THE FIRST MONDAY

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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, December 5th, 2022 @ 7:00pm
WHERE: Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Crescent East)
DOORS: 6:30PM
FREE ADMISSION

Readings will be in Persephone Theatre's lobby, There WILL BE SNACKS, a bar and... 
A NEW PLAY!!!

THIS MONTH'S FEATURED PLAYWRIGHT: Jenna Berenbaum 

18 Jews Order Chinese Food - Written by Jenna Berenbaum 
A Jewish comedy about life, death and ordering Chinese food

Jenna Berenbaum 

Playwright

An award-winning actor, Jenna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. They work as a playwright, actor and graphic designer.  Recent credits include J. Caesar, Midsummer, Titus. A puppet revenge, Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), I and You (Globe Theatre), Jack and the Snow Queen (Dancing Sky Theatre), The Penelopiad (Ferre Play), The Wolves (Live Five/Little Big/EvilStick) and Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (Persephone Theatre). Their play 18 Jews Order Chinese Food premiered at the Short Cuts Festival last November as a 10 minute play and is now being extended to a full show.

Lisa Bayliss

Actor

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 ShrewRomeo and JulietRichard lllTwelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Cottagers and IndiansPride 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. 

Amanda Trapp 

Actor

Amanda Trapp (she/they) is a Cree-Saulteaux (White Bear)/settler composer and actor based in Saskatoon. Her theatre credits include: The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Catalyst Theatre (actor); Half-Breed Vaudeville, sorry/grateful theatre (composer and actor); Shakespeare's Will, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan (composer); It's A Wonderful Life, Persephone Theatre (actor); The Other Side of the River, Sum Theatre (composer and actor); The Penelopiad, Ferre Play Theatre (composer, SATA nominée

Erin Brophy

Actor

Erin Brophy (She/ They) holds a BFA Honours in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan, and works as an actor, playwright, theatre educator, stunt performer, actor combatant, and fight and intimacy director. Erin is a member of Fight Directors’ Canada and The International Order of the Sword and the Pen, and additionally has trained with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (formally Intimacy Directors International), the National Society of Intimacy Professionals, and Principal Intimacy Professionals. Currently Erin is working on an honours degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in English, and because they don’t back down from a challenge, will be starting their Masters in September. Past acting credits include Shortcuts Festival 2021 (Hardly Art Theatre), The Beaux’ Stratagem, Bronte, Spirit Wrestler (Greystone Theatre), Crowsworld: The First (Myriad Productions), The Unforgettables (Fight or Flight Theatre). Past fight/intimacy direction credits include Rock of Ages (Broadway North Theatre Company), Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), L’Auberge (Fully Productions), 9 to 5: The Musical (Saskatoon Summer Players) Little Women (St. Joseph High School), Flush, Will and Ernest, Scapin (La Troupe du Jour), The Three Musketeers (Odyssey Productions). Erin is grateful for a community that works to cultivate the arts, and for the opportunity to live and work on Treaty Six territory.

Bruce McKay

Actor

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.

Andrew Taylor

Actor

Andrew Taylor (He/Him) is a writer, actor and musician living in Treaty 6 Territory. He’s a writer/co-collaborator with local Sketch Comedy Group ‘The Sketchy Bandits’ and a regular writer/voice for ‘Dr.Frightful A Podcast.’ (Buttered Ghost Theatre). Recent shows include It’s A Wonderful Life (Persephone Theatre), The Love Interest (Theatre Howl/Saskatoon Fringe) and Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Sparrow Theatre). Past Sum Theatre shows include Pleasant Hill Speaks, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat, The Lion and the Woodcutter, and Hercules.

Claire Middleton

Actor

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.

Joel Bernbaum

Director

Joel Bernbaum is an actor, director, playwright, journalist and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre in Saskatoon. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Carleton University, where he did his Master’s Thesis on Verbatim Theatre’s Relationship to Journalism. Produced plays include Operation Big Rock, My Rabbi (with Kayvon Khoshkam), Home Is A Beautiful Word and Reasonable Doubt (with Lancelot Knight and Yvette Nolan). Previously for Sum Theatre, Joel has performed in Alice in Wonderland and The Pied Piper and has directed Walk the Trail, Hercules, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Nutana Talks, The Hockey Sweater, Theatre in the Pool: Earth Diver, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat and The Young Ones. Joel is currently a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is investigating the potential of theatre companies to strengthen cities. Upcoming productions include Being Here:The Refugee Project (Belfry Theatre).

