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Bob Baker Artistic Director penny ritco executive Director Board of Governors

Marshall Shoctor, Q.C. Chair Arliss Miller Past Chair J. G. Greenough, F.C.A. Treasurer Solomon Rolingher, Q.C. Secretary David D. Bentley, F.C.A. Frederick K. Campbell Jacqueline Charlesworth Marc de La Bruyère Anne Foote (Honourary) Ada Hole Ralph B. MacMillan Sandy Mactaggart (Honourary) Jack McBain Tom Redl Aroon Sequeira Ex Officio Chris Sheard Kayla Shoctor Ralph Young Dr. Robert Westbury

Board of Directors Aroon Sequeira President Ralph Young Past President Catrin Owen Vice President Stuart Lee Treasurer Ken Bautista Guy Bridgeman Lesley Cormack Jane Halford Ted Hole Mike House Richard Kirby Al Maurer Lisa Miller Dave Mowat Margot Ross-Graham Gaurav Singhmar Larry Staples Sheila Witwicky

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Jack N. Agrios, Jan Bentley, Joanne Berger, Christine Bishop, Dan Block, Frank Calder, Gary G. Campbell, Betty Carlson, Donald A. Carlson, Marilyn Cohen, Reg Copithorne, Len Dolgoy, Allison Edwards, Dennis Erker, Grant Fairley, John C. Forster, Frank Gibson, James Gillespie, Jean Hamilton, Brian Hetherington, Gary Killips, Beverlee Loat, Maureen McCaw, Eva McGregor, Susan Minsos, Terry Nistor, Bob Normand, Ted Power, Jerry Preston, Henry (Hank) Reid, Rob Reynolds, Charlotte Robb, Barbara Shumsky, Esther Starkman, Marianne Takach, Merle Taylor, Mr. Justice Dennis R. Thomas, Brian Tod, John Tweddle, Brian Vaasjo, Chief Justice A.H. Wachowich, Bob Walker, Dr. Marvin Weisler, Bart West, Eve Willox, David Wilson, Doris Wilson, John Yerxa

2012/13 Season ...................... A FEW GOOD MEN By Aaron Sorkin September 15 - October 7, 2012

NEXT TO NORMAL Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey Music by Tom Kitt October 20 - November 11, 2012

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Adapted by Tom Wood Based on the story by Charles Dickens November 30 - December 23, 2012 Presented by

PRIVATE LIVES By Noël Coward February 2 - 24, 2013

BLIND DATE Created and performed by Rebecca Northan February 13 - 24, 2013

RIDE THE CYCLONE Written by Jacob Richmond Music by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond February 22 - March 10, 2013

THE KITE RUNNER Adapted by Matthew Spangler Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini March 9 - 31, 2013

THE PENELOPIAD By Margaret Atwood March 30 - April 21, 2013 Presented by

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PREMIER | SUPPORTERS We gratefully acknowledge the significant support of our donors who make it possible for the Citadel to present world-class theatre that is accessible, intelligent, passionate and relevant.

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PREMIER | SUPPORTERS We are proud to recognize our Premier Supporters, our partners in the creation of theatre at The Citadel Theatre/Robbins Academy. The Hole Family • The John and Barbara Poole Family Fund the Eldon & Anne Foote Fund • The Robbins Foundation Canada The Joseph H. Shoctor fund

Government & Foundation Supporters

Dr. Joseph H. Shoctor, 1922 – 2001

executive producer and founder, the citadel theatre

Joe’s vision brought professional theatre to Edmonton Joe’s dream built The Citadel Theatre Joe’s spirit continues to inspire the theatre we create today Joe’s legacy lives on through a generous gift to The Citadel from his estate

HENRY HOLE, 1884 - 1954 On the Citadel’s 30th Anniversary, a gift was made by the Company of Harry Hole, James F. Hole, Ralph K. Hole and Robert W. Hole on behalf of the Hole family — in honour of their late father, Henry Hole. The Citadel Theatre is proud to honour Henry Hole’s integrity, compassion and leadership in the dedication of this complex to his memory.

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C O U R T E S I E S

ELECTRONIC DEVICES No doubt we have all been distracted by a cell phone, pager or watch alarm ringing or lighting up when attending the theatre. For every performance which is unmarred by one of these distractions, we will donate $5 to the Actors’ Fund of Canada. ALLERGY ALERT For the safety of those with allergies, please refrain from the use of perfumes or scented products before coming to the theatre. H E A R I N G A D VA N C E M E N T H E A D S E T S We offer headsets to patrons with hearing difficulties. Ask the usher at the door of the theatre. These are provided free of charge. You will be asked to leave your driver’s license as a deposit until the headset is returned at the end of the performance.

