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July 29 – September 24 |
Opens August 18
World Première

BUNNY

by Hannah Moscovitch
Director Sarah Garton Stanley

Sorrel has always felt like an outsider – even when she discovers the power of her own allure. But for all the interest she arouses, can she ever truly connect?


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Support for the 2016 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Maev Beaty
    Sorrel
    2016: Sorrel in Bunny. Third season. Stratford: Kate (The Last Wife), Miep (The Diary of Anne Frank), Kate Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Goneril (King Lear), Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Elsewhere: The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); Proud (Michael Healey); Terminus (Outside the March/Mirvish); Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon); The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre by the Bay); Another Africa (Volcano); The Mill (Theatrefront); Palace of the End, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage). Awards: Two-time Dora winner, nine-time nominee. Online: maevbeaty.com; Twitter: @sheepnowool. Et cetera: As Co-Artistic Director of Sheep No Wool (with her husband, director Alan Dilworth), and Artistic Associate of Groundwater Productions, she has co-created the Edward Bond Festival and award-winning projects Passion Play, ma jolie, The Unforgetting, Montparnasse and Goblin Market.
    Tim Campbell
    Carol
    2016: Angus in Macbeth, Chris Keller in All My Sons  and Carol in Bunny. Eighth season. Stratford (selected): Hamlet (twice), Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Macbeth, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Henry IV (1), Henry IV (2), Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida. Elsewhere: Recent credits include Venus in Fur (ATP); Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Soulpepper); Jane Eyre (MTC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); Death of a Salesman (Citadel); Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare). Film/TV (selected): Reign, Republic of Doyle, Warehouse 13, Nikita, The L.A. Complex, Saving Hope, Deadly Hope, The Firm, Lost Girl, Against the Wall, Combat Hospital, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Killshot, Hollywoodland. Awards: Dora Award, Best Ensemble (Twelve Angry Men). Past recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Guthrie Award (for outstanding contribution to the Stratford Festival).
    Cyrus Lane
    Ethan

    2016: Porter in Macbeth, Orlando in As You Like It  and  Ethan in Bunny. Fifth season. Stratford: The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Peter Pan, King of Thieves, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Wanderlust. Elsewhere: Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper); The Gift of the Magi (Theatre Orangeville); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Minotaur (YPT); RIFLES (Next Stage); The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre); Passion Play (Convergence, Outside the March, Sheep No Wool); Rock 'n' Roll, Habeas Corpus, Take Me Out, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd (Canadian Stage); Blood Brothers (Theatre Aquarius); Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Inspector General (Talk Is Free); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT). Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, The Summit. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Awards: Two Dora Awards (Ensemble - Passion Play, Twelve Angry Men). Et cetera: Love always to Joanne and Eliza. 