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"
  • Zoey, 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"
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 - Playwright: Fanny Kearse  - "POP" (followed by a special Playwright's Sharing Circle
  • Two people. Several Hours. No where to go. POP follows Ophelia and Paulo as they engage in deep, emotional conversation about the purpose of life and come face to face with a big secret they unknowingly share

Meet the Playwrights 

Mara Teare

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Mara Teare is a Saskatoon raised actor, singer, writer, and creator. She is a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program. Through her art and work, Mara strives to create and be a part of spaces with a strong presence of marginalized voices. Just as theatre has given her a voice, she wishes to inspire and uplift others like her through the power of theatre. She is excited to begin her journey as an emerging playwright with sad girls watch The Princess Bride. Mara firmly believes in theatre being a safe meeting space for all, and she hopes to bring the community around her closer together in joy and love through her writing. She is so excited to be a part of SUM Theatre’s First Monday collective. She hopes you enjoy the reading and you receive whatever you might need from the piece.

Erin Brophy

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Erin Brophy (She/ They) holds a BFA Honours in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan, and works as an actor, playwright, theatre educator, stunt performer, actor combatant, and fight and intimacy director. Erin is a member of Fight Directors’ Canada and The International Order of the Sword and the Pen, and additionally has trained with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (formally Intimacy Directors International), the National Society of Intimacy Professionals, and Principal Intimacy Professionals. Currently Erin is working on an honours degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in English, and because they don’t back down from a challenge, will be starting their Masters in September. Past acting credits include Shortcuts Festival 2021 (Hardly Art Theatre), The Beaux’ Stratagem, Bronte, Spirit Wrestler (Greystone Theatre), Crowsworld: The First (Myriad Productions), The Unforgettables (Fight or Flight Theatre). Erin wrote The Unforgettables in 2019, presented it at the 2021 Saskatoon Fringe, and looks forward to bringing The Unforgettables to Live Five in February. Intergenerational—their first play designed specifically for teenage audiences, was written as part of the 2021 Persephone Theatre TYA Playwrights’ Unit. Past fight/intimacy direction credits include Rock of Ages (Broadway North Theatre Company), Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), L’Auberge(Fully Productions), 9 to 5: The Musical (Saskatoon Summer Players) Little Women (St. Joseph High School), Flush, Will and Ernest, Scapin (La Troupe du Jour), The Three Musketeers (Odyssey Productions). Erin is grateful for a community that works to cultivate the arts, and for the opportunity to live and work on Treaty Six territory.

Jenna Berenbaum

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An award-winning actor, Jenna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. They work as a playwright, actor and graphic designer.  Recent credits include J. Caesar, Midsummer, Titus. A puppet revenge, Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), I and You (Globe Theatre), Jack and the Snow Queen (Dancing Sky Theatre), The Penelopiad (Ferre Play), The Wolves (Live Five/Little Big/EvilStick) and Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (Persephone Theatre). Their play 18 Jews Order Chinese Food premiered at the Short Cuts Festival last November as a 10 minute play and is now being extended to a full show.

Jennifer Dawn Bishop

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Jennifer a Metis artist of the Treaty Six Territory is an actor, playwright, director and Artistic Director of the Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre. Starting with the company when it first opened its doors in 1999 with the Circle of Voices Program. Continuing her passion in the arts, Jennifer’s most recent work includes directing 3 audiobook projects with Penguin Random House Canada, her play Shadows among the Prairies had its world premier presented at the new SOTS site and shortly after debut directed at Persephone Theatres production Cottagers & Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor. Jennifer looks forward to what comes next!

Danielle Roy 

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Danielle Roy is a performer, playwright, producer, and director based in Martensville SK. She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Program, and the Globe Theatre Conservatory. Her playwriting credits include the 5-star smash hit Peach which toured across Canada in 2016. She is also the creator behind the “masterpiece” Metempsychosis which made its world premiere this summer in the 2022 Fringe Festival. Danielle is an active performer and writer for Saskatoon’s Sketch Comedy group The Sketchy Bandits and for Buttered Ghost, Dr. Frightful Presents: A Podcast. She is thrilled to be working with SUM Theatre to help her new play Luna meet its full potential. 