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Margaret Atwood’s The Cast (in alphabetical order) NADIEN CHU...................................................... Zoe, Anticleia, Suitor ELLEN DENNY. . .................................................. Melantho, Suitor SARAH MACHIN GALE..................................... Chloris, Laertes, Suitor BETH GRAHAM.................................................. Penelope CLAIRE HESSELGRAVE................................... Narcissa, Telemachus, Suitor MARY HULBERT................................................ Selene, Helen of Troy, Suitor KATIE LAWSON.. ................................................ Iole, Naiad, Suitor ALISON MacDONALD....................................... Kerthia, Oracle, Suitor MARGO MacDONALD. . ..................................... Alecto, Icarius, Suitor ALISON MacKAY.............................................. Tanis, Musician, Suitor CARLY McKEE................................................... Phasiana, Antinous, Suitor CATHERINE McNALLY..................................... Klytie, Eurycleia, Menelaus, Suitor LISA NORTON.................................................... Celandine, Odysseus, Suitor Director................................................................ BRENDA BAZINET Associate Director/Choreographer.................. DAYNA TEKATCH Set & Lighting Design........................................ BRETTA GERECKE Costume Design................................................. NARDA McCARROLL Original Music/Sound Design........................... DON HORSBURGH Assistant Director............................................... KELTIE BROWN Fight Director...................................................... JONATHAN PURVIS Fight Captain. . ..................................................... CLAIRE HESSELGRAVE Dance Captain.................................................... ALISON MACKAY Stage Manager................................................... TRACEY BYRNE Assistant Stage Manager ................................. KERRY JOHNSON Apprentice Stage Manager............................... MOLLY PEARSON Maids and other characters are played by the members of the company THE PENELOPIAD has one 15 minute intermission. The production of The Penelopiad is dedicated in memory to Barbara Poole. The Citadel engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Production personnel for the Citadel Theatre are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Sponsors


Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College. Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood’s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long PenTM. Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers’ Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N., Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Ms. Atwood is also a current VicePresident of PEN International.

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In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope — wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy — is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and — curiously — twelve of her maids. In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged Maids, asking: ‘What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?’. In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality — and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.

“Homer’s Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local — a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope’s parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I’ve chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn’t hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself.” —from Margaret Atwood’s foreword to The Penelopiad. 26 the penelopiad


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Theatre and Drama in Ancient Greece The Greeks’ history began around 700 B.C. with festivals honoring their many gods. One god, Dionysus, was honored with an unusual festival called the City Dionysia. The revelry-filled festival was led by drunken men dressed up in rough goat skins (because goats were thought sexually potent) who would sing and play in choruses to welcome Dionysus. Tribes competed against one another in performances, and the best show would have the honor of winning the contest. Of the four festivals in Athens (each reflecting seasonal changes), plays were only presented at one festival — City Dionysia. Historians believe that the Greeks patterned their celebrations after the traditional Egyptian pageants honoring Osiris. At the early Greek festivals, the actors, directors, and dramatists were all the same person. Later, only three actors could be used in each play. After some time, non-speaking roles were allowed to perform on-stage. Because of the limited number of actors allowed onstage, the chorus evolved into a very active part of Greek theatre. Though the number of people in the chorus is not clear, the chorus was given as many as one-half the total lines of the play. Music was often played during the chorus’ delivery of its lines. Although few tragedies written from this time actually remain, the themes and accomplishments of Greek tragedy still resonate to contemporary audiences. The term tragedy (tragos and ode) literally means “goat song,” after the festival participants’ goat-like dancing around sacrificial goats for prizes. Most Greek tragedies are based on mythology or history and deal with characters’ search for the meaning of life and the nature of the gods. Most tragedies that have survived from this period begin with a prologue that gives the audience exposition to the following action. The chorus then introduces a period called the paradox. During this time introductions to characters are made, exposition is given, and a mood is established. The final scene is called the exodus when all the characters as well as the chorus depart. Three well-known Greek tragedy playwrights of the fifth century are Sophocles, Euripedes and Aeschylus, who was a competitor at the City Dionysia around 499 B.C., wrote some of the oldest tragedies in the world. Only a few of Aeschylus’ plays have survived but they include The Persians and the Oresteia Trilogy. Aeschylus is attributed with introducing the second actor to the stage. Another Greek playwright was Sophocles, and only seven of his tragedies — including the still-popular Antigone, Electra, and Oedipus Rex — have survived. Sophocles won twenty-four contests for his plays, never placing lower than second place. His contributions to theatre history are many: He introduced the third actor to the stage, fixed the number of chorus members to fifteen, and was the first to use scene painting. Euripedes was another prolific playwright who is believed to have written 90 plays, 18 of which have survived, including Medea, Hercules and The Trojan Women. He 28 the penelopiad