    Krystin Pellerin
    Maggie
    2016: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Maggie in Bunny and understudy in All My Sons. Second season. Stratford: Joyce in Possible Worlds (2015). Elsewhere: Emily in Our Town, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Mary Snow in Salt-Water Moon, Cathleen in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Cecily in Travesties, Debbie in The Real Thing (Soulpepper); Nellie in Floyd Collins (Patrick St. Productions/Talk Is Free); Kate in The Little Years (NAC/Neptune); Viola in Twelfth Night, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare by the Sea, NL). Film/TV: Anne Boleyn in Reign (CW). Series lead: Leslie Bennett in Republic of Doyle (CBC). Guest appearances on The Tudors (Showtime/CBC), Lost Girl (Showcase), Saving Hope, The Listener (CTV). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Gemini Award nomination: Best Actress in a Dramatic Series, Republic of Doyle. Jessie Award nomination: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Floyd Collins. Online: Twitter: @krystinpellerin. Et cetera: "Love to my family. I'm so thankful."
    David Patrick Flemming
    Angel
     2016: Angel in Bunny. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Jonny in What a Young Wife Ought to Know (2b Theatre/Neptune); Iachimo in Cymbeline, Speed and Thurio in Two Gents (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Edmund in Long Day's Journey Into Night (Citadel); Percy Shelley in The Apology (ATP); Jude in Beyond the Cuckoo's Nest (YPT); Chad in Highway 63 (Architect Theatre/Prince Edward County Players); Rudi in East of Berlin (2b Theatre); Phil in Raton Laveur (Fracas Theatre); Macbeth, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Coriolanus,As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare by the Sea). Film/TV: Reign, Reaper (CW); The Strain (FX);Slasher (Chiller TV); Murdoch Mysteries, North South, October 1970 (CBC); The Listener (CTV); The Corridor (Kulwar Films); The Haunting of Sorority Row (Lifetime); Sybil (CBS).Training: Dalhousie University.
    Jessica B. Hill
    Lola
     2016: Lady Macbeth's Attendant in Macbeth, Lydia Lubey in All My Sons  and  Lola in Bunny. Second season. Stratford: Dame Pliant (The Alchemist), Maiden Priestess (Pericles). Birmingham Conservatory: Duchess of York/Richard (Richard III), Paulina (The Winter's Tale). Elsewhere: Ilona Szabo (The Play's the Thing), Petra (An Enemy of the People) (Segal Centre); Heartbreaker (Les Zinspirés 2.0) (Théâtre français de Toronto); Lena Horne (Joe Louis: An American Romance) (Infinithéâtre); Holly (The Lady Smith) (Black Theatre Workshop); Zerbinette (Scapin), Ursula (Much Ado About Nothing) (Repercussion Theatre); Tamora (Titus Andronicus) (Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company); Jehanne (Jehanne of the Witches) (Tableau d'Hôte). Film/TV: 30 vies (Radio-Canada); The Jensen Project (Muse Entertainment); The Battle of Wills (Informaction). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; McGill University; Dawson College. Awards: Elsa Bolam Award (2006); Brian Cloutte Award (2005). Online: jessicabhill.com. Et cetera: "Boundless gratitude to my friends and family for their love and support."
    Emilio Vieira
    Justin
     2016: Donalbain in Macbeth, Justin in Bunny and understudy in All My Sons. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Father in Six Characters in Search of an Author, Hastings/King Richard III in Richard III (Birmingham Conservatory); Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Guild Festival Theatre); Charles/Amiens in As You Like It, Lucius Andronicus in Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage); Talbot in Henry VI, Part 1, Scullery in Road, Cassius in Julius Caesar (York University). Film/TV: Santiago in The Soliloquies of Santiago (webseries). Radio/Recordings: Dan in Priceless. Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA Specialized Honours in Acting, York University; Intermediate Actor-Combatant, Rapier Wit. Et cetera: Emilio thanks his mentors and all teachers who foster a love of storytelling in their students and dedicates this season to the two most influential teachers in his life: Ma and Pop.
    Hannah Moscovitch
    Playwright
     2016: Playwright of Bunny. Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch has risen to national prominence in the last few years. She has been dubbed "an indie sensation" by Toronto Life magazine, "the wunderkind of Canadian theatre" by CBC Radio and "the dark angel of Toronto theatre" by the Toronto Star. The National Post, The Globe and Mail and Now magazine have all hailed her as "Canada's Hottest Young Playwright." Her writing for the stage includes East of Berlin, This is War, Little One, Other People's Children, The Children's Republic, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, The Russian Play, Essay, The Huron Bride (a ghost story) and In This World (for teenage audiences). Her plays have been produced across the country, from coast to coast, as well as in the United States, Japan, Britain and Australia. In 2014, she became the first playwright to win the Trillium Book Award. She has also won the Toronto Critic's Award for Best New Canadian Play and the SummerWorks Performance Festival Prize for Production. She has been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Siminovitch Prize and the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In March 2016, she was named as one of the nine winners of Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prizes for literary achievement.
