From the Producer ...
Welcome to the second half of our 1995-96 season. Thanks to your outstanding support we are well on our way to our most successful season yet. You, our audience, have responded with tremendous enthusiasm to the moving reminiscences of Six War Years, the disturbing vision of The Rimers of Eldritch, and the hilarious satire of Les Belles Soeurs.
Please join us for "ON THE FRINGE"- our One-Act Play Festival at the end of March. This Independent Student Production is a tribute to the diverse abilities and the enthusiasm of the Theatre and Drama Studies students.
Thank you again for joining us. We look forward to having you with us for the rest of our season as "The Adventure Continues" with these exciting productions.
From the Artistic Director ...
Welcome to the final mainstage production of Theatre Erindale's third season! Whether you're a Member, a Patron, or a single ticket buyer, we're delighted to have you with us and we hope to see you often in future. With this production of The Revenger's Tragedy, we are delighted to welcome back Costume Coordinator Joanne Massingham (whose spectacular work graced The Relapse last season and Les Belles Soeurs a few weeks ago), Fight Choreographer Daniel Levinson, and Stage Manager Chris Campbell.
Our season is by no means over, however. Don't miss "ON THE FRINGE" -- our festival of one-act Independent Student Productions, set for March 26-30, 1996. Playing in repertory will be Edward Albee's Zoo Story, John Mighton's Body and Soul, Michael Unrau's Down in the Flood (the world première of an original work-in-progress), and Michael Weller's At Home -- all for "Pay-What-You-Can" ticket prices! These shows feature the work of student directors and producers, and of first- and second-year student actors, and are bound to be an adventure (last year's Independent Student Productions were a total sell-out)! Plan to come two nights in a row, or both afternoon and evening on Saturday, and see all four of them!
The planning for our 1996/97 mainstage season will soon be underway. Suggestions are welcome. And if you'd like to be among the first to learn all about our play selections, just add your name to our mailing list in the lobby. We hope you'll be joining us again for the next exciting year in the growth of this youthful theatre company.
Welcome to Theatre Erindale! Enjoy the show!
From the Director ...
In the Fall of 1607, a play called "the revengers tragedie" was listed in the Stationer's Register; it was published later that same year. Though the work was anonymous in both instances, it was advertised as having been played by the King's Men at the Globe Theatre -- Shakespeare's company. Not until half a century later does any document appear attesting to its authorship, and then it is attributed to Cyril Tourneur, writer of The Atheist's Tragedy (1611). This attribution quickly became traditional. Now, however, a growing number of scholars contend that the play is better understood as the work of Thomas Middleton, author or co-author of A Trick to Catch the Old One (1607) and, much later, of Women Beware Women and The Changeling (1621-2). Whoever wrote it, critics agree that The Revenger's Tragedy is unique.
The play certainly belongs to the tradition of the Elizabethan-Jacobean "Revenge Tragedy" -- which stretches from the Senecan horrors of Kyd's Spanish Tragedy (1586) through Webster's White Devil and Duchess of Malfi (1612-14) and beyond, and includes not only Marston's Antonio's Revenge and The Malcontent (1599, 1603) but, as its most profound representative, Shakespeare's Hamlet (1601). With these works, Revenger's shares a malcontent hero who has suffered great losses at the hands of a corrupt court, and is fighting to reinstate an earlier system of morality and justice -- only to find eventually that revenge will always rebound on the revenger.
Yet no other work in the tradition quite buys into this play's scathing and simplistically medieval vision of morality. Or its pandemic, multi-levelled ironies that make almost every event into a reversal for one or more of the characters, and saturate the text with knowing asides. Or the wickedly outrageous humour that often turns satiric melodrama into black farce. The visual equivalent of all these features can be found among the playful woodcut skeletons of Hans Holbein's famous Dance of Death (1525 ff), itself the outcome of a medieval tradition that was to fascinate 19th-century artists and composers in the age of Romantic melodrama. Among these was Franz Liszt, whose Dance of Death -- a paraphrase on the medieval Dies Irae -- supplies the incidental music for this production.
Although The Revenger's Tragedy had no doubt remained the object of occasional forays by the more cheeky and erudite student dramatic societies, it had been out of the professional repertoire for centuries when the Royal Shakespeare Company dared a revival in 1966. In the heyday of the "Theatre of Cruelty", it was an unexpected runaway hit; a second (and completely different) production by the same company in 1987 was equally successful.
