Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT
Northern Light Theatre | SLUT

BY BRENDA MCFARLANE

ALBERTA PREMIERE

April 6 – 14, 2018
Studio Theatre inside Fringe Theatre Adventures


“I guess I just think that sex is a gift from a benevolent Universe and all we’ve got to figure out is how to unwrap it.”


Featuring: Michelle Todd
Director, Set & Costumes: Trevor Schmidt
Lighting Design: Beth Dart
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Allison
Production Manager: Tyler Herman

Reviews

Matilda is a woman who gives of herself freely. So freely in fact, that the senior citizens from the complex next door have her arrested for running a brothel. During an endless night of booking at the police station, Matilda runs a gamut of emotions: joy, regret, remorse, anger, despair and love. Brenda McFarlane’s witty and fast paced play pries apart social stereotypes and stigmas in an insightful, light-hearted and comic examination of love and sex.

PLAYWRIGHT

Brenda McFarlane

Brenda McFarlane

Playwright

Brenda grew up in Toronto, attended college at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York where she majored in theater and creative writing and graduated cum laude. There she was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students and was tapped by Omicron Delta Kappa – The National Leadership Honor Society. She went on to  graduate school at Tulane University in theatre directing, and spent 2 summers as a directing assistant at Williamstown Theatre Festival where she assisted Nikos Psacharopoulos while directing up-and coming stars like Allison Janney, Damian Young and Peri Gilpin. On returning to Toronto she held a steady flow of temporary jobs while producing and directing 7 of her own plays under her company, Far Fetched Productions. The Globe and Mail described her as "one of the brightest young writer/directors around these days" Later she attended three programs at the Canadian Film Center in scriptwriting, moved to Hollywood, won a scriptwriting award from the Austin Film Festival and produced her play "Slut" (published by Original Works Publishing) in Toronto, Los Angeles, San Diego and New York. In Los Angeles she directed and served as dramaturge for the original play "The Pig and I". Backstage review called her direction "crisp and inventive, keeping the stage picture lively." After moving to San Diego, McFarlane served as Artistic Director for the San Diego Performance Festival "Resilience of the Human Spirit." Presently she is seeking a producer for her full length play, "Husband in a Coma" and running her natural body care business ZirYab’s Body Brew specializing in natural deodorant and other products.


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.

Michelle Todd

Matilda

Michelle Todd

Matilda

An Edmonton native, Michelle has been active in the arts community as an actor, writer, and choreographer since graduating from Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program.  Michelle has performed her own one-woman show nationally, and been fortunate to work with organizations, post secondary institutions, local and provincial schools through theatre on social justice issues surrounding bullying, diversity, and racism.  With discussions around empowerment, promiscuity, slut-shaming, sexuality, and stereotypes, Brenda McFarlane’s play, SLUT is gratifying to explore.  Michelle can’t wait to work with the wonderful team at NLT and is grateful for Bob and her boys who encourage her to do so!

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.

Elizabeth Allison

Stage Manager

Elizabeth Allison

Stage Manager

Elizabeth was born and raised in Edmonton and has spent most of her adult life working in theatre here. Mostly as a Stage Manager but also as a Costume Designer/Builder, Arts Administrator and every once in a while an actress. After attending both the Theatre Production and Theatre Arts programs at MacEwan University, she spent the better part of her first year out of school playing the role of Jan in Grease at all of the Canadian, Stage West stages, (at that time Edmonton, Calgary and Missasauga). Her history with Northern Light Theatre also goes way back. The first performance she remembers seeing as a child was a production of Winnie The Pooh, which was a part of NLT’s inaugural season, this was just the beginning of her love of Edmonton Theatre. She was on the board of NLT from 1995 to 2003, including the role of Board President for two years and she has stage managed many productions for them over the last two decades including, Love, Some Girl(s), Speech and Debate, The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide, Slut, 19 Weeks, Origin of the Species, Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs and Everybody Loves Robbie. She has worked at almost every theatre company in town at one time or another including being the Sterling Nominated Costume Designer for Peace, Love and Rock’n’Roll 2, at The Mayfield Dinner Theatre, where she was a part of the costume team for over a decade. Thank you for supporting the Edmonton Theatre Community.

Tyler Herman

Production Manager

Tyler Herman

Production Manager

Tyler is thrilled to be a part of the new NLT season! Tyler is an Edmonton based theatre and festival technician with experience in sound, set building, technical direction and lighting. He is also a ticketed electrician. Recent projects include: INFINITY (Audio technician, Theatre Network), SLUT (Production manager/technical director, Northern Light Theatre), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FRINGE 2017 (Site technical director, Fringe Theatre Adventures). Tyler wishes to thank his partner for her patience and support, as well as Trevor Schmidt, Gina Moe, and Adam Turnbull for the chance to be a part of a great team.