was often criticized for the way he questioned traditional values on stage. Euripedes also explored the psychological motivations of his character’s actions which had not been explored by other authors. His plays were used as pattern for other authors for many years after his death. Comedy was also an important part of ancient Greek theatre. No one is quite sure of the origins of comedy, but it is said that they derived from imitation. All comedies of note during this time are by Aristophanes. Aristophanes, who competed in the major Athenian festivals, wrote 40 plays, 11 of which survived — including the most controversial piece of literature to come from ancient Greece, Lysistrata, a humorous tale about a strong woman who leads a female coalition to end war in Greece. Although only 33 tragedies and 11 comedies remain from such a creative period, the Greeks were responsible for the birth of drama in the Western world. This page is the property of Scott R. Robinson and may not reflect the opinions of CWU (Central Washington University) nor any of its departments.

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Odysseus Odysseus (called Ulysses in Latin) was the son of Laertes and was the ruler of the island kingdom of Ithaca. He was one of the most prominent Greek leaders in the Trojan War, and was the hero of Homer’s Odyssey. He was known for his cleverness and cunning, and for his eloquence as a speaker. Odysseus was one of the original suitors of Helen of Troy. When Menelaus succeeded in winning Helen’s hand in marriage, it was Odysseus who advised him to get the other suitors to swear to defend his marriage rights. However, when Menelaus called on the suitors to help him bring Helen back from Troy, Odysseus was reluctant to make good on his oath. He pretended to have gone mad, plowing his fields and sowing salt instead of grain. Palamedes placed Odysseus’ infant son in front of the plow, and Odysseus revealed his sanity when he turned aside to avoid injuring the child. However reluctant he may have been to join the expedition, Odysseus fought heroically in the Trojan War, refusing to leave the field when the Greek troops were being routed by the Trojans, and leading a daring nocturnal raid in company with Diomedes. He was also the originator of the Trojan horse, the strategem by which the Greeks were finally able to take the city of Troy itself. After the death of Achilles, he and Ajax competed for Achilles’ magnificent armor; when Odysseus’ eloquence caused the Greeks to award the prize to him, Ajax went mad and killed himself. Odysseus’ return from Troy, chronicled in the Odyssey, took ten years and was beset by perils and misfortune. He freed his men from the pleasure-giving drugs of the Lotus-Eaters, rescued them from the cannibalism of the Cyclopes and the enchantments of Circe. He braved the terrors of the underworld with them, and while in the land of the dead Hades allowed Thiresias, Odysseus’ mother, Ajax and others to give him advice on his next journey. They gave him important advice about the cattle of the sun (which Apollo herds), Scylla and Charybdis and the Sirens. From there on the travels were harder for Odysseus, but they would have been much worse off if it wasn’t for the help of the dead. With this newly acquired knowledge, he steered them past the perils of the Sirens and of Scylla and Charybdis. He could not save them from their final folly, however, when they violated divine commandments by slaughtering and eating the cattle of the sun-god. As a result of this rash act, Odysseus’ ship was destroyed by a thunderbolt, and only Odysseus himself survived. He came ashore on the island of the nymph Calypso, who made him her lover and refused to let him leave for seven years. When Zeus finally intervened, Odysseus sailed away on a small boat, only to be shipwrecked by another storm. He swam ashore on the island of the Phaeacians, where he was magnificently entertained and then, at long last, escorted home to Ithaca.

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There were problems in Ithaca as well, however. During Odysseus’ twenty-year absence, his wife, Penelope, had remained faithful to him, but she was under enormous pressure to remarry. A whole host of suitors were occupying her palace, drinking and eating and behaving insolently to Penelope and her son, Telemachus. Odysseus arrived at the palace, disguised as a ragged beggar, and observed their behavior and his wife’s fidelity. With the help of Telemachus and Laertes, he slaughtered the suitors and cleansed the palace. He then had to fight one final battle, against the outraged relatives of the men he had slain; Athena intervened to settle this battle, however, and peace was restored. Encyclopedia Mythica

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Colin MacLean is the dean of Edmonton theatre reviewers. In 2007, Colin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton at the Sterling Awards.

