#38 - Vitals Episode 2

November 15, 2016

Vitals

By Rosamund Small
 
Vitals is a solo storytelling show about a paramedic.  Anna spends her days saving lives and dealing with the darkness, cruelty, and sheer incompetence of the people all around her.  How many 911 calls can she deal with, before she has her own emergency? 

 


Rosamund Small

Rosamund Small is a playwright interested in all forms of theatre, including musicals, documentary, traditional, sketch and immersive works. Her new show TomorrowLove opens in Toronto this November (Outside the March).  In January 2017 Rosedale Heights School of the Arts premieres Rosamund’s large-scale, one hundred character immersive experience Maven Academy, a piece created for a cast of 100 teenage performers.  She also collaborates regularly with choreographer Robert Binet on multidisciplinary and dance works (Orpheus Becomes Eurydice with the Banf Centre and The National Ballet, and Terra Incognita with Wild Space Ballet). Rosamund is a member of the Soulpepper Academy.  
 

Katherine Cullen

Katherine is an actor and playwright based in Toronto. She is an associate artist with Outside The March and has appeared in various productions including, Mr. Marmalade (Sookie/Emily the Babysitter), Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (Outside The March/Convergence Theatre/Sheep No Wool), Vitals (Dora Nomination), and most recently, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. She is currently working alongside Britta Johnson to create Stupidhead!: A Musical Comedy, debuting at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2017. Stupidhead! also appeared at last years’ Summerworks Festival and won Best New Performance Text. 

 

Photo Credit: Michael Barlas
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#37 - PlayME - Vitals Episode 1

November 7, 2016

Vitals

By Rosamund Small

Vitals is a solo storytelling show about a paramedic.  Anna spends her days saving lives and dealing with the darkness, cruelty, and sheer incompetence of the people all around her.  How many 911 calls can she deal with, before she has her own emergency? 

 


Rosamund Small

Rosamund Small is a playwright interested in all forms of theatre, including musicals, documentary, traditional, sketch and immersive works. Her new show TomorrowLove opens in Toronto this November (Outside the March).  In January 2017 Rosedale Heights School of the Arts premieres Rosamund’s large-scale, one hundred character immersive experience Maven Academy, a piece created for a cast of 100 teenage performers.  She also collaborates regularly with choreographer Robert Binet on multidisciplinary and dance works (Orpheus Becomes Eurydice with the Banf Centre and The National Ballet, and Terra Incognita with Wild Space Ballet). Rosamund is a member of the Soulpepper Academy.  

Katherine Cullen

Katherine is an actor and playwright based in Toronto. She is an associate artist with Outside The March and has appeared in various productions including, Mr. Marmalade (Sookie/Emily the Babysitter), Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (Outside The March/Convergence Theatre/Sheep No Wool), Vitals (Dora Nomination), and most recently, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. She is currently working alongside Britta Johnson to create Stupidhead!: A Musical Comedy, debuting at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2017. Stupidhead! also appeared at last years’ Summerworks Festival and won Best New Performance Text. 

 

Photo Credit: Michael Barlas
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#36 - PlayME - Episode 4

October 31, 2016

By Brooke Burgess  

Performed by David Kaye

Turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and enter the world of Billy Brahm -- a troubled boy, hoping to lift a terrible curse with the help of a mystical cat... that calls to him from his nightmares! 

Lose yourself in this haunting, gripping, and bittersweet fable that VOYA MAGAZINE calls: 'A Top Shelf 2015 Honoree -- Narnia meets Stephen King'!

