From the Producer ...



Welcome to Theatre Erindale's fourth season. And welcome back to our many returning audience members. You helped make last season our most successful yet, and we're delighted that you're joining us for this season's varied, entertaining and sometimes challenging plays.



The support you give us--as a single ticket buyer, as a subscriber, or as a Patron--is tremendously important to us. As audience members, you make an essential contribution to the growth of our student actors, who benefit from your engaged and enthusiastic responses. If you are a Patron, your tax-deductible donation to Theatre Erindale goes directly to our Scholarship and Development Fund to benefit our students. And, just as importantly, your support is helping Theatre Erindale contribute to the cultural life of Mississauga.



So once again, welcome and thank you. We hope you enjoy the season of plays we've chosen for you. We think you'll agree that for Theatre Erindale "The Sky's the Limit!"



Nancy Copeland





From the Artistic Director ...



Welcome to the fourth and final mainstage production of the 1996/97 Theatre Erindale Season! Our aim is to provide reasonably priced live theatre that's challenging, entertaining, and different from anything else west of Toronto. 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 the future.



It ain't over yet, though! We take great pleasure in announcing "On the Fringe", our festival of one-act Independent Student Productions -- Wednesday to Saturday, April 2nd through 5th, 1997, at Pay-What-You-Can prices (free to Theatre Erindale Members), starting at 7:00 p.m. In a mini-fringe festival of our own, the four plays will each have separate admissions and play each night in a different order: see them all in one night,or come back four nights in a row at the same time! See the back cover of this program for details!



With this performance of Mycenae, we welcome to Theatre Erindale for the first time noted director and playwright Simon Johnston -- recent Artistic Director of the Lighthouse Festival Theatre. We also welcome back Joanne Massingham as Costumer for her sixth Theatre Erindale production. On stage you will see the current graduating class of our joint Sheridan College/Erindale College Theatre and Drama Studies Program, with support from the third- and second-year classes.



John Barton's association with the Royal Shakespeare Company as director and adaptor of numerous classical works dates back to 1960 and the early days of the Peter Hall regime, and he continues to fight to make the classics freshly accessible to a contemporary audience. He devised recital performances such as The Hollow Crown and The Art of Seduction, created his own versions of Behn's The Rover and Tourneur's The Revenger's Tragedy, and condensed Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy and Richard III into the three-night Wars of the Roses. As a resident director with the company, he was responsible for numerous Elizabethan and modern productions large and small, as well as the TV series Playing Shakespeare. With The Greeks -- from which the three plays of Mycenae are drawn -- he seized the opportunity to re-visit the savage roots of western mythology, giving them an incarnation that evokes both our time and all time.



We're glad you've joined us for this performance. And we hope you find it a stimulating evening in the theatre! Please come again.



Patrick Young





From the Director ...



The three plays presented here are extracts from a decahedral cycle of plays entitled The Greeks, translated and adapted by John Barton and Kenneth Cavander for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979. This modern rendition was culled from works written almost 2,500 years ago by Euripides, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Homer and manages to focus the dramatic interplay beween war, murders and the gods with laser-like precision. Barton and Cavander have given us a work which eliminates the stodgy, the declamatory and the artificial fussiness of many other versions. Instead, we have a text which is lively, natural and honest but above all human; and yet, one which does not sacrifice the core elements or the dithyrambic style of the original plays.



If the contemporary design (I hesitate to specify a date) evokes a sense of deja vu, it is probably because we have often seen similar battle-ready conditions on the evening news in various parts of the world. How did it all begin? Will we ever learn? Our presentation follows the vicissitudes of one family whose story forms the crux of the larger cycle. What they do and why they do it begs the seminal questions about the nature of good and evil.



Simon Johnston





MYCENAE

three sections of The Greeks

adapted by John Barton and Kenneth Cavander

Produced by special arrangement with Casaratto-Ramsay, Ltd. London, England.



