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By Andrew Bovell CAST – IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER Gabrielle York (Younger) Joe Ryan Gabriel York/Henry Law Elizabeth Law (Younger) Gabrielle York (Older) Elizabeth Law (Older) Gabriel Law/Andrew Price
Bobbi Goddard Christopher Hunt+ David Ley* Nancy McAlear+ Sandra M. Nicholls* Kathleen Weiss* Tim Welham
CREATIVE TEAM Director Set, Lighting and Projection Designer Costume Designer Composer Sound Designer
Megan Watson Lee Livingstone David Lovett Tully Johnson
Assistant Lighting Designer Assistant Costume Designer Assistant Projection Designer
Zsofia Opra-Szabo Hannah Matiachuk Camille Maltais
Voice and Dialect Coach
Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager
Erin Valentine Kate Quinn-Feehan
Stage Management Advisor
*Equity members appearing without reference to an Equity contract. +Equity members appearing courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
• 5 Production Team • 6 Director’s Notes • 9 Playwright Bio • 15, 16 Next Season • 17 Mandate • 18 Photos • 20 Awards • 21 Staff / FOH • 22 Donors 3
FEATURES INCLUDE: • DEADEND ADVENTURES • ART OF CAR PACKING • PLAYLISTS • BOOKS ON THE ROAD • CHARTING A NEW COURSE .. ...AND MUCH MORE!
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Production Manager: Technical Director: Production Administrative Assistant:
Gerry van Hezewyk Larry Clark Jonathan Durynek
Wardrobe Manager: Cutter: Stitcher: Dyer:
Joanna Johnston Ann Salmonson Karen Kucher Kathleen Mulder
Head Scenic/Stage Carpenter: Scenic Carpenter: Head Scenic Painter: Scenic Painters:
Darrell Cooksey Andre Lavoie Kim Creller Bob Gaudet Eden Unger
Lighting Supervisor: Head of Lighting: Lighting Technicians:
Jeff Osterlin Kim Creller Jacinda Maxwell Laura Campbell Celeste Birzgalis Bob Gaudet Cheyenne Sykes
Joel Adria Elijah Lindenberger
Sound Supervisor/Head of Sound:
Running Crew: Lighting & Projection Operator: Sound Operator: Stage Crew:
Celeste Birzgalis Misha Hlebnicov Eden Unger
Acknowledgements: Mel Geary Gary Meiklejohn - Christie Lites
By Megan Watson
Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling is a saturated piece of writing. During the rehearsal process I was continually astounded by the incredible journey that each actor has to walk in order to lift this winding story from the page. The play travels between London and Australia, spans eighty years and four generations yet still maintains a sense of intimacy. Seven actors play nine roles. This means that David Ley and Tim Welham play their own grandsons. Nancy McAlear and Kathleen Weiss play the older and younger versions of the same woman, as do Bobbi Goddard and Sandra Nicholls. The world into which these characters are thrown is shrouded in secrecy. In Gabriel York’s opening speech he says, “The past is a mystery.” But the truth will always reveal itself. It can fester beneath our skin for a while, generations even, eventually it will rise to the surface. The way Bovell’s characters are grappling with the devastating unavoidability of the truth is reminiscent of classical Greek drama. The human need to know, to understand, drives all of us. But how do we carry it once it is revealed? The play loops, weaves and ripples through time and place. The past haunts the future and the future reaches into the past. The structural rules of the play are ﬂuid like water. This is ﬁtting since water is a recurring and persistent symbol throughout the play. You can’t stop water from ﬂowing and eventually it creeps into our clothes and drenches our bones. Bovell’s metaphorical use of water beautifully reﬂects the emotional life of the play while commenting on the world’s current climate crisis. When the Rain Stops Falling inspires and challenges me and I am so glad that this brilliant company of artists and practitioners have the opportunity to share it with the Studio Theatre audience. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my loved ones for all their support and to the faculty for their guidance during this graduate school adventure.
