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Studio Theatre
May 23 – June 17 |
Opens June 1
Drama

CASEY AND DIANA


World Première

A Stratford Festival Commission

Nick Green

Directed by Andrew Kushnir


As the Toronto AIDS hospice, Casey House, prepares for the historic visit of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1991, residents and staff are inspired to beat the odds as a plague continues to ravage a generation. This potent and moving drama by Nick Green, vividly captures a moment in time when a rebel Princess, alongside less famous caregivers and advocates, reshaped the course of a pandemic - and how those stricken by the virus found hard-won dignity, community and love in the face of astonishing hardship.


Production support is generously provided by Alan Rowe & Bryan Blenkin and by three generations of the Schubert family.

Support for the creation of Casey and Diana is generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Sean Arbuckle
    Thomas
    2023: Thomas in Casey and Diana and appears in Frankenstein Revived. 21st season.
    Laura Condlln
    Pauline

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory, 2004/2005

    2023: Pauline in Casey and Diana and Mary Shelley in Frankenstein Revived. 15th season. Stratford (selected): Emilia (Othello), Irene Malloy (The Matchmaker), Mistress Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Mrs. Darling (Peter Pan), Ashley (The Virgin Trial), Chrysothemis (Elektra), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Audrey (As You Like It), Chorus Leader (Bakkhai). Elsewhere (selected): 15 Dogs (Crow's); goldfish (Here For Now), Fun Home (Mirvish/Musical Stage Company), A Delicate Balance, Idomeneus, The Heidi Chronicles, Of Human Bondage, The Crucible, The Norman Conquests (Soulpepper); An Enemy of the People, Sextet (Tarragon); Chimerica (Canadian Stage/MTC); THIS, Beckett: Feck It! (Canadian Stage); Top Girls (Segal Centre); 4:48 Psychosis (Necessary Angel). Awards: Dora nominee/winner, two time Toronto Theatre Critics award winner. Film/TV: The Players (dir. Sarah Galea-Davis), Wilfred (dir. Samuel Davey), The Lake (Amazon), Nurses (Global), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC). Et cetera: For Jnr, thank you. 

    Linda Kash
    Marjorie

    (she/her)

    2023: Marjorie in Casey and Diana. Stratford debut. Elsewhere (selected): Light (Tarragon); Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage); Day After Day (Blue Bridges); Every Brilliant Thing (New Stages, director); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Harold Green). Film/TV/Voiceover (selected): Fargo, Batwoman, Seinfeld, Cinderella Man, Philly Angel (for over 26 years), Hotel Transylvania, Thomas the Tank Engine, Fugget About It, Love It or List It (Director). Training: Second City, Banff Centre, American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Awards: Gemini, ACTRA, Canadian Comedy, L.A. Times. Teaching: Co-Founder of Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts Also teaches Performance and Public Speech at Wilfred Laurier University. Online: lindakash.ca, klusterfork.com. Et cetera: Beyond thrilled to be here and to share this story about a place and time that changed things forever. This one's for you, Mom.

    Davinder Malhi
    Andre

    (he/they)

    2023: Andre in Casey and Diana. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:No Big Deal (Roseneath Theatre); rihannaboi95 (Young People's Theatre); Towards Rebirth (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Concord Floral (Canadian Stage). Web series/TV:Gay Mean Girls (Web series/ Heyishi Zhang); Fan Club (Web series/Second Adolescence Prod.); Fellow Travelers (Showtime). Training: York University's Acting Conservatory. Online: @davinder.pdf. Et cetera: I'm so grateful for my family and friends, and the wonderful team at 10 Talent. This is truly a dream come true.

     

    Krystin Pellerin
    Diana

    2023: Diana in Casey and Diana. Third season. Stratford: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Maggie in Bunny, Joyce in Possible Worlds. Elsewhere: Electra in Orestes (Tarragon); Cathleen in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Debbie in The Real Thing, Emily in Our Town, Mary Snow in Salt-Water Moon (Soulpepper); Nellie in Floyd Collins (Patrick St. Productions/Talk Is Free); Carol in Oleanna (Sweetline Theatre). Film/TV: Anne Boleyn in Reign (CW). Series lead: Leslie Bennett in Republic of Doyle, Murdoch Mysteries (CBC). The Tudors (Showtime/CBC), Hudson & Rex (CityTV). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Canadian Screen Award nomination: Best Actress in a Dramatic Series, Republic of Doyle. Jessie Award nomination: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Floyd Collins. Online: @krystinpellerin Twitter/Instagram. Et cetera: Love to my beautiful family xo.