Directed by Simon Johnston

Costumes by Joanne Massingham

Set and Lighting by James W. Smagata

Lighting Design Assistant - Darren Switzer

Stage Management by Darren Switzer

assisted by Crystal Macdonell

Choreography by Nicole St. Martin

Original Music composed by Claire Porter



Prologue - from Euripides

Iphigenia in Aulis - from Euripides

(SCENE: in front of Agamemnon's tent in Aulis on the shore of Eastern Greece)



Eurynome/Artemis/Chorus Jen Forrester

Callonike/Chorus Alicia Land

Myrrhine/Chorus Elizabeth Dalgleish

Leda/Chorus Allison Hahnfeld

Hera/Chorus Sarah Schwartz

Athena/Chorus Angela McMillan

Aphrodite/Chorus Claire Porter

Chorus Jenny Brubacher, Rebecca Wood

Agamemnon, General of the Greeks Mike Unrau

Old Man, his servant Christopher McNally

Menelaus, his brother Aurangzaib Shaikh

Talthybius, Herald of the Greeks Gregory Thomas

Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon Lisa Jean

Iphigenia, his eldest daughter Lori Dixon

Achilles, his best warrior Kory Bertrand

Patroclus, a soldier Daniel Renaud



Agamemnon - from Aeschylus

(SCENE: outside the royal palace of Mycenae in Argos, ten years later)

additional characters:

Aegisthus, Clytemnestra's lover Phil Sullivan

Cassandra, captive mistress of Agamemnon Jenny Brubacher



Electra - from Sophocles

(SCENE: the same, seven years later)

additional characters:

Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra Rebecca Wood

Chrysothemis, her sister Allison Hahnfeld

Orestes, her brother Aurangzaib Shaikh

Chorus Lori Dixon

There will be two ten-minute intermissions.



For Mycenae:



Lighting Technician: Jeremy Nantes

Audio Technician: Sandra Marcroft

Program: Margot Thomas

Set and Lights: Sarah Wood (Crew Chief), Naomi NcNeill, Lisa Quinto, Mackenzie Lush, John Wojewoda

Wardrobe: Jenna Leblanc (Crew Chief), Margo Gonzalez, Paula Gonsalves, Adam Bailey, Daniel Krolik, Lisa Sheppard

Properties: Nicola Treadgold (Crew Chief), Nikki St. Martin, Annika Caton, Stephen Gallant, Kelly Straughan

Front of House and Concession: Tanya Smith (Crew Chief), Shannon Jardine, Julie Pinto, Jenny Kuipers, Melissa Boehner, Sasa Jeric

Running Crew: Daniel Renaud (Crew Chief), Katie Van Exan

Guitar: Claire Porter

Music: James MacMillan: The Music of James MacMillan

Michael Uyttebroek: Distant Drums Approach

Live percussion devised by: Melanie Bravetti





For Theatre Erindale:



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

Production Assistants: Terry Costa (Box Office), Norbert Kliszczewski

Technical Assistant: John Wojewoda





For legal and/or safety reasons all cameras, recorders, telephones and

paging devices must be checked with the House Manager.

In consideration for the audience and company, latecomers are

not admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

The Cast





KORY BERTRAND, 2nd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Cochrane, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Set and Lights Crew Chief; The Revenger's Tragedy - Front Of House Crew, Six War Years - Wardrobe Crew; Body and Soul - Henry (ISP).

For Other Companies: For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls - Lawrence (Erindale Drama Club); Take Five - Mike (North Bay National Thespian Society Festival).

Ambition: To have a sex change and be the best damn Go-Go Dancer I can be.

Favourite Saying: "Go ahead, make m..." no, that's Clint Eastwood. "Bond. James Bo..." wait, that was Sean Connery. Hmm, apparently I don't have one.



JENNY BRUBACHER, 4th Yr.Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Elmira, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Priscilla; The Revenger's Tragedy - Castiza; Six War Years - ensemble; Scapin - Front-of- House Crew Chief; Lion in the Streets - Props Crew Chief; 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, The Farm Show - ensemble (Elmira Youth Players).

Ambition: To have smile lines around my eyes.

Favourite Saying: "If you want her, go out on a moonlit night like this and run across the mountainside without looking down." Artemis, The Greeks



ELIZABETH DALGLEISH, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Lady Helena; Les Belles Soeurs - Des Neiges; Six War Years - ensemble; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Wardrobe Crew Chief; Scapin - Front of House Crew; Pericles - Wardrobe Crew; The Farm Show - Props Crew.

