatre, and Festival Players. Gabriella is currently a member of the Factory Mechanicals, Factory Theatre’s company of emerging actors. She is a recent graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. Upcoming: Mary in Merrily We Roll Along, directed by Mitchell Cushman (Yes Theatre).

 

Maev Beaty

Maev was last seen at Tarragon in Wide Awake Hearts. In her 18-year professional career she has gathered 50 stage credits from across the country, ranging from new plays (Maev has appeared in 25 Canadian Premieres, including Palace of the End, Proud,Terminus, Passion Play, Parfumerie, Montparnasse and Goblin Market) to the classics (Goneril, Viola, Titania, Rosaline, Hamlet, Helena and Portia, among others). She originated Bunny in her third of four recent seasons at the Stratford Festival. She is a Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award winner, three-time Dora winner and nine-time nominee in both performance and writing. She’s been a proud member of huge theatre ensemble endeavours such as Theatrefront’s The Mill series, Volcano Theatre’s Another Africa (LuminaTO/Canadian Stage) and Nightwood’s The Penelopiad. Next winter she’ll be playing “Hannah Moscovitch” in their play (also created with Ann-Marie Kerr) Secret Life of a Mother at the Theatre Centre.

 

Rachel Cairns

Rachel trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include The Summoned, Hamlet (Tarragon), Stupid F*cking Bird (Bird Collective), Seeds, Fury (Blythe Festival), Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Equivocation (Bard on the Beach), Peter and the Starcatcher (Arts Club), Romeo and Juliet (Pilot Theatre, UK). TV credits include: Anne (Netflix), Save Me (CBC), Saving Hope (CTV). She is the creator of three award winning web series, check them out at http://www.rachelcairns.ca/ Up next Rachel will be appearing as Juliet in R&J and Helena in Dream in High Park this summer.

 

Cyrus Lane

Cyrus is proud to be working at the Tarragon for the first time in Bunny. This winter, he played Scrooge in Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol: The Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose at the Elgin Theatre. Selected shows from his 6 seasons at the Stratford Festival include The Changeling, Macbeth, As You Like It, Bunny (original production), The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Cymbeline, Peter Pan, Titus Andronicus, Richard III and Wanderlust. Happy moving between musicals and dramas, some favourite credits are Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper – Dora Award, Ensemble), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Talk is Free), Passion Play (Convergence/Outside the March/Sheep No Wool – Dora Award, Ensemble), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT), The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre) and An Inconvenient Musical (Factory). After two seasons at the Shaw Festival, Cyrus acted in several shows for Canadian Stage including Rock N Roll, Habeas Corpus, and Take Me Out. TV credits include Reign, The Border, The Summit, Anne of Green Gables: a New Beginning, and on the Murdoch Mysteries playing Roger Newsome, and now that Roger is dead, his identical twin brother, Rupert. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He sends his love to his wife, writer-comedian Joanne O’Sullivan. They have an 8 year old daughter named Eliza.

 

Matthew Edison

At Tarragon: Bunny, Marine Life, An Enemy of the People, Sextet, The Real World?, Forests, Midnight Sun. As playwright: The Domino Heart. Other theatre: Killer Joe, Noises Off, Venus in Fur, Race, Amadeus, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Proof, A Christmas Carol, Loot, Awake and Sing!, The Caretaker, The Real Thing, The School for Wives, The Importance of Being Ernest, The 39 Steps, Lawrence and Holloman, Pride and Prejudice, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Real Thing. Film and TV: The Detail, Save me, The Girlfriend Experience, Dirty Singles, Rookie Blue, Reign, Saving Hope, The LA Complex, Republic of Doyle, Harriet the Spy, Princess, Flash of Genius, The Wild Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, House Party, Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Other: Matthew received two Dora nominations for his play The Domino Heart and for his performance as Hal in Proof, as well as a My Entertainment World award for Killer Joe.

