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Message fro m the Artistic Director
Halfway through Romeo and Juliet,
From that moment onward, the two young lovers become agents of the divine. Their so-
Shakespeare invites God into his story, when Friar Laurence
ciety has been torn apart by
agrees to marry the young
ancient hatreds that can be
couple secretly. Theirs is a
healed only by a love stronger
rash, rapturous act, fueled by
than death. Romeo and Juliet
equal parts lust and propriety, and the audience
plunge gladly into each other’s arms, unwilling to
becomes, like the nurse and the friar, a co-conspir-
honour their families’ bloodied past and unable
ator in the lovers’ forbidden rush to the altar.
to see the dangers that lie ahead. Their selfless
Friar Laurence sees in Romeo and Juliet’s hasty
devotion to each other leads inevitably to tragedy,
nuptials a possible end to the blood feud between
but also to familial atonement and societal peace.
their families: “For this alliance may so happy
Shakespeare sacrifices Romeo and Juliet on hal-
prove/To turn your households’ rancour to pure
lowed ground to remind us that theirs is a holy
love.” Even as the couple rejoices, we know how
mission transcending time and place, and that
terribly wrong his prediction is and, at the same
love and peace will always triumph over hatred
time, how terribly right. For it is the ritual of mar-
and conflict, if we let them.
riage that simultaneously undoes the couple and yet elevates their story to the level of myth.
If the two lovers hadn’t married, Romeo’s banishment might have led to heartbreak, but each could have moved on romantically, just as Romeo has already forgotten the Rosaline he thought he loved so surely at the story’s outset. But the furtive wedding has transformed them from two kids with a crush to husband and wife, a union sanctified by heaven and sealed with one passionate night in each other’s arms.
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setting the stage
Romeo and Juliet Steven Schipper
When Steven Schipper first conceived of setting Romeo and Juliet in contemporary Jerusalem, he turned to senior artists in the Canadian theatre community to begin a dialogue about how best to realize the concept in a sensitive and respectful way. Shahin Sayadi has been a wonderful resource in the Muslim community and helped with national auditions; his company Onelight Theatre is known for celebrating Canada’s cultural diversity. Alon Nashman, artistic director of Toronto-based Theaturtle, is the production’s Jewish cultural advisor. His one-man play about MTC co-founder John Hirsch will debut at next year’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival. STEVEN > When I contacted you with the concept behind R & J, what were your initial thoughts? Shahin > I thought this was an innovative approach to the play and I was pleased you were involving cultural consultants from the very beginning. Alon > My first thought was that you were
opening a can of worms, and a very exciting one. Everyone has a fascination, and an opinion, about Jerusalem, and a preconceived idea of what Jerusalem is, what life is like there. Every domestic story there is related to a political, historical and spiritual unfolding. Steven > I’ve taken as inspiration the line: “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.” Is it possible to simply let the text speak for itself, or does the setting and concept require additional context? Alon > The challenge is relieving the audience of
preconceived notions, having them encounter the characters and situation, and opening them to the 6
play’s imperative to protect love and life. I also hope the audience will be moved by the production to investigate the wonders and complexities of Jerusalem, and to understand its difficult tangle of prejudice, feud and rivalry. Shahin > Although Shakespeare’s story has many parallels in other cultures, his text was conceived and transmitted in a specific cultural context. Of course, Shakespeare himself transplanted the story into a foreign setting and this did not diminish the impact of the play on English audiences. I think you have found the balance between respecting Shakespeare’s work and challenging the artists and audience members to engage with this classic theatre work in a new and modern way. Steven > In auditions, actors expressed concerns that their culture would be portrayed in a less favourable light than other cultures. Many of the characters in Romeo and Juliet behave badly, and only recognize their pettiness and
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Round Table bigotry when it’s too late. How much did you share these concerns?
though for the first time. Will it be possible to do this without political overtones?
Shahin > It is important to recognize, as you have, that bringing other cultures to the stage in a meaningful and respectful way is a sensitive issue. As a culturally diverse theatre artist, I am pleased to see a theatre as prominent as MTC taking on the challenge instead of shying away from it. I think there is a bright future for theatre in Canada if major theatres seek expertise, as needed, to bring cultural diversity to the stage.
Alon > The very name Jerusalem can be trans-
lated as “city of peace,” but historically it has been a place of great intensity, which has often bubbled over into conflict. So, yes, it’s going to
Here’s much to do with hate,
Alon > Jews and Arabs share a genetic
but more with love
heritage, and often look similar, eat similar foods and listen to similar music. When I think of this production being set among Semitic peoples, that the families involved are cousins and not strangers, concerns about how one or the other side is portrayed are lessened. Steven > As director, I’ve chosen a framework I think will be exciting and engaging, in the hopes that audience members who are familiar with the story hear and see the play as
get political, but that doesn’t worry me. There is no shortage of potential “star-crossed lover” stories that arise there, most obviously between
Ancient Rome to Punk Rock: Reinterpretations of
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been adapted or reinterpreted many times. Frequently, it is the culture or setting that is changed, providing a fresh spin on the classic tale. Here are some of the ways the timeless story has been reimagined:
1662 Almost a half century af-
ter Shakespeare’s death, an adaptation by James Howard is regularly performed by the Duke’s Company. Their version is a tragicomedy, in which the two lovers survive.
1680 Thomas Otway produces
an adaptation called The History and Fall of Caius Marius, moving the play to ancient Rome. Romeo is Marius, Juliet is Lavinia and the feud is between patricians and plebeians.
1956 Peter Ustinov writes
Romanoff and Juliet, a comedic adaptation of the script set in a fictional mid-European country in the depths of the Cold War. The play is later adapted into a film.
