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GOODBYE LAST SUNDAY, HELLO FIRST MONDAY!!!After five seasons, we bid adieu to The Last Sunday, and welcome our new monthly program: The First Monday. In partnership with Persephone Theatre and Hardly Art, we will present a new Saskatchewan play every month for eight months. So, mark your calendars. It's always the FIRST Monday of every month.
WHEN: Monday, May 1st, 2023 @ 7:00pm
THIS MONTH'S FEATURE: Scriptapaloosa
Amanda Trapp (she/they) is a Cree and Saulteaux (member of White Bear First
Nations)/settler theatre artist based in Saskatoon. Select credits include: The Herd, Persephone Theatre; My Name Is Rachel Corrie, Chrysalis Theatre; Half-Breed Vaudeville, Sorry/Grateful Theatre (writer/performer); The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Catalyst Theatre; It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Persephone Theatre; The Other Side of the River, Sum Theatre (composer/performer); The Penelopiad, Ferre Play Theatre (composer - SATA nominated)
Krystle Pederson is a Cree/Metis Actor, singer, songwriter with an outstanding career performing all across North America and New Zealand. Krystle’s list of acting credits include: The (Post) Mistress, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show, Penelopiad, and Reasonable Doubt. Krystle is the lead vocalist for Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville a one-woman Cree musical written and composed by Tomson Highway. 2023 has been a year so far of composition and musical direction. Krystle is very excited to be sharing these new skills for this years Theatre in the Park. See you in the park.
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her work with Sum Theatre includes Thicker Than Water, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat, The Young Ones and Last Sunday. Other work includes The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Reasonable Doubt (Perspehone), The Unplugging (Arts Club; Factory; GTNT), the dance-opera Bearing (Signal Theatre), and the libretto Shawnadithit (Tapestry Opera). Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
Lisa Bayliss is an established actor with several decades of experience in film, television and theatre. Lisa takes great delight in participating in staged verbatim and new play readings for Sum Theatre and is very excited to participate in a reading of Jenna Berenbaum’s new play 18 Jews Order Chinese Food.This past summer, Lisa appeared as Anne Hathaway in the one woman show Shakespeare’s Will for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Saskatoon credits include Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Richard lll, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Cottagers and Indians, Pride and Prejudice, Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Between the Sheets and Sexy Laundry (Persephone Theatre); The Wolves (EvilStick Productions/littleBIG Theatre/Live Five); After Sundown (Pegasus Productions/Live Five); and roles in the Short Cuts Festivals. Originally from Vancouver, Lisa previously appeared in numerous BC productions for Bard on the Beach, the Arts Club Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Firehall Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Theatre Northwest and the Richmond Gateway.
Heather is a multi-faceted theatre practitioner who works as a director, actor, playwright, dramaturg, and producer. Heather has experience with everything from large scale productions to interactive micro-performance. Her work has taken her throughout Canada, having worked for such companies as the National Arts Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Chemainus Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Pi Theatre, Axis Theatre, Presentation House, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Upintheair Theatre, Project X Theatre, Urban Ink, and SkirtsAfire. Heather is also the current Artistic Director of Persephone Theatre.
Tim is a Saskatoon-based actor, playwright, and sound designer, serving as the Artistic Associate for Burnt Thicket Theatre. With a broad range of training and experience in both theatre and theology, Tim is committed to telling stories that help us make sense of life. Recent acting credits include the role of Guildenstern in ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, and Robert in BOEING BOEING (Persephone Theatre); THE FOURTH WISEMAN (Dancing Sky); CYMBELINE (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Recent sound design credits include work on CYMBELINE, Burnt Thicket’s production of EVERY BRILLIANT THING, and the audio drama podcast series WE TREATY PEOPLE.
Liz Whitbread (she/her) is a queer actor, singer and theatre creator born and raised on Treaty One in what is now known as Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BA: Honours in Theatre, and since then she's been working on pursuing a creative career that aligns with her personal values and, very importantly, brings her joy. She's delighted to be expanding her creative practice and exploring dramaturgy with the wonderful Sum Theatre team. Favourite acting credits include ‘Heathers: The Musical’ (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); ‘It’s A Beautiful Day to Arrest the Cops That Killed Breonna Taylor (Afterlife Theatre) and ‘Women of the Fur Trade’ (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre).
Originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, Bruce graduated from Mount Allison University with a B.A. in French and Drama, then continued his training at the National Theatre School of Canada. He recently directed L’Amour médecin and Enfant insignifiant! for La Troupe du Jour, where he is Artistic Director. Acting credits include Will & Ernest (La Troupe du Jour), Short Cuts 2021 (Hardly Art), The Young Ones (Sum Theatre), Monday Night (Highway 55) and Death of a Salesman (Theatre Naught). He lives in Saskatoon with his wonderful partner Cheryl Jack and their canine friend Keela
BFA in Acting U of S, MFA in Creative Writing UBC, Clare has been working in and around theatre for the past several decades. A founding member of Live Five and has held various artist in residence positions around the province. Clare loves to teach adults and kids alike and up until recently, she has spent nearly 8 years at the Saskatoon Public Library doing storytimes and puppet shows for Library goers. Clare lives in Saskatoon with her husband, two kids, three dogs and all her thoughts and insecurities.
COMING UP THIS SEASON ON "THE FIRST MONDAY"!!
Episode 1: October 3rd, 2022- Playwright Mara Teare - "Sad Girls Watch The Princess Bride" -
A woman and her mother gather together on every major holiday to watch The Princess Bride together. This tradition is one they have clung to steadfastly, but when the mother begins to deteriorate from dementia, the woman must come to terms with facing a world without her mother. A story of grief, loss, and the importance of ritual in our lives.
Episode 2: November 7th, 2022 - Playwright Erin Brophy
Seventeen-year-old Oli is facing a challenge that only time can remedy: homework. While putting off their soul-crushing assignments, Oli accidentally summons one of their ancestors to the 21st century. Hazel, also seventeen and soon to become Oli's great-great-grandmother, has been plucked from the 1940's and has to learn to adapt to a world she doesn't recognize. Oli and Hazel strike a deal with one another: Oli assists Hazel's literacy to the complexities of the 21st century in exchange for homework help. Oli and Hazel answer big questions with bigger questions, figure out what a Tik Tok is, and find that they have more in common than meets the eye.
Episode 3: December 5th, 2022 - Playwright Jenna Berenbaum - "18 Jews Order Chinese Food"
A Jewish comedy about life, death and ordering Chinese food
Episode 4: January 2nd, 2023 - Playwright Jennifer Dawn Bishop - "The Queen of Bingo"
Through a simple game of bingo we witness a unique bond, family anitics and drama between mother and daughter.
Episode 5: February 6th, 2023 - Playwright Danielle Roy - "Luna"
Luna, a young girl, has built a time machine in her Dad's garage, with the intention of unfreezing her mother - who is trapped in time. It deals with grief, loss, depression and the strength it takes to move forward. Luna is a play that was intended for young people, created as part of Persephone Theatre's TYA Playwright Unit. It was initially created for zoom but is being adapted for the stage.
Episode 6: March 6th, 2023 - Playwright Clare Middleton - "Infill"
- On a windy New Year's Eve in Calgary, three sisters struggle to clean out their mother’s house after her passing. As they rummage through old memories they are reminded that stuffing secrets away in an old box with the Christmas decorations doesn't mean they'll stay hidden forever. With all the crap a person collects over a lifetime, both physically and emotionally, it can be hard to know what to throw away and what to keep.
Episode 7: April 3rd, 2023 - Playwrights Amanda Trapp & Graham Kent -"West of Nowhere - A Western Western"
The year is eighteen-ninety something. The place? A town to the west of the ol’ west. Meet our hero: gun-slinging, fear-inducing, doll-collecting, heart-throbbin’ Bosiah Logan! A step above all others, the best of the best. The stuff of legends he is! And he did it all on his lonesome, a one-man wolf pack that no villain’s army can take down. Sure, he has a niece (oh, what’s her name...Crannie? Frannie? Brannie?) who’s been spotted at these fearsome events, but only as a damsel in distress. Probably. Most likely. Somebody’s verified that, surely. In any case, it’s a man’s world, and Bosiah Logan is a real man’s man! And this is a manly new musical by Grahame Kent and Amanda Trapp. Yee-haw!
Episode 8: May 1st, 2023 - Scriptapoloosa (Final Episode of the Season)
Meet the Playwrights
Jennifer Dawn Bishop
Meet the Dramaturgy