    Sarah Garton Stanley
    Director
    2016: Director of Bunny. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada's National Arts Centre, Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow.ca (spiderwebshow.ca) and co-director of Selfconscious Theatre. Sarah co-founded The Baby Grand in Kingston, and co-created Women Making Scenes in Montreal and Die in Debt Theatre in Toronto. Sarah is a former AD of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Over a 25-year award-winning career, Sarah has held extended stays at the National Theatre School of Canada, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and Factory Theatre in Toronto. Recently, Sarah was Associate Director on Stan Douglas's Helen Lawrence, a live film noir project that played in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Munich, Edinburgh and Antwerp. She also directed Colleen Murphy's December Man (L'homme de décembre) at NAC and Caught by Jordi Mand at TPM. Originally from Montréal, Sarah calls Canada home. Online: @sarahgstanley.
    Michael Gianfrancesco
    Designer
     2016: Designer of A Chorus Line and Bunny. 13th season. Stratford: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hosanna, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband - set; The Sound of Music, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Edward II, The Triumph of Love - set and costumes. Elsewhere: Set and costume designs for the Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Young People's Theatre, Neptune Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Studio 180, Acting Up Stage, Opera Ontario, Segal Theatre, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Ross Petty Productions, Royal Conservatory of Music and Mirvish Productions. Film/TV: Christmas Dreams - production design (CBC). Awards: The Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design, Ontario Arts Foundation.
    Kimberly Purtell
    Lighting designer
     2016: Lighting designer of Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Breath of Kings: Redemption and Bunny. Eighth season. Stratford: The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Last Wife, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Man of La Mancha, Christina, The Girl King, Waiting for Godot, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Little Years, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Elsewhere: Eurydice, Happy Place (Soulpepper), Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel), Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Citadel, RMTC, Charlottetown Festival, NAC), The Watershed (Pan Am, Porte Parole), The Wild Party (Acting Up Stage), The Seagull (Crow's Theatre), Peter Pan (Ross Petty Productions), The Barber of Seville, Ariadne auf Naxos (Pacific Opera Victoria), Svadba (Opera Philadelphia). Awards: Pauline McGibbon Award, three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and a META.
    Alexander MacSween
    Composer and sound designer
     2016: Composer and sound designer for Bunny. Third season. Previous: Oedipus Rex, The Last Wife, Christina, The Girl King. Theatre: ATP's Cockroach, Marie Brassard's The Darkness, Peepshow, The Glass Eye, The Invisible, La fureur de ce que je pense, François Girard's The Hunting Gun, Brigitte Haentjens' Woyzeck, Douleur exquise, Robert Lepage's Zulu Time, Wajdi Mouawad's Des Femmes, Necessary Angel's Hamlet, Divisadero, Le Nouveau Théâtre Experimental's Septembre, Projet Porte Parole's Seeds, Fredy. Dance: Natasha Bakht's White Space, Public Recordings' What We Are Saying; José Navas's Portable Dances, Anatomies, Dénouement; Paul-André Fortier's Misfit Blues. Film: Dafeena (Mouvement Perpetuel), Cinéma des aveugles (Daniel Canty/Metafilms), Dances for Dzama (Dana Gingras). Recordings: Many recordings as a composer and/or musician with, among others, Fortner Anderson, Bionic, Foodsoon, The Nils, Pest 5000, Sam Shalabi and Martin Tétreault. Alexander's latest recording is The Squiggle Game. www.alexandermacsween.com.
    Bob White
    Dramaturge
     2016: Director of New Plays. Dramaturge of Bunny and The Aeneid. Eighth season. Stratford: Dramaturge of The Last Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank,  Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Hirsch, Hosanna and King of Thieves. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999 to 2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Colony (1997 to 2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979 to 1987). Director of over 75 productions from Cow Head, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and places in between, but mostly in Calgary and Toronto. Training: Loyola College, Montreal, and University of Alberta. Awards: Member, Order of Canada; Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary; Diamond Jubilee Medal; eight Betty Mitchell Award nominations and three wins: "Outstanding Direction" (Calgary).