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Andrew Bovell was born in 1962 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and has written proliﬁcally for the stage, ﬁlm and television. After graduating with a diploma in Dramatic Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, Bovell received a Literature Board fellowship in 1985. In 1987, he began a residency with the Melbourne Workers Theatre, which would become a longstanding relationship with the company, where many of his early plays were produced, including State of Defense (1987), Ship of Fools (1988), The Ballad of Lois Ryan (1988), and After Dinner (1988). Since their initial production, Bovell has turned both State of Defense and The Ballad of Lois Ryan into novels. Bovell became the writer-in-residence for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 1989. In 1991, he took a residency at the Dar win Theatre Company, and another at the Edith Cowan University in Perth in 1994. He has also written for ﬁlm and television, including The Fisherman’s Wake and Lust for ABC, and in ﬁlm, Edge of Darkness (2010), Blessed (2009), The Book of Revelation (2006), and his most recent work, A Most Wanted Man (2014), an adaptation of a novel by John LeCarré. Bovell’s work touches on a wide range of social and political themes. When asked in an inter view with Australian Stage what excites him about theatre, he said: “I feel like there is unmapped terrain in theatre. There are still things to be discovered - ways of shaping and creating work - new modes of expression to be unlocked, boundaries to be pushed. It has the potential to be a radical form of art that can continually question the status quo. On the other hand, if it fails to do this, it becomes deeply conser vative and staid. It’s an interesting time for me - as audiences beyond Australia have become interested in my work. So I guess there is a sense of possibility too.” (2009) When the Rain Stops Falling premiered at Brink Productions in 2008 for the Adelaide Festival for the Arts. It won numerous awards, including the Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Literar y Awards for Best Play, the Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work, and the Adelaide Critics Circle Individual Award. It has been produced extensively internationally and is arguably Bovell’s best-known work, with its New York production at The Lincoln Center (2010) named Best Play of the Year by Time Magazine.
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U of A Studio Theatre’s artistic director, Kathleen Weiss, has been busy plotting out the programming for the 2014-15 Studio Theatre season. Between rehearsals for her acting role in When the Rain Stops Falling, Kate caught up with Curious Arts to reveal the show titles for the upcoming season, and share insights on why she is passionate about producing these particular plays here and now. “We are inviting audiences to be curious with us; to dive head and heart ﬁrst together, with our students, faculty and guest artists, into some big questions. The upcoming line-up of plays will prompt us to examine all aspects of the human experience.” The season begins with Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour on September 18 - 27, 2014. The dark comedy is set in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby-era and the main character is loosely based on Fitzgerald: John Pace Seavering, a wealthy Princeton graduate who wishes to be a publisher. “He must decide between two manuscripts for his ﬁrst venture: his best friend from college’s sprawling masterpiece, or his older, black lover’s compelling memoir. Suddenly a machine arrives at his ofﬁce...spewing out pages from academic books of the future, detailing the devastating results of his choice. What will his decision be? Can he alter the future? How can he use his power at all, in the face of the alleged facts?” Weiss said The Violet Hour soars of f the page. “The characters are the age of our students - young, beautiful, tormented, creatives that they can relate to. It will be a really appealing theatre experience for the literary lovers on campus, the budding writers in our community - those that aim to publish and those that do the publishing. There’s a lot there to draw in the bookworms and book clubs, to bring in the dreamers and poets, and really anyone with an afﬁnity for the Art 15
Deco aesthetic of the period.” The Violet Hour is Lucy Collingwood’s MFA directing thesis and her introduction to the professional theatre community in Edmonton. “Lucy is a very smart, literary director and well-suited to take on this stylistically innovative script from American playwright Richard Greenberg. It demands an intellectual literary acumen at the helm and is inherently theatrical in the way that it plays with illusion and reality.” When the capstone BA Drama course, DR 457, produced Moira Bufﬁni’s Welcome to Thebes this spring in the TIMMS Second Playing Space, Weiss said it became clear to her that Bufﬁni speaks to this generation of students like no other playwright. “She’s a satirist. A feminist. So smart, very funny and the students love her.” In response to the great student demand for Bufﬁni, Weiss has boldly programmed a Bufﬁni Festival this fall, producing two of the English satirist’s works, Loveplay and Blavatsky’s Tower on the U of A Studio Theatre mainstage, and a third, Gabriel, in the Bleviss Laboratory Theatre (formerly the Media Room). “By being among the ﬁrst theatre companies to introduce Western Canadian audiences to the forward-thinking work of Moira Bufﬁni, the University of Alberta is innovating theatre practice in Alberta,” explained Weiss. “Our Bufﬁni Festival presents great acting explorations for the BFA acting class of 2015, and fantastic research opportunities for our faculty directors, Jan Selman and Sandy Nicholls.” Jan Selman directs Loveplay (October 30 - November 8, 2014), a satirical romp that covers two millennia in 90 minutes. “It emerges as a rather breathless mixture of La Ronde and 1066 and All That. Each of the 10 scenes takes place in one London location; over the centuries it moves from Roman