Brooke Burgess - Writer

BROOKE BURGESS is an award-winning Canadian writer, producer, and director cursing at his laptop in some quiet corner of the globe with decent wifi. His professional narrative career began at videogame giant Electronic Arts, before he moved on to create acclaimed animation, graphic novel, and digital projects. He continues to collaborate on hush-hush interactive titles whilst writing the next volume in the Shadowland series. Brooke has an abiding love for scary stories, frozen yogurt, and (it goes without saying) cats.  www.brookeburgess.com

David Kaye - Performer

DAVID KAYE is recognized as one of the most versatile voices in the industry. A Canadian-born American voice actor with credits in feature film (Up, Ratchet & Clank), movie trailers (Secret Life Of Pets) network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, FX), videogames ('Clank' - Ratchet & Clank), hundreds of television and radio stations worldwide, and countless animated shows, including 20+ years as a key part of the Transformers franchise. The Cat's Maw is David's second audiobook after Star Trek in 2001. 

Tobais Tinker - Composer

TOBIAS TINKER is an Ontario-born, Berlin-based musician, composer and producer. Best known for his haunting, evocative score to the cult smash 'motion comic epic' Broken Saints, he has also composed and produced music for film, dance, theatre and circus. Throughout his career, and all while maintaining a full-time performance schedule, he has continued to release celebrated works ranging in style from solo piano to ambient, often combining electronic and acoustic elements for uniquely powerful listening experiences.
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#35 - PlayME - Cats Maw Episode 3

October 30, 2016

By Brooke Burgess  

Performed by David Kaye


Turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and enter the world of Billy Brahm -- a troubled boy, hoping to lift a terrible curse with the help of a mystical cat... that calls to him from his nightmares! 
Lose yourself in this haunting, gripping, and bittersweet fable that VOYA MAGAZINE calls: 'A Top Shelf 2015 Honoree -- Narnia meets Stephen King'!

Brooke Burgess - Writer

BROOKE BURGESS is an award-winning Canadian writer, producer, and director cursing at his laptop in some quiet corner of the globe with decent wifi. His professional narrative career began at videogame giant Electronic Arts, before he moved on to create acclaimed animation, graphic novel, and digital projects. He continues to collaborate on hush-hush interactive titles whilst writing the next volume in the Shadowland series. Brooke has an abiding love for scary stories, frozen yogurt, and (it goes without saying) cats.  www.brookeburgess.com

David Kaye - Performer

DAVID KAYE is recognized as one of the most versatile voices in the industry. A Canadian-born American voice actor with credits in feature film (Up, Ratchet & Clank), movie trailers (Secret Life Of Pets) network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, FX), videogames ('Clank' - Ratchet & Clank), hundreds of television and radio stations worldwide, and countless animated shows, including 20+ years as a key part of the Transformers franchise. The Cat's Maw is David's second audiobook after Star Trek in 2001. 

Tobais Tinker - Composer

TOBIAS TINKER is an Ontario-born, Berlin-based musician, composer and producer. Best known for his haunting, evocative score to the cult smash 'motion comic epic' Broken Saints, he has also composed and produced music for film, dance, theatre and circus. Throughout his career, and all while maintaining a full-time performance schedule, he has continued to release celebrated works ranging in style from solo piano to ambient, often combining electronic and acoustic elements for uniquely powerful listening experiences.
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#34 - PlayME - Cats Maw Episode 2

October 29, 2016

By Brooke Burgess 
Performed by David Kaye

Turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and enter the world of Billy Brahm -- a troubled boy, hoping to lift a terrible curse with the help of a mystical cat... that calls to him from his nightmares! 

Lose yourself in this haunting, gripping, and bittersweet fable that VOYA MAGAZINE calls: 'A Top Shelf 2015 Honoree -- Narnia meets Stephen King'!

Brooke Burgess - Writer

BROOKE BURGESS is an award-winning Canadian writer, producer, and director cursing at his laptop in some quiet corner of the globe with decent wifi. His professional narrative career began at videogame giant Electronic Arts, before he moved on to create acclaimed animation, graphic novel, and digital projects. He continues to collaborate on hush-hush interactive titles whilst writing the next volume in the Shadowland series. Brooke has an abiding love for scary stories, frozen yogurt, and (it goes without saying) cats.  www.brookeburgess.com

David Kaye - Performer

DAVID KAYE is recognized as one of the most versatile voices in the industry. A Canadian-born American voice actor with credits in feature film (Up, Ratchet & Clank), movie trailers (Secret Life Of Pets) network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, FX), videogames ('Clank' - Ratchet & Clank), hundreds of television and radio stations worldwide, and countless animated shows, including 20+ years as a key part of the Transformers franchise. The Cat's Maw is David's second audiobook after Star Trek in 2001. 