    James Wallis
    Assistant director
     2016: Assistant director of Macbeth  and BunnyElsewhere: Director: Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Edward II (staged reading), King John (Shakespeare BASH'd - also Founder and Artistic Director); Shakespeare in Hospitals (Spur of the Moment Collective); As You Like It (Theatre by the Bay); Reasons to Be Pretty (Labute Cycle). Actor: Hamlet in Hamlet, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare BASH'd); Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Love's Labour's Lost (Resurgence Theatre Company); Shakespeare's Magic, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre by the Bay). Film/TV: Actor: The Movie Out Here, Dead of Winter, Last Chance for Christmas, And Now a Word from Our Sponsors. Training: Ryerson Theatre School. Online: @ShakesBASHd; shakespearebashd.com. Et cetera: "Thanks to Julia for all her support."
    Marie Fewer-Muncic
    Stage manager
    2016: Stage manager of Bunny  and assistant stage manager of As You Like It 10th season. Stratford: Previous credits include Possible Worlds, Hirsch, Twelfth Night, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, Macbeth, Rice Boy, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Duchess of Malfi, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead and Noises Off. Elsewhere: Other theatre credits include Damn Yankees (Theatre Sheridan); Hirsch (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Valley, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Hush and Léo (Tarragon Theatre); That Summer (Theatre Erindale, University of Toronto at Mississauga); The Babysitter (Theatre Direct Canada/Eldritch Theatre); Better Parts, Fish Eyes, Jamaica Man and blood.claat (Stage3: word.sound.power, produced by Theatre Passe Muraille/Obsidian Theatre Company); Wrong for Each Other (Bluewater Summer Playhouse). Training: Sheridan College. Et cetera: Marie is originally from Logy Bay, Newfoundland.
    Kimberly Brown
    Assistant stage manager
     2016: Assistant stage manager of A Chorus Line and Bunny. Second season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of The Diary of Anne Frank and She Stoops to Conquer (2015). Elsewhere: Jack of Diamonds (Theatre Aquarius); The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish Productions/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Footloose, South Pacific, Twist and Shout (Drayton Entertainment). Training: Technical Theatre Production, Sheridan College. Et cetera: Kimberly would like to thank Alex for all his love and support, and for always knowing that anything was within her reach.
    Angela Marshall
    Production stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre and assistant stage manager of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 16th season. Stratford: Carousel, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Three Musketeers, Taking Shakespeare, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Camelot, Merry Wives of Windsor, Jacques Brel, As You Like It, Forum, Bartholomew Fair, The Trojan Women, Palmer Park, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Henry IV, Part 1, The Liar, Orpheus Descending, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, King Henry VIII, The King and I, Private Lives, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elsewhere: Favourites: Einstein's Gift (The Grand); Trying (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Sylvia (Globe Theatre); Dear Santa (Theatre New Brunswick); The All Night Strut! (Stirling Festival Theatre); Flying on Her Own (Neptune); Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun (Theatre Orangeville); Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); Godspell (Waterloo Stage Theatre). Et cetera: Angela thanks her family and friends for all of their love and support.
    Marylu Moyer
    Production stage manager
     2016: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre. 36th season. Stratford: Part of the Festival's stage management team since 1986, Marylu has worked on 45 different productions. She has also been production stage manager of the Avon, Tom Patterson and Studio theatres and the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: At theatre companies across Canada, in the United States and as far away as Singapore, Marylu has stage-managed favourites such as Anne of Green Gables, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Christmas Carol, Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Our Town, The Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare's Will and The Syringa Tree. Most recently she stage-managed The Secret Mask at Globe Theatre. Awards: Marylu was the recipient of a 2009 Tanya Award.

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