Nevertheless, the play has yet to receive a professional production in Canada. We at Theatre Erindale think that is a pity -- because, as Vindice says himself:
If every trick were told that's dealt by night,
There are few here that would not blush outright.
The Revenger's Tragedy
by Cyril Tourneur
Directed and Edited by Patrick Young
Costumes by Joanne Massingham
Set by Patrick Young and James W. Smagata
Lighting Designer -James W. Smagata
Fight Choreographer - Daniel Levinson
Stage Manager - Chris Campbell
Assistant Stage Manager - Darren Switzer
(in order of speaking)
Vindice, the Revenger, sometimes disguised as Piato Joe Tirone
Hippolito, his brother Glen Bullen
Gratiana, their widowed mother Adalgisa Bevacqua
Castiza, their sister and Gratiana's daughter Jenny Brubacher
The Old Duke Ryan Kinghorn
Judge/Bishop Daniel Lapp
The Duchess, by a second marriage for both Kyra Bailey
Lussurioso, the Duke's son and heir James Cunningham
Ambitioso, the Duchess' eldest son Philip Sullivan
Spurio, the Duke's bastard son Aurangzaib Shaikh
Junior, the Duchess' youngest son Greg Thomas
Supervacuo, the Duchess' second son Christopher McNally
Antonio, first noble of the realm Mike Unrau
Antonio's Wife, raped by Junior Adalgisa Bevacqua
Piero, a lord Michael Battell
Sordido, a gentleman-in-waiting Michael Battell
Nencio, a second gentleman-in-waiting Daniel Lapp
Dondola, servant to Gratiana Kyra Bailey
First Officer Mike Unrau
Second Officer Daniel Lapp
Keeper Michael Battell
Nobles Daniel Lapp, Greg Thomas, Adalgisa Bevacqua
Guards The Company
Dance Choreographer - Larisa DeZayas
Fight Captain - Adalgisa Bevacqua
The play takes place in an imaginary Jacobean version of Italy.
There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.
For The Revenger's Tragedy:
Lighting Technician: Elizabeth Woodley
Audio Technician: Sarah Cudmore
Poster Art:Albrecht Dürer
Incidental Music:Franz Liszt - Totentanz
Joseph Banowetz/CSR Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Dohanyi
Set and Lights: Brock Young (chief), Christine Cseh, Norbert
Kliszczewski, Mike Linton, Kevin Robinson, Sarah Schwartz
Wardrobe:Annamieke Wade (chief), Thom Fairley,
Shannon Jardine, Daniel Lapp, Tanya Smith
Properties:Michael Battell (chief), Christine Andriekus, Paula Gonsalves, Mike Kessler, Laura Mulhall, Daniel Renaud
Front of House and Box Office: Norbert Kliszczewski (chief), Kory Bertrand, Sara Robinson, Margo Gozales, Mary Hajsan, Deborah Pietrantonio
Running Crew:Robin Archer, Annika Caton, Nicola Treadgold
Producer: Nancy Copeland
Artistic Director: Patrick Young
Production Manager, Technical Director: James W. Smagata
Business Manager: Clara Stewart
Public Relations: Maryann Wells
Office Staff: Margot Thomas
Technical Assistants: Terry Costa, Andrea Scott
KYRA BAILEY, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Toronto, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: The Rimers of Eldritch, Evelyn; The Scams of Scapin - Carle, Zerbinette; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Sir Francis Bond Head & others; The Farm Show - Wardrobe Crew; Pericles, Prince of Tyre - Wardrobe Crew Chief; Junior Projects - Stage Manager.
For Other Companies: Pump Boys and Dinettes - Musical Director (Drama Club of Erindale); Waiting for the Parade - Janet; Bells are Ringing - Sue; Guys and Dolls - Sarah; and other wee parts.
Ambition: Still to be the fat lady who sings.
Favourite Saying: "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
MICHAEL BATTELL, 2nd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Ancaster, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Wardrobe Crew; The Relapse - Running Crew; Lion in the Streets - Set and Lights Crew.
For Other Companies: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - Isachaar, The Wizard of Oz - Cowardly Lion (Ancaster H.S.); Assassins - David Herold/Billy (Playhouse '82); Jesus Christ Superstar- Apostle (James the Lesser) (Ancaster Arts Council).