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After the series ended in 1973, the Pythons got together sporadically. They made movies and television specials. The restless Idle had many successes on his own – most notably The Rutles, an affectionate parody of the Beatles. He wrote books, voiced cartoons and appeared in a number of movies. But, as Michael Palin was to observe in 2006, “None of us would get together and write a Python stage show. Eric eventually ran out of patience and said ‘Well, I’ll do it myself then.’” His show “lovingly ripped off” the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and, like the original, it’s a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. Even the title comes from a line in the film, “We eat ham and jam and Spam a lot”. In terms of box office success, Spamalot went far beyond anything the Pythons could dream up in their fevered imaginations. The group’s game-changing television series had a profound effect on comedy on both sides of the Atlantic, but its audience remained firmly stuck in a niche. Idle went looking for something to appeal to a much wider demographic. And so, in Spamalot, the memorable,

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Spamalot was a monster hit on Broadway (Broadway God Mike Nichols directed), in the West End, in Las Vegas and in other incarnations around the world. Variety reported advance ticket sales of $18 million – the biggest ever for a Broadway show. It was nominated for 14 Tonys. Before it closed after 1,574 performances it had been seen by more than 2 million people. And how did the Pythons react to the success? Because Idle had strayed quite far from the well, the comments were rather grudging. Terry Jones, who codirected the original film grouched, “Spamalot is utterly pointless. It’s full of air.” Terry Gilliam described the show as “Python-lite.” Palin sniffed, “Spamalot is not Python as we would have written it.” Idle was understandably put off by their comments and thundered in print, “I’m making them money and the ungrateful bastards never thank me. Who gave them a million dollars each for Spamalot?” Perhaps as the cheques arrived, the rest of the group came around. John Cleese played the (recorded) voice of God in the show. In later quotes Palin was ecstatic, saying, “We are all hugely delighted that Spamalot is doing so well.” Cleese chimed in, “ I think Spamalot turned out splendidly. I defy anyone to go and not have a really fun evening.” So, Spamalot may be based on the Monty Python brand of anarchistic humour but, in its silly little heart, it’s an old fashioned, good time Broadway show with great tunes and lots of belly laughs. As I’ve noted in this column before, the reason Idle’s idyll is ending the season here at the Citadel is because Artistic Director Bob Baker was watching audiences convulsed by the theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show last year and thought that he’d like to give patrons that gift again. “I just wanted something that was that wildly entertaining.” Baker’s production includes many familiar actors, all of whom have developed loyal local followings. Susan Gilmour (Man of La Mancha/Little Women – at the Citadel) is the “Lady of the Lake”, Julien Arnold is “Sir Robin”, and the Citadel’s go-to-guy for everything from Death of a Salesman to Private Lives, John Ullyatt, is the stainless steel “Sir Lancelot” who undergoes an hilarious character transplant right on stage. Monty Python’s Spamalot opens on April 20.

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BIOS NADIEN CHU

Zoe, Anticleia, Suitor

Nadien is an Edmonton-based performer and graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta. She is absolutely delighted to be working on The Penelopiad with this incredible ensemble of artists. Recent credits include Cleopatra’s Sister, Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide and Cherish for Northern Light Theatre; Ladies Who Lynch for Workshop West; Hedda Gabler for The Canoe Festival; Julius Caesar/The Tempest, Twelfth Night/Othello,Titus Andronicus (Sterling Award) /Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet/Love’s Labour’s Lost for Free Will Shakespeare Festival; August: Osage County for Citadel Theatre; Tideline for Studio Theatre; Mourning Dove for Kill Your Television; Are We There Yet? for Concrete Theatre; Palace of the End (Sterling Nomination) for Theatre Network and Cuckoos (Sterling Nomination) for Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Nadien would like to thank her family for their constant love and support!

ELLEN DENNY

Melantho, Suitor

Ellen is proud to be following up an unforgettable month of training at the Banff Centre with this powerful all-female show, which marks her debut on the Citadel stage. Previous credits include Abduction from the Seraglio for Opera Nova Scotia; Funny Money, Three Munschketeers and Peter Pan for Festival Antigonish and Johanna in Sweeney Todd for Neptune Theatre. Ellen recently completed her studies in acting and classical voice at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she starred in The Madwoman of Chaillot and Lady Windermere’s Fan. She has also appeared in several fringe festival productions (in her native London ON), and as a concert soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. This summer, Ellen heads to Charlottetown PEI where she will be portraying Canada’s beloved redhead Anne Shirley in Anne & Gilbert.

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BIOS SARAH MACHIN GALE Chloris, Laertes, Suitor

Sarah is excited to be making her Citadel debut. Previously in Edmonton she appeared in Catalyst Theatre’s Frankenstein, which toured to Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Theatre Calgary/ High Performance Rodeo, Keyano Theatre, Yukon Arts Centre, Persephone and Canadian Stage. Recent credits include Calendar Girls and To Master the Art for the Grand Theatre, London; Imprints for Theatre Gargantua; Romeo + Juliet for Driftwood Theatre and After the Crash – a play about Brain Injury with Ruckus Ensemble/Toronto Rehab. Sarah toured Europe, UK and Asia with ADGE/TNT Britain in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Canterville Ghost. Other UK credits include Crackpot at the Finborough Theatre; The Imaginary Invalid at the North Pole, Greenwich; Small Talk at the Brockley Jack and 30 productions over six seasons of weekly rep at Frinton Theatre, Essex. She is an alumni of the Victoria School of the Arts, has a post grad from London Contemporary Dance School (UK) and is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. Love and thanks to Kate, Tim, Joey and Charlie.

