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Message from the Artistic Director Theatre is strongest when the stakes are high and in 7 Stories, Morris Panych perches us on the literal edge. Whether we bring you to sniveling tears or hysteric laughter, we are thrilled to hit Winnipeg’s 2013 Fringe Festival with this prophetic story about love, death and everything in between. TBTR is delighted to have Simon Miron direct this zany tale. Although the story told is extreme, Simon has ensured each moment is sincere and specific. We also tip our hats to Joseph Aragon and Jaclyn Kurceba who are treading the boards with us for the first time and have worked diligently to tell this story. Colton Holmes has made his Winnipeg debut in the challenging position of stage manager for an independent production. We will be sad to lose him to Lethbridge, Alberta for one more year, but know he’ll be back in town working for the main stages in no time. A final salute to Gerri Stemler, Peter Stemler and Ryan Schultz for devoting their time to ensure that 7 Stories not only looks great on-stage, but also fits into a tiny storage area off-stage. Theatre magic at its finest. Theatre by the River exists because of a shared vision that theatre is at its best when it’s artistically provocative and socially relevant. This production was made possible by the generous support of our program advertisers, which include local businesses like Red River Co-op, Assiniboine Credit Union, Kawaii Crepe, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the University of Winnipeg’s department of Theatre and Film, Best Care Dry Cleaners, Creative Audio, Aveda Hair Salon, Hearth Homes; and local city councilors, Ross Eadie and Mike Pagtakhan. Please support the businesses and people who support independent art! Theatre by the River came together eight years ago when a group of creative people took the spark of an idea and worked together to make it happen. When asked how TBTR has continued to put on ambitious productions year after year we reply jokingly that we’re just too naive to see the endless hurdles and impossibilities. If you don’t know something is impossible, is it? Like any eight-year-old, we see the world as a magical place full of stories we can’t wait to share. Enjoy the show! Mel Marginet


Message from the Artistic Director Theatre is strongest when the stakes are high and in 7 Stories, Morris Panych perches us on the literal edge. Whether we bring you to sniveling tears or hysteric laughter, we are thrilled to hit Winnipeg’s 2013 Fringe Festival with this prophetic story about love, death and everything in between. TBTR is delighted to have Simon Miron direct this zany tale. Although the story told is extreme, Simon has ensured each moment is sincere and specific. We also tip our hats to Joseph Aragon and Jaclyn Kurceba who are treading the boards with us for the first time and have worked diligently to tell this story. Colton Holmes has made his Winnipeg debut in the challenging position of stage manager for an independent production. We will be sad to lose him to Lethbridge, Alberta for one more year, but know he’ll be back in town working for the main stages in no time. A final salute to Gerri Stemler, Peter Stemler and Ryan Schultz for devoting their time to ensure that 7 Stories not only looks great on-stage, but also fits into a tiny storage area off-stage. Theatre magic at its finest. Theatre by the River exists because of a shared vision that theatre is at its best when it’s artistically provocative and socially relevant. This production was made possible by the generous support of our program advertisers, which include local businesses like Red River Co-op, Assiniboine Credit Union, Kawaii Crepe, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the University of Winnipeg’s department of Theatre and Film, Best Care Dry Cleaners, Creative Audio, Aveda Hair Salon, Hearth Homes; and local city councilors, Ross Eadie and Mike Pagtakhan. Please support the businesses and people who support independent art! Theatre by the River came together eight years ago when a group of creative people took the spark of an idea and worked together to make it happen. When asked how TBTR has continued to put on ambitious productions year after year we reply jokingly that we’re just too naive to see the endless hurdles and impossibilities. If you don’t know something is impossible, is it? Like any eight-year-old, we see the world as a magical place full of stories we can’t wait to share. Enjoy the show! Mel Marginet


Playwright: Morris Panych

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm Sat 8:30-5:00

998 Main Street

Phone: 204-582-3083

www.bestcaredrycleaners.com Let's go out and watch theatre by the river with Theatre by the River!