West Side Story gives the play a musical touch, moving the action to New York City and turning the feuding families into warring street gangs the Jets and the Sharks. nov/dec 2011
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an Israeli and a Palestinian couple (that story has unfolded many times in real life), but also between families of different Christian sects, or between Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, or Sunni and Shi’a Muslims. Jerusalem is a gathering place, a place of pilgrimage for many, and one of the most scrutinized cities in the world.
Shahin > Beyond having a memorable theatre experience, I hope audiences will find there is value in bringing new perspectives to the stage. There are many stories to be told and many voices to be heard. I hope this production will whet the appetites of audience members to seek out challenging, perspective-widening theatre works.
Shahin > When theatre artists are doing their work well, the focus is on the art and craft of theatre, but it is inevitable that, with any story, the work will have overtones that speak to politics, society, economics, religion, etc. In my opinion, theatre should not try to avoid political overtones; it should try to avoid bias and stereotyping of political realities. But at the centre of this play is a love story and the focus is really on Romeo and Juliet and how the politics of their families and communities shape their destinies.
Alon > My hope is they marvel at the way
Shakespeare seems to have been writing about our time, that his play is urgent, necessary, provocative and wise. The play pits our striving for justice and desire for love against a despair that violence and conflict are never-ending. Nowhere is that hope so great, or that despair so frustrating as in Jerusalem. Personally, I hold on to the hope that the “city of peace” can be a place where people of many traditions can join hands and dance together.
Steven > What do you hope Winnipeg audiences will take away from the production?
2005 Native Voices in Los
Franco Zeffirelli directs a big budget film production of the classic play starring Leonard Whiting, 17, and Olivia Hussey, 15. It is the first major production to cast leads who are close to the age of the characters, breaking the tradition of casting older actors in the title roles.
1994 The Khan and El-Qasaba
theatres in Jerusalem mount an Israeli-Palestinian co-production in which Romeo is Palestinian and Juliet is Israeli.
1996 Romeo + Juliet, a movie
version by Baz Luhrmann, sets the story in modern day, with a contemporary soundtrack and style. Verona Beach is the backdrop as swords become guns and Mercutio moonlights as a drag queen.
Folger Shakespeare Theatre moves the play to the suburbs. Romeo sneaks into a barbecue thrown by the Capulets and meets Juliet. Juliet finds out about Tybalt’s death while at school.
Joe Calarco adapts and directs an all-male cast in Shakespeare’s R&J, reimagining the classic story as the modern tale of blossoming love between two gay teenagers.
2004 Second City satirizes the
play with The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet. In this version of the tale, Friar Laurence gets framed for the murders of every Capulet and Montague in Verona.
Angeles produces a Native American version of the play, Kino and Teresa. The play is set in 17th century Santa Fe and revolves around the conflict between the Pueblo Indians and Spanish colonists.
2008 A South African
production sets the play in postapartheid Cape Town, featuring the gang-ravaged youth culture of the divided city.
2010 The Royal Shakespeare
Company brings Romeo and Juliet into the 21st century with Such Tweet Sorrow. Actors improvise the story on Twitter, responding to each other, the audience and world events over a five-week period.
2012 In February, director Nina
Collins Breton and Resurrection Theatre in California will add punk rock to the production, transforming the family feud into a culture clash of straights versus punks.
Sources Halio, Jay (1998). Romeo and Juliet: A Guide to the Play. Westport: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0313300895. Howard, Tony (2000). “Shakespeare’s Cinematic Offshoots”. In Jackson, Russell (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 295-313. ISBN 0-52163-975-1. BBC News 2007 Daniel Fischlin. Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project. University of Guelph. www.canadianshakespeares.ca.
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Wherefore art thou Juliet? Pam Patel has a unique physical and vocal approach to creating a character. We sat down with her to find out about her creative process and how she feels about playing one of the world’s best-known tragic lovers.
How did you get involved in the performing arts?
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a performer. I also knew that I wanted to change the world, but those are big dreams for a little girl. So I thought I would focus on the performing bit! I always loved to sing. Growing up with Indian parents, I was surrounded by music, whether it was classical, Bollywood, or even folk, and I think that’s what pushed me towards exploring what I could do with my own voice. So with this passion, I studied music in university, not really Pam Patel knowing what I would do when I entered the “real world.” How did you transition from music into theatre? When I graduated in 2008, a good friend of mine suggested I audition for the Multicultural Theatre Space (MT Space), a theatre company based in Kitchener. I was hesitant, but I also knew I didn’t really have anything to lose. And so, I auditioned for Majdi Bou-Matar, the artistic director of the company. Knowing I wasn’t a trained actor, he took a chance on me and cast me in a short Theatre for Social Change piece about hate crimes. This led to being cast in The Last 15 Seconds, which has gone on to tour across Canada and overseas to the Middle East. I can sincerely say that the MT Space has made me into the artist I am today and helped me land a starring role in Romeo and Juliet. I feel that I am fulfilling the dreams I had when 10
I was a little girl. I’m not only performing on stage as a singer, actor, and sometimes even a dancer, but I’m also changing the world with the art I create. What do you love about performing? What I love about what I do is that I’m able to give people an experience, in real time, which allows them to explore their emotions, and become more aware of the world surrounding them. When I am on stage, I am able to shed my own layers, explore my emotions and capabilities and live an experience with my cast mates where we laugh, sweat and cry together. Being an actor is difficult, and sometimes we ask ourselves why the heck we do what we do. But when that one person comes up to you after a performance and says that you’ve changed them, or you gave them a space in which they could cry or laugh, you know that’s why you do it, and it’s always worth it. You trained originally as an opera singer. How does that training translate to Shakespearean theatre? Just like there are various components in opera, like text, voice, orchestra, staging and story, a Shakespearean play has the various components of text, rhythm, stress, structure and relationships. I often create theatre by first exploring physical relationships and emotions in a space with different-cultured bodies, and secondly adding the text to place these movements and scenes
Romeo and Juliet in context. I now have the opportunity to work in a reverse process where we discover relationships and emotions based on a familiar text. I’m looking forward to having this experience broaden my horizons as an actor. Juliet is such an iconic character. How do you feel about playing her? What kind of spin do you hope to put on the character? I embrace the opportunity to play an iconic character that has been reinterpreted so many times. I hope I can bring my rawness and honesty to the stage to produce a character that is very real, genuine and connected to present-day reality. I also hope to bring in elements of the physical work I do to the stage. In addition to exploring the ways in which Juliet carries different emotions, I would like to portray a Juliet who also holds the history of her family and land, her culture, her language, and her experiences and knowledge in her physical body, as well as in her voice. Shakespeare was a brilliant man to have written such timeless characters. We can find Romeos,
Juliets, and even Mercutios in all of our realities, and the realities of these characters are found even now, in universal settings. What I would like to do is find what it is in myself that makes me “Juliet.” I can’t create the idea of a character and put on a mask to become them, but what I can do is find those layers in myself, in my body, in my history, in my culture and language, and present them on stage to tell a truth and live an experience. What are you looking forward to the most with this production of Romeo and Juliet? I’m actually really looking forward to the audience reception and feedback. I think that part of our responsibility as actors, directors, designers and theatre practitioners is to instigate a dialogue with the audience. The audience is witness to the events occurring on stage, and therefore, needs to be affected intellectually and emotionally. It is our job as actors to affect this audience. I hope we have done our job in conveying this unique interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.