BETH GRAHAM

Penelope

Beth has appeared in A Christmas Carol, Death of A Salesman, The Drowning Girls, Penelope vs. The Aliens and The Paper Bag Princess at the Citadel Theatre. Other selected theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz for Regina’s Globe Theatre; Hunchback, Nevermore and The Blue Orphan for Catalyst Theatre; The Drowning Girls (National Tour) and Summer of My Amazing Luck for Theatre Network/Manitoba Theatre Centre. Beth has cowritten several plays including The Drowning Girls, Comrades, Mules and Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things. She was a member of the 2010 Citadel Theatre’s Playwright’s Forum and she is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program. She has had a most excellent time working with this fantastic group of women and attending the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. Enjoy the show!

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BIOS CLAIRE HESSELGRAVE

Narcissa, Telemachus, Suitor, Fight Captain Originally from Vashon Island, Washington, Claire has been living in Vancouver for the last five years where she received her BFA in Acting from UBC. She is incredibly honored to be one of the twelve participants of the 2013 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program and could not have asked for a better group of artists to work with. In her spare time, she enjoys painting portraits of dogs and listening to podcasts of This American Life. Selected credits include STATIONARY for Delinquent Theatre; 500 Words for Green Thumb Theatre; Lost in Place for Alley Theatre; Wild Honey, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Madonna Painter, Romeo and Juliet and The Laramie Project for Theatre at UBC.

MARY HULBERT

Selene, Helen of Troy, Suitor The Penelopiad is Mary’s first engagement with the Citadel Theatre. Other theatre credits include Pervert for Northern Light Theatre; Pushed for Cold.Dead.Fish theatre; Workplays for the Alberta Worker’s Health Centre; Spreepark for Mischief and Mayhem Theatre; Alberto The Dancing Alligator for Kompany Theatre; and Black Comedy and Good Woman of Setzuan for Studio Theatre. Mary is also featured as a co-host on Alberta-based television show Let’s Go Outdoors (CTV 2, Discovery World HD). Mary is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. She would like to thank her family, friends, FB, and JC for their constant love and support.

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BIOS KATIE LAWSON

Iole, Naiad, Suitor

Katie is so happy to be making her Citadel debut in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. Selected credits include Trout Stanley for Heart in Hand Theatre; the title role in Candida for Burning Passions Theatre; Boeing Boeing for Cow Patti Theatre; Not Now Darling, Cash on Delivery and Out of Order for The Upper Canada Playhouse; Beatrice in Unity 1918 for Theatre Aquarius and a season at the Stratford Festival appearing in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending and Edward II. Katie is a graduate of the University of Victoria, and George Brown Theatre School, and is honoured and proud to have been a participant in the 2013 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. Big love to Derek and her family.

ALISON MacDONALD Kerthia, Oracle, Suitor

Currently based out of Toronto, Alison is happy to be back in Alberta and working with such a phenomenal group of ladies! Favourite credits include Maria in The Sound of Music for Gateway; The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing... for Chemainus; Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes & The Winter Wonderettes for TIP/Theatre Kingston; Claire in Ordinary Days for Relephant Theatre; Back To You for Musical Theatreworks/Prairie Theatre Exchange; The World Goes ‘Round for AMC and Logainne in Spelling Bee for Belfry/ArtsClub (Jessie Award for Outstanding Ensemble). Upcoming for Alison are Cindy in SUDS! and Logainne in Spelling Bee both at Thousand Islands Playhouse. BIG THANKS to Kim and Jeremy for all the delicious dinners! For more info please visit www.alisonmacdonald.ca

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BIOS MARGO MacDONALD Alecto, Icarius, Suitor

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Margo has been creating theatre and performing professionally for over twenty years. She is the co-founder of A Company of Fools, which combines elements of clown and physical theatre with the works of Shakespeare. Favourite credits with the Fools include Henry V, A Mid-Winter’s Dream Tale, Shakespeare’s Interactive Circus and Tempest in a Teapot. Her multi-award winning, two-woman show, Shadows, about theatre maverick Eva Le Gallienne, was featured in the inaugural undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream new work festival at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). Margo’s dozens of on-stage credits range the full spectrum, from broad comedy (Dotty in Noises Off, Gladstone Productions) to the dark and gritty (Fay in Iron, SevenThirty Productions – for which she won a Les Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Performance). She resides with thousands of books and a dozen swords. Margo will next appear in White Rabbit Red Rabbit in May in Ottawa. Meanwhile, she is thrilled to be in Edmonton and working with such amazing people at the Citadel.