 

Jesse LaVercombe

At Tarragon: Bunny, Hamlet, Sequence. Other theatre credits include: The Bakkhai (Marigny Opera House, New Orleans), Our Beautiful Sons (Blyth), S h e e t s (Videofag), A Presence of Monster (PuSh Festival), The Ark: Ibsen on Fogo Island (NAC), Mistatim (Red Sky, Canadian Tour), Hacked (Caravan Stage Company, U.S. Tour). TV: American Gods (STARZ), The Detail (CTV), Salvation (CBS), Mayday (Discovery), Save Me (CBC); Films: Mary Goes Round, The Telephone Game, In Clamatore. Writing credits include: Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (Videofag, NYC Fringe, Kick & Push), Preacher Man (NTS, Festival of Clowns, United Solo Festival [New York]); Short Films: “Philip” and “Tony” (CFC), “The Things You Think I’m Thinking” (Festivals include: SXSW, Slamdance, Whistler, BFI, CFF); writer and contributing editor for Intermission Magazine; 2017 Writer-in-Residence for Driftwood Theatre; commission for a new musical from YES Theatre. Training: National Theatre School, Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory. www.jesselavercombe.com

 

Tony Ofori

Born and raised in Toronto, Tony Ofori is a graduate of both Humber’s Theatre Performance program and York University’s BFA program, later training with Second city to round off his theatrical studies. Some of his latest works include, Best of fringe Kids winner Tick, Harold Green’s production of The Model Apartment (Toronto Centre for the Performing arts), Shakespeare in Action a touring show, and Let’s Go (Theatre Passé Muraille Backspace). Aside from theatre, Tony is also a recording hip hop musician, opening for the likes of Asap Rocky, Massari and Scratch from the roots. Tony is absolutely honoured to be working with Tarragon and is excited to work with such an amazing team to tell this amazing story.

 

Sarah Garton Stanley - Director

For the Tarragon: Director of Spring Training for 3 years and performer and creator for several Spring Festivals.  Other Theatre: Awkward and Embarrassing Conversations About Difference (Neworld) Kill Me Now (RMTC/NAC) Bunny (Stratford) December Man (L’homme de décembre) (NAC), Caught (TPM) Helen Lawrence (Arts Club, CanStage, BAM, Kammerspiele etc.,) We Keep Coming Back (Polish tour + Asheknaz, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Chutzpah) Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre, Co-creator and Creative Catalyst SpiderWebShow Performance Sarah is presently a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. Upcoming: Liza Balkan’s Out the Window (Luminato/Theatre Centre) and foldA (SpiderWebShow)

 

Alexander MacSween

Musician, composer and sound designer, Alexander MacSween, has navigated many musical genres and participated in numerous dance, theatre and film projects. As a composer and sound designer he has worked with Natasha Bakht, Marie Brassard, Daniel Brooks, Paul-André Fortier, Dana Gingras, Brigitte Haentjens, François Girard, Jennifer Lacey, Robert Lepage, Montréal-Danse, José Navas, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Public Recordings and The Stratford Festival. He is active as a drummer and multi-instrumentalist in the fields of rock, electronic and improvised music, having played with Bionic, Foodsoon and The Nils, and in the duo Detention with Sam Shalabi, as well as in Martin Tétreault’s Turntable Quartet. Alexander has created numerous solo musical performances and sound installations. He is also a teacher, giving workshops in live sound processing for the performing arts in diverse institutions around the world. His latest record, The Squiggle Game, is available on & records.

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#59 - PlayME - Interview with Kat Sandler

March 8, 2018

Interview with Kat Sandler

Laura Mullin talks with playwright Kat Sandler about her play, Bang Bang. Their in-depth conversation covers a wide range of topics including where Kat draws her inspiration, her process, and the challenge of writing about race and cultural appropriation. 

 

BIO:

Kat Sandler - playwright / director

Kat Sandler is a writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has directed twelve of her original plays in the last six years, including Toronto Best of Fringe hits Bright Lights, Punch Up and Help Yourself (winner of the New Play Contest), Delicacy (Summerworks Spotlight Award), and Liver, Cockfight and Retreat (Storefront Theatre). Other directing credits include Big Plans, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Cabaret, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. She was a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, where she developed Mustard (Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding New Play), and is currently the Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Tarragon. She was the 2015 recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award for Best Director and Best Playwright. Kat is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program.

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#58 - PlayME - Bang Bang Episode 4 / 4

March 5, 2018

Bang Bang

By Kat Sandler

A Factory commissioned world premiere.

Featuring: Sébastien Heins, Jeff Lillico, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson and Richard Zeppieri.