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Steven Schipper, Artistic Director
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William Shakespeare November 24 – December 17, 2011
Director Set & Costume Designer Lighting Designer Video Designer Sound Designer Fight Director Composer Style/Movement Coach Choreographer Accent Consultant Firearms Coordinator Advisor Advisor Assistant Director Apprentice Designer Associate Video Designer Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Apprentice Stage Manager
Steven Schipper Michael Gianfrancesco Michael J. Whitfield Sean Nieuwenhuis Michael Wright Jacqueline Loewen Danny Carroll James Dodding Roula Said Susan Stackhouse Dave Brown Alon Nashman Shahin Sayadi Heidi Malazdrewich Amy Harrison Ben Chaisson Chris Pearce Sandra McEwing Michelle Lagassé Matthew Lagacé
The Cast (in alphabetical order)
Musician Amir Amiri Romeo Marc Bendavid Balthasar Simon Bracken Abram Andrew Cecon Lady Montague Terri Cherniack Nurse Andrea Davis Lady Capulet Pragna Desai Gregory Omar Habib Capulet Marvin L. Ishmael Sampson Omar Khan Friar Laurence Kevin Klassen
Fire Spinner Matthew Lagacé Roula Heidi Malazdrewich Montague Harry Nelken Tybalt RJ Parrish Juliet Pam Patel Mercutio Gareth Potter Prince Ray Strachan Solo Dancer Stephanie Sy Benvolio Ari Weinberg Paris Hani Zakaria Friar John Timothy Ziegler
The imagined district of Verona in present-day Jerusalem.
Romeo and Juliet runs approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission. Thank you: Majdi Bou-Matar, Dr. Michael Eleff, Dr. Wes Palatnick, Carol & Neal Rose
MTC First appearance.
MTC First appearance.
OTHER THEATRE Vertigo Theatre, Manitoba Theatre
OTHER THEATRE The Ark: The Theatre of Bertolt
for Young People, Théâtre Sortie de Secours (Montreal and Quebec City), Great Canadian Theatre Company, National Arts Centre, Alberta Ballet, VIA Dance Ensemble, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, University of Calgary Dance Program, the Banff Centre Theatre Arts Program.
Brecht (NAC); Henry iv, Three Sisters, Women Beware Women, Cabaret (NTS); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Black Hole Theatre Company). Simon has performed The Particulars, a one-man show, in festivals across the country.
FILM/TV Amir has recorded for feature films, most
notably Cooking with Stella and The Green Wave, as well as for numerous French television documentaries.
TV The Transporter (HBO). TRAINING Graduate of the U of M and the National
Theatre School of Canada.
TRAINING Amir was trained in the santur, a 72-string
hammered dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music. He has also studied Indian classical music with masters Ravi Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, among others.
ET CETERA Amir was born in Tehran, Iran. Since his
arrival in Canada in 1996, he has worked extensively as a percussionist, composer, musical director and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies. In 2003 he was awarded Artist of the Year from CBC Galaxie Rising Stars, and is a recipient of the Betty Mitchell Award for the original sound design of Helen’s Necklace.
Marc Bendavid Romeo
MTC Our Town. OTHER THEATRE Three Sisters (zone41 Theatre/TPM);
Henry iv Parts 1 and 2, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello (SIR); Little Munsch on the Prairie (PTE); Remember the Night (Moving Target Theatre); Arcadia, Far Away, Not Enough Oxygen (Theatre Incarnate). TV Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Less
Than Kind. ET CETERA Love to Claire.
Terri Cherniack MTC The Real Thing.
