World Première Translation
Eduardo De Filippo
In a new English translation by John Murrell
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
A funny, thought-provoking and deeply moving play, presented in a new English translation by John Murrell. In this comedy we find Otto Marvuglia, a once master illusionist, reduced to performing magic for money at a seaside resort. When one of his tricks seems to go awry, a guest tumbles into a world of illusion as another escapes an unhappy reality.
Production support is generously provided by Robert & Mary Ann Gorlin, by Dr. M.L. Myers and by Sylvia Soyka.
2023: Otto Marvuglia in Grand Magic. 17th season. Stratford(selected): Elyot Chase, Sir Toby Belch, Sir Peter Teazle, Falstaff, Fluellen, Claudius, Möbius, Cook (Mother Courage), Antony, Duke Vincentio, Leicester, Cymbeline, Malachi Stack, King Arthur, Stephano, Dylan Thomas, Julius Caesar, Bottom, Polonius, Henry Higgins, Henry V, Bassanio, Tom Fashion, D'Artagnan, Richmond, Edward IV, Hortensio, Antipholus of Syracuse, Pericles. Elsewhere: N.Y.C.: King Lear (Lincoln Center); Poetic License; Do Not Go Gentle; Women Beware Women (Red Bull); Canadian Stage's Liv Stein, The Elephant Man; Shaw Festival, five seasons; Prospero, Richard III, Cyrano (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Love's Labour's Lost (RSC); Hamlet, Henry VIII (Chichester); An Enemy of the People (Lyric Hammersmith, London); two seasons, Theatr Clwyd's artistic associate (Welsh National Company). Film/TV: The Scottish Play, ReGenesis, Murdoch Mysteries, 24, Slings and Arrows, Black Harbour, Airwolf, Forever Knight, American Psycho II, Hypercube, One of the Hollywood Ten, Conspiracy of Fear.
Birmingham Conservatory 2002
2023: Calogera Di Spelta in Grand Magic and Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost. 14th season. Stratford (selected): Iago (Othello), Dr. Caius (The Merry Wives of Windsor), James Tyrone Jr. (Long Day's Journey Into Night), God the Son (Paradise Lost), Pentheus (Bakkhai), Laurent (Tartuffe), Biondello (The Taming of the Shrew), Scrub (The Beaux' Stratagem), Andrei (Three Sisters), Apollodorus (Caesar and Cleopatra), Roderigo (Othello), Flaminius (Timon of Athens). Elsewhere: A&R Angels (Crow's Theatre); Pride and Prejudice, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); A Doll's House (Montgomery/TNB). Film/TV: Fargo, Suits, Republic of Doyle, Murdoch Mysteries, The Ron James Show, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (2003, 2007, 2018), John Hirsch Award (2004) and the inaugural recipient of the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).
2023: Zaira Marvuglia in Grand Magic and Helen Percy Earl of Northumberland in Richard II. Seventh season. Stratford: Wolsey (Wolf Hall); Daya (Nathan the Wise); Norah (Birds of a Kind); Queen Elizabeth (Shakespeare in Love); Matilda (Zastrozzi). Elsewhere: Indecent, The Normal Heart, Stuff Happens (Mirvish /Studio 180); The Message, Scorched, Mrs.Klein, The Collected works of Billy the Kid, Hope Slide, The Retreat (Tarragon); The Glass Menagerie (Grand); The Virgin Trial (ATP); The Millionairess, Blithe Spirit, Heartbreak House, Councillor at Law (Shaw Festival, 13 seasons); My Name is Asher Lev (HGJT/Studio 180). Film/TV: Station Eleven, Albatross, Orphan Black, Working Moms, Fugitive Pieces, Less than Kosher. Directing: Assistant Director Oslo, King Charles the III (Mirvish/Studio 180) Awards: Best actress - Dora (Patience); Capital Critics (A Doll's House); Austin Int. Film Fest (Albatross); 2018 RBC Emerging Director. Sarah commits herself to new play development and mentorship of young performers.
2023: Neighbour in Grand Magic and understudy in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: The Miser, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Schoolhouse, Macbeth, The Ruins, Frankenstein, In This Light, As You Like It, Iliad by Fire (Two Planks); A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It (Shakespeare BASH'd); Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moonand the Runaway Bunny (Mermaid Theatre); As You Like It, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderelly (Shakespeare by the Sea). Film/TV: Complusus, King & Pawn. Recordings: Ophelia available on Spotify and Apple Music. Composer: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Co-Composer As You Like It (Shakespeare BASH'd). Awards: Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role (Schoolhouse). Training: Dalhousie University. Online: @hilary_adamss. Et cetera: Big love to my whole family, thank you for all your support.