A white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young Black man by a police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie. As Hollywood comes knocking for the writer, he makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. With Sandler’s trademark wit, BANG BANG traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events.

Buy tickets: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/
Plays at the Factory Theatre, Toronto, Canada
February 1-24, 2018
Use the discount code, "playmepod" for a 10% for PlayME listeners.

BIOS:

Kat Sandler - playwright / director

Kat Sandler is a writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has directed twelve of her original plays in the last six years, including Toronto Best of Fringe hits Bright Lights, Punch Up and Help Yourself (winner of the New Play Contest), Delicacy (Summerworks Spotlight Award), and Liver, Cockfight and Retreat (Storefront Theatre). Other directing credits include Big Plans, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Cabaret, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. She was a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, where she developed Mustard (Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding New Play), and is currently the Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Tarragon. She was the 2015 recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award for Best Director and Best Playwright. Kat is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program.

Sébastien Heins

Sébastien Heins is an acclaimed actor and playwright. After two seasons in Stratford (The School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption), he is thrilled to be making his Factory Theatre debut in BANG BANG, alongside such a dynamic team, lead by Kat Sandler. He is a founding company member of Outside the March (Mr. Burns, Vitals, Mr. Marmalade), the creator of the one-man show Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (Toured Canada, NYC, and India), and will return to Stratford this year in The Tempest, as Ferdinand. He thanks his family, friends, and amazing partner Dasha for their love, support, and dedication.

 

Jeff Lillico

For Theatre: Factory debut. Soulpepper (including Signature Theatre, NYC), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Buddies in Bad Times, Tarragon, Studio180, Theatre Panik, Musical Stage Company, Theatre20, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, GEVA Theater & Charlottetown Festival. Jeff received a Dora award for his work in The Light in The Piazza, and four Dora nominations for Tom at the Farm, Grey Gardens, Our Town & The Glass Menagerie. For Screen: On the Basis of Sex, Designated Survivor, Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Copper, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Separation, The Ticket.

 

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a Dora-nominated, actor, writer, and producer. Since completing the Humber Theatre Performance Program, she has made a point of aligning herself with artists that share her desire to create and tell stories that push our societal boundaries. Notable credits include; Laertes in Ravi Jain’s Prince Hamlet, Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Queen Elizabeth I in The Queen’s Conjuror, Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present..., St. Monica in Unit 102’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Othello in Go Play Producing’s Othello, and Jessica in Scapegoat Collective’s Cloud.

 

Karen Robinson

Recent: Prince Hamlet (WhyNot); Measure For Measure & The Winter’s Tale (Groundling). Six seasons at Stratford include Harlem Duet and Shakespeare In Love. Other: The Importance of Being Earnest & Stuff Happens (NAC); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Obsidian); Intimate Apparel (ATP); Doubt (Citadel); da KINK in my hair (San Diego; UK). TV: Schitt’s Creek, Frankie Drake, Shoot The Messenger (CBC); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Mary Kills People (Lifetime); Salvation (CBS); Morning Show Murders (Hallmark); Slings and Arrows (Showcase). Awards: a Dora, an ensemble NAACP Award, a Sterling, and the Best Actress Award at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy.

Richard Zeppieri

For Factory Theatre: River Lady, The Leisure Society, Beyond Mozambique, and 6 Essential Questions. Other theatre credits include: Laurence and Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave for Tarragon Theatre. Lady in the Red Dress for Fu- GEN. Zadie’s Shoes at the Wintergarden theatre. Filumena for Stratford. Mr. Zeppieri is a Gemini Award recipient and can next be seen in the feature film Little Italy.

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#57 - PlayME - Bang Bang Episode 3 / 4

March 2, 2018

Bang Bang

By Kat Sandler

A Factory commissioned world premiere.

Featuring: Sébastien Heins, Jeff Lillico, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson and Richard Zeppieri.

A white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young Black man by a police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie. As Hollywood comes knocking for the writer, he makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. With Sandler’s trademark wit, BANG BANG traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events.

Buy tickets: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/
Plays at the Factory Theatre, Toronto, Canada
February 1-24, 2018
Use the discount code, "playmepod" for a 10% for PlayME listeners.

