Written by Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham
A Crow’s Theatre Production in Association with Canadian Stage
Cathy is a stand up comedian in a creative slump and Peter is a doctor at a community clinic. They’ve been married for eighteen years but it feels like five hundred and couples therapy isn’t helping. They seem bound for heartache when an intimate and sobering encounter with someone else forces them to recognize the fragile foundations that their life is built on. Careening between hilarity and disaster, this play is a naked examination of marriage, middle age, and the delicate nature of change.
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January 7 to February 2, 2013
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street
With Production Support from:
Kristen Thomson (Playwright, Cathy): As playwright and performer, Kristen Thomson has had considerable success with I, Claudia, her first play. I, Claudia was developed over two years at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre where it was premiered (Dora Awards for performance and writing) and it has since been presented across Canada. It was later adapted to film by Kristen and director Chris Abraham. For the film, Kristen was awarded a best performance Gemini and ACTRA Award, along with two Canadian Comedy Awards for performance and writing. Her next play, The Patient Hour, premiered at the Tarragon Theatre in 2009.
Damien Atkins (David): Damien Atkins has acted on most of the major stages across the country. For Crow’s Theatre, he performed in Unidentified Human Remains… and Shopping and Fucking. Canadian Stage credits include 7 Stories, Frost/Nixon, The Glass Menagerie, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd, and Into the Woods. Other recent acting credits include Seussical (YPT), The Clockmaker (Tarragon), The Caretaker, The Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear (Soulpepper), I Am My Own Wife (Dallas Theater Center), The Way of the World (NAC/Soulpepper), The Retreat from Moscow (Neptune Theatre), and Mozart in Amadeus (Segal Theatre, Montreal). He spent four seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, as both actor and playwright. Film and TV credits include The Listener (CTV), MVP (CBC), Slings and Arrows (TMN), Our Fathers (Showtime), The Matthew Sheppard Story (NBC), The Eleventh Hour (CTV), and This is Wonderland (CBC) and Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz. Damien has received two Dora Awards, and two more nominations, for acting and writing. He is a Guest Instructor at the National Theatre School.
Tom Rooney (Peter): Tom Rooney is currently in his fifth season at the Stratford Festival playing Robert Service in Wanderlust and Ensign Pistol in Henry V. Other Stratford credits include: The Merry Wives of Windsor), Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, For the Pleasure of Seeing her Again, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well. Other theatre credits include: Beckett: Feck It! (Canadian Stage/Queen of Puddings), Courageous (Tarragon), My Mother’s Feet (Munich), Hairspray (N.Y., Toronto), Benevolence, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion (Tarragon), I Am My Own Wife (Vancouver Playhouse); Homechild, Rice Boy (Canadian Stage), Hamlet (NAC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel), Othello (Persephone), Romeo et Juliette, Richard III (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan) and Angels in America (ATP). In the world of film and television Tom spentthree seasons as Crown Attorney David Kaye on CBC’s This Is Wonderland (two Gemini nominations), other credits include: The Gilda Radner Story, The Day After Tomorrow, Everest ’82 (CBC miniseries) and Flash of Genius.
Nina Taylor (Vanessa): Nina Rose Taylor is a grade ten student at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. Nina plays the title character in Iphigenia, an ongoing theatre project currently being developed at the Theatre Centre with Tanja Jacobs, Philip McKee and Ishan Dave. Part One of Iphigenia was presented in 2011. Part Two continues to be built throughout this year. The complete presentation, a contemporary and original adaptation of The Oresteia, will be shared with an audience in the Theatre Centre’s new home in 2014. Previously, Nina played Belinda Cratchet in Peter Hinton’s version of A Christmas Carol at the National Arts Centre. In grade nine at ESA, Nina played The Little Match Girl in a student adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Nina has been a student at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for 11 years. She is honoured to be a part of this beautiful play.
Bahia Watson (April): Bahia Watson loves to tell stories by way of stage, film, music, poetry, short stories and cooked food. She completed an artistic residency in 2009 with d’bi.young at anitafrika! dub theatre and went on to become their first playwright-in-residence. This mentorship was continued in 2012 with a generous grant by the OAC to study with d’bi in her YEMOYA program in India. In 2011, she received a TAC emerging playwright’s grant to develop her one-woman show, In Search of Shanequa Jenkins and also earned a spot in Nightwood Theatre’s 2011/2012 Write-from-the-Hip emerging playwrighting program. As an actor, Bahia has played Beneatha Younger in Soulpepper’s 2010 production of A Raisin in the Sun, and earned a Dora award for her performance in Nightwood’s 2012 production of The Penelopiad. Bahia writes, performs and produces Pomme is French for Apple with Liza Paul. She is originally from Winnipeg and misses her mother’s homemade bread immensely. Visit her at www.bahiawatson.com or www.bahiabahia.bandcamp.com.
Julie Fox (Set and Costume Designer): Since graduating from the National Theatre School in 1994, Julie has worked as a set and costume designer for theatres and dance companies across Canada, including the The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canadian Stage Company, NAC, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Citadel, Theatre Junction, Theatre New Brunswick, The Grand Theatre, MoonHorse Dance Theatre, Chartier Danse, and Susanna Hood/hum. She received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding set design, and has been nominated many times. She has taught at Concordia and The National Theatre School.
Thomas Ryder Payne (Sound Designer): Thomas Ryder Payne is (mostly) a composer and sound designer for theatre and film. Starting as a songwriter with a 4-track recorder, Thomas has followed a varied musical career including studying with composer James Tenney, recording and touring for six years with the Juno nominated band Joydrop and producing numerous records. He has designed sound for Soulpepper, Stratford, CanStage, Blyth, Volcano, Tarragon, NAC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Nightwood, Modern Times, Crows, Aluna and many others. Thomas has received 2 Dora awards and 8 nominations.
Kimberley Purtell (Lighting Designer): Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera. Her designs have been critically acclaimed both on the national and international stage. They have been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Russia. Kimberly was the 2005 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award.
Matthew Byrne (Production Manager): Matthew is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Department of John Abbott College in Montreal. He has been working in theatre for the past 15 years on all levels from amateur to professional companies throughout Canada. Through Maph Productions Inc. Matthew works with Toronto’s leading Performing Arts Producers, Event Planners and Festivals producing high quality award winning productions. Maph Productions Inc. provides production management and coordination, technical direction as well as site and event logistics. Selected credits include Just For Laughs Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Fashion Week, Assassins (Birdland/ Talk is Free), Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre) and The light in The Piazza (Acting up Stage Company).
Lesley Humphrey (Stage Manager): Lesley began her stage management career twenty years ago in Vancouver at The Arts Club Theatre. She has since worked in many theatres across Canada and now calls Toronto her home. Some favourite productions include; The Imaginary Invalid (Arts Club Theatre), Timon of Athens (Stratford Festival of Canada), And One Night it Snowed (Theatre Rusticle), Billy Twinkle; Requiem for a Golden Boy (Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes – world tour), Eternal Hydra (Crows Theatre – replacement SM) and “Hughie” (Alley Theatre Workshop and Bridge Productions).