ALISON MacKAY

Tanis, Musician, Suitor, Dance Captain Originally from Vancouver Island, Ali now calls Toronto her home. She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts. Upon graduating, Ali has been working and studying across the country. Her studies have taken her to New York where she took part in a workshop of King Lear under the direction of Patsy Rodenburg. Most recent shows include The Shape of Things for Volition; Labour of Love for lol productions and Jump! for Strawberry Fest. Film and television credits include Psych!; The 4400; Blade and Traveling at the Speed of Life. The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program has been a blessing in her life and she feels honoured to work alongside such extraordinary women on The Penelopiad. Lots of love to Mom, Dad, and of course, Josh.

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BIOS CARLY McKEE

Phasiana, Antinous, Suitor Carly is a Calgary-based performer and graduate of the BFA Drama Program at the University of Calgary and an artistic associate of Theatre Transit. Recent acting credits include Fever Pitch for Evergreen Theatre; For Art’s Sake for Quest Theatre; Radiohead 2: A Listening Party to Watch for One Yellow Rabbit; Clean Slate and I Am I for Theatre Transit and Perfect Pie, The Maids and Albertine in Five Times for The University of Calgary. Big thanks to Brenda, everyone at the Citadel and all the professional program instructors for their guidance and this amazing opportunity. Thanks to her friends, family and husband for their never-ending support. And lastly, her deepest gratitude and love to her castmates, thank-you for the last three months of laughter, sisterhood and doing what we do.

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BIOS CATHERINE McNALLY Klytie, Eurycleia, Menelaus, Suitor

Catherine is delighted to make her Citadel Theatre debut. From Toronto, she recently performed in The Diary of Anne Frank for Al Green Theatre; A Winter’s Tale for CanStage and Who’s Under Where? for Drayton. Selected theatres include Tarragon, Factory, Theatre Passe Murialle, Buddies, Shakespeare-in-theRough, Sudbury Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Native Earth, Banff Playrites, Geva Theatre, N.Y, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, England, International Fellow under Mark Rylance and two critically acclaimed one-woman plays Jewel and Hunger Striking performed nationally. Selected film and television credits include The Whistleblower, Have Mercy, On Their Knees and Love, Sex, and Eating the Bones, all at TIFF; Flashpoint; The Doctor’s Case; Webdultery.com; Best Laid Plans; The Company; The Gathering; Doc; Oydssey 5; Killing Me Softly; Kojak; Roxana; Get a Clue; Foreign Objects; Enslavement; Earth; Final Conflict; Due South and Goosebumps. As a Dora-nominated actor she has received the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Award, Christopher Plummer Award, and Canada’s Globe Woman in Shakespeare Award. Catherine is acting teacher/resident coach at Armstrong Acting Studios, and University of Toronto. Love to Rob and Kieran. www.catherinemcnally.com

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BIOS LISA NORTON

Celandine, Odysseus, Suitor

Lisa’s overjoyed to finally make Edmonton’s acquaintance, having played stages across Canada, including The Arts Club (Vancouver), Theatre Calgary, The Globe (Regina), Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton), Odyssey Theatre (Ottawa) and Thousand Islands Playhouse; and throughout the U.S. on tour with Roseneath Theatre. At home in Toronto she’s had the pleasure of working with, among others, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, The Tarragon, Theatre Columbus and Mirvish Productions. Lisa premiered new work at the Blyth Festival for three seasons and was a member of the Shaw Festival acting company for five, performing in eleven shows including Picnic, Widowers’ Houses, Hay Fever and Man and Superman. Her voice can be heard in numerous ads and cartoons including The Doozers; The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog; Willa’s Wild Life and Detentionnaire and her recent television appearances include Murdoch Mysteries; Fringe; Rookie Blue; Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story and the role of Edith in the hit WWII series Bomb Girls. Congrats and thanks to all her wonderful, talented comrades!

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BIOS BRENDA BAZINET

Director

Brenda is a director, actor and acting instructor. Directing credits include Three Sisters, Splendor in the Grass, Unity 1918, Problem Child, Adult Entertainment, Love List, Of the Fields Lately, Blown Sideways Through Life, The Sea and Assistant Director on Little Women, The Musical for the Citadel Theatre. A four time Dora Award nominee, her acting credits include Death of a Salesman (Sterling nomination), Equus and The Goat for Citadel Theatre; Harvest for Persephone Theatre; Hamlet for Resurgence Theatre; Old Love for Thousand Island Playhouse/Theatre Orangeville/ Lighthouse Festival; Ring Round the Moon and Wild Duck for Soulpepper; The Price for Sudbury Theatre Centre; End of Civilization for Factory Theatre; Death of a Salesman for Neptune Theatre and Leaving Home for Blyth Festival. A Gemini Award winning actor, she has appeared in over one hundred television and film productions. Recent credits include Saving Hope; Haven; Against the Wall; Flashpoint; Burnup and Sins of the Father. Brenda was an acting instructor for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Citadel Theatre/Banff Professional Academy. Upcoming for Brenda is Mary in Long Day’s Journey Into Night for the Citadel.