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Morris Panych is arguably Canada’s most celebrated playwright and director. His plays have garnered countless awards including two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Drama (for The Ends of the Earth and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl), fourteen Jessie Richardson Awards, and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Productions of the much lauded Vigil, Girl in the Fishbowl, Gordon, The Trespassers, and Lawrence and Holloman are being mounted throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. His plays have been produced in over a dozen languages. Mr. Panych has directed over 90 productions across Canada.

Director: Simon Miron Simon Miron holds a master's degree in performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a diploma from the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College. He has worked as a director, music director, vocal coach, drama tutor, choreographer and workshop leader across Canada and the U.K. He is currently working with White Rabbit Productions as Artistic Director. Simon has worked with various arts organizations, including (selected); Le Cercle Molière, The Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, Classical Theatre Projects (Toronto), RMTC, PTE, MTYP, Sarasvati Productions, Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, The Winnipegger Ensemble, Plane Janes (Edmonton), and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow).

Stage Manager: Colton Holmes Hailing from the small town of Duchess Alberta, Colton discovered his passion for theatre while attending Duchess High School, where he earned his diploma in 2009. Colton performed in four staged productions at Duchess, and since graduation, has performed in four more, including one community theatre production and three with the University Of Lethbridge. Colton has recently chosen stage management as his academic focus at the U of L, where he is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in the Dramatic Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Last year, Colton served as the Assistant Stage Manager for the stage production of The Lion in Winter, and acted as Stage Manager in The Love List at the U of L this winter. 7 STORIES premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver, BC in 1990. 7 STORIES is staged by arrangement with Pam Winter, Gary Goddard Agency, www.garygoddardagency.com.


Playwright: Morris Panych

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm Sat 8:30-5:00

998 Main Street

Phone: 204-582-3083

www.bestcaredrycleaners.com Let's go out and watch theatre by the river with Theatre by the River!

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Morris Panych is arguably Canada’s most celebrated playwright and director. His plays have garnered countless awards including two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Drama (for The Ends of the Earth and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl), fourteen Jessie Richardson Awards, and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Productions of the much lauded Vigil, Girl in the Fishbowl, Gordon, The Trespassers, and Lawrence and Holloman are being mounted throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. His plays have been produced in over a dozen languages. Mr. Panych has directed over 90 productions across Canada.

Director: Simon Miron Simon Miron holds a master's degree in performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a diploma from the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College. He has worked as a director, music director, vocal coach, drama tutor, choreographer and workshop leader across Canada and the U.K. He is currently working with White Rabbit Productions as Artistic Director. Simon has worked with various arts organizations, including (selected); Le Cercle Molière, The Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, Classical Theatre Projects (Toronto), RMTC, PTE, MTYP, Sarasvati Productions, Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, The Winnipegger Ensemble, Plane Janes (Edmonton), and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow).

Stage Manager: Colton Holmes Hailing from the small town of Duchess Alberta, Colton discovered his passion for theatre while attending Duchess High School, where he earned his diploma in 2009. Colton performed in four staged productions at Duchess, and since graduation, has performed in four more, including one community theatre production and three with the University Of Lethbridge. Colton has recently chosen stage management as his academic focus at the U of L, where he is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in the Dramatic Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Last year, Colton served as the Assistant Stage Manager for the stage production of The Lion in Winter, and acted as Stage Manager in The Love List at the U of L this winter. 7 STORIES premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver, BC in 1990. 7 STORIES is staged by arrangement with Pam Winter, Gary Goddard Agency, www.garygoddardagency.com.


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Jennifer, Rachel & Lillian: Mel Marginet

Cast & Crew

Mel Marginet, a graduate of the Honours program at the University of Winnipeg, is a co--­‐founder/artistic director of Theatre by the River. She has performed in many theatre productions around the city. Favourites include: Lungs, Generous, One Good Marriage, Saint Joan, The Bush--­‐Ladies, The Skriker (Echo Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (UofW) and Eternal O (Fringe 2005). See her on the screen in Absurd Machine's Aegri Somnia, Randy Guest's The Lady in Grey and HBO Canada's Less Than Kind. She is excited to be a part of the cast of The Communers, a webseries filming this summer.