Ambition: To replace Val Kilmer in Batman after he meets with an unfortunate accident.
Favourite Saying: Whatever!
ADALGISA BEVACQUA, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Bolton, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Eva; Scapin - Hyacinte; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Lady B. and other roles; Pericles, Prince of Tyre - Wardrobe; The Farm Show - Set Construction Crew Head.
For Other Companies: Rumors - Chris Gorman and Lend me a Tenor - Maria Merelli (Theatre Showcase Brampton).
Ambition:Toronto, London, New York.
Favourite Saying: "It is wonderful how complete the illusion is that beauty is identical with goodness." - Tolstoi
JENNY BRUBACHER, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Elmira, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Six War Years - ensemble; Scapin - Front of House Crew Head; Lion in the Streets - Props Crew Head; Pericles, Prince of Tyre - Props Crew; The Farm Show - Front of House Crew.
For Other Companies: The Ecstasy of Rita Joe - Rita, Anne of Green Gables - Josie Pye, Genesis - Eve/Ensemble, Pollyanna - Pollyanna (Elmira Youth Players).
Ambition: To have smile lines around my eyes.
Favourite Saying: Enough guys!
GLEN B. BULLEN, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Pickering, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Josh; Scapin - Geronte; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Anthony Van Egmund and others; Pericles - Set Construction; The Farm Show - Front-Of-House.
For Other Companies: Grey Milk Thursday - Francis, Death - Al (Sears Festival); When You Wish Upon a Star - Alien, Zero Degrees - Grim Reaper (High School).
Ambition: To be the best waiter in our galaxy.
Favourite Saying: "Pucker up, buttercup!"
JAMES CUNNINGHAM, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Oakville, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Walter; Scapin - Scapin; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - ventriloquist/Peter; Pericles, Set Construction and Lighting; The Farm Show - Set Construction and Lighting.
For Other Companies: Shilo (T.O. Fringe); Trial by Shakespeare, The Ghost Who Sits in Parliament (U. of T. Drama Festival); The Boyfriend (MMT).
Ambition: To set the world on fire.
Favourite Saying: "The entire world can be set on fire by a single angry man." - Thoreau
RYAN KINGHORN, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Burlington, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Robert; Six War Years - Military Advisor; The Relapse - Waterman, Foretop, Dr. Syringe, Ralph, Chairman, Sir John Friendly, Production Assistant; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - William Lyon MacKenzie, Fight Choreographer; The Farm Show - Props Crew Chief; Pericles - Set/Lighting Crew.
For Other Companies: Ten Lost Years (Mirror Image Players); Sparks in the Park - Barry (Independent Student Production); The Possibilities - Military Advisor (York Studio); Into the Woods - Assistant Stage Manager, Man of LaMancha - the Duke, Skin - the Teacher (Central Players); Mad Forest - Fight Choreographer (Central Company).
Ambition: To build a career of performing meaningful theatre.
Favourite Saying: "Nice teeth, clean smell, class act all the way" - Homer, on God
DANIEL LAPP, 2nd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Coldwater, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Props Crew Chief.
For Other Companies: The Dining Room - Grumpy old man (Erindale S.S.); The Diviners - Preacher (Fun Fair Productions); Electric Circus - Dancing Machine (City T.V.); Little Shop of Horrors - Dentist (Orillia Theatre Co.).
Ambition: To be part of the "Street Legal" revival and have my own place.
Favourite Saying: "Just wait till my mother sees me on-stage, oh boy!
CHRISTOPHER McNALLY, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Brampton, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Six War Years - Ensemble; Sparks in the Park - various roles; The Relapse - Front of House; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Props Crew Chief; Pericles - Props; The Farm Show - Front of House.
For Other Companies: Of Mice and Men - George, Godspell - Jeffrey, Brighton Beach Memoirs - Eugene Morris Jerome, Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Charlie (St. Augustine S.S.).
Ambition: To get my own star on the walk of fame.
Favourite Saying: Yeah! Like I have time for that!
AURANGZAIB SHAIKH, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Six War Years - Ensemble; The Relapse - Front of House Crew; Pericles - Props Crew; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Set & Lights Crew Chief; The Farm Show - Publicity Crew.