Fanny Kearse

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Storyteller • Poet • Radical • Mental Health Advocate • Truth Seeker • Elevator of Youth • Slayer of Mountains •The Dream of a Slave

Fanny fuses her previous experience as a social worker and lived experiences as a justice seeking human to express her artivism through means of poetry and storytelling. Fanny uses words to create spaces and stoke connections that start dialogues around generational healing through a poetic and dramaturgical entry point.

Clare Middleton

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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.

Amanda Trapp

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Amanda Trapp (she/they) is a Cree and Saulteaux/Austrian artist, member of the White
Bear Band, who calls Saskatoon home. An actor and composer, selected credits include:
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;
exempt, Native Earth Performing Arts; Lady Macbeth and the Not Quite Dead, Musical
TheatreWorks; The Penelopiad, Ferre Play Theatre (composer, SATA nominated).
Amanda is a graduate of Sheridan College with an Honours Bachelor in Music Theatre
Performance.

Graham Kent

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A neurodivergent Treaty 6 based theatre artist, Grahame can be found in many places in and around theatre; working as a performer, writer, producer, designer, voice artist, editor, dramaturg, foley artist, director and stage manager. Grahame is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in Acting and a graduate of the Globe Theatre Conservatory. Grahame has been seen on stages across Canada and you may have seen his work at Live Five, Persephone Theatre, The Globe Theatre, Wide Open, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and many more indie venues. Grahame is the Artistic Producer of Buttered Ghost Theatre, a Treaty 6 based company that produces new and exciting work. Grahame is an active member with The Sketchy Bandits sketch comedy group. If you like podcasts, check out Dr. Frightful Presents: A Podcast which is created, produced and curated by Grahame and created with a bundle of incredible talent. Available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Find out more at grahamekent.com

Meet the Dramaturgy

Clare Middleton

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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.

Jennifer Squires

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Jennifer Lyn Squires (she / her) is a theatre artist from and living in Oskana. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Theatre Studies from the University of Regina. Select credits include Much Ado About NothingThe Velveteen Rabbit, and Leading Ladies (director); Into the WoodsNunsense II (Regina Summer Stage, stage manager); Peter Pan (Do It With Class, Tinkerbell). She also wrote and performed Jen is Fat for the 2021 TicTocTen festival. Jennifer can usually be found championing Saskatchewanians in both of her day jobs: as the Creative and Operations Director at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre and manager of Handmade Saskatchewan. Jennifer is unabashedly neurodivergent, both thriving and struggling with combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive ADHD. Since January 2021, Jennifer has been fostering cats for Regina Cat Rescue. She is currently fostering her 5th cat, a big tuxedo boi named Alfred. Jennifer plays a lot of board games, is a fat advocate, and devours as much true crime as possible.

Liz Whitbread

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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). 

Kody Farrow

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Kody (he/him) is an emerging theatre artist from Saskatoon who graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in Drama. Recently he has expanded his experience to include stage, film, voice-over, and streaming credits. Video credits include Ready To Be Brave (perf. Jeffery Straker, dir. Dylan Hyrciuk) and Save Me (perf. Eden Paige, dir. Dylan Hyrciuk). Stage credits include Coriolanus (Shakespeare by the Sea), The Skiffle Disco Soul Circus (Fringe Festival), Delft Blue (Burnt Thicket Theatre) Rooftops (Drama Student’s Association), The Romeo Project (The Studio), Machinal, Henry V, Arcadia, Spirit Wrestler, and The Beaux’ Stratagem (Greystone Theatre). 

Mark Claxton

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Bio Coming Soon!!

Paige Francoeur

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Paige Francoeur (she/they) is an emerging actor, playwright, and dramaturg born and raised on Treaty 6 Territory. Recently, they have had the pleasure of appearing in Theatre Howl's The Love Interest, 25th Street Theatre / Ferre Play's Breaking The Curse, and are currently working on Theatre Naught's Long Day's Journey Into Night. She is also a co-creator on a brand-new adaptation of All's Well That Ends Well through their newly-formed theatre company, the Hagstone Collective. Paige is a lover of cats, mob movie enthusiast, and will talk your ear off about gothic horror if you let her. Coming up for Paige: Measure for Measure through Live Five. www.paigefrancoeur.com/

Tim Bratton

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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.

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