Man: Derek Leenhouts Derek Leenhouts is a local actor and a founding member of Theatre By The River. He has appeared in many TBTR productions including Lungs and Autobahn at the past two fringe festivals, as well as Generous, Oedipus Rex, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and A Comedy of Errors. Other theatre credits include Company, Assassins (Dry Cold Productions), Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare, Lucrezia Borgia (White Rabbit), Stripped-Down Romeo and Juliet (SIR), Pride and Prejudice (MTC), The Full Monty (Rainbow Stage), Strike! (Danny Schur). Derek also sings with the a cappella group 'Those Guys' who you can catch on the Fringe outdoor stage on Saturday, July 27th at 6pm!

Charlotte, Joan & Nurse Wilson: Jaclyn Kurceba Jackie is thrilled to be a part of Theatre by the River's production of 7 Stories at this summer's Winnipeg Fringe Festival! This is her first appearance with TBTR. Some previous roles include: Hair: The Tribal Rock Musical with Winnipeg Studio Theatre, The Great American Trailer Park Musical with Look Left Productions, Avenue Q with District Theatre Collective, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding with Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Bloodless: The Trial of Burke & Hare with White Rabbit Productions, The Penelopiad with The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Jackie is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre program.

Board of Directors: Gio Navarro (Chair), Kendra Magnus-Johnston (Vice Chair), Tim Breen (Treasurer), Jeff Kowerchuk (Secretary), Johanu Botha (Director), Nancy Chippendale (Director).

Production Team: Designer: Gerri Stemler

Publicist: Nancy Chippendale

Projection: Ryan Schultz

Promotions Coordinator: Megan Herkert

Carpentry: Peter Stemler

Sandwich Artist: Dani Mags

Graphic Design: Scott Vande Kraats Sponsorship Coordinator: Kendra Magnus-Johnston Program Consultant: James Magnus-Johnston

Rodney, Marshall & Percy: James Firby James is a local actor and a founding member of Theatre by the River. He is a graduate of the U of W honors theatre program and is quite at home on stage. His acting credits include Generous, Autobahn, Saint Joan, Oedipus Rex, The Elfin Knight, Comedy of Errors (Theatre by the River), and Owners (Skyline Theatre, ChurchillFest). James recently appeared in the ensemble cast for the Manitoba Opera’s Aida. In addition to performing, he is often delighted to design posters, props and sets.

Leonard, Michael & Al: Joseph Aragon Joesph is a Winnipeg playwright, performer, and composer. A Winnipeg Fringe veteran, his works include the comedy The Unlikely Sainthood of Madeline McKay, and the critically-acclaimed fringe musicals Bloodsuckers!, Conclave, Lucrezia Borgia, Hersteria (with Sharon Bajer), and the Illuminati series. His fringe hit Bloodless was produced in Toronto by Theatre 20 in October 2012, and in Winnipeg by White Rabbit Productions in April 2013. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and a member of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Playwrights Unit.

Thanks. To the board of directors Gio Navarro, Kendra Magnus-Johnston, Tim Breen, Johanu Botha, Nancy Chippendale, Jeff Kowerchuk. To the company Mel Marginet, Derek Leenhouts, Megan Herkert, Kevin Anderson, James Firby, Brent Hirose, and Rodrigo Beilfuss. To helping hands Ryan Schultz, Gerri Stemler, Peter Stemler, Tim Wickstrom, James MagnusJohnston, U of W Department of Theatre & Film, Allison Loat, Patty Hawkins, Tim Babcock, and White Rabbit Productions. To fabulous friends Don and Diane Marginet, Absurd Machine Studios, Dr. Hee Jun Joo, Donald McKenzie, and “Melt” TenBruggencate and Marginet.

 


Jennifer, Rachel & Lillian: Mel Marginet

Cast & Crew

Mel Marginet, a graduate of the Honours program at the University of Winnipeg, is a co--­‐founder/artistic director of Theatre by the River. She has performed in many theatre productions around the city. Favourites include: Lungs, Generous, One Good Marriage, Saint Joan, The Bush--­‐Ladies, The Skriker (Echo Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (UofW) and Eternal O (Fringe 2005). See her on the screen in Absurd Machine's Aegri Somnia, Randy Guest's The Lady in Grey and HBO Canada's Less Than Kind. She is excited to be a part of the cast of The Communers, a webseries filming this summer.