For Other Companies: 'Dentity Crisis - Director, Night of January 16th - Defense Attorney Stevens (Erindale Drama Club); Impromptu - Tony (Theatre Showcase Brampton); A Midsummer Night's Dream - Lysander , Importance of Being Earnest - Algernon (Streetsville S. S.).
Ambition: To live every moment from A to Z and back again.
Favourite Saying: "My liege, what saucy elbows you have."
PHILIP SULLIVAN, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Brampton, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Six War Years - Ensemble; The Farm Show - Front of House; Pericles - Wardrobe; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Front of House; The Relapse - Wardrobe Crew Chief.
For Other Companies: The Mouse Trap - Major Metcalf, Rumors - Ken Gorman, Lend Me a Tenor - Bellhop, Impromptu - Director, Not in this Boat Ewe Don't - Ted (Theatre Showcase Brampton); Le Théâtre de la Maintenance - Bergeron (Le Nouveau Théâtre D'Occasion).
Ambition: Sorry, I can't motivate myself to give it any thought.
Favourite Saying: "Man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for?"
GREG THOMAS, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Nipawin, Saskatchewan
For Theatre Erindale: Six War Years - Ensemble; Pericles - Set and Light Crew; The Farm Show - Props Crew; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Front of House Crew Chief; The Relapse - Wardrobe Crew; 'Dentity Crisis - Mr. Summers (I.S.P.).
For Other Companies: 'Dentity Crisis - Mr. Summers (Erindale Drama Club); This Old Shoe - various roles (Sask. Drama Associates); Insanity of Mary Girard - Fury, The Legacy - William, The Keep - various roles (L.P. Comprehensive H. S.).
Ambition: To get hooked on fonicks.
Favourite Saying: Could you please sound that out for me please?!
JOE TIRONE, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Bramalea, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Skelly Manor; The Relapse - Sir Tunbelly Clumsey; 1837: The Farmer's Revolt - Samuel Lount, Edward; The Farm Show - Wardrobe Crew Head; Pericles - Wardrobe.
For Other Companies: Grease - Sonny (S.T.A.); Impromptu - Ernest (Theatre Showcase Brampton)
Ambition: To write a smile on everyone's face..
Favourite Saying: "and what of me? I can not articulate I have no desire to tell where I have been and where I am going. Surely this is dangerous. What am I hiding? When will it surface?" - Timothy Findley, Stores.
MIKE UNRAU, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Simcoe, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Six War Years - Ensemble.
For Other Companies: Prairie Church of Buster Galloway - Mac ; 4 a.m. (Open All Night) - Old man, Director (U. Of Lethbridge); Snow Dreams - Wayne Gretzky, various (Simcoe Players); Just the Tree of Us - Hanzel, writer (Environmental Interpretive Theatre, Alberta); Clown (Circus Carnevalé, Australia).
Ambition: To see everyplace, to live everywhere, to be everything.
Favourite Saying: "My liege, I have oft seen these clothes often attending on him ... often."
CHRIS CAMPBELL - Stage Manager, 3rd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Burlington, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: The Relapse - Stage Manager.
For Theatre Sheridan: The World Goes 'Round - Head Carpenter; Orpheus in the Underworld - Assistant Stage Manager.
For Other Companies: The Diary of Anne Frank - Technical Director (Tribal Productions).
Ambition: To have enough money so that I can afford to pay attention.
Favourite Saying: There's a lot more to getting what you want out of life than just wanting it really bad; you need cash too!
DARREN SWITZER - Assistant Stage Manager, 1st Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Nepean, Ontario
For Theatre Sheridan: Commercial Performance Critiques - Assistant Stage Manager.
For Other Companies: Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon - Lighting Designer (Nepean Little Theatre); Oliver - Technical Director, Annie - Assistant Stage Manager (Company of Musical Theatre).
Ambition: To find what really is out there on X-Files.
Favourite Saying: I gotta go call my girlfriend.
ELIZABETH WOODLEY - Lighting Technician, 2nd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Waterloo, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Les Belles Soeurs - Scenic Painter and Lighting Technician.
For Theatre Sheridan: Little Shop of Horrors - Assistant Technical Director; Lies and Legends: - Painter; Catch a Rising Star - Follow-Spot, Electrician.
