by Nick Green
Directed by Andrew Kushnir
A Stratford Festival Commission
There will be one 20-minute intermission.
This production includes mature themes and coarse and profane language.
“A crown jewel of the Stratford Festival.” – Intermission
“an incredibly moving and deeply accomplished
play” – Toronto Star
THE HANDSHAKE SEEN 'ROUND THE WORLD.
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.
Setting: Casey House, Toronto in 1991.
House Program: Casey & Diana
Runtime: Two hours and 29 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.*
*Please note that all run times are approximate.
The Stratford Festival is honoured to provide a space for post-show reflection and facilitated discussion following each performance of Casey and Diana. The Reflection Space may be accessed by exiting through the main lobby doors and turning left once outside the theatre.
This space also features a selection of Casey House memorial quilts. Since 1988, those who pass away in Casey House’s care are commemorated each year through a volunteer-created memorial quilt. These quilts are lovingly designed and sewn by a team of Casey House volunteers, each memorializing those who passed away within twelve months. Visit the Reflection Space to view these quilts and learn more about the role of quilts in the AIDS movement.
Listen to Director's Notes, a STRATFEST@HOME original podcast, with Director Andrew Kushnir for pre-show and post-show insights.
Explore the Pre-Show Music.
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.
Photo credits: From left – Sean Arbuckle and Krystin Pellerin. Photo by Ted Belton.
2023: Thomas in Casey and Diana and Blind Man in Frankenstein Revived. 21st season. Stratford (selected): Richard III, Serving Elizabeth, Guys and Dolls, Julius Caesar, 42nd Street, A Little Night Music, The Neverending Story, Pericles, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Cabaret, Trojan Women, The Tempest, As You Like It, Timon of Athens, The Swanne: Princess Charlotte, Macbeth, London Assurance, Twelfth Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Elsewhere (selected): Serving Elizabeth (Theatre Aquarius); The Immigrant (Harold Green); London Road (Canadian Stage, Dora Award); Othello (Segal Centre); The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre); Humble Boy (Pioneer Theatre); Phèdre (ACT); The Spitfire Grill (George Street); A Christmas Carol, The Turn of the Screw (Grand Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout); Copenhagen (national tour). Film/TV: 12 Monkeys, Mayday, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Reign, Defiance, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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 Ghost, Book Club, The Drawer Boy (PSFT); An Enemy of the People, Don Giovanni (OSU). Costume design: Yerma (Coal Mine); The Music Man (TIP); Stupid F*cking Bird, Spring Awakening (OSU). Set and costume design: All My Pretty Chickens, The 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.
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); 2023 Louis Applebaum Composers Award Laureate.
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.
2023: Supervising fight director for the 2023 season. 12th season. Stratford: Supervising Fight Director 2022, Associate: 2013-2020 seasons, Assistant: 2004, 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director - Bengal Tiger... (Crow's Theatre); Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity, Cyrano (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV Stunts (selected): The Boys (four seasons), See, FUBAR, Jack Reacher, What We Do In The Shadows, The Lost Symbol, Hardy Boys, The Man from Toronto, It Chapter Two, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Supergirl, Impulse, I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Save Me, Frankie Drake, Titans, Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Orphan Black, Total Recall. Training: Supreme Fight Master Elite Level 3. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, 2023 Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
Birmingham Conservatory 2022/23
2023: Assistant director of Casey and Diana. Second season. Stratford:All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: Co-artistic/marketing director: Fabulist Theatre, Vancouver, BC. Director: Once on This Island (and associate choreographer), Dracula, Songs for a New World (co-director/choreographer) (Fabulist Theatre); Everybody Loves Dick (OR Festival); Quantum Entanglement (BurlOak New Stages Festival); Cinderella: Broadway Edition, Oliver! (Byrne Creek). Associate director/choreographer: Cockroach (world première, Tarragon); Into the Woods (North Shore Light Opera). Assistant director: The Sound of Music (assistant choreographer, Drayton Entertainment); Beneath Springhill (Arts Club). Choreographer: Little Shop of Horrors (Vagabond Players); As You Like It (Bard in the Valley). Actor: West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain (TUTS); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Theatre); Flower Drum Song (VACT); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Trojan Women (CapU); Love! Valour! Compassion! (Ghostlight); The Threepenny Opera (Theatre In the Raw). Training: Capilano University, Birmingham Conservatory. Online: @DamonBJang; fabulisttheatre.ca
2023: Assistant set designer of Casey and Diana and Women of the Fur Trade. Stratford debut. Katriona Dunn is a theatre designer, technician, and creator. She recently graduated with distinction from the University of Calgary's drama program. During her time at the university, she worked as an assistant designer on We The Same and Formations, as costume designer on Horse Girls, and as designer for Wagonstage and co-designer for Pro Series II: Just Breathe, Okâwîmâwaskiy. After graduation, she was assistant costume designer at Vertigo Theatre with Murder on the Orient Express, and at MacEwan University with Company. In 2022, she was recognized with the Macdonell award in Performing Arts and the Marilyn Perkins award in Performing Arts. @kdunn.designs.