Man: Derek Leenhouts Derek Leenhouts is a local actor and a founding member of Theatre By The River. He has appeared in many TBTR productions including Lungs and Autobahn at the past two fringe festivals, as well as Generous, Oedipus Rex, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and A Comedy of Errors. Other theatre credits include Company, Assassins (Dry Cold Productions), Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare, Lucrezia Borgia (White Rabbit), Stripped-Down Romeo and Juliet (SIR), Pride and Prejudice (MTC), The Full Monty (Rainbow Stage), Strike! (Danny Schur). Derek also sings with the a cappella group 'Those Guys' who you can catch on the Fringe outdoor stage on Saturday, July 27th at 6pm!

Charlotte, Joan & Nurse Wilson: Jaclyn Kurceba Jackie is thrilled to be a part of Theatre by the River's production of 7 Stories at this summer's Winnipeg Fringe Festival! This is her first appearance with TBTR. Some previous roles include: Hair: The Tribal Rock Musical with Winnipeg Studio Theatre, The Great American Trailer Park Musical with Look Left Productions, Avenue Q with District Theatre Collective, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding with Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Bloodless: The Trial of Burke & Hare with White Rabbit Productions, The Penelopiad with The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Jackie is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre program.

Board of Directors: Gio Navarro (Chair), Kendra Magnus-Johnston (Vice Chair), Tim Breen (Treasurer), Jeff Kowerchuk (Secretary), Johanu Botha (Director), Nancy Chippendale (Director).

Production Team: Designer: Gerri Stemler

Publicist: Nancy Chippendale

Projection: Ryan Schultz

Promotions Coordinator: Megan Herkert

Carpentry: Peter Stemler

Sandwich Artist: Dani Mags

Graphic Design: Scott Vande Kraats Sponsorship Coordinator: Kendra Magnus-Johnston Program Consultant: James Magnus-Johnston

Rodney, Marshall & Percy: James Firby James is a local actor and a founding member of Theatre by the River. He is a graduate of the U of W honors theatre program and is quite at home on stage. His acting credits include Generous, Autobahn, Saint Joan, Oedipus Rex, The Elfin Knight, Comedy of Errors (Theatre by the River), and Owners (Skyline Theatre, ChurchillFest). James recently appeared in the ensemble cast for the Manitoba Opera’s Aida. In addition to performing, he is often delighted to design posters, props and sets.

Leonard, Michael & Al: Joseph Aragon Joesph is a Winnipeg playwright, performer, and composer. A Winnipeg Fringe veteran, his works include the comedy The Unlikely Sainthood of Madeline McKay, and the critically-acclaimed fringe musicals Bloodsuckers!, Conclave, Lucrezia Borgia, Hersteria (with Sharon Bajer), and the Illuminati series. His fringe hit Bloodless was produced in Toronto by Theatre 20 in October 2012, and in Winnipeg by White Rabbit Productions in April 2013. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and a member of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Playwrights Unit.

Thanks. To the board of directors Gio Navarro, Kendra Magnus-Johnston, Tim Breen, Johanu Botha, Nancy Chippendale, Jeff Kowerchuk. To the company Mel Marginet, Derek Leenhouts, Megan Herkert, Kevin Anderson, James Firby, Brent Hirose, and Rodrigo Beilfuss. To helping hands Ryan Schultz, Gerri Stemler, Peter Stemler, Tim Wickstrom, James MagnusJohnston, U of W Department of Theatre & Film, Allison Loat, Patty Hawkins, Tim Babcock, and White Rabbit Productions. To fabulous friends Don and Diane Marginet, Absurd Machine Studios, Dr. Hee Jun Joo, Donald McKenzie, and “Melt” TenBruggencate and Marginet.

 


THEATRE BY THE RIVER

&

LITTLE ECHO THEATRE PRESENT

the

CHERRY ORCHARD CHECKHOVFEST 2014

 



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