    Sophia Walker
    Vera

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2005

    2023: Vera in Casey and Diana. 12th season. Stratford (selected): Lady Gertrude in An Ideal Husband, Calpurnia in To Kill A Mockingbird, Mistress Ford in Merry Wives… and Sybil in Private Lives. Elsewhere: Frances Mellinship in Just to Get Married, Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean (Shaw Festival); The Bridge (2b/Neptune Theatre); Blood Wedding, Jitters, The Heidi Chronicles (Soulpepper); Salima in the Dora Award-winning Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Our Place (Cahoots Theatre). Film/TV (selected):The Marsh King's Daughter (Neil Burger); Handmaid's Tale (MGM/HULU); The Mayor of Kingstown (Paramount); Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (CBS); Designated Survivor opposite Kiefer Sutherland (ABC) and feature film Born to be Blue opposite Ethan Hawke (New Real); recurring roles on The Divide (AMC), Y:The Last Man (Hulu) and the award-winning web series, Carmilla. Training: Ryerson University, Canadian Film Centre's Actor's Conservatory.

    Nick Green
    Playwright

    Playwright of Casey and Diana (2023)

    Nick Green is a Dora Mavor Moore and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-winning playwright based in Toronto. As a writer, Nick strives to create big, imaginative stories that provoke thought and conversation, foster connection, and hopefully make people laugh from time to time.

     

    Nick's play Body Politic was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play; General Theatre in 2017. This play reimagined the history of Canada's seminal queer newspaper The Body Politic, while exploring themes of intergenerational relationships, loss, and memory. Body Politic was co-produced by lemonTree Creations and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

     

    Other recent playwriting credits include Every Day She Rose (co-written with Andrea Scott, produced by Nightwood Theatre); Happy Birthday Baby J (produced by Shadow Theatre, developed with Factory Theatre); Dinner with the Duchess (Next Stage Festival, recipient of BroadwayWorld Toronto Award); and Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom, and the Fabulous Buddha Boi (produced by Guys in Disguise, recipient of a Sterling Award).

     

    As a book writer, Nick has also worked on many exciting new musicals. Most recently, Dr Silver: A Celebration of Life (music and lyrics Britta and Anika Johnson) was presented at South Coast Repertory Theatre in California. In Real Life (music and co-lyrics Kevin Wong) was presented at the Canadian Music Theatre Projects and is in development with the Musical Stage Company. Other favourite credits include both Living the Dream and Fangirl (music and lyrics Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston); Poof! The Musical (music Darrin Hagen, Sterling Award nomination); and The Curse of Pigeon Lake (music Joel Crichton).

     

    During the pandemic, Nick created the Social Distancing Festival (socialdistancingfestival.com), an online platform that featured the work of over 300 artists from around the world who had projects cancelled due to COVID. This website, which has been inducted into The Library of Congress, has been featured by multiple international media platforms, including The New York Times, BBC, CBC, CNN, Time Out Dubai, PRI's The World, The Hindu, The Stage, and more. For his work on the Social Distancing Festival, Nick was named as one of the year's "Pandemic Heroes" by Toronto Life Magazine, and one of "10 Canadian Heroes who have used arts and culture to get us through the pandemic" by The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

     

    Nick is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta, and is proud to be represented by Marquis Literary.

    Andrew Kushnir
    Director

    (he/him) Michael Langham Workshop, 2018/19

    2023: Director of Casey and Diana. Third season. Stratford: Assistant director on Napoli Milionaria!, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere: As director: The Division (Tarragon Theatre/TMU), Towards Youth (Project: Humanity/Crow's Theatre with Chris Abraham); Shirley Valentine, The New Canadian Curling Club (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Freedom Singer (Project: Humanity, national tour). As playwright: The Division; Towards Youth; Small Axe; The Gay Heritage Project (with Paul Dunn/Damien Atkins); Wormwood; The Middle Place. Training: University of Alberta, Loran Scholar. Awards: Toronto Theatre Critics Award Outstanding Production (The Middle Place), Shevchenko Foundation REACH Residency. Online: kushnirandrew.com, IG @andrewkushnir. Et cetera: Artistic director of Project: Humanity and creator of This Is Something Else, an investigative theatre history podcast for the Arts Club. Andrew co-founded the Stratford Festival's Queer-Straight Alliance (2018) and established the We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund with the Veritas Foundation: lgbtukrainesupport.com.