OTHER THEATRE A View from the Bridge (Segal);
The Madonna Painter (Factory Theatre); In Gabriel’s Kitchen (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); The Gladstone Variations (Convergence Theatre); The War of the Worlds (Art of Time Ensemble); Tales From Ovid (Centaur). TV Nikita, Flashpoint, The Border, Murdoch Mysteries,
Anne of Green Gables, Booky’s Crush, Man v. Minivan, Too Late to Say Goodbye. TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School
of Canada. For a full list of theatre abbreviations, please Refer to legend on page 4
MTC Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), Strong Poison, The Price, Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Our Town, The Dresser, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Philadelphia Story (with TC), King Lear, The Crucible, Season’s Greetings, Homeward Bound, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Miracle Worker, The Heidi Chronicles (with Mirvish), The Attic, The Pearls & Three Fine Girls, None is Too Many (with WJT), Waiting for the Parade. nov/dec 2011
ARTISTS OTHER THEATRE Has performed major roles at theatres
ET CETERA Pragna received a Dora nomination for
across the country from Vancouver to Halifax. At other theatres in Winnipeg: The Savannah Disputation, Glorious, Having Hope at Home, Copenhagen, Love and Anger, All Fall Down, The Fighting Days (PTE); Social Security, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Crossing Delancey, A Shayna Maidel (WJT); Cruel and Unusual Punishment, The Colour of Vowels (TPM).
her performance in Canada Steel. Pragna would like to thank her loved ones for their constant support.
FILM/TV Selected: Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, What if God Were the Sun?, Elijah, Category 7: The End of the World, Haunting Sarah, On Thin Ice, Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay, Everybody’s Doing It. TRAINING Terri is a graduate of the U of W, the U of
M and the National Theatre School of Canada.
Andrea Davis Nurse
Omar Habib Gregory
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE The Shawl (Foghorn Theatre); Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs, Richard iii, The Dining Room, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare by the Sea); Commedia Tonight, The Europeans, Merrily We Roll Along, Lord Strange, The Threepenny Opera (Dalhousie Theatre); Suburbia (Purple Octagon Theatre); Animal Farm, Snowsuits, Birthdays and Giants (Neptune Theatre School). TV xiii: The Series, The Border, Little Mosque on the
MTC First appearance.
OTHER THEATRE Recent Experiences (international
TRAINING Dalhousie University Acting Programme.
tour); Hamlet (CS); King John, All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare in the Rough); The Ventriloquist (Factory Theatre).
Marvin L. Ishmael Capulet
FILM/TV Casino Jack, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Nikita, Da Kink in My Hair, Odyssey 5, Fever Pitch, Soul Food, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures. TRAINING BAA, Ryerson University.
MTC First appearance.
OTHER THEATRE Actor: Bombay Dreams (Broadway);
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Grimm Too (Theatre Smith-Gilmour/
Factory Theatre/Cooking Fire Festival); Shakuntala (Pleiades Theatre); Canada Steel (Tarragon); Rice Boy (CSC); Great Expectations (PTE); Merlin (YPT); The Arabian Night (Volcano Theatre); Elizabeth Rex, Tartuffe, Pride and Prejudice, The School for Scandal, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford).
FILM/TV Guest lead on King, Sanctuary, The Border, Mr. Bandhari on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Testees, Chili & Cheese: A Condimental Rift, Blue Murder, Night Heat.
FILM/TV West Wind (White Pine Pictures), Lost Girl,
University, BFA from Ryerson University.
InSecurity, The Listener, ny-lon (CBS), The Border, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Degrassi: The Next Generation, ER, Slings and Arrows, Missing, In Justice, Blue Murder, System of Units (Bravo), The Sum of All Fears (Paramount), Mutant X, Train 48, Witchblade.
The Matka King (Arts Club); A Map of the World (NAC/CS); Playboy of the West Indies (We Are One Theatre/World Stage); Playboy of the West Indies (PTE); The Odd Couple (We Are One Theatre); A Christmas Carol (YPT). Director: Playboy of the West Indies, The Odd Couple, Sweet Pan (We Are One Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra (York University).
TRAINING MFA in Theatre – Directing from York ET CETERA As playwright: Dora Award (My Father
My Hero) and Chalmers Award (Forever Free). Thanks to my wife and boys for continued support and my Uncle Titus for love of books.
Omar Khan Sampson
(University of Calgary); The Princess and the Pea (Little Opera Company); The Apiarist (Whole Hearted Productions). TRAINING MFA in Directing (University of Calgary),
BA (Hons.) Theatre (University of Winnipeg). ET CETERA Two-time recipient of the Jean Murray –
Moray Sinclair Scholarship. MTC The Seafarer, Glengarry Glen Ross. OTHER THEATRE Three Sisters (zone41 Theatre/TPM);
Moonlight and Magnolias (PTE); Betrayal (WJT); Pygmalion, Johnny Belinda (Montgomery Theatre).
FILM/TV Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Less Than Kind, Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Sequel, You Kill Me, Walk All Over Me, Zooey and Adam. ET CETERA Look Dad, I’m on the big stage.
MTC Glengarry Glen Ross, Our Town, The Tempest, The Philadelphia Story (with TC), To Kill a Mockingbird (with Citadel), Amadeus, Cyrano de Bergerac (1975).
OTHER THEATRE Three Sisters (zone41 Theatre/TPM);
MTC The Shunning, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bleeding Hearts, Our Town, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, The Dresser, Feelgood (with GCTC), King Lear, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre for Young Audiences production).
Lenin’s Embalmers, Death of a Salesman, Einstein’s Gift, The Diary of Anne Frank (WJT); Zadie’s Shoes, The Chinese Man Said Goodbye, Cold Comfort (PTE); The Stone Angel (PTE/NAC); Pinocchio (MTYP); The Elmwood Visitation, Ce Weekend Là (TPM); The Sunshine Boys (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Zadie’s Shoes (Factory Theatre); After the Orchard (NAC); All or Nothing, Les Miserable Old Guys, Eureka! (Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival); John Gabriel Borkman, The Dance of Death (independent).
OTHER THEATRE Selected: Generous (Theatre by the
FILM Capote, Population 436.
River); The Skriker, Jumpers, The Twits (Echo Theatre); Peter Pan (Rainbow); Death of a Salesman (WJT); Mesa (PTE); well over a dozen productions as a member of Shakespeare in the Ruins. FILM/TV New in Town, Elijah, Gavin Alcock, Niagara Motel.
