Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow
Northern Light Theatre | The Cardiac Shadow

BY CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN (USA)

CANADIAN PREMIERE
Co-Production with the GOOD WOMEN DANCE COLLECTIVE and LOUD WHISPER PRODUCTIONS

January 18 to February 2, 2019
Studio Theatre inside Fringe Theatre Adventures


“Phenomenal how hypothermia is really nothing more than an economic process…”


Featuring: Alida Kendall, Alyson Kause, Kate Stachko, Ainsley Hillyard, Rebecca Sadowski
Voice Overs: Nadien Chu, Elisa Benzer, Rachel Bowron, Megan Dart, Vance Avery
Director, Set & Costumes: Trevor Schmidt
Assistant Director & Lighting Design: Beth Dart
Original Composition & Sound Design: Dave Clarke
Stage Manager: Jenn Best
Production Manager: Chris Hicks
Multimedia Film & Projection Design: Katrina Beatty

Awards & Nominations

WINNER
Outstanding Multimedia Design
Katrina Beatty

WINNER
Outstanding Choreography or Fight Direction
The Good Women Dance Collective


Reviews

Based on a true story – Four women are procured from the Ravensbruck concentration camp, hand-selected by SS Second Lieutenant Dr. Sigmund Rascher for a series of experiments specifically designed to measure the human body’s endurance to extreme temperatures – tests that would benignly come to be known as the Cold Conference. The voices of these four women have since disappeared. Where does the human spirit go when the body must remain behind, frozen inside an atrocity?


“…We need only remember the four girls who were taken from the Ravensbruck concentration camp and made to lie naked with the frozen and all but dead Jews who survived Dr. Rascher’s tank of ice water. One of these women, whose hair and eyes and figure were pleasing to Dr. Rascher, when asked by him why she had volunteered for such a task, replied, “Rather half a year in a brothel than half a year in a concentration camp.”
Dr. Elie A. Cohen

PLAYWRIGHT

Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman

Playwright

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the rigorous story-telling session THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW.  In its twenty years of existence, THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW has been performed internationally at the Romanian Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, IGNITE Festival, Women Center Stage Festival and Impact Theatre Festival.  His story-monologues BIRDFEEDER, UNDERTWO AND THE WET ECHO where selected for the Best American Short Plays: 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2013-2014 anthologies.

Chapman’s story LATE BLOOMER was adapted into a short film, directed by Craig MacNeill.  An official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the short won the audience award for Best Short at the Lake Placid Film Festival and the Brown Jenkins Award at the 12th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.  Their second short HENLEY, based on the chapter THE HENLEY ROAD MOTEL from Chapman’s novel MISS CORPUS, was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  It was awarded Best Short Film at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival and the 2011 Carmel Arts and Film Festival.  THE BOY, a feature-length adaptation of HENLEY co-written with director MacNeill, was produced by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Walter), in 2015.  Other film credits include co-scripting the segment THE TROUBLE WITH DAD for the horror anthology feature CHILLING VISIONS: 5 STATES OF FEAR, with director Glenn McQuaid.

Chapman currently teaches writing at the Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.


CAST & COMPANY

Trevor Schmidt

Director, Set & Costume Designer

Trevor Schmidt

Director, Set & Costume Designer

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.

Alida Kendall

Mary (Good Women Dance Collective)

Alida Kendall

Mary (Good Women Dance Collective)

Alida is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and collective artist of the Good Women Dance Collective. She trained professionally at the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, receiving her Bachelor of Arts upon graduation in 2009. Alida’s choreographic works: COUNTERPART, POD, WITHHELD, LOVE FALL, BLOOD OF OR SOIL, have been presented at numerous festivals and events across Canada. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Peggy Baker, Mélanie Demers, Justine A. Chambers, @tendance, Heidi Bunting Dance, the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, AM Choreography and Pyretic Productions. Alida is honored to have the opportunity to make her NLT debut with THE CARDIAC SHADOW.