For Other Companies: Anne of Green Gables - Asst. Wardrobe
(Kawartha Summer Theatre); Into the Woods - Asst. Wig Mistress (Canadian Stage); S.P.A.V.A. 94 - Asst. Scenic Designer (Centre in the Square).
Ambition: To be the wackiest TD or Designer Sheridan ever produced.
Favourite Saying: Can I have some cheese with my whine!
SARAH CUDMORE - Audio Technician, 2nd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Kincardine, Ontario
For Theatre Erindale: Les Belles Soeurs - Sound Designer and Board Operator; Six War Years - Stage Manager; The Scams of Scapin - Production Assistant.
For Theatre Sheridan: Dance and Nightclub Critiques - Co-Lighting Designer; Runway Revolution - Master Electrician and Board Operator; Cabaret/The Club - Audio Technician/ Production Assistant.
For Other Companies: An Evening with Duke Ellington and the Sophisticated Lady - Followspot Operator (CBC); Legends on Ice - Followspot Operator and Lighting Technician (Paramount).
Ambition: To bring a smile to my own face as well as others'.
Favourite Saying: Just curious!
Direction and Design
PATRICK YOUNG, Director
Patrick graduated in English from Victoria College, University of Toronto, and trained in Theatre on special scholarship at Indiana University. By the late '70s he was a well-known actor across Canada, when his credits included the record-breaking Toronto hits Flicks, The Relapse, and the original production of Automatic Pilot, and he guest-starred on such series as The Great Detective and Night Heat. With the '80s, he branched into playwriting, directing, and teaching. He is the author of four award-winning plays, and has held the posts of Head of
Professional Actor-Training and Artistic Director of Dalhousie Theatre Productions (Halifax), Associate Director and Playwright-in-Residence of the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and Director/Dramaturg of the Muskoka Festival Musical Theatre Writers' Colony. He has also taught or directed at Humber College, George Brown College, The University of Waterloo, and Gaya College in Malaysia. He is now the Sheridan College Coordinator of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program, and the Artistic Director of Theatre Erindale -- for which in past seasons he has directed The Farm Show and The Relapse.
JIM SMAGATA, Lighting Designer
Jim is a graduate of Brock University Drama Department. He worked there as a Technical Assistant, and then moved to Alberta to head up the technical side of the Theatre at Grande Prairie Regional College. Jim worked closely with Community Theatre groups as well as the College Players and Drama Department. During his stint at GPRC, he designed lights for a myriad of shows, including Guys and Dolls, The Fantastiks, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, The Hobbit, The Gin Game, and West Side Story. He honed his skills in audio working for the Jazz
and Wind Ensembles and musical artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Moe Koffman and Eric Nagler, to name a few. After nine years, he moved to Nepean, Ontario to become Centrepointe Theatre's Chief of Production Services, rubbing elbows with Christopher Plummer and Sir Peter Ustinov among others. While there, he designed the critically acclaimed Into The Woods. He now is the Theatre Manager here at Erindale College and teaches Stagecraft to 1st and 2nd year students.
JOANNE MASSINGHAM, Costume Coordinator
For the past ten years Joanne has worked in most of Toronto's Theatres building, altering, designing and shopping for costumes. Her credits include:
Costume Design - Les Belles Soeurs and The Relapse for Erindale College; Eddy and Le Chien for Theatre Francais; Danceland for Crows Theatre; Deck the Halls for Casa Loma; The Wizard of Oz for Carousel Players; Brigadoon for Limelight Theatre; Skin (Young Peoples Theatre).
Head of Wardrobe - Theatre Francais; Skylight Theatre; University of Toronto, Opera Department; Young Peoples Theatre; Theatre Passe Muraille; Factory Theatre.
Specific Areas - Stratford Festival (jeweller); Opera Atelier (milliner); Shaw Festival (dyer); National Ballet Company (dyer and jeweller); Canadian Opera Company (decoration and jeweller).
Patrons of Theatre Erindale
Judit Ashbaugh, Roger Beck, Allan Jones, Paul Kinghorn,
Mr. and Mrs. Panthaky, Catherine Rubincam, Dagmar Schoenrank,
R. G. Summers-Gill, Leslie Thomson, Margaret Young, Patrick Young.
Fantastic Creations& Chris Warilow, Judith Fraser, Daniel Levinson,
Christie Lites, Joanne Massinhgham, Skylight Theatre,
Théatre Français de Toronto, Don and Coral Young.