2023: Signora Marino in Grand Magic and Lady Scroop in Richard II. 12th season. Last season, Sarah was seen as Sian Ap Dafydd in 1939 and Siri/Jessica in Hamlet-911. Other Stratford credits: The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paradise Lost, Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard III, Private Lives, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and The Cherry Orchard. Elsewhere: The Antipodes, Marjorie Prime (Coal Mine); Mustard, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Communion (Tarragon); Domesticated, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); The Penelopiad (Nightwood). Film/TV: Anne with an E, Murdoch Mysteries, Ginny & Georgia. Training: George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Dora Awards for Marion Bridge and The Penelopiad, Toronto Critics Award for Marjorie Prime. For Max.
Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23
2023: Gennarino Fucecchia in Grand Magic and Moth in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Duke of Norfolk in Richard III and appeared in All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: Zach in Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Isaac in Isaac's Eye (Unit 102 Actor's Co); Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Aquarius, Segal Centre, Citadel Theatre); Lee Piper in Jerusalem (Crow's Theatre). Composer: Margaret Atwood's Angel Catbird (2018); Turnin' (2019) and Graham's General Store (2021). All my love to Kelly and Raindog at home.
Jordin Hall Birmingham Conservatory 2017/2018
2023: Henry Bolingbroke in Richard II and Mariano D'Albino in Grand Magic. Fifth season. Stratford: All's Well That Ends Well, Richard III, Henry VIII, The Crucible, The Neverending Story, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere (selected): Montague/Steve in Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Eribo in The Neverending Story (NAC); Othello in Othello (Driftwood Theatre); Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Dauntless City Theatre); Aaron in Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings Theatre); Lysander and Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Humber River Shakespeare). Film/TV: The Kings of Napa (OWN); The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu); Mayday (Discovery); See No Evil (Discovery ID). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; Brock University (Performance Concentration). Et cetera: Love, peace, and SOULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TRAIN.
2023: Mrs. Which in A Wrinkle in Time, Matilde in Grand Magic. 11th season. Stratford (selected): Eve, Richard III; Widow Capilet, All's Well That Ends Well; Duchess of Norfolk, Henry VIII; Morla, The Neverending Story; Lady Montague, Romeo and Juliet; Constance, The Madwoman of Chaillot; Marina, Pericles; Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew; Katherine, Henry V; Miss Hoyden, The Relapse. Elsewhere: Canada and the UK including Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Chesterfield Repertory, England); Caroline, Childhood/Infancy (King's Head Theatre, London); Kate Hardcastle, She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club Theatre); Lady Nijo, Top Girls (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: Recently: Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities; Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey; J.J. Abrams/Stephen King's 11/22/63; A Family Man, Gerard Butler; Cardinals, Touchpoint Films. Et cetera: I'm grateful to have had such a rich, varied career and to be supported by my wonderful family. For Gina, hearts and stars.
2023: King Richard II in Richard II and Roberto Magliano in Grand Magic. Second season. Stratford: Smash in Every Little Nookie, John Brooke in Little Women. Elsewhere: Trout in Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre); Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Grand Theatre); Creator/Performer in Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times); Belize in Angels in America (Arts Club); Leonardo da Vinci in Botticelli in the Fire, Isaac in Sunday in Sodom (Canadian Stage); Philip Clandon in You Never Can Tell (Shaw Festival). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Stephen is a wandering poet who creates their own Poetic-Dreamscape-Odysseys. They seek to create work that activates the soul and takes us into a world of imagination. Like Willy Wonka. Stephen loves you.
2023: Lord Ross in Richard II, Nathaniel in Love's Labour's Lost and Ensemble in Grand Magic. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere: Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Sir in Encore (Tableau D'Hôte); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre). Film/TV/Video Games: VFC, La Maison Bleue, Outriders. Training: Dawson College, Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance META for Martin in MOB (Centaur Theatre). Online: matthewkabwe.com, agencebridgetdechene.com. Et cetera: Matthew sends wishes of love and thanks to everyone who has supported him. Matthew is thrilled to be returning to the Stratford Festival for his second season. Matthew is also B.
