By Ann-Marie MacDonald
Based on an idea by Alisa Palmer
Directed by Alisa Palmer
WHO KNOWS WHAT DREAMS MAY COME?
Guinness Menzies has landed his dream role: he’s playing Hamlet at the Stratford Festival. But just before a matinée performance, he suddenly finds himself in the Underworld, a realm as frightening as it is hilarious, where time is seriously out of joint. Has he gone mad? Is he dreaming? Has he died…? Meanwhile, a troubled teenager is wrestling online with his own version of Hamlet’s famous question.
Support for the
creation of Hamlet-911 was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein
New Play Development Program
Support for the 2020 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado
Andrew Iles. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.
2020: Sir William Catesby in Richard III, Duke of Florence in All's Well That Ends Well and Guinness Menzies in Hamlet-911. Ninth season. Stratford: The Homecoming, As You Like It, The Matchmaker, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Front Page, Othello. Elsewhere: 10 seasons at the Shaw Festival, appearances with Soulpepper, Tarragon, National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, MTC, Theatre Aquarius, Canadian Stage. Film/TV: Orphan Black, Designated Survivor, Murdoch Mysteries, Run to Me, Ride, Defining Moments, Whatever Linda, The Gathering. Awards: 1983 St. Catharines Minor League Baseball Sportsmanship Award. Twitter: @mikeshara. Et cetera: Love to Molly, Carla, my parents and brothers, Jeff and Matt.
2020: Executioner #2 in Richard III, The Boy in Three Tall Women and Jeremy in Hamlet-911. Third season. Stratford: Sir Henry Guildford in Henry VIII, Eribo, A Bully in The Neverending Story, Harold in An Ideal Husband, appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird and understudied in Julius Caesar. Elsewhere: Atreyu in The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Katurian K. Katurian in The Pillowman (Orlando Fringe 2016). Film/TV: Guest star on episodes of Reign (CW Network), Murder U (Discovery ID). Training: University of Windsor, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Instagram: @thicctheband.
2020: Sue in Hamlet-911. Third season. Stratford: The Front Page, Othello, Paradise Lost (2018 Critics' Pick Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Performance), The Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Paradise Lost, The 39 Steps (META nomination for Outstanding Ensemble), The Madonna Painter (Centaur); Amadeus (TIFT); Twelfth Night/King Lear (Canadian Stage); The Watershed and Seeds (Crow's/Porte Parole); The Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon); If We Were Birds (Imago - META nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress); six seasons of Shakespeare-in-the-Park (Repercussion). Training: Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Faculty Award of Excellence and Louis Taube Memorial Award (Ryerson); My Theatre Award for Best Actress for Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare BASH'd); Cartes Premières Award for Best Actress for down from heaven (Imago); Spotlight Award for The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight (SummerWorks). Et cetera: For Janet, Julian, Andy and Dylan. Omnia vincit amor.
2020: Director of All's Well That Ends Well and Rex in Hamlet-911. 26th season. Stratford: Recent roles include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Sir Epicure Mammon in The Alchemist, the title role in John Gabriel Borkman, The Ragman in The Madwoman of Chaillot and James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night. Directing credits include both parts of Henry IV (2001), The Adventures of Pericles (2015), Romeo and Juliet (2017) and Julius Caesar (2018). Et cetera: Mr. Wentworth is a Tony- and Olivier-nominated theatre artist whose work has been celebrated on Broadway, in London's West End and in theatres across the U.S. and Canada. This winter he will play the title role in the Shakespeare BASH'd production of King Lear.
2020: Sir Robert Brackenbury in Richard III, First Soldier, Interpreter in All's Well That Ends Well and Yorick in Hamlet-911. Fourth season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, The Crucible, The Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Edgar, King Lear (NAC