BIOS:

Kat Sandler - playwright / director

Kat Sandler is a writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has directed twelve of her original plays in the last six years, including Toronto Best of Fringe hits Bright Lights, Punch Up and Help Yourself (winner of the New Play Contest), Delicacy (Summerworks Spotlight Award), and Liver, Cockfight and Retreat (Storefront Theatre). Other directing credits include Big Plans, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Cabaret, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. She was a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, where she developed Mustard (Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding New Play), and is currently the Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Tarragon. She was the 2015 recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award for Best Director and Best Playwright. Kat is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program.

Sébastien Heins

Sébastien Heins is an acclaimed actor and playwright. After two seasons in Stratford (The School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption), he is thrilled to be making his Factory Theatre debut in BANG BANG, alongside such a dynamic team, lead by Kat Sandler. He is a founding company member of Outside the March (Mr. Burns, Vitals, Mr. Marmalade), the creator of the one-man show Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (Toured Canada, NYC, and India), and will return to Stratford this year in The Tempest, as Ferdinand. He thanks his family, friends, and amazing partner Dasha for their love, support, and dedication.

 

Jeff Lillico

For Theatre: Factory debut. Soulpepper (including Signature Theatre, NYC), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Buddies in Bad Times, Tarragon, Studio180, Theatre Panik, Musical Stage Company, Theatre20, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, GEVA Theater & Charlottetown Festival. Jeff received a Dora award for his work in The Light in The Piazza, and four Dora nominations for Tom at the Farm, Grey Gardens, Our Town & The Glass Menagerie. For Screen: On the Basis of Sex, Designated Survivor, Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Copper, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Separation, The Ticket.

 

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a Dora-nominated, actor, writer, and producer. Since completing the Humber Theatre Performance Program, she has made a point of aligning herself with artists that share her desire to create and tell stories that push our societal boundaries. Notable credits include; Laertes in Ravi Jain’s Prince Hamlet, Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Queen Elizabeth I in The Queen’s Conjuror, Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present..., St. Monica in Unit 102’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Othello in Go Play Producing’s Othello, and Jessica in Scapegoat Collective’s Cloud.

 

Karen Robinson

Recent: Prince Hamlet (WhyNot); Measure For Measure & The Winter’s Tale (Groundling). Six seasons at Stratford include Harlem Duet and Shakespeare In Love. Other: The Importance of Being Earnest & Stuff Happens (NAC); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Obsidian); Intimate Apparel (ATP); Doubt (Citadel); da KINK in my hair (San Diego; UK). TV: Schitt’s Creek, Frankie Drake, Shoot The Messenger (CBC); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Mary Kills People (Lifetime); Salvation (CBS); Morning Show Murders (Hallmark); Slings and Arrows (Showcase). Awards: a Dora, an ensemble NAACP Award, a Sterling, and the Best Actress Award at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy.

Richard Zeppieri

For Factory Theatre: River Lady, The Leisure Society, Beyond Mozambique, and 6 Essential Questions. Other theatre credits include: Laurence and Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave for Tarragon Theatre. Lady in the Red Dress for Fu- GEN. Zadie’s Shoes at the Wintergarden theatre. Filumena for Stratford. Mr. Zeppieri is a Gemini Award recipient and can next be seen in the feature film Little Italy.

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#56 - PlayME - Bang Bang - Episode 2 / 4

February 21, 2018

Bang Bang

By Kat Sandler

A Factory commissioned world premiere.

Featuring: Sébastien Heins, Jeff Lillico, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson and Richard Zeppieri.

A white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young Black man by a police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie. As Hollywood comes knocking for the writer, he makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. With Sandler’s trademark wit, BANG BANG traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events.

Buy tickets: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/
Plays at the Factory Theatre, Toronto, Canada
February 1-24, 2018
Use the discount code, "playmepod" for a 10% for PlayME listeners.

BIOS:

Kat Sandler - playwright / director

Kat Sandler is a writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has directed twelve of her original plays in the last six years, including Toronto Best of Fringe hits Bright Lights, Punch Up and Help Yourself (winner of the New Play Contest), Delicacy (Summerworks Spotlight Award), and Liver, Cockfight and Retreat (Storefront Theatre). Other directing credits include Big Plans, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Cabaret, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. She was a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, where she developed Mustard (Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding New Play), and is currently the Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Tarragon. She was the 2015 recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award for Best Director and Best Playwright. Kat is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program.