2023: Amelia Recchia in Grand Magic and appears in A Wrinkle in Time. Second season. Stratford: Finally There's Sun (2021). Elsewhere: The Man That Got Away (Buddies in Bad Times); Serving Elizabeth (Theatre Aquarius); Dixon Road (Musical Stage Company/Obsidian); Blackout, Baapii Roho, Uncovered- the music of Carole King, Uncovered- the music of ABBA (Musical Stage Company); Orphan Song (Tarragon); Into the Woods (Talk Is Free Theatre). Training: Bachelor's in Musical Theatre Performance. Awards: two-time Dora Award nominee and Harold Award-winner. Online: @germaine.k. Et cetera: Thank you to my dear ones, always, for their support. Thank you, reader, for coming. I am grateful for the chance to share this experience with you.
Birmingham Conservatory 2013/14
2023: Gregorio Di Spelta in Grand Magic and Father in A Wrinkle in Time. Eighth season. Stratford: Richmond (Richard III), Victor (The Miser), Slender (Merry Wives…), Kruger (Front Page), Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Allardyce (Treasure Island), Wickers (Breathing Hole), Lennox (Macbeth), Silvius (As You Like It), Kastril (Alchemist), Young Soldier (Mother Courage). Elsewhere: Petruchio (St. Lawrence); Jacob Mercer, Salt-Water Moon (NAC); Laurie, Vimy (GCTC); Clown, The 39 Steps (Stage West); David Jung, Rockbound (Two Planks); Michael, Elephant Song (Beothuk Street); Dromio of Ephesus, Comedy of Errors (SBTS); Jerry, Zoo Story (Reid Theatre). Film/TV:On the Count of Three, Pain Killer, Titans, What We Do In The Shadows, Murdoch Mysteries, Uninvited Guest, Played, Beauty and the Beast, Republic of Doyle, Covert Affairs, Life with Derek. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson, BFA Acting. Awards: Peter T. Donaldson Award; Amelia Hall Award; Elephant Song: Walter Chambers Scholarship, D.A. Matthews Scholarship. Et cetera: Proud Newfoundlander.
2023: Signorina Zampa in Grand Magic and Maria in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Marlene in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Elsewhere (selected): Juliet in Measure for Measure (Repercussion Theatre); Lily in The In-Between, Old Witch in Little Witch (Geordie Theatre); K in HBD2Me (Carousel Players); Fourteen in Plucked (SummerWorks Festival). Training: National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory.
2023: Oreste Intrugli in Grand Magic and Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost. Second season. Stratford: Lord Grey, Forrest in Richard III and appeared in All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere: Hasan in The Men in White (Factory Theatre), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Dauntless City Theatre), Bobby in Tough! (Canadian Rep), Alonso in The Tempest (Shakespeare by the Bow). Film/TV: 13: The Musical (Netflix), Nine Films About Technology (FX/Hulu). Radio/Recordings: Librarian of Childhood Studies in Borrowings (The Boundless Library). Training: University of Calgary (2015), National Voice Intensive. Awards: Recipient of the Marilyn Perkins Annual Award in Music, Art & Drama. Et cetera: Chanakya dedicates this season to his friends, mentors, family and his love. He would also like to recognize and thank his agent, Karen Bernstein (KB Artists Management), for her constant support.
2023: Signora Zampa in Grand Magic and Duchess of York in Richard II. Second season. Stratford: Disability Consultant and Dramaturg for Richard III. Acting: Angel in How it Ends, Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera (Sick + Twisted); Anne in Shakespeare's Will, Richard III in Richard III, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Ariel in The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Ruins). Playwriting: Head - the Anne Boleyn Musical (Shakespeare in the Ruins, published by Scirocco Drama); How it Ends (Sick + Twisted/Prairie Theatre Exchange published by Playwrights Canada Press). Training: National Theatre School. Et cetera: Debbie is a founder and former AD of Shakespeare in the Ruins and the current founding AD of Sick + Twisted Theatre. She lives in Winnipeg (Treaty 1) and in a cabin on the shore of Lake Winnipeg (Treaty 2). Love always to Arne, Gislina and Solmund.