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BIOS DAYNA TEKATCH

Associate Director/Choreographer Dayna was the assistant director/choreographer for The Drowsy Chaperone at the Citadel. As director/choreographer her credits include Oliver! for NAC and Midlife for Orillia Opera House; as director, credits include 39 Steps for Stage West/1000 Islands (Canadian Premiere); Driving Miss Daisy (with Michael Learned) and Tuesday’s With Morrie for Starbright Festival; and as choreographer, credits include Wizard of Oz for Globe; Winter Wonderettes for Kingston Grand; The Music Man and Anything Goes for TUTS; The Drowsy Chaperone for NAC/Vancouver Playhouse/1000 Islands; Romeo & Juliet for Canadian Stage; Christmas Carol, Creation, nativity and Romeo & Juliet for NAC; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Palmer Park and All’s Well That Ends Well for Stratford; Buddy and Rocky Horror for Aquarius and Marvellous Wonderettes and Up the River for 1000 Islands. Dayna spent 8 consecutive seasons at the Stratford Festival as an actor and choreographer and 3 seasons as a member of the English Theatre Company at the National Arts Centre as a director, choreographer, and actor. She is the recipient of a Sterling award (Outstanding Choreography), the Richard March award, and 2 Tyrone Guthrie awards. She is incredibly proud to be a member of this outstanding company.

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BIOS BRETTA GERECKE Set & Lighting Designer

Bretta is thrilled to be working with this incredible group of women. She grew up in Winnipeg and has lived in Edmonton for the past nineteen years. She graduated from the U of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 1992, and from the U of Alberta with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design in 1996. Bretta is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she has designed world premieres which have toured to the UK, Australia, the U.S. and across Canada. Bretta also works at Canadian Stage, The National Arts Centre, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Theatre Calgary, The Banff Centre, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and The Globe Theatre. She is the recipient of over twenty Sterling Awards, Jessie Richardson Awards, SATA, and Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set, Lighting and Costume Design; The Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist; The Global Women of Vision Award; Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 and was short-listed twice for the Siminovitch Prize. Bretta designed a summer home on Devil’s Lake, Alberta, and continues her work as an archaeological illustrator.

NARDA McCARROLL Costume Designer

Earlier this season, Narda designed the lights for A Few Good Men. Narda’s other Citadel credits include set/lights for True Love Lies; lights for As You Like It, The Drowning Girls (cross Canada tour), The Forbidden Phoenix and The Goat; production design for Extinction Song, Shining City, Fully Committed, Blue Orange, The Syringa Tree and co-design for Vimy; and costumes for God of Carnage, Julius Caesar, The Pillowman and Einstein’s Gift. Other favourite design credits include set/lights for Sweeney Todd for Vertigo Theatre; production design for Mary’s Wedding, lights for The Wizard of Oz and Shakespeare’s Dog for Alberta Theatre Projects; set/lights for The 39 Steps for Vertigo/Mayfield Dinner Theatre/Stage West; set/costumes for The Trespassers for Belfry Theatre/Vancouver Playhouse and production design for The Last Tree of Rapa Nui for MTYP. Narda has designed costumes for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival for fourteen seasons. She is the recipient of three Sterling Awards and two Betty Mitchell Awards.

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BIOS DON HORSBURGH Original Music/Sound Design

As Robbins Academy faculty, Don enjoys connecting with both Citadel Theatre Young Companies and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program participants. Recently, Don has been the music director for Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Women, the Musical and Hunchback, and provided original music for August: Osage County. Previous seasons, he has been the music director for Beauty and the Beast (co-production with Theatre Calgary), Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story (co-production with Theatre Calgary), Oliver!, Guys and Dolls (co-production with MTC), Cabaret, Into the Woods, Aspects of Love and Duddy. Additionally, he has provided original music for Pride and Prejudice, Blithe Spirit and The Constant Wife. Recently Don has visited Winnipeg to music direct Hairspray, White Christmas and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. For the Stratford Festival he has provided original music for 19 productions and music directed Threepenny Opera. He is the recipient of five Dora Awards for his contributions to Rigoletto; A Little Night Music; Fire and Lilies and Sterling Awards for outstanding music direction for Cabaret and The Rocky Horror Show. Later this season, Don will be musical director for Monty Python’s Spamalot.