TRAINING Workshops with Ulla Ryum, Carol Rosenfeld,
Giles Block, John Hirsch, Ron Eyre and Patsy Rodenberg. ET CETERA Two thumbs up to my creative team:
Rachel, Rhea, Cynthia and Baby Mischief.
TRAINING University of Winnipeg. ET CETERA This is Kevin’s sixth production of Romeo
and Juliet, and he still can’t get enough. Love to Charlie.
Heidi Malazdrewich Roula/Assistant Director MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (Classical
Theatre Project). MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Actor: Arcadia, Boston Marriage
(Theatre Incarnate); Three There (addpunctuation theatre); Max and Mirabelle (The Cat’s Pajamas Productions). Director: Perfect Pie, Essay, sexxxy 2010
FILM/TV Selected: The Border (CBC), Diverted (CBC/
BBC), The Transporter (HBO), All That Is Hidden (SIL), Tough Love (A&E). In addition to his many film and television credits, RJ can also be seen in various TV commercials. nov/dec 2011
ARTISTS et cetera RJ is absolutely thrilled to be here in
Winnipeg, making his MTC debut. Thanks to Steven and the rest of the company for including him in this fresh new take on the Bard’s classic love story.
Pam Patel Juliet MTC Actor: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (with TC). Assistant Director: Grumpy Old Men: The Musical. Apprentice Director: The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Bad Dates. OTHER THEATRE Actor: The Crucible, Romance,
MTC First appearance.
ing international tour to the Middle East), Theatre for Social Change (MT Space, Kitchener, ON); Bach’s Coffee Cantata, MyAudia, Guerilla Sound Events (Stratford Summer Music); Schubert Now, In-Flight Cocktail (Inter Arts Matrix); The Maze, Home and Jungle (collective works).
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Winter’s Tale (Black Hole Theatre Company); The Paper Bag Princess and More (PTE); Remember the Night (Moving Target Theatre); Fen (Sarasvàti Productions); Shock Corridor, The Ingrates, SIR’s Stripped-Down Romeo & Juliet, Criminal Genius (Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival). Director: Madly in Love, A Lie of the Mind (Black Hole Theatre Company); Oleanna (Nomadic Players).
TRAINING B.Mus. (Hons.) from Wilfrid Laurier
TRAINING Black Hole Theatre Company.
OTHER THEATRE Body 13, The Last 15 Seconds (includ-
University, Waterloo. ET CETERA Pam worked as a director with MT
Space’s Newcomer Youth, a program which empowers immigrant high school students to tell their stories using interdisciplinary and intercultural theatre.
ET CETERA To the boys who are my foundation;
many thanks and much love for your support over the years. Do you have six rings? Luv to Mom, Dad and Gerls.
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Hosanna, Richard iii, The Tempest, Two
OTHER THEATRE Velocity (Persephone); A Doll’s
Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Don Juan, Henry viii (Stratford); Scorched (Citadel); The Tempest (Segal); From the House of the Dead (COC); Henry v (Gravy Bath Productions).
House, The Diary of Anne Frank, faust(us): a fantasy, The Blue Room (U of W); Miss Saigon (Broadway Live Broadway); Zanna, Don’t! (Stage16); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Stage16/Winnipeg Studio Theatre); South Pacific, Miss Saigon, Big: The Musical (Rainbow).
TRAINING Graduate of John Abbott College, the
TV Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.
National Theatre School of Canada and the Stratford Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. ET CETERA Recipient of two Tyrone Guthrie Awards
and the Michael Mawson Award.
MTC First appearance.
TRAINING University of Winnipeg (Honours Program
in Theatre and Film). ET CETERA Stephanie would like to thank Steven and
MTC for the opportunity to work with this company on such a unique take on the greatest love story.
opportunity and to Janette for teaching me to love Shakespeare.” Enjoy the show!
Hani Zakaria Paris
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Tootles in Peter Pan (Stratford);
Hana’s Suitcase (Magnus Theatre); Oliver!, Swing!, The Mousetrap (Drayton); Anne of Green Gables (Globe); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Perfect Wedding (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Bye Bye Birdie, Apprentice Director of Anyone Can Whistle (Talk Is Free Theatre); Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Silver Mist Productions). TRAINING Music Theatre Performance Program,
Sheridan Institute. ET CETERA Ari has received an emerging artist
award from Drayton Entertainment, been an artistic intern at Canadian Stage, taught Shakespeare in elementary schools for the Stratford Festival, and created/produced/hosted Shameless! (For a Cause), a cabaret fundraiser for youth initiatives at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. “Thanks to Steven for this
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE High School Musical 2 (Toronto
Centre for the Arts); Camp Rock (Rose Theatre); Iphigenia at Aulis, The Bacchae (University of Toronto); Grease (City Playhouse Theatre). FILM/TV Baxter (Astral Media/Shaftsbury Films), h.a.a.r.p. (Dark Blue Productions), The 99 (Cartoon Network), What Happens Next (York University), Conscience (Sheridan College). TRAINING Currently a student at the University
College Drama Program at the University of Toronto.
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Timothy Ziegler Friar John
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE The Cavan Blazers (4th Line Theatre);
Harvey, John Bull’s Other Island, Riders to the Sea (Shaw); The Threepenny Opera (UC Follies); Remember Lumumba (Festival of Original Theatre); The King Stag (Next Stage Theatre Company); The Music Cure (Peacock Productions). TV Combat Hospital.
Steven is married to actress Terri Cherniack. They have lived in Winnipeg with their two children since 1987.
Set & Costume Designer
Steven Schipper Director
Since his appointment as Artistic Director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in 1989, Steven has received credit for enhancing the company’s artistry and for developing a new base of audience members and donors. Born in Montreal and trained at McGill University, Bishop’s University and the National Theatre School of Canada, Steven has directed many productions for nov/dec 2011
Recently, Steven directed students of the Aboriginal Arts Mentorship & Training Program at MTYP in the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe production Little Red Riding Hood. He also conceived and directed The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes, an award-winning play that tours Manitoba high schools. In June of 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg.