SEASON LINE-UP FOR 2014-15 (...CONTINUED) temple to medieval abbey, elegant townhouse, Victorian studio and 1960s squat, eventually becoming a modern dating agency. The constant factor is the quest, often doomed, for love and sex,” explains Weiss. Sandy Nicholls directs Blavatsky’s Tower (November 27 - December 6, 2014). “This is a metaphysical black comedy; the ultimate soap opera of family life in which an idealistic architect kidnaps his own family and locks them away to protect them from the world he cannot change. It’s like a modern Glass Menagerie with fascinating characters to unravel,” says Weiss. To showcase what she describes as a “very musically talented group of BFA actors” graduating in 2015, Weiss has invited U of A alumnus and former Edmonton Opera artistic director Brian Deedrick to direct The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill (February 5 - 14, 2015). Deedrick last directed The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby at U of A Studio Theatre in February 2011. “Brecht was an innovator that broke down the fourth wall and the Department of Drama has a great tradition of producing Brecht. Our Brechtian scholar, Piet Defraeye, is teaching a cross-listed Brecht graduate seminar in the Winter 2015 term and I am excited about the potential for cross-Faculty of Arts connections with the Wirth Institute, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, Economics, History and Music.” This will be the third Studio Theatre production of the great classic The Threepenny Opera in its 65 year history. The ﬁrst production was in 1981 with Drama’s current Assistant Chair, then BFA Acting student Julie Brown in the cast, as well as Francis Damberger, Paul Gross, and Michele Fleiger. It was produced again in 1995, featuring Chris Craddock, Steve Pirot, Vanessa Porteous, Jane Heather and Brendan Nearey. A top-notch creative team of collaborators has been assembled around Deedrick for The Threepenny Opera, including faculty designer 16
Robert Shannon, choreographer Marie Nychka and Alberta Ballet’s musical director Peter Dala, who will lead a 13-piece orchestra in the pit. New directing faculty member David Kennedy will make his Studio Theatre directing debut (March 26 - April 4, 2015) with Strindberg’s A Dream Play, in a potent adaptation by Caryl Churchill, who is “one of the most fascinating contemporary female dramatists right now.” Weiss said programming A Dream Play was driven by Kennedy’s unique vision for the production; he will cast all the females from the 2015 BFA acting class as Agnes, daughter of the Vedic god Indra, who descends to Earth to bear witness to the human experience. “I am very excited about putting this beautiful and complex piece of theatrical magic in the hands of a master director like David Kennedy,” said Weiss. The ﬁnal U of A Studio Theatre season show in May 2015 remains “to be announced” until the rights to produce are conﬁrmed. It will be Amanda Bergen’s MFA directing thesis project. “Amanda is a director who is very focused on the human condition. She cares deeply about people and their relationship to one another and to society. Her directing reﬂects this deep engagement with community.” The 2014-15 season subscriptions ($55 student, $80 senior, $100 adult), ﬂex passes (three student tickets $25, three adult tickets $48) and single ticket prices ($11 student, $22 adult, $20 senior) remain the same as last year. See the TIMMS Box Ofﬁce staff for details. All performances take place at the TIMMS Centre for the Arts. The U of A Studio Theatre showcases Canada’s leading university theatre students in acting, directing, theatre design, vocal coaching, technical theatre production, and stage management as well as faculty and distinguished professional guests from across Canada.
To provide sterling training and educational opportunities for BFA acting, technical theatre and stage management students, and MFA design, directing and MA dramaturgy students
To provide research / creative activity opportunities for the Department of Drama’s faculty directors and designers
To provide opportunities for connections with departments across campus through the choice of plays which have cultural, through the choice of plays and their cultural, literary and historical signiﬁcance
To provide opportunities for the community at large to engage with the Department of Drama through guest artist collaboration and attendance as audience members Kathleen Weiss, Artistic Director U of A Studio Theatre and Chair Department of Drama
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The Faculty of Arts celebrated excellence in teaching, research and service with an awards ceremony at the Faculty Club on the evening of May 6, 2014. Please join the Department of Drama in warmly congratulating each of our award recipients. The University of Alberta’s Teaching Unit Award was awarded to the BFA Acting Teaching Unit. This award recognizes teaching excellence that occurs as a result of the collaboration of the following acting instructors: Sandra Nicholls, David Ley, Betty Moulton, Lin Snelling, Michael Kennard, Kathleen Weiss, Kim McCaw, Jan Selman, Marie Nychka, Jan Henderson, Kim Mattice-Wanat, and Jean-Pierre Fournier. Sandra Nicholls was awarded the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award and also awarded the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Sandy teaches in the BA, BFA Acting and MFA Directing programs and students across programs regularly cite her as the teacher who had the most impact on them. Jessy Ardern was honoured with a 2014 Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Research Award, receiving $5000 to cover 15 weeks of research-based activity over the summer for his project “Corday/David: Towards a New Play.” David Prestley, TIMMS events coordinator and theatre administrator was recognized for his outstanding service as a staff member. David has been the face of the TIMMS Centre for the past seven years, administrating our six play Studio Theatre season and looking after all the facility’s rental event details with class. Three of Drama’s graduate student teachers were awarded with teaching awards: Brendan Nearey is an outstanding teacher in our production area, teaching stage carpentry, production crew and production labs. Students appreciate his hands-on approach and how he blends theory with problem solving and practice. Val Planche teaches acting and theatre practice across Drama’s programs. Her students say she is an inspiring professional who cares deeply about them. Megan Watson is a promising young director who has taught three acting and play analysis courses in Drama. She is a master at giving articulate and meaningful feedback to her students.
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