Sébastien Heins

Sébastien Heins is an acclaimed actor and playwright. After two seasons in Stratford (The School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption), he is thrilled to be making his Factory Theatre debut in BANG BANG, alongside such a dynamic team, lead by Kat Sandler. He is a founding company member of Outside the March (Mr. Burns, Vitals, Mr. Marmalade), the creator of the one-man show Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (Toured Canada, NYC, and India), and will return to Stratford this year in The Tempest, as Ferdinand. He thanks his family, friends, and amazing partner Dasha for their love, support, and dedication.

 

Jeff Lillico

For Theatre: Factory debut. Soulpepper (including Signature Theatre, NYC), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Buddies in Bad Times, Tarragon, Studio180, Theatre Panik, Musical Stage Company, Theatre20, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, GEVA Theater & Charlottetown Festival. Jeff received a Dora award for his work in The Light in The Piazza, and four Dora nominations for Tom at the Farm, Grey Gardens, Our Town & The Glass Menagerie. For Screen: On the Basis of Sex, Designated Survivor, Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Copper, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Separation, The Ticket.

 

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a Dora-nominated, actor, writer, and producer. Since completing the Humber Theatre Performance Program, she has made a point of aligning herself with artists that share her desire to create and tell stories that push our societal boundaries. Notable credits include; Laertes in Ravi Jain’s Prince Hamlet, Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Queen Elizabeth I in The Queen’s Conjuror, Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present..., St. Monica in Unit 102’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Othello in Go Play Producing’s Othello, and Jessica in Scapegoat Collective’s Cloud.

 

Karen Robinson

Recent: Prince Hamlet (WhyNot); Measure For Measure & The Winter’s Tale (Groundling). Six seasons at Stratford include Harlem Duet and Shakespeare In Love. Other: The Importance of Being Earnest & Stuff Happens (NAC); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Obsidian); Intimate Apparel (ATP); Doubt (Citadel); da KINK in my hair (San Diego; UK). TV: Schitt’s Creek, Frankie Drake, Shoot The Messenger (CBC); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Mary Kills People (Lifetime); Salvation (CBS); Morning Show Murders (Hallmark); Slings and Arrows (Showcase). Awards: a Dora, an ensemble NAACP Award, a Sterling, and the Best Actress Award at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy.

Richard Zeppieri

For Factory Theatre: River Lady, The Leisure Society, Beyond Mozambique, and 6 Essential Questions. Other theatre credits include: Laurence and Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave for Tarragon Theatre. Lady in the Red Dress for Fu- GEN. Zadie’s Shoes at the Wintergarden theatre. Filumena for Stratford. Mr. Zeppieri is a Gemini Award recipient and can next be seen in the feature film Little Italy.

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#55 - PlayME - Bang Bang Episode 1 / 4

February 12, 2018

Bang Bang

By Kat Sandler

A Factory commissioned world premiere.

Featuring: Sébastien Heins, Jeff Lillico, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson and Richard Zeppieri.

A white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young Black man by a police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie. As Hollywood comes knocking for the writer, he makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. With Sandler’s trademark wit, BANG BANG traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events.

Buy tickets: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/
Plays at the Factory Theatre, Toronto, Canada
February 1-24, 2018
Use the discount code, "playmepod" for a 10% for PlayME listeners.

BIOS:

Kat Sandler - playwright / director

Kat Sandler is a writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has directed twelve of her original plays in the last six years, including Toronto Best of Fringe hits Bright Lights, Punch Up and Help Yourself (winner of the New Play Contest), Delicacy (Summerworks Spotlight Award), and Liver, Cockfight and Retreat (Storefront Theatre). Other directing credits include Big Plans, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Cabaret, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. She was a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, where she developed Mustard (Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding New Play), and is currently the Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Tarragon. She was the 2015 recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award for Best Director and Best Playwright. Kat is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program.

Sébastien Heins

Sébastien Heins is an acclaimed actor and playwright. After two seasons in Stratford (The School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption), he is thrilled to be making his Factory Theatre debut in BANG BANG, alongside such a dynamic team, lead by Kat Sandler. He is a founding company member of Outside the March (Mr. Burns, Vitals, Mr. Marmalade), the creator of the one-man show Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (Toured Canada, NYC, and India), and will return to Stratford this year in The Tempest, as Ferdinand. He thanks his family, friends, and amazing partner Dasha for their love, support, and dedication.