English playwright and poet William Shakespeare is recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists. Hundreds of editions of his plays have been published, including translations in all major languages. Scholars have written thousands of books and articles about his plots, characters, themes and language. He is the most widely quoted author in history, and his plays have probably been performed more times than those of any other dramatist. Shakespeare’s plays include comedies (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It), histories (Richard iii) and tragedies (Hamlet and Macbeth). His other works include Othello, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Twelfth Night and more than 150 sonnets.
MTC, including The Drowsy Chaperone, the Canadian premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the world premiere of Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf and its American premiere at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California.
MTC Set & Costume Designer: The 39 Steps, Looking Back – West, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bad Dates, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Set Designer: White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), The Rocky Horror Show (with CS). Costume Designer: Fiddler on the Roof, Long Day’s Journey into Night. OTHER THEATRE Recent productions include Rodin/
Claudel (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal); Hosanna (Stratford); Svadba, Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); Le Docteur Miracle, L’Heure Espagnole (Royal Conservatory of Music); Parade (Studio 180); A View From the Bridge (Segal, set); One Touch of Venus, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days (Shaw, costumes); Stuff Happens (Studio 180/Mirvish); Rock ‘n’ Roll (CS/ Citadel); world premiere of In Colour (National Ballet of Canada). At the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, he has designed productions at the Studio, Avon and Festival theatres over eight seasons. In 2006, Michael designed The Midnight Court for Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, which premiered at the Harbourfront Centre and the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. FILM Production Designer for Christmas Dreams (CBC). ET CETERA Michael has received a Tyrone Guthrie
Award and the Brian Jackson Award from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He was the 2008 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design from the Ontario Arts Foundation.
Michael J. Whitfield Lighting Designer
TEACHING Michael has taught as a guest instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, Canada’s National Theatre School and his alma mater, the University of Victoria. ET CETERA Michael is a member of the Associated
Designers of Canada.
MTC Selected: Strong Poison, The Boys in the Photograph
(with Mirvish), Glengarry Glen Ross, Fiddler on the Roof, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tempest, The Clean House (with TC), The Dresser, The Winslow Boy (with TA), Evita, Dracula (with TC), The Wave, Camelot (with TC/Citadel), Proposals (with Mirvish), Quills, Hamlet, Democracy.
OTHER THEATRE The Trojan Women, Love’s Labour’s
MTC First engagement.
Lost, Fuente Ovejuna, There Reigns Love, King Lear, Othello, London Assurance, Fallen Angels, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Pericles (Stratford); The Spitfire Grill (Grand); A Doll’s House (Globe); She Loves Me (Shaw); The Magic Flute (Banff Centre); Wozzeck (COC); Faust, Der Rosenkavalier, Turandot (San Diego Opera); The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera Ontario); Sleeping Beauty (RWB); Romeo and Juliet (Finnish National Ballet).
OTHER THEATRE (Selected) Jesus Christ Superstar,
Evita, Peter Pan, Cabaret (Stratford); Larry King: Standing Up tour; Anne of Green Gables (Confederation Centre). Opera: Faust (Metropolitan Opera); Nixon in China (Vancouver Opera/San Francisco Opera); Lillian Alling, The Magic Flute (Vancouver Opera). Event: Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. FILM Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie.
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in an effort to eliminate cell phone disruptions during performances, the royal manitoba theatre centre will make a donation to the actors’ fund of canada for every cell phone-free performance.
MTC The Seafarer, Looking Back – West, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Cherry Docs. OTHER THEATRE North Main Gothic, The Monster
Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Mmm Munsch, Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); The Designated Mourner (Persona Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).
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FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors. ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with
shows this season without a
over two dozen album credits. He lives in Winnipeg with his partner Arlea and is a member of iatse 63.
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MTC Fight Director: The Seafarer. Actor: Top Girls. OTHER THEATRE Selected fight directing: Tosca,
Carmen (Manitoba Opera); Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR); All Restaurant Fires Are Arson (PTE).
ET CETERA Jacqueline is very pleased to be working
with both MTC and such fine performers.
GreG ellwand in StronG PoiSon (2009/10). Photo by bruce Monk.
TEACHING Jacqueline has taught stage combat at MTYP and PTE, and assistant taught at the U of W.
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The incomparable Nicola Cavendish returns to MTC in the play that speaks to anyone who has ever wanted more. With wit and a colourful vocabulary, Shirley commits subtle anarchy as she escapes the confines of her “unused life”, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.
Armed with wicked wit and astute insight, George Bernard Shaw pits mother against daughter to expose the hypocrisy of Victorian society. Starring Seana McKenna (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire), Mrs. Warren’s Profession is MTC’s contribution to ShawFest 2012.