Nadien Chu

Voice of Mary

Nadien Chu

Voice of Mary

Nadien is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta but is originally from Yorkton, Saskatchewan.  Nadien loves working at Northern Light Theatre any way she can!  Select Theatre Credits: PRETTY GOBLINS -Sterling Award winner, and LADIES WHO LYNCH (Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre), ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS I HAVE EATEN (One Yellow Rabbit), THE BELIEVERS, 10/12 (Roxy Performance Series), CHARLOTTE’S WEB, VANYA, SONIA, MASHA and SPIKE (Alberta Theatre Projects), 9 PARTS OF DESIRE (The Maggie Tree) SPACE/SPACE, CLEOPATRA’S SISTER, FOURTH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE, and CHERISH (Northern Light Theatre), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, JULIUS CAESAR, THE TEMPEST, TWELFTH NIGHT, OTHELLO,  TITUS ANDRONICUS – Sterling Award winner,  COMEDY OF ERRORS, ROMEO AND JULIET, and LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE PENELOPIAD, and AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY (Citadel Theatre) THE UGLY ONE, THE CRACK WALKER, and MOURNING DOVE (Kill Your Television) PIG GIRL – sterling nomination, PALACE OF THE END – sterling nomination (Theatre Network), CUCKOOS – sterling nomination (Edmonton International Film Festival).

Alison Kause

Sarah (Good Women Dance Collective)

Alison Kause

Sarah (Good Women Dance Collective)

Alison is the founding member of the Good Women Dance Collective and the director of Scona Dance Co. She is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Dance Program and the School of Contemporary Dance at SFU, as well as the Education program at the University of Alberta. She has performed across Canada and been inspired by work with local and international colleges. Alison is inspired and challenged by Edmonton’s dance community and is committed to its development.

Elisa Benzer

Voice of Sarah

Elisa Benzer

Voice of Sarah

Elisa is thrilled to be working with Northern Light Theatre and is especially thrilled that she was able to expand her voice acting experience. You may have seen Elisa in EUSHA at The Edmonton International Fringe Festival, her one-person thriller which she plans on expanding and touring in the future. She also has a passion for creating site-specific work; you may have had an opportunity to see IN SHOES at Found Festival last summer. Other credits include DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions), THE CIRCLE (Alberta Theatre Projects Calgary), and IT’S LOVE AND OTHER REASONS TO PANIC! (Shortgirl Productions). She is also proud to have been nominated for “Best Fringe Performance by an Actress” and “Outstanding Fringe New Work” for her work in LETTERS TO LAURA (Shortgirl Production), and hopes to continue to write and perform work that challenges and entertains.

Kate Stashko

Anna (Good Women Dance Collective)

Kate Stashko

Anna (Good Women Dance Collective)

Kate is a dance artist currently based in Edmonton. She has been a member of Good Women Dance Collective since moving to Edmonton in 2012, and this will be her first time performing with Northern Light Theatre. Kate has worked with artists including Peggy Baker, Justine A. Chambers, Mélanie Demers, Helen Husak, Krista Posyniak and Heidi Strauss. In 2015 she toured the Prairie Dance Circuit and she has presented her own work throughout Canada. She enjoys collaborating with local musicians, actors and visual artists, and has pursued an interest in improvisation via collaborations with Mile Zero Dance, New Music Edmonton and the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy. Kate trained at the School of Alberta Ballet before graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2007. She maintains an active and ongoing commitment to professional development, including her 2014 trip to Vienna to attend Impulstanz. Kate teaches dance and Pilates, free-lances as a writer for various dance magazines, and sits on the board of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton.

Rachel Bowron

Voice of Anna

Rachel Bowron

Voice of Anna

Rachel’s voice is thrilled to be making its NLT debut! Select theatre credits include CRAZY FOR YOU(Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary), AVENUE Q (Citadel Theatre), LEGOLAND (Blarney Productions), THE LAST RESORT, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), A LESSON IN BRIO, GOING GOING GONE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, EROS AND THE ITCHY ANT, THE HOOF AND MOUTH ADVANTAGE (Teatro la Quindicina), IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S SUPERMAN (The Plain Janes), and AN ALMOST PERFECT THING (NewWest Theatre).