2023: Gervasio Penna in Grand Magic, Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II, and Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost. 20th season. Stratford: Chicago, The Miser, Finally There's Sun, Music Man, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Crazy for You, Tommy, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: goldfish (Here For Now); Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure… (New Stages); Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (Dora Award) (TIFT); Frog and Toad (MTYP); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); Three Sisters (ATF).
Birmingham Conservatory 2010/2011
2023: Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Head Waiter in Grand Magic and Thomas Mowbray in Richard II. Eighth season. Stratford: Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman, School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Merchant of Venice, She Stoops to Conquer, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Hay Fever, Three Musketeers, Much Ado, Henry V, Grapes of Wrath. Elsewhere: 15 Dogs (Crow's Theatre); A Few Good Men (Drayton); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Sleuth (Mayfield); Stag and Doe (Neptune); The Gamblers (Talk is Free); Chasse-Galerie (Storefront/Soulpepper). Film/TV/Video Games: Caillou, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Redwall, Wind at My Back. Training: Circle in the Square, Birmingham Conservatory, UofT. Et cetera: Tyrone dedicates this season to his parents Booth and Janet-Laine. With love beyond measure.
2023: Edmund Duke of York in Richard II, Holofernes in Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in Grand Magic. 11th season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Miser, The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paradise Lost, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love Suicide (Tiny Room); Jerusalem (OTM/Company Theatre); Silence, Art (Grand Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hound of the Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Pitmen Painters, Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (NAC). Upcoming: Dock Spider (Magnus Theatre).
(he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16
2023: Duke of Aumerle in Richard II, Brigadiere in Grand Magic and appears in Love's Labour's Lost. Sixth season. Emilio Vieira is a Toronto-based actor-creator. Stratford Festival credits include: Richard III, The Miser, The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. Elsewhere: The Three Musketeers (RMTC); february: a love story (Globus Theatre); Cymbeline (Shakespeare BASH'd); Towards Youth: a play on Radical Hope (Crow's Theatre); Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare in High Park); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage); Coriolanus (Dartmouth, New Hampshire.) Emilio trained under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Thank you for supporting live theatre. Watch february: a love story on demand at februarytheplay.com. Instagram: @suddensparkcollective @emiliovieira.
2023: Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Director of Grand Magic. 36th season. Stratford: Directing credits include Richard III; The Miser; Birds of a Kind; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Tempest; Napoli Milionaria!; The School for Scandal; Macbeth; The Hypochondriac; Hamlet; The Alchemist; King Lear; The Beaux' Stratagem; Mary Stuart; The Merchant of Venice; Cymbeline; The Grapes of Wrath; Bartholomew Fair; Coriolanus; As You Like It, featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies; King John; Love's Labour's Lost, with Brian Bedford; Twelfth Night, with William Hutt; The Night of the Iguana; and Filumena, with Richard Monette. A crowning achievement of his tenure as Artistic Director is the building of the new Tom Patterson Theatre, which opened in 2022, winning a number of architectural awards. He was also instrumental in establishing the Festival's Endowment Foundation, which now stands in excess of $90 million, as well as in the renovation of the Avon Theatre and the creation of the Studio Theatre. Elsewhere: The Canadian première of ENRON (Theatre Calgary); Twelfth Night (Attic Theatre, Detroit); A Woman of No Importance (Hilberry Theater, Detroit). A champion of the arts and culture, Mr. Cimolino served as the Founding Chair of Culture Days, a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. He has initiated collaborations with several prestigious theatre companies, including Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, New York's Lincoln Center and City Center, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
2023: Set and lighting designer of Grand Magic. 10th season. Stratford: The Miser - lighting; A Midsummer Night's Dream - costumes; Mother's Daughter - set and costumes; Two Gentlemen of Verona - set and lighting; The Front Page, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Timon of Athens, Agamemnon, Electra, Bereav'd of Light, Fellini Radio Plays, Walk Right Up and Shadows - set; The Flies - set and costumes. Elsewhere: Set: Mahabharata (WhyNot Theatre/Shaw). Set and lighting: Network (Citadel/RMTC); New (MTC); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Crow's/Modern Times). Designs for Soulpepper, Pershing Square Theatre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Joffrey Ballet, and regional theatres throughout Canada. Awards: Dora Awards: Lighting design for Julius Caesar (Crow's); set and projection design for Rose (Soulpepper); set and lighting design for Of Human Bondage (Soulpepper). Et cetera: Member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.lorenzosavoini.com.
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