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MTC (Selected) The Shunning, It’s a Wonderful Life:
A Radio Play, Pride and Prejudice, Over the Tavern, The Retreat from Moscow, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, Trying. OTHER THEATRE (Selected) Composer: Lenin’s
Embalmers, Death of a Salesman, Lebensraum, Einstein’s Gift (WJT); Having Hope at Home (PTE). Music Director: Company, Nine (Dry Cold). TRAINING Bach. of Music Composition (U of M),
Master of Education (U of M). ET CETERA Danny is very excited to have this oppor-
tunity to be back at MTC working with Steven and this talented cast and crew on this creative version of Romeo and Juliet. Hugs to Laura, Lindsay, Hilary and Dot. www.dannycarroll.ca
James Dodding Style/Movement Coach
OTHER THEATRE Shurum Burum Jazz Circus, The Book
of Swords (independent). FILM/TV Sabah, directed by Ruba Nadda; Death
Threat, directed by Zarqa Nawaz; Calendar, directed by Atom Egoyan. TEACHING Roula teaches Seven Waves, a unique system of mindful, fluid movement at her Toronto dance school, Om Laila, as well as in workshops both in Toronto and abroad. ET CETERA Roula is a dancer and musician of
Palestinian heritage based in Toronto. In the world of Middle Eastern dance, Roula is known for her authentic, innovative and compelling style and stage presence. As a musician, Roula sings and plays percussion and qanun (table harp), often performing traditional and re-imagined Arabic songs with vocalist Maryem Tollar, and co-leading eclectic Roma/Middle Eastern Funk Band, Nomadica, with her husband David Buchbinder. Roula also produces the hippest global rhythms dance party and show in Toronto, FunkaBelly.
MTC Director: The Importance of Being Earnest. Movement & Style Coach: Strong Poison.
OTHER THEATRE Selected directing credits include:
Hamlet, The Mikado, The Country Wife (US); The Beggar’s Opera, The Winter’s Tale, the Wakefield Mystery Plays (UK); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Trelawny of the Wells (Canada); has directed in Malta, Ireland, Hong Kong and Belgium. Opera directing includes the world premiere of Manuel Garcia’s L’Isola Disabitata. Writing/directing credits include: Son et lumière and Promenade Productions in the US and UK. Most recent acting credit: Davies in The Caretaker (US). James has presented solo performances at the Royal National Theatre, London. TRAINING/TEACHING James originally trained for theatre at the Rose Bruford College, and studied mime under Marcel Marceau and Ladislav Fialka in Prague. He has taught at major theatre schools in the UK, the US, Europe, and McGill University and the National Theatre School in Canada. He is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre at Wake Forest University. ET CETERA For 17 years, James was a writer and broadcaster for BBC London. He is delighted to be returning to MTC and working with Steven Schipper again.
MTC First engagement.
MTC The Seafarer, Strong Poison. OTHER THEATRE Sixteen seasons with the Shaw
Festival as a member of the Acting Ensemble and as a Voice Coach. Has voice coached and/or acted at TNB, Neptune, Persephone Theatre, Blyth, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and Ship’s Company Theatre. FILM/TV Includes dialect coaching on The River King, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, A Pyromaniac’s Love Story and episodes of various television series. Can be heard in several episodes of the award-winning CBC Radio series Backbencher, playing the role of Anna Dobchuck.
ARTISTS TRAINING/TEACHING Trained at Dalhousie University, the National Theatre School of Canada and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England (as a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship). Has taught at George Brown College, the National Theatre School, Ryerson University, and is now (since 1996) an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Dalhousie University, where she teaches in the Acting Programme. ET CETERA Research includes collecting Canadian
dialects as an associate editor for the world’s first online dialect and accent repository, The International Dialects of English Archive. Recipient of the 2011 Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Rabbit Hole (Neptune).
Cavaleria Rusticana, Pagliacci (Opera Hamilton); The Eco Show (Necessary Angel). Sound & Projection Designer: To Capture Light (Mulgrave Road Theatre/ LunaSea Theatre). ET CETERA Ben is the Creative Director and Designer
for Playground Studios. He is the 2011 Pauline McGibbon Award laureate for design and the 2011 CITT Award for Technical Merit winner for The ToyBox, an interactive installation for all audiences. Ben has also helped create Night Light Travels, an installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto.
Chris Pearce Stage Manager
Shahin Sayadi Advisor MTC Selected: Sixteen productions at the Mainstage including, most recently, Calendar Girls (with Mirvish); seven productions at the Warehouse. OTHER THEATRE Carmen (Manitoba Opera); The
MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Shahin is the founder and Artistic
December Man, Where the Blood Mixes (PTE); The Light in the Piazza (Dry Cold); Kindness (MTYP).
Director of Halifax-based Onelight Theatre, where he has been writing, directing and producing original productions since 2002. He is also the founder and Artistic Producer of Prismatic, a national multiarts festival that celebrates and showcases the work of Canada’s leading Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists.
ET CETERA Shahin Sayadi was born and raised in
Assistant Stage Manager
Abadan, Iran; he arrived in Montreal, Canada wearing shorts and a t-shirt on February 1, 1986 and, notwithstanding the bitter cold, decided to stay. Shahin is pleased to be working with MTC’s great staff on two projects: Romeo and Juliet and Onelight’s Hawk or How He Plays His Song. He is a lifelong fan of Bruce Lee.
ET CETERA Three seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Seasons at the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown festivals. In his free time, Chris volunteers at Save Our Seine and trees Winnipeg.
MTC The 39 Steps, Calendar Girls (with Mirvish).
Apprentice Stage Manager, 1985/86 Mainstage season: Barnum (with Grand), The Real Thing, Tsymbaly, Talking Dirty, Hamlet, Filthy Rich. OTHER THEATRE Assistant Stage Manager: B-Movie,
Ben Chaisson Associate Video Designer
The Play (Shaw, VP, CS, international tour). Stage Manager: Gypsy (Huron Country Playhouse); The Motor Trade (TC). Resident Mainstage and regional tour, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Blyth). ET CETERA Sandra is glad to be back at MTC.
MTC Projection & Sound Designer: Bigger Than Jesus, Hardsell. OTHER THEATRE (Selected) Production Co-Designer:
Malaria Lullaby (SummerWorks 2011). Associate Projection Designer: Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (Charlottetown Festival 2011). Projection Designer: nov/dec 2011
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MTC After Miss Julie, Top Girls, Jitters, The Constant Wife (with Citadel), The Last Five Years, Feelgood (with GCTC).
MTC One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (with TC), The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes.
