2017-2018 Season

The Virgin, The Whore and Something In Between

The Madonna-whore complex, first identified by Sigmund Freud, is said to develop in men who see women as either saintly Madonnas or debased prostitutes. In sexual politics the view of women as either Madonnas or whores limits women's sexual expression, offering two mutually exclusive ways to construct a sexual identity.While our season title is tongue-in-cheek, it does offer a clever umbrella under which to gather three plays that explore women's identities in regards to sexuality,religion and the Christian/ Catholic morality of the societies in which they have been raised.

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Anxiety

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME

(World Premiere of a New Work)

By Cat Walsh with French Translation by Manon Beaudoin

Co-production with L’UniThéâtre | March 13- 25, 2018 in La Cité Francophone

Montreal, 1963- the world is on a precipice of major change in the fields of science, civil rights and women’s liberation.  Twelve-year-old Genevieve, the only girl in her large religious family, wants nothing more than to be an altar server at her church.  Father Paul tells her that girls are strictly not allowed - so Genevieve prays to God to change his mind.  When star altar boy Martin disappears on his way home from school, Genevieve wonders if her prayers have been answered - in the most terrible way. 

Featuring Brian Dooley, Steve Jodoin, Nicole St. Martin, | Directed by Trevor Schmidt

Performance Dates:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:30PM Preview (PWYC)
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:30PM Opening
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee (Preshow Director’s Circle Event)
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1Ticket at the door)
Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:30PM Performance (NLT Guest Speaker Salon)
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee
Sunday, March 25, 2018 7:30PM Closing

Location: La Cité Fracophone, 8627-91 Street

Tickets:
$25 Student/Senior, $30 Adult, $20 Matinee (prices do not include GST)
Available at the door, or www.nothernlighttheatre.com, 780-471-1586

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PWYC Preview & Free for Students with Student I.D:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:30PM
Director’s Circle with Trevor Schmidt:
Preshow, Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:15PM
Tuesday 2 for 1 at the door:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30PM
Guest Speaker Salon hosted by Cristina Stasia:
Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:30PM


CAST & COMPANY

CAT WALSH - PLAYWRIGHT

CATHERINE WALSH

Cat is an award-winning performer and playwright based in Edmonton.  Recent showings of her work include BLUE MARTY as part of the Mommy Monologues (2017 Skirts aFire Festival), the site-specific SCATTER, (2017 (SKAMpede Festival, Victoria), and ONE DAY YOU AND I WILL DIE as part of This is YEG:  New Plays for a Changing City (Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre).  She was also the playwright for Theatre Yes’ national site-specific collaboration ANXIETY.  Cat’s other plays include the gas station gothic THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS (Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Nomination-Outstanding New Play) and the black comedy THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS.  Her solo thriller eleven-oh-four received an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Nomination for Outstanding New Play at the Fringe and Cat received the Sterling for Outstanding Performance by an Actress at the Fringe. Cat's quantum-inspired play FETCH will premiere at the 2018 Fringe. She is currently working on a new solo play.

MANON BEAUDOIN - TRANSLATOR

MANON BEAUDOINManon has been involved in the Edmonton theatre community for almost twenty years.  During that time she worked as an actor, director, writer and translator.  She has worked with many different companies, including L’UniThéâtre, Northern Light Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon), and Théâtre la Seizième (Vancouver).  As a writer, her plays include:  AMOUR, TU M’ATTIRES; MARIE BRUNER; TERRE BLEUE; DANS LES BRAS D’UN GÉANT; GLORIOUS LIARS, and LA MAISON ROUGE. Her translations include Vern Thiessen’s EINSTEIN’S GIFT, Mathew Edison’s THE DOMINO HEART, Joan MacLeod’s JEWEL, as well as some of her own.  In 2002, life brought changes necessitating a completely different direction.  In 2004, Manon relocated to Montreal where she works as a massage therapist but continues to work as a translator.