For Other Companies: Jesus Christ Superstar - Tormentor (Playhouse '82); The Pirates of Penzance - The Good Looking Twin (Toronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society); The Boyfriend - Faye (Meadowvale Music Theatre); Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii - Vivien (Meadowvale S.S.)

Ambition: To climb Mount Everest.

Favourite Saying: "I don't want to make money I just want to be wonderful." Marilyn Monroe.



LORI DIXON, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Annie; Les Belles Soeurs - Angeline Sauvé; Six War Years - ensemble; The Farm Show - Front of House; Pericles - Props Crew; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Set and Lights Crew; The Relapse - Props Crew Chief; 'Dentity Crisis - Jane (I.S.P.).

For Other Companies: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Hermia

(Streetsville Secondary); Twelfth Night - Viola (Erindale Drama Club); Impromptu - Lora (Theatre Showcase Brampton).

Ambition: To work with Zaib.

Favourite Saying: "You're on earth. There's no cure for that." Samuel Beckett





JENNIFER FORRESTER, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Niagara Falls, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Emily/Edna/Eady; Les Belles Soeurs - Rhéauna; Six War Years - ensemble; Scapin - Props Crew Chief; Lion in the Streets - Front of House Crew; Pericles - Costume Crew; The Farm Show - Props Crew.

For Other Companies: ... and Stuff - Director, Rosencrantz &

Guildenstern are Dead - Guildenstern, Not Enough Rope - Mrs. Pearce (Niagara District S. S.); Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean - Sissy (then) (Firehall Theatre).

Ambition: To wander off into the woods and never find my way back.

Favourite Saying: "Mom's coming 'round to put it back the way it ought to be."





ALLISON HAHNFELD, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Maggie; Les Belles Soeurs - Ginette; Six War Years - ensemble; Scapin - Props Crew; Lion in

For Other Companies: Come and See His Glory - vocalist, Handel's Messiah - ensemble (Musical Miracles); Genesis -

Asst. Director, Brigadoon - chorus (Holy Name of Mary Drama Club).

Ambition: To be successfully consumed with the art and beauty of drama.

Favourite Saying: "Talent comes second to charisma and a vision."













LISA JEAN

Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Polly; Les Belles Soeurs - Germaine; Six War Years - ensemble; The Relapse - Set and Lights Crew Chief; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Running Crew/Costumes; Pericles - Front of House; The Farm Show - Set and Lights; Junior Projects 1995 - Stage Manager.

For Other Companies: The Night of January 16th - District

Attorney Flint (Erindale Drama Club); Anne of Green Gables - Marilla, Liars - Mother (Erindale S. S.).

Ambition: Strength, persistence, luck.

Favourite Saying: "... if you want her, go out on a moonlit night like this and run across the mountainside without looking down." Artemis, The Greeks.



ALICIA LAND, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Ellen/Nora; Les Belles Soeurs - Thèrése Dubuc; Six War Years - ensemble; The Farm Show - Wardrobe; Pericles - Front of House and Box Office; Lion in the Streets - Props; Scapin - Wardrobe Crew Chief; 'Dentity Crisis - Woman (ISP).

For Other Companies: Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You

Were Her - Jennifer (Caprius Dinner Theatre); Night of January 16th -

Nancy Lee Faulkner (Erindale Drama Club); A Mad Breakfast - Mrs. Simpkins (Mississauga Youth Theatre); The Proposal - Natalyia Stepanova (Cawthra Park S. S.); various Sears Festival plays and showcases - Playwright, Actor.

Ambition: To play Lady Macbeth at Stratford, or anywhere else for that matter.

Favourite Saying: "I've got all my life to live. I've got all my love to give. I will survive."



ANGELA McMILLAN, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Sudbury, Ont.

For Theatre Erindale: Story Theatre - Christy; Les Belles Soeurs - Front of House; Six War Years - Props Crew Chief; The Relapse - Set and Lights Crew; Lion in the Streets - Costume Crew.