 

Jeff Lillico

For Theatre: Factory debut. Soulpepper (including Signature Theatre, NYC), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Mirvish, Buddies in Bad Times, Tarragon, Studio180, Theatre Panik, Musical Stage Company, Theatre20, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, GEVA Theater & Charlottetown Festival. Jeff received a Dora award for his work in The Light in The Piazza, and four Dora nominations for Tom at the Farm, Grey Gardens, Our Town & The Glass Menagerie. For Screen: On the Basis of Sex, Designated Survivor, Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Copper, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Separation, The Ticket.

 

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is a Dora-nominated, actor, writer, and producer. Since completing the Humber Theatre Performance Program, she has made a point of aligning herself with artists that share her desire to create and tell stories that push our societal boundaries. Notable credits include; Laertes in Ravi Jain’s Prince Hamlet, Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Queen Elizabeth I in The Queen’s Conjuror, Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present..., St. Monica in Unit 102’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Othello in Go Play Producing’s Othello, and Jessica in Scapegoat Collective’s Cloud.

 

Karen Robinson

Recent: Prince Hamlet (WhyNot); Measure For Measure & The Winter’s Tale (Groundling). Six seasons at Stratford include Harlem Duet and Shakespeare In Love. Other: The Importance of Being Earnest & Stuff Happens (NAC); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Obsidian); Intimate Apparel (ATP); Doubt (Citadel); da KINK in my hair (San Diego; UK). TV: Schitt’s Creek, Frankie Drake, Shoot The Messenger (CBC); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Mary Kills People (Lifetime); Salvation (CBS); Morning Show Murders (Hallmark); Slings and Arrows (Showcase). Awards: a Dora, an ensemble NAACP Award, a Sterling, and the Best Actress Award at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy.

Richard Zeppieri

For Factory Theatre: River Lady, The Leisure Society, Beyond Mozambique, and 6 Essential Questions. Other theatre credits include: Laurence and Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave for Tarragon Theatre. Lady in the Red Dress for Fu- GEN. Zadie’s Shoes at the Wintergarden theatre. Filumena for Stratford. Mr. Zeppieri is a Gemini Award recipient and can next be seen in the feature film Little Italy.

 

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#54 - PlayME Past

January 30, 2018

PlayME Past

By Andrea Scott, Norman Yeung, and Griffin McInnis

PlayME Past is a live radio play recording and podcast that was inspired by and recorded at the Zion Schoolhouse in Toronto, Canada.

 

Three playwrights were commissioned to create three new audio dramas set in this fully restored, historic building at the turn of the century.

 

It was recorded in front of a live audience and those in attendance were also taught the art of foley creation and made many of the sound effects featured in this episode.

 

PlayME Past features the work of playwrights Andrea Scott, Norman Yeung, and Griffin McInnis.

 

About Zion Schoolhouse:

 

The Schoolhouse is restored to 1910, before there was a basement or electricity in the building. The Historic Zion Schoolhouse did not have electric lights until the mid 1930’s. Evening events would probably rely on oil lamps borrowed from the neighbouring farms and set on the window ledges.

Schooling was compulsory by 1910 and children ranging in age from 6 to 14 were required to attend. At Zion younger children outnumbered older children. Families that relied on the labour of their children to run the farm would remove them from school at busy times of the year – like planting and harvest. More affluent families could afford servants to perform domestic work, and hired men to do the outdoor labour on the farm.

 

This project is made possible through the Toronto Arts Council's Animating Historical Sites program.

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#53 - PlayME - Essay on Consent By Rose Napoli

November 3, 2017

Essay: That time I wrote a play about consent and didn't know it

By Rose Napoli

 

Rose Napoli's play, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) is running at Crow's Theatre in Toronto Canada from Oct. 25 - Nov. 11 as part of Nightwood Theatre's Consent Event.

Episode 53 of PlayME features a recording of Rose's essay on consent inspired by this production.

 

You can listen to the archived audio version of Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) at http://www.playmepodcast.com/lo-or-dear-mr-brown-by-rose-napoli/

You can by tickets to the theatre production at http://www.nightwoodtheatre.net/index.php/whats_on/lo_or_dear_mr._wells

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