Tobais Tinker - Composer

TOBIAS TINKER is an Ontario-born, Berlin-based musician, composer and producer. Best known for his haunting, evocative score to the cult smash 'motion comic epic' Broken Saints, he has also composed and produced music for film, dance, theatre and circus. Throughout his career, and all while maintaining a full-time performance schedule, he has continued to release celebrated works ranging in style from solo piano to ambient, often combining electronic and acoustic elements for uniquely powerful listening experiences.

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#33 - PlayME - Cats Maw Episode 1

October 28, 2016

Cats Maw - Episode 1

By Brooke Burgess
Performed by David Kaye

Turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and enter the world of Billy Brahm -- a troubled boy, hoping to lift a terrible curse with the help of a mystical cat... that calls to him from his nightmares! 

Lose yourself in this haunting, gripping, and bittersweet fable that VOYA MAGAZINE calls: 'A Top Shelf 2015 Honoree -- Narnia meets Stephen King'!

Brooke Burgess - Writer

BROOKE BURGESS is an award-winning Canadian writer, producer, and director cursing at his laptop in some quiet corner of the globe with decent wifi. His professional narrative career began at videogame giant Electronic Arts, before he moved on to create acclaimed animation, graphic novel, and digital projects. He continues to collaborate on hush-hush interactive titles whilst writing the next volume in the Shadowland series. Brooke has an abiding love for scary stories, frozen yogurt, and (it goes without saying) cats.  www.brookeburgess.com


David Kaye - Performer

DAVID KAYE is recognized as one of the most versatile voices in the industry. A Canadian-born American voice actor with credits in feature film (Up, Ratchet & Clank), movie trailers (Secret Life Of Pets) network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, FX), videogames ('Clank' - Ratchet & Clank), hundreds of television and radio stations worldwide, and countless animated shows, including 20+ years as a key part of the Transformers franchise. The Cat's Maw is David's second audiobook after Star Trek in 2001. 


Tobais Tinker - Composer


TOBIAS TINKER is an Ontario-born, Berlin-based musician, composer and producer. Best known for his haunting, evocative score to the cult smash 'motion comic epic' Broken Saints, he has also composed and produced music for film, dance, theatre and circus. Throughout his career, and all while maintaining a full-time performance schedule, he has continued to release celebrated works ranging in style from solo piano to ambient, often combining electronic and acoustic elements for uniquely powerful listening experiences.

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#32 - PlayME - Encore Interview with Anna Chatterton

October 20, 2016

Encore Interview with Anna Chatterton

 In this encore episode, we interview playwright, librettist and actor, Anna Chatterton. 

Anna is a playwright in residence at the Tarragon Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and the National Theatre School of Canada. In our conversation, she discusses her work in opera, devising theatre with her company Independent Aunties, and the process she undertook to create her solo play Quiver.

Anna performs Quiver in front a microphone, creating and controlling an aural world for these three family members struggling to keep up. Music design is by Mike Rinaldi, and direction of the stage play was by Andrea Donaldson.

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#31 - The Double Down - PlayME

September 22, 2016
The Double Down

By Gail Packwood

Read by Christine Horn

Told in the first person by Meg, a relative newcomer resident of Las Vegas, The Double Down is a moment in time. It is a snapshot of life of the characters Meg meets in her local bar as she tries to figure out her new home and create a life there for herself.