For Other Companies: Forever Farmdale - Writer/"Lilly" (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Toad Muffin Theatre - Director/

Actor (V.E.Y.C. Theatre Troupe); Oklahoma - Assistant Director/"Gertie" (LEP Theatre Company); The Actor's Nightmare - Director (Fringe Nord).

Ambition: To live a full life in theatre, hopefully start my own company.

Favourite Saying: "Due to cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been shut off until further notice."





CHRISTOPHER McNALLY, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Brampton, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: Gut Girls - Jim; The Revenger's Tragedy - Supervacuo; Six War Years - ensemble; Sparks in the Park - various roles; The Relapse - Front of House; 1837: The Farmers' 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, Ten Little Indians - William Henry Blore (St. Augustine S.S.).

Ambition: To determine a future course of action.

Favourite Saying: "I do not know."





CLAIRE PORTER, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: London, Ont.

For Theatre Erindale: Story Theatre - Angel; Rimers - Front of House Crew Chief; Les Belles Soeurs - Props Crew; Lion in the Streets - Set and Lights Crew; ISPs: The Zoo Story, Sparks in the Park - Director and Producer

For Other Companies: Opening Night - Libby (L. C. Players); Pump Boys and Dinettes - Rhetta Cupp (Erindale Drama Club).

Sweeny Todd (Purple Patches - UWO); Mystery Unlimited, Dinner Theatre Co., 4th season; 2 seasons with the Storybook Players.

Favourite Saying: "Life is brief and brutish. By how we live we make it have a little meaning and have a little brightness." Iphigenia, The Greeks





DANIEL RENAUD, 2nd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Kingston, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Set and Lights Crew, Revenger's Tragedy - Props Crew, Six War Years - Wardrobe Crew; ISP At Home (Split Part One) - Director.

For Other Companies: Heroes - Superman (Bayridge Players); 10 Lost Years - various roles (Sydenham Drama Club); Fish (A Play in One Act) - Ben, Thoughts - Director

(Schmoing Nowhere).

Ambition: Run my own studio and have people kiss up to me for a change.

Favourite Saying: "No diploma is worth this!"



SARAH SCHWARTZ, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

For Theatre Erindale: Story Theatre - Elsie; Six War Years - Wardrobe Crew Chief; ISPs: Sparks in the Park - Dr. Smirnof; At Home - Carol.

For Other Companies: ...Upon a Star - Assistant Stage Manager, Sound Operator (Erindale Drama Club); The Tinker's Wedding - Mary Burns (Wahoo Family Theatre Co.); Dracula

The Musical - Mina (John Rennie).

Ambition: To come up with a clever favourite saying.

Favourite Saying:



AURANGZAIB SHAIKH, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Edwin Tartaden; The Revenger's Tragedy - Spurio; Six War Years - ensemble; Down in the Flood - Jarrod; 'Dentity Crisis - Director (ISPs),

For Other Companies: For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls - Director, The Secret Life of Bryan - Director, Night of January

16th - Stevens (Erindale College Drama Club); Impromptu - Tony (Brampton Theatre Showcase).

Ambition: Not to be any worse than I am at what I do best.

Favourite Saying: "It's #@!#ing up Zaib, it's #@!#ing up BAD!" And "This wouldn't happen in Paris, Zaib."



PHIL SULLIVAN

Home Town: Brampton, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Harry, Fight Captain; The Revenger's Tragedy - Ambitioso; Six War Years - ensemble; The Relapse - Wardrobe Crew Chief; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Front of House; Pericles - Wardrobe; The Farm Show - Front of House.

For Other Companies: For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls -

Tom, 4 a.m. (Open All Night) - Jim (Erindale Drama Club); The Mousetrap - Major Metcalf, Rumors - Ken Gorman, Lend Me a Tenor - Bellhop, Impromptu - Director, Not in this Boat Ewe Don't - Ted (Theatre Showcase Brampton); Nickel - Jean-Marie Cormier; Le Théâtre de la Maintenance - Bergeron (Le Nouveau ThéâtreD'Occasion); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Zeke (Georgetown Globe Productions).