Ainsley Hillyard

Judith (Good Women Dance Collective)

Ainsley Hillyard

Judith (Good Women Dance Collective)

Ainsley is beyond thrilled to be back working again with NLT, her second appearance with the company since 2016’s production of WISH. Ainsley is an Edmonton-based choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. Ainsley is a collective artist with, and a founding member of the Good Women Dance Collective. Select choreography credits include; THE OTHER and BEARS (Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography with Pyretic Productions); URSA MAJOR and SNOUT (Catch The Keys Productions), 9 PARTS OF DESIRE (The Maggie Tree), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Alberta Opera) and assistant choreographer for HADESTOWN (Citadel Theatre). Select acting credits include WISH (Northern Light Theatre), POOL NO WATER)  (Studio Theatre), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions), ANXIETY (Theatre Yes), and SHAKESPEARE’S WILL (Thou Art Here Theatre). Ainsley is ecstatic about this co-production and sincerely hopes you enjoy the show.

Megan Dart

Voice of Judith

Megan Dart

Voice of Judith

Megan is a poet, playwright, and the co-Artistic Producer of the award-winning indie theatre company Catch the Keys Productions alongside her sister Beth. Catch the Keys is equal parts multidisciplinary creator, party starter, and community activator, and is best known for its site-specific, immersive theatre creations. Recent playwrighting credits include FOSSEGRIM & NØKK (Alberta Opera), DEAD CENTRE OF TOWN (Catch the Keys Productions; recipient of an Award of Excellence in Interpretation from Interpretation Canada), and URSA MAJOR (Catch the Keys Productions & Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, including Best New Play). This is Megan’s first time lending her voice to both a theatrical production, and Northern Light Theatre, and she couldn’t be more thrilled. Catch the Sisters Dart in Fort Edmonton Park after dark this each October for annual Dead Centre of Town, Edmonton’s only live action immersive horror show inspired by true history.

Vance Avery

Voice of Dr. Rascher

Vance Avery

Voice of Dr. Rascher

Vance is thrilled to be returning to Northern Light Theatre after making his professional debut 35 years ago in their production of JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, he has gone on to perform all over the world. Recently, Vance was seen in Guys in Disguise production of TWO QUEENS AND A JOKER (2018 Fringe Festival), WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (Plain Jane Theatre), HADESTOWN (Citadel Theatre) and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mayfield Theatre). New York/Broadway credits include: Original cast member of the Tony Award winning revival of CABARET. He went on to play the role of Emcee on Broadway, Japan and South Korea. SWEET CHARITY IN CONCERT (Lincoln Centre), A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT (Encores/City Centre), MY FAVOURITE BROADWAY: LOVE SONGS (PBS) and Grammy nominated recording artists, BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES. Other Canadian/US credits include: Marius in LES MISERABLES, CATS, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT w/Donny Osmond and CHICAGO at the Neptune Theatre. He also collaborated with Tom Waits and Robert Wilson starring in their rock fable, THE BLACK RIDER at the Ahmenson Theatre, Los Angeles. Coming up: Vance will be appearing in LEND ME A TENOR at the Mayfield Theatre.

Rebecca Sadowski

Understudy (Good Women Dance Collective)

Rebecca Sadowski

Understudy (Good Women Dance Collective)

Rebecca is an Edmonton- based performance artist, choreographer, and dance instructor. She is thrilled to be working with NLT and the Good Women Dance Collective in The Cardiac Shadow this season! Some of Rebecca’s most recent theatre and dance credits include: Dead Centre of Town (Catch the Keys Productions), Shakespeare’s Will, But Hark! A Voice (Thou Art Here Theatre), and BEARS/ Minosis Gathers Hope (Punctuate! Theatre/ Alberta Aboriginal Arts). She recently choreographed Fossegrim and Nøk this past summer with Alberta Opera, as well as an original full length work, The Sash Maker, with Mile Zero Dance, and Alberta Dance Alliance Feats Festival.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University in 2013. Rebecca currently teaches dance with the City of Edmonton, dancED Movement Projects, and Mile Zero Dance Outreach. Later this season, Rebecca will return as a dancer in the award winning production of BEARS with Punctuate! Theatre, this time at Factory Theatre in Toronto.