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BIOS KELTIE BROWN

Assistant Director

Keltie Brown is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s department of Drama. She has worked as a director, actor, designer, curator, stage manager and administrator. Recent directing credits include Minding Dad with THEATrePUBLIC; Passages with Ribbit Republic; Romeo and Juliet with Theatre Prospero (as Assistant Director); Kafka’s Metamorphosis with Selchie Theatre and Bedlam with K.I.A. Productions. Recently, she also performed in and co-created 7 Ways to Die, a love story. Keltie was the co-curator of the Canoe Theatre Festival from 2010 - 2013. She would like to thank her amazing family, especially her fiancé Alex, for the endless love and support.

JONATHAN PURVIS

Fight Director

Last season, Jonathan fight directed and appeared as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other Citadel credits include The Three Musketeers, Little Women: the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Forbidden Phoenix. Other select credits include Little Shop of Horrors; Beauty and the Beast; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Dying City; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; The Forbidden Phoenix; Gnomes and The Princess and the Peabrain at the Calgary Fringe and Almost Maine. Jonathan is the co-founder of a youtube action channel called Action Playground. (www.actionplayground.ca). Jonathan has trained in stage/film combat across the country with various Fight Masters and Directors from Fight Directors Canada, as well as abroad with the Nordic Stage Fight Society, and he has worked with instructors from the American Society of Fight Directors. Jonathan is a graduate of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. Jonathan would like to thank his parents and lovely partner for always pushing him forward and being there when he needed them.

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BIOS TRACEY BYRNE

Stage Manager

It’s been a great honour and pleasure for Tracey to be able to stage manage The Penelopiad for the Citadel Theatre and be a part of such an extraordinary group of talented women! Last season, Tracey was the assistant stage manager for God of Carnage and The Rocky Horror Show for the Citadel Theatre. Special thanks to everyone at the Citadel for their guidance and support! Special thanks to my spectacular team Kerry and Molly! Cheryl and Michelle thank you for your knowledge and amazing generosity. Last but not least, big Love to John, my rock and best friend for his unending support.

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BIOS KERRY JOHNSON Assistant Stage Manager

Originally from Winnipeg, Kerry has been calling Edmonton home for the past eight years and working as a stage manager and actor. Some favourite SM and ASM credits include Beowulf the King for Workshop West; The Ecstatics for Northern Light Theatre; Ladies Who Lynch for Serial Collective and The Forbidden Phoenix, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol and Noises Off for Citadel Theatre. She has also recently played the Nurse, the Prince, Hippolyta and Titania in Theatre Prospero’s Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kerry is a graduate of the BFA Stage Management program at the U of A and the Theatre Arts Program at MacEwan University.

MOLLY PEARSON Apprentice Stage Manager

Molly is a graduate of the BFA stage management program at the University of Alberta. Recent credits include apprentice stage managing A Christmas Carol for the Citadel; stage managing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Theatre Prospero; Alcina and Rusalka for Opera Nuova; The Gertrude Stein Project for Studio Theatre; assistant stage managing Unidentified Human Remains and The Good Woman of Setzuan for Studio Theatre; stage managing Prairie Stars for Alberta Transportation and Echoes for Floating Stones Theatre. She is also a member of The UnNaturals, who have performed magic at The Edmonton Fringe Festival, The Edmonton Street Performers Festival and The Orlando Fringe Festival.

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was a keen supporter of Citadel Theatre, devoting countless volunteer hours. She and her Barbara Poole (1929-2012) husband John also gave significant financial support to the Theatre. Barbara served on the Citadel Board of Directors from 1978 to 1984 and on the Citadel Board of Governors from 2001 until shortly before her passing in December. The Poole family provided substantial funding to both the Citadel Theatre Fund and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. As Barbara was an avid supporter of the Program, we have dedicated the production of The Penelopiad, a play written, acted, directed and designed by women, to her memory. In truth, Barbara and John Poole, with modesty and rare generosity, were perhaps the greatest champions of Edmonton and its cultural life the city has ever seen. Born of humble beginnings in Depression-era Saskatchewan, they worked hard to build a construction and development empire, only to give back untold millions of dollars in donations to their adopted city and province. The legacy of Barbara Poole’s enthusiasm and leadership can be felt across Canada. In addition to the Citadel, Barbara volunteered for such organizations as Winspear Centre, Art Gallery of Alberta, National Theatre School, National Arts Centre Foundation, National Society for Decorative Arts and Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Barbara and John Poole’s commitment to building a better society also extended beyond the arts, to environmental causes such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, educational institutions such as University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific and Banff Centre, and health care institutions such as University of Alberta Hospital and Alberta Foundation for Health Research. Barbara Poole’s personal life was equally rich and diverse. She delighted in family and friends. She proudly swam a mile each day. She was a talented craftsman, with a keen eye for and love of design. She made beautiful weavings and ceramics. Her cooking skills were legendary. She loved to dance. Anne Frank wrote “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” When we think of Barbara Poole, how wonderful indeed.

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