Ambition: To turn to Pacino at the Oscars and say "Sorry, Al, buddy, but I've got this one."

Favourite Saying: "Can I shine your shoes with my tongue, Mr. Pacino, sir?"





GREG THOMAS, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Nipawin, Saskatchewan

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Len/Madjacko; The Revenger's Tragedy - Junior; Six War Years - ensemble; Pericles - Set and Lights Crew; The Farm Show - Props Crew; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Front of House Crew Chief; The Relapse - Wardrobe Crew; 'Dentity Crisis - Mr. Summers, Down in the Flood - Craig (I.S.P.).

For Other Companies: ...Upon a Star - No, The Secret Life of Bryan (Erindale Drama Club); This Old Shoe - ensemble (Sask. Drama Associates); The Legacy - William (L.P. Miller High School).

Ambition: To beat out Alicia for Lady Macbeth at Stratford.

Favourite Saying: "Hurry or we'll be late for class... O how I love class, I wish we had more lectures, more essays, and more books to read."



MIKE UNRAU, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Simcoe, Ontario

Other Training: University of Lethbridge, Theatre Arts; Clown - Circus Carnivalé.

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Arthur; The Revenger's Tragedy - Antonio/Guard; Six War Years - ensemble; Down in the Flood - Producer/Writer (ISP).

For Other Companies: ...Upon A Star - Chris (Erindale

Drama Club); Prairie Church of Buster Galloway - Mac (U. Of Lethbridge); 4 a.m. (Open All Night) - Doc, Director (Lethbridge T.Y.A. Productions); Lichen Lab of Horrors - Dr. Sapienzo/writer (Environmental Interpretive Theatre, Alberta); Snow Dreams - various (Simcoe Players); Trial by Shakespeare - Henry V (Erindale Drama Club).

Ambition: Once again, to not play noble. Also, now that I am done, to finally live in a jungle.

Favourite Saying: "You will always manifest your deepest fears, so you have to fear nothing. Only through fully embracing love can this invincible strength be gained--the strength to love your enemy and the strength to love yourself, with all your weaknesses."



REBECCA WOOD, 4th Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Etobicoke, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Gut Girls - Kate; Les Belles Soeurs - Pierette, Six War Years - ensemble; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Props Running Crew; The Relapse - Front of House Crew Chief.

For Other Companies: An Inspector Calls - Sheila (Theatre Etobicoke); Annie Get Your Gun - Minnie, South Pacific -

Chorus (Etobicoke Musical Productions).

Ambition: To be a success!

Favourite Saying: "Don't compromise yourself, you're all you've got."





Stage Management



DARREN SWITZER - Stage Manager, 2nd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production

Home Town: Nepean, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: The Revenger's Tragedy - Assistant Stage Manager.

For Theatre Sheridan: Babies: Bless Them All, Crew Chief, Commercial Performance Critiques - Assistant Stage Manager.

For Other Companies: Babes in Arms - Assistant Technical

Director (J.C.C. of Ottawa); Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon - Lighting Designer (Nepean Little Theatre); Oliver - Technical Director, Annie - Assistant Stage Manager (Company of Musical Theatre).

Ambition: "A Tony! For me! Really!? Gee willikers."

Favourite Saying: "Now what's wrong with the schedule?"



CRYSTAL MacDONELL - Assistant Stage Manager, 1st Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies

Home Town: Glengarry County (near Montreal), Que.

For Theatre Sheridan: Babies - Sound Crew.

For Other Companies: Steel Magnolias - Assistant Director, Into the Woods - Stage Manager, A Marriage Proposal - Director (Glen Productions); Meyer's Room - Stage Manager (Glengarry District High School).

Ambition: To work in professional theatre.

Favourite Saying: "Yeah, whatever!"





Guest Technicians



JEREMY NANTES - Lighting Operator, 2nd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production

Home Town: Brampton, Ontario

For Theatre Erindale: 7 Stories - Sound Operator, Les Belles Soeurs -Assistant Stage Manager.

For Theatre Sheridan: Babies: Bless Them All - Stage Manager; Little Shop of Horrors - Carpenter, Running Crew Lies and Legends - Electrician.