Beth Dart

Assistant Director & Lighting Design

Beth Dart

Assistant Director & 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).

Jenn Best

Stage Manager

Jenn Best

Stage Manager

Jenn has recently relocated to Red Deer so she could spend more time on Highway 2 and share a mortgage with her husband. She is thrilled that Northern Light Theatre gave her an opportunity to visit her friends in Edmonton. Her other Stage Management credits include:  THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, SISTER SISTER, and WISH (Northern Light Theatre), SOLICITING TEMPTATION, FLIGHT OF THE VISCOUNT, JACK GOES BOATING, FOOL FOR LOVE, LITTLE ELEPHANTS, and GRACE (Shadow Theatre), BURING BLUEBEARD (Edmonton Actors’ Theatre), 10 our 12 and THE REALISTIC JONESES (Wild Side Productions, IN THE NEXT ROOM, THE CLEAN HOUSE, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and 4:48 PSYCHOSIS (Trunk Theatre).

She has lived out of her suitcase for several seasons, touring the gay hip-hopera BASH’d, running up and down hills for the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, and snake wrangling for the good people at the Rosebud Centre for the Arts.

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.

Katrina Beatty

Multimedia Film & Projection Design

Katrina Beatty

Multimedia Film & Projection Design

Katrina is graduate of Montreal’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, where she earned a BFA in Film Production, conferred with distinction standing, and received the Richard Renaud Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Production.

Returning to her hometown of Edmonton, Katrina has produced and directed several projects in varying formats, from feature films to music videos. Notably, she partnered with Rocky Mountain Pictures and Panacea Entertainment to produce the made-for-TV movie I THINK I DO. The film starred Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries, The Right Kind of Wrong) and Mia Kirshner (The L Word, The Black Dahlia), garnering Mia a Canadian Screen Award nomination for her performance. The film premiered on the Lifetime Network to the highest ratings of all Valentine’s programming on the network that day. It is regularly broadcast on The W Network in Canada and has been sold all over the world.

Following the completion of I THINK I DO, Katrina was selected as one of eight directors in Canada to complete the Women in the Director’s Chair program hosted at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She spent an intensive three and a half weeks on the Banff Centre campus work-shopping a piece from her upcoming feature film MOMENTS BETWEEN.

While developing the script for MOMENTS BETWEEN, she’s produced multiple music videos and a short film with director Trevor Anderson. The first, NIGHTLIFE, brought SCTV and FREAKS AND GEEKS alumnus Joe Flaherty back to Edmonton to resurrect his Count Floyd character. It won the 2015 Edmonton Music Award for Best Music Video and was nominated for a 2015 Rosie Award for Best Music Video. NIGHTLIFE is currently available to view on YouTube along with FLOATING IN THE SKY (winner of 2015 Outstanding Music Video at FAVA Fest) and MAYBE WE’LL MAKE A PLAN (nominated for a 2015 AMPIA Award).

More recently, Katrina received four Rosie nominations from the Alberta Media Industry Association for her short film LIFT. It premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Spirit of Alberta Award. It also screened alongside the 25th Anniversary screening of Anne Wheeler’s ANGEL SQUARE, which was followed by a Q&A with both directors.

Partnering with rock duo Whitehorse, Katrina recently released the music video she directed for their song PINK KIMONO. PINK KIMONO earned her an Outstanding Achievement Award at FAVA Fest 2018.

Having sat on NLT’s Board of Directors for a number of years, Katrina acted as Interim President, Vice-President and a Member at Large, co-creating NLTs yearly fundraiser BATTLE OF THE LIMELIGHT. Katrina is excited to be taking on a creative partnership with the company, working on the multi-disciplinary production THE CARDIAC SHADOW.