Gail Packwood - Writer

Gail Packwood is a Toronto based arts administrator. Currently she is the Managing Director at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Previous positions include Director of Project Management and Creative Logistics at Catalyst TCM, Executive Director of the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation (now Artists’ Health Alliance) and seven years with Mirvish Productions in various positions in company management and production. Gail was a 2010 Arts Management Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Prior to her time in Washington, Gail was the Associate Producer at the Canadian Stage Company. From 2005-12, she was President of the Board of Directors for the Theatre Centre, a highly regarded interdisciplinary arts incubator. In 2011, Gail was the recipient of a Harold Award from the Toronto theatre community. Gail holds an MA (Drama) from the University of Toronto and a BFA in Theatre from York University.

Christine Horn - Actor

Christine’sstage credits include Iceland (WhyNotTheatre), The Road to Paradise (HumanCargo/Crow’s), Tom At The Farm (Buddies),The Seagull (Crow’s), Belleville (Company Theatre), Farther West (Soulpepper), Between the Sheets (Nightwood), The Great Gatsby (The Grand), Andromache (Necessary Angel), Romeo and Juliet (Canadian Stage), The Turn of the Screw (DVxT), Miss Julie: Sheh’mah (KICK Theatre), Twelfth Night (Resurgence),Bluebeard (TorontoFringe), and GoreyStory (Thistle Project). Film and TV creditsinclude Hyena Road, The Captive, StoriesWe Tell, Sex After Kids, Tru Love, Entangled, We Wanted More, The Stone Angel,Othello, Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Remedy,Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, King, and Played. Christine has been nominatedfor three Dora Awards (winning in 2010 for TheTurn of the Screw) and two ACTRA Awards. She recently won a Canadian ScreenAward for her work on Remedy.

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#30 - PlayME - Chemo Sabe

September 1, 2016

Chemo Sabe

By John Mullin
Read by Eric Peterson

A man's reflections on life, marriage, aging, and mortality while undergoing the surreal experience of chemotherapy.

John Mullin

John Mullin is a retired high school history teacher. He is married and lives in Brighton Ontario with his wife Susan. His interests are reading (mostly history), travel and his two granddaughters.

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson has been an actor in this country for the last forty-five years. Noted for co-creating and originating Billy Bishop Goes To War on stage, as well for television and feature film, his stage career includes hundreds of plays on most major stages across Canada, as well Broadway, London’s West End, the Edinburgh Festival and the Melbourne International Theatre Festive.   

His work in Canadian film and television includes such credits as Peter Moss’s mini-series Best Laid Plans, Jerry Ciccoritti’sTrudeau, Deepa Mehta’s Earth, guest star appearances on series such as What Would Sal Do, Slings and Arrows, DaVinci’s Inquest, Murdock Mysteries, Dan For Mayor, The Republic of Doyle, and Cracked, as well as series regular roles: Leon Rabinovich in Street Legal, Judge Malone on This Is Wonderland and Oscar Leroy on the long running, Corner Gas. 

He was the recipient of the Gordon Pinsent Award of Excellence in 2009 for his theatre work, as well as, the Earle Grey Award, a lifetime achievement award for his film and television endeavors. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, is a recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Theatre) and a member of the Order of Canada.

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#29 - PlayME - Clutched by a Hair

August 17, 2016

Clutched by a Hair

By Cindy Mathews
Read by Pamela Sinha



After a teenager escapes her family home and abusive father, as an adult she discovers that she is vulnerable in ways that remind her strongly of her tumultuous past. It is a story of love, equality, and strength.

About the writer:

Cynthia Matthews has worked as a chamber maid, potato peeler, data entry operator, teacher, and vice-principal of special education programs. She writes, paints, and instructs online courses for teachers in Bruce County, Ontario. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in literary journals in USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. 

About the performer:

Pamela Mala Sinha is an award-winning actress and playwright working in theatre, film and television. Her first solo play, Crash, which she also performed, garnered six Dora award nominations and 4 wins, including Outstanding New Play. Her second play, Happy Place, premiered at Soulpepper Theatre in 2015. Pamela is writing the screenplay for Happy Place for Sienna Films Toronto, and is currently at work on a new play commission for Soulpepper Theatre Company. She will be touring CRASH with them internationally in 2017.
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