2023: Assistant lighting designer of Casey and Diana, Women of the Fur Trade and Love's Labour's Lost. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Six People Die in This Show (dead end); Devised Theatre Festival, Love in the Time of Werewolves (York University); Good Morning, Birdgeoise (PlayGround Festival 2022). Training: York University Theatre Design (June 2023).
2023: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre and stage manager of Casey and Diana. 27th season. Stratford: 26 seasons including All's Well That Ends Well, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, The Tempest starring Christopher Plummer, The Duchess of Malfi, The Swanne Trilogy amongst others. Elsewhere: Most recently Fall On Your Knees (Canadian Stage, Neptune, NAC, Grand); Heisenberg, Liv Stein (Canadian Stage); Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage); Body Politic (Buddies); The Death of the King (Modern Times); The Winter's Tale (Groundling); Bombay Black (Factory); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades); Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC); Real Live Girl (MTC); Fully Committed, Silence, Einstein's Gift (Grand); Wit (Centaur); Hamlet (Neptune).
2023: Assistant stage manager of Casey and Diana. Fourth season. Stratford: All's Well That Ends Well, Death and the King's Horseman, Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Prodigal, Entrances & Exits, The Home Project, Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Lemons…, 52 Pick-Up, The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Picture This, Parfumerie, Riverboat (Soulpepper); Jerusalem, Mr. Burns (Outside the March); Disgraced (Mirvish/Citadel/Hope & Hell); The Other Place, The Judas Kiss, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Into The Woods (Talk Is Free); Fall for Dance North (FFDN/TO Live); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree Creations). Sam has also worked for Toronto Metropolitan University, TIFF and Hot Docs. Et cetera: Sam would like to thank his friends, family, mentors and Nic for all their love and support.
2023: Apprentice stage manager of Casey and Diana. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Ballad of the Motherland, Misery (Neptune Theatre); The Hobbit (Festival Antigonish); A Midsummer Night's Wet Dream (Tea Time Creation Co.); The Crucible, Dog in the Manger, Mary Stuart (FSPA); The Triangle Factory Fire Project (CCPA). Training: Dalhousie University's Fountain School of Performing Arts (FSPA) and the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA). Online:cassiewestbrook.com, @casswestb. Et cetera: Love to my family and friends for their endless love and support! x
2023: Studio Theatre production assistant. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: As director, Genieology (Alumnae Theatre New Ideas Festival); Death by Horoscope (SATCo). As apprentice stage manager, Post Democracy (Tarragon Theatre). As stage manager, Othello (Phoenix Theatre, Victoria, BC). As assistant stage manager, Happy Days, Master Builder, Barefoot in the Park and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Blue Bridge Repertoire Theatre); The Drowsy Chaperone (Phoenix Theatre). Training: University of Victoria's Phoenix Theatre (2020 grad). Et cetera: Emma Jo is thrilled to be joining the Stratford production team, she dedicates this season in memory of Alvina Conlin.
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