NICOLE ST. MARTIN - GENEVIEVE

NICOLE ST. MARTIN

Nicole is thrilled to be making her Northern Light Theatre debut. Born in Montreal she attended FACE School for the Arts and performed with Montreal Children’s Theatre where she was scouted to be on Sesame Street when she was six years old.  She has continued to work and train professionally as an actor appearing on stages in Edmonton, Toronto and London England, where she graduated with Distinction from Drama Centre London’s MA in European Classical Acting, a program which included training at Shakespeare’s The Globe and Moscow’s Vakhtangov Institute.  Her appearances on stage include American in 9 PARTS OF DESIRE by Maggie Tree, Elida in THE LADY FROM THE SEA at the Timms Centre for the Arts, Veronica Searson in Theatre Yes’ ANXIETY, Anne Desbaresdes in SUMMERWORKS 2015, World premiere of Marguerite Duras’ MODERATO CANTABILE, the 2014 World Premiere production of Anne Carson’s ANTIGONICK, and Smerdyakov in the 2012 Dora nominated production of THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. She has also appeared on TV in Lifetime’s “Mommy’s Little Girl”, the series “The Murdock Mysteries” and “Played”.  Nicole is an active leader in ACTRA.  Nicole is very grateful to her family and for making this all possible.

BRIAN DOOLEY - FATHER PAUL / GENEVIEVE'S FATHER

BRIAN DOOLEY

Brian is an award winning actor and producer.  During the last 30 years Brian has worked throughout the country and abroad. His skills include directing, writing, producing and performing in a variety of media including radio, animation, film, television and the theatre. Trained and educated at the National Theatre School and Bishop’s University.  He has worked on a variety of projects in several theatres across the country.   Brian draws inspiration from the Mexican playwright Victor Banda’s fervent message: “The theatre moves, illuminates, disquiets, disturbs, lifts the spirit, reveals, provokes and violates conventions. It is a conversation shared with society. Theatre is the first art to confront emptiness, shadows and silence to make words, movement, lights and life surge forth.”

STEVE JODOIN - MARTIN THERIAULT / ST. PANCRAS OF ROME

STEVE JODOIN

Steve left Québec searching for new adventures in 2001. With a guitar and a backpack, he hopped on a train, direction …Jasper.  He later decided to study theatre in Edmonton, became an actor, got married, had a little girl, had a little boy and he is co-owner of the video production company Productions Loft with whom he creates documentaries that make him really proud.  He is extremely excited to have the privilege to work with Northern Light Theatre and join the cast of DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.  Some of his theatre credits include:  WITCH HUNT AT THE STRAND (Fringe 2015), PETER PAN (Citadel Theatre), THE FULL MONTY (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), PORC-ÉPIC and LENTEMENT LA BEAUTÉ (La Seizième), COW-BOY POÉTRÉ, FORT MAC, JEAN ET BÉATRICE, PERCEPTION, and LA RACCOURCIE (L’UniThéâtre).

TREVOR SCHMIDT - DIRECTOR / SET & COSTUME DESIGNER

TREVOR SCHMIDTTrevor has been the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre for the past 16 years, and involved with NLT for the past 23 years as a performer, director, designer, and playwright, as well as being a multiple Sterling award winner. He has been awarded three times for playwrighting (THE WATERMELON GIRLS, CHANGE ROOM, and FLORA & FAWNA'S FIELD TRIP!), twice for directing (the Canadian premieres of THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE and Carol Anne Duffy's THE WORLD'S WIFE). He received the Outstanding Fringe Performance award for the one-man show COFFEE DAD, CHICKEN MOM, AND THE FABULOUS BUDDHA BOI, penned by Nick Green, which toured to New York as part of the FRIGID FESTIVAL. His plays have been produced across Canada and far away as Australia (MABEL STARK!).  He has created and choreographed a one-woman dance piece entitled MARKED for the Expanse Dance Festival that was extended and nominated for a Sterling award for Outstanding New Work. He was honored to be awarded for Outstanding Choreography for 6.0: HOW HEAP AND PEBBLE TOOK ON THE WORLD AND WON at the Betty Mitchell Thetare Awards in Calgary, and the DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction as part of the Mayor's Evening for the Arts in Edmonton.  He is an Artistic Associate of GUYS IN DISGUISE theatre company.

