Apr 14 – May 1, 2021
Studio Theatre inside Fringe Theatre Adventures


“Don’t you think there is always something unspoken between two people?”


Featuring: Patricia Darbasie and Davina Stewart
Director Set & Costumes: Trevor Schmidt
Lighting Design: Beth Dart
Original Composition & Sound Design: Dave Clarke
Stage Manager: Nyssa Beairsto
Production Manager: Chris Hicks
Dramaturg/Assistant Director:  Mukonzi Musyoki


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PERFORMANCE DATES

Northern Light Theatre | Something Unspoken

A bristling drama in 1950’s Mississippi, where long suppressed secrets crackle in the air…

Cornelia Scott’s longstanding desire is to be acclaimed president of the local chapter of The Daughters of the Confederacy. In her mind it is her turn to reign. On the day of the election she frets and waits while attended by her secretary of fifteen years, Grace Lancaster. There has always been a silent tension between the two women, something unspoken that happened a long time ago. As they both wait, the high stakes of the election lead to a confrontation in which that “something” may finally be revealed.


‘Something Unspoken’ was written in 1958, and debuted as part of a double bill of one-act plays written by Williams entitled ‘Garden District’ (the other one-act play was ‘Suddenly, Last Summer’).

PLAYWRIGHT

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Playwright

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was one of America’s most prolific and important playwrights. His prodigious output included THE GLASS MENAGERIE (NY Drama Critics Award 1944), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (New York Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer Prize 1947), SUMMER AND SMOKE (1948), THE ROSE TATTOO (1951), CAMINO REAL (1953), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (New York Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer Prize 1955), ORPHEUS DESCENDING (1957), SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1959), NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1961), THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE (1963), OUT CRY (1973), VIEUX CARRE (1977), A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR (1979), and SOMETHING CLOUDY, SOMETHING CLEAR (1981). NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, which he wrote in 1947, was produced at the Royal National Theatre, London, and at the Alley Theatre, Houston, in 1998 with great success.


CAST & COMPANY

Trevor Schmidt

Director, Set & Costumes

Trevor Schmidt

Director, Set & Costumes

Trevor has been the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre for the past 18 years, and involved with NLT for the past 27 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) and 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 Theatre 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.

Patricia Darbasie

Actor

Patricia Darbasie

Actor

Stay tuned for Patricia’s bio…

Davina Stewart

Actor

Davina Stewart

Actor

An award winning actress and improvisor  and graduate of the U of A BFA Acting program, Davina is delighted to be back with NLT having last appeared in their productions of Summit Conference & BiFurious. An ensemble member with Teatro la Quindicina, she’s appeared in many of their productions over the past 30 years.  She’s been fortunate to work with many of Edmonton’s theatre companies including the Citadel, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, WorkshopWest Theatre, Guys In Disguise, Theatre Network, Punctuate Theatre  & Shadow Theatre. Davina is one third of the hit infotainment extravaganza Hey Ladies! now in its 12th season at the Roxy Theatre.

Beth Dart

Lighting Design

Beth Dart

Lighting Design

Beth is an Edmonton based director, producer, lighting designer and theatre collaborator. Previous Northern Light Theatre credits include lighting design for THE CARDIAC SHADOW, DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME and SLUT. She is the co-artistic producer of award-winning indie theatre company 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, and the recipient of an Award of Excellence in Interpretation from Interpretation Canada. She is the co-artistic producer of Common Ground Arts 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, 2013-2018), 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 (Defiance Theatre), 900 SECONDS by Christine Lesiak (Small Matters Productions), JEZEBEL AT THE STILL POINT by Ainsley Hillyard (Bumblebear Productions), FOSSEGRIM & NØKK by Leif Ingebrigtsen and Megan Dart (Alberta Opera), and SNOUT (Catch the Keys/Azimuth) and URSA MAJOR (Catch the Keys/Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre) by Megan Dart. Next up, Beth will be co-creating an immersive musical, VAULT, with local playwright Megan Dart and local singer-songwriter Lindsey Walker.

Dave Clarke

Original Composition & Sound Design

Dave Clarke

Original Composition & Sound Design

Dave is a musician, actor and writer. He has composed music and produced sound designs for theatre, film, dance and multi-media for three decades. Watch out for the 2021 Canadian tour of his family musical performed in English and American Sign Language, SONGS MY MOTHER NEVER SUNG ME (Concrete Theatre)

Previous designs for Northern Light Theatre include THE CARDIAC SHADOW, WISH, SPACE/SPACE, THE ECSTATICS and 6.0 – HEAP AND PEBBLE.
Other recent designs include THE COMEDY COMPANY (Shadow Theatre), MIDDLETOWN (University of Alberta), ÉLISE CONTRE L’EXTINCTION TOTALE (L’UniThéâtre), CTRL-ALT-DEL (Concrete Theatre) and THE TEMPEST (Citadel Theatre).

Nyssia Beairsto

Stage Manager

Nyssia Beairsto

Stage Manager

Nyssa is ecstatic to be apart of this year’s Northern Light’s season. A graduate of the U of A stage management program, Nyssa continues to live by the rule “fake it till you make it”. Some of her recent stage-management credits include: Baba Yaga (AMTC), You Are Happy (Blarney Prod.) The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Catalyst), Matilda, A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare in Love (Citadel Theatre) Soiled Doves: A Burlesque with Boots on (Send in the Girls Burlesque), Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Nuova) Special thanks to my family for grounding me, my friends for lifting me and my partner Kia for sticking with me through every breach of sanity.

Chris Hicks

Production Manager

Chris Hicks

Production Manager

Chris Hicks – but mostly just known as Hicks since there is a saturation of Chris’ in the world – is a seasoned theatre and festival production creator. He’s worked a ton of major festivals in Edmonton and beyond from dinosaur building to downhill canoe racing on snow. Graduating from the MacEwan Theatre Production program 9 years ago, Hicks is still making art happen and enjoys it!

After joining the Northern Light Theatre team 2 years ago and being involved in every show in last season, Hicks is once again pleased to be transforming the space into the powerful shows you are viewing this year.

Mukonzi Musyoki

Dramaturg/Assistant Director

Mukonzi Musyoki

Dramaturg/Assistant Director

Mũkonzi is a writer, director and a dramaturge. He is a second-year PhD student at the University of Alberta in Performance Studies. Mũkonzi graduated from Kenyatta University in Kenya on July 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English, Linguistics and Literature. He later went on to do his Masters in the University of Alberta specializing in Kenyan Theatre. He has been in Canada for four years and has worked with Workshop West, Timms Centre Studio Theatre, the University of Alberta Drama Department, MAA and PAA Theatre, Concordia University of Edmonton and The Citadel Theatre.

Mũkonzi has also worked as a dramaturge for Ignite Afrika Trust where he continues to participate in the OSNW (Old Stories in New Ways) Project and TIC (Theatrical Interactions for Change) back in Kenya collaborating with local artists from Kisumu. His research is on Postcolonial Theatre and Performance, Dramaturgy, Urban Discourse and Identity Politics in contemporary East Africa.