OTHER THEATRE Recent productions: Strike! – The
OTHER THEATRE Sweeney Todd (Dry Cold); The Merry
Musical (Danny Schur); Bingo!, Burnin’ Love (PTE); Lenin’s Embalmers (WJT/Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company); Remember the Night (Moving Target Theatre Company).
TRAINING Matthew is a graduate of the University
TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School
of Canada. ET CETERA Up next: Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the
Tom Hendry Warehouse.
Wives of Windsor (SIR); HeadSpace, Gorilla, Antipode, Escape from Happiness, Motifs and Repetitions (Black Hole Theatre Company). of Manitoba Theatre Program/Black Hole Theatre Company. He graduates with a drama major and a French minor. ET CETERA I would like to thank all my friends and
family who have supported me in everything I have done. I love you all. Upcoming shows: Arms and the Man (Black Hole Theatre Company/MTC’s ShawFest 2012); Altar Boyz (PTE/Winnipeg Studio Theatre); The Daughter of the Regiment (Manitoba Opera).
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Building a Lifelong Relationship “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde A trip to the theatre does more than encourage an appreciation of the arts. Young people who are educated in the arts get the opportunity to use their creativity and ability to think critically when they imagine the world seen on the stage. Their emotions and sense of empathy are engaged when they study characters; their ideas of history and society are developed through period pieces or plays set in other parts of the world. When we involve young people in the world of theatre, we help them to experience a sense of community that transcends the boundaries of space, time and culture, and in so doing, we honour the diversity of not just our city or country, but of the world.
relationship. In support of this pursuit, we offer a variety of programming for young people: our Theatre for Young Audiences matinees will welcome more than 5,500 students to the John Hirsch Mainstage this season; the Backstage Pass program offers grade 11 and 12 students the chance to take an in-depth look at theatre with help from a variety of theatre professionals; scholarships and apprenticeships are available to students in theatre studies programs to provide assistance and valuable on-the-job experience; facility tours enable groups to take a look behind the scenes to gain an appeciation of what goes on at MTC.
MTC hopes to do much more than merely introduce youth to the experience of live theatre; we want that first meeting to grow into a lifelong
Your continued support of MTC helps make theatre accessible for younger generations and, in turn, helps create a stronger community. Thank you so much.
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The Power of Love The story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet is one of the most enduring and famous plays by William Shakespeare and is a classic of English literature. Most of us have studied the play in school or have seen this classic work presented as a play, ballet or film. The story has been retold many times (see page 7) and the blend of comedy and tragedy makes the play an audience favourite. In 1950, it was adapted into the musical West Side Story, where the feuding families were depicted as rival street gangs. In our production, director Steven Schipper sets the play in present-day Jerusalem, heightening the relevance of the world’s greatest love story and encouraging audiences to reflect on the world around us. At MTC, we strive to entertain, challenge and engage our audiences, believing that a great season of theatre should do all these things. While the lives of Romeo and Juliet end tragically, the truth of Shakespeare’s tale is that their deaths bring their families together in peace and reconciliation. The Montagues and the Capulets were not that different after all. Similarly, the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths have common roots. While these religions may have different practices and traditions, they share similar values of love, peace and charity.
“Two households, both alike in dignity” – Prologue to Romeo and Juliet The approaching holiday season celebrates joy, hope, peace and love and also gives pause to think about how our personal lives and the world around us can reflect those themes. It is also a season of giving and a time when donors traditionally make gifts to our Annual Fund. These gifts keep our doors open wide with affordable ticket prices and ensure artistically rewarding and technically ambitious theatre is presented on our stages. As a donor to our Annual Fund, you contribute toward the 50% of production costs not covered by ticket prices; you play a role in showcasing our community’s fine artistic talent to our audiences; and you educate the next generation of Manitoba theatre audiences. Donations received before December 31 are eligible for a 2011 charitable tax receipt.
“O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright.” – Romeo Your support of our Annual Fund keeps MTC’s artistic fire burning bright this season. Make a gift today.
Donate by mail, phone, or online at www.mtc.mb.ca. For more information, contact Garth in the Development Office at 956-1340 ext 240.
MTC MOURNS THE LOSS OF FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ARIF HASNAIN This past spring, Arif Hasnain passed away in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Arif was MTC’s sixth Artistic Director, taking the reins from Len Cariou in 1976. Arif began his career at MTC as an actor in Alice Through the Looking Glass, Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In four seasons as artistic director, Arif balanced familiar plays with risk-taking, directing such plays as The Crucible, Measure for Measure, Dracula and The Seagull, which featured a young Kathleen Turner. Arif’s directing career took him to the Vancouver Playhouse, the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis, and the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Arif was also a gifted teacher, working with students at the National Theatre School, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. MTC mourns the loss of Arif Hasnain – actor, director, artistic director, mentor and friend. 30
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Artistic Jeff Kennedy, Wordplay Coordinator Laurie Lam, Producer Robb Paterson, Associate Artistic Director Steven Schipper, Artistic Director Casey Shapira, Literary Apprentice* Melinda Tallin, Artistic Coordinator
Carpentry Louis Gagné, Layout Carpenter Chris Hadley, Carpenter Brent Letain, Master Carpenter Chris Seida, Scenic Carpenter Lloyd Thomas, Carpenter
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John Hirsch Theatre Front-of-House Deborah Gay-de Vries, Front-of-House Manager Kim Cossette, Assistant House Manager Jonny Hall, Elfie Harvey, Kelsey Johnson, Sherri Kostecki, Tia Levine, Robyn Milligan, Rachael Neal, Jessica Olson, Amariah Peterson, Angela Rajfur, Jennifer Schmidt, Caroline Shields, Cristin Sinclair, Kevin Stroski, Phyllis Van Drunen, Rita Vande Vyvere, Chelsea Zacharias, Derek Zorniak
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