Beth Dart - LIGHTING DESIGNER

ADAM TSUYOSHI TURNBULLBeth is an Edmonton based director, producer, lighting designer and theatre collaborator.  She is the co-artistic producer of Catch the Keys Productions, best known for Dead Centre of Town, an annual site-specific theatre experience inspired by the true crime and ghost stories of Edmonton’s past.  She is the artistic producer of Common Ground Art Society and Found Festival, Edmonton’s only multidisciplinary found space and site-specific arts festival.  Select lighting design credits include CONVERGENCE (Good Women Dance Collective, 2013-2017), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions, 2007-2014), OVER HER DEAD BODY (Small Matters Productions), and SNOUT (Catch the Keys Productions).  She has directed over 20 new works, including OCD, FUNCTIONAL, and GEMINI by Louise Casemore, 900 SECONDS by Christine Lesiak, and SNOUT and URSA MAJOR by Megan Dart.  Next up, Beth will be producing Found Festival 2018, directing/lighting designing for JEZEBEL AT THE STILL POINT by Ainsley Hillyard (Bumblebear Productions), and directing FOSSEGRIM & NØKK by Leif Ingebrigtsen and Megan Dart (Alberta Opera.)

DARRIN HAGEN - COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER

DARRIN HAGEN

Darrin is an award-winning playwright, composer.  He has been strolling with his accordion around the prairies for decades writing dozens of plays, composing music and sometimes hosting TV.  Darrin is the Artistic Director of Guys In Disguise, which recently celebrated three decades of creating drag comedies that have toured across North America. 

In 2005, he was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century, and last year was named one of Alberta’s 25 Most Influential Artists in the last 25 years.  Darrin is also a Q Hall of Fame inductee, for his contribution to the quality of life for Canadian’s LGBTQ community.  He has created many soundscapes for NLT including the Sterling nominated CHRISTINA/PHILIPPE, MERCY OF A STORM, and THE PASSION OF NARCISSE MONDEAUX.  Darrin has also composed several musicals including the multiple-nominated Guys In Disguise / Theatre Network musical KLONDYKES, created with Trevor Schmidt. He is currently Writer In Residence for the Edmonton Public Library.

MATT SCHUURMAN - MULTI-MEDIA DESIGN

MATT SCHUURMAN

Matt is truly thrilled to be returning to the NLT/ L’UniThéâtre.  Matt is an Edmonton-based video designer with over 50 Canadian theatrical design credits to his name.  Some recent highlights include:  SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (Teatro La Quindicina), RED SHIRT DIARIES (Rapid Fire Theatre), LA VOIX HUMAINE and LE PASSION DE NARCISSE MONDOUX (L’UniThéâtre).  He has a degree in 3D Animation and Digital Composition.  He has received Sterling Award Nominations for his designs in THE GENIUS CODE (Surreal SoReal), MERCY OF A STORM (Northern Light / L’UniThéâtre).  LA RACCOURCIE (L’UniThéâtre), URSA MAJOR (Catch the Keys Productions/Workshop West Playwrights Theatre), and most recently was nominated for a Montreal English Theatre Award for BIG SHOT (Surreal SoReal).  In addition to his work as a video designer, Matt is also the Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre, where he produces over 400 improv shows each year.

KIIDRA DUHAULT - STAGE MANAGER

KIIDRA DUHAULT

Kiidra is an Edmonton based Stage Manager and Sound Designer.  She received her degree in Stage Management from the University of Alberta in 2014, and is very excited for her NLT debut. Recent Stage Management Credits include, PETER FECHTER: 59 MINUTES and HOT MESS (Cardiac theatre), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Thou Art Here Theatre), LES NEIGES and LA RACCOURCIE (L’UniThéâtre).  In the world of Sound Design she was recently co-nominated for her sound design work on PETER FECHTER: 59 MINUTES.  She is also very proud of her sound work for LES NEIGES (L’UniThéâtre), RIVERCITY, THE MUSICAL (Dammitammy Productions), and A DOLLS HOUSE (The Walterdale Theatre). 

AVA BISHOP

Ava Bishop

Ava Bishop is a recent graduate of Western Canada High School in Calgary, and is extremely proud to join Northern Light Theatre this season. She is passionate about Technical Theatre, and is hoping to pursue a career in Stage Management. 

Past productions Ava has worked on include: Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre), TOUCH (Ghost River Theatre), Exploder (Ghost River Theatre/Western Canada High School), Polonius and His Children (Calgary Fringe Festival).


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