For Other Companies: Dwaine's - Assistant Stage Manager (Canada's

Wonderland); Kismet - Lighting Board Operator (Brampton Musical Society).



SANDRA MARCROFT - Sound Operator, 2nd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production, B.A. in Drama Studies, Glendon College, York University, 1995

For Theatre Erindale: 7 Stories - Lighting Operator, The Rimers of Eldritch - Lighting Board Operator, Six War Years - Production Assistant.

For Theatre Sheridan: Babies: Bless Them All - Crew Chief.

For Glendon College: Christmas at the Ivanov's - Lighting

Designer; Seed - Costume Designer; Lysistrata - Mask and set crew.

For Other Companies: Christianne: Stations in a Painter's Life - Sound Design (The Gathering); Close Encounters of the Human Kind (Amicus Production); Summerworks production of Radio Man - Assistant Stage Manager (Radio Man Play Company).





Direction and Design



SIMON JOHNSTON, Director

Simon has worked in Canadian theatre for the last twenty years as a playwright and director. Most recently, he completed seven seasons as Artistic Director of the Lighthouse Festival (1987-1994) in Port Dover, Ontario. Prior to this, he was Artistic Director at Press Theatre, Resident Director at the Banff Centre and Staff Director at Toronto Arts productions. He has directed in numerous theatres in Canada, including the National Arts

Centre, the Stratford Festival, The Muskoka Festival, Young People's Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre and Theatre Aquarius. He has been a Guest Director at several universities including: Dalhousie, Ryerson, Guelph, Waterloo; and at Sheridan College. As a writer, Simon's most recent play Running Dog, Paper Tiger won Theatre BC's National Playwright's Contest in 1995, was featured in Cahoot's Theatre's 1996 Lift Off Series and will premiere at the Richmond Gateway Theatre in October of this year. Also in 1997, Simon's adaptation of Tales of the Arabian Nights will premiere at Youtheatre, Montreal in November. He has received playwrighting commissions from The Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa), Lighthouse Festival (Port Dover, Ont.); Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary), Quest Theatre (Calgary), Young People's Theatre (Toronto) and Much More Theatre (London). His work has also been produced by CBC Morningside Drama and CBC Stereo Theatre. He is currently writing for Riverdale, a new TV series produced by Epitome Pictures for CBC TV Drama airing this Fall. Simon is also a published author of a novel, "Lion Dance", and a children's book, "A Song for Harmonica". In 1993, Simon was awarded the Governor General's "Canada 125 Medal" for his contribution to tourism and theatre. He is a graduate of McMaster University and now lives in London, Ontario.





JIM SMAGATA, Set and Lighting Designer

Jim is a graduate of Brock University Drama Department where he worked as a Technical Assistant, and then moved to Alberta and Technical Manager 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, The Shadow Box, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, The Hobbit, The Gin Game, and West Side Story. 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 a critically acclaimed production of Into The Woods.

He is now the Theatre Manager here at Erindale College and teaches Stagecraft to 1st and 2nd year students. Last September Jim directed and performed in the Drama Club's highly acclaimed but little seen musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.



JOANNE MASSINGHAM, Costume Designer

This is Joanne's third year designing and co-ordinating costumes for Theatre Erindale. Her costumes have enhanced our productions of The Relapse, Les Belles Soeurs, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Gut Girls, and 7 Stories. She has also designed costumes for Théâtre Français de Toronto, Crow's Theatre, Young People's Theatre, The Theatre Centre, Carousel Players, and Limelight Theatre. She also continues to work as "Head of Wardrobe" on a variety of projects in Toronto theatres.





SPECIAL THANKS

Thomas Elltoft, Scott Arnold,

Judith Smagata, Brock University,

Lumitrol Ltd.,

Theatre Sheridan,

Young People's Theatre,

Théâtre Français de Toronto.



A Standing Ovation for Theatre Ontario

Join us and thousands more within Ontario's Theatre Community in commemorating Theatre Ontario's 25th Anniversary. We salute their valuable contribution to the growth and development of community, educational, youth and professional theatre.

Happy anniversary - we applaud your achievements.