    Joshua Quinlan
    Designer

    2023: Designer of Casey and Diana. Seventh season. Stratford: Every Little Nookie, and assistant designer for six seasons. Elsewhere: Set design: Uncle Vanya (Crow's); Sleeping Beauty: A Panto Awakening (CTPH); Beauty and the Beast, Love and Information (UWindsor); My Hero, Giving Up the GhostBook ClubThe Drawer Boy (PSFT); An Enemy of the PeopleDon Giovanni (OSU). Costume design: Yerma (Coal Mine); The Music Man (TIP); Stupid F*cking BirdSpring Awakening (OSU). Set and costume design: All My Pretty ChickensThe Last Five Years (Langham Directors' Workshop). Training: MFA Theatre - Design, The Ohio State University; BA Honours Drama, University of Windsor; Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Program. Awards: 2021 Siminovitch Protegé Designer, 2019 Tom Patterson Award, 2017 Ian and Molly Lindsay Design Fellow. Online: joshuaquinlan.com.

    Louise Guinand
    Lighting Designer
    2023: Lighting designer of Les Belles-Soeurs and Casey and Diana. 37th season. Stratford: Over 70 productions including All's Well That Ends Well, 1939, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, All My Sons. Ms. Guinand is delighted to be designing at Stratford. Elsewhere: Ms. Guinand has designed lights for over 550 shows across Canada and the United States. Recent productions include Post-Democracy (Tarragon); Into the Woods (Grand); Charley's Aunt, Rope (Shaw); Cinderella, I Call Myself Princess (Globe); Pinocchio (YPT). Training: A graduate of Queen's University and the National Theatre School. Awards: One Dora Award. Multiple award nominations across Canada. Louise was the recipient of the 2018 Bradley Garrick Guthrie Award. Affiliation: Member of ADC659. Other: Louise is within seven Shakespeares of achieving her desire to light the entire Shakespearean canon.
    Debashis Sinha
    Composer and Sound Designer

    (he/him)

    2023: Composer and sound designer of Casey and Diana, Women of the Fur Trade, and sound designer of Wedding Band. Seventh season. Stratford: Composer for Serving Elizabeth; composer and sound designer of The Crucible, Treasure Island, The Changeling, Breath of Kings; sound designer of Death and the King's Horseman, Mother's Daughter, The Aeneid. Elsewhere: Music and sound for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Soulpepper, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Centre, and others; appearances at MUTEK Japan, MOCA Toronto, Banff Centre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Guelph Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, Art Gallery of Ontario and other venues. Radio/Recordings: Radio works on Deutschlandradio Kultur, ORF Kunstradio, Radio National España, Banff New Media Institute, NAISA; numerous solo recordings, audio artworks, and audiovisual projects. Awards: Dora Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Design (Opera) and for Original Music and Sound Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille); We Are Proud to Present… (Theatre Centre/Why Not).

    Bob White
    Dramaturge

    (he/him)

    2023: Dramaturge of Casey and Diana. 15th season. Stratford: Former Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program (2012-2022). Dramaturgy credits include Every Little Nookie, Hamlet-911, Little Women, Kate Hennig's Queenmaker Trilogy, Paradise Lost, The Breathing Hole, Bunny and many others. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999-2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Lab (1997-2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979-1987). 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: Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary. In 2018, Bob was awarded the GE Lessing Award for Career Achievement by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

PLAY SCHEDULE

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Tue, May 23
8:00 PM
Thu, May 25
2:00 PM
Fri, May 26
2:00 PM
Sat, May 27
2:00 PM
Mon, May 29
8:00 PM
Casey and Diana - Pay-What-You-Wish
Tue, May 30
2:00 PM
Wed, May 31
2:00 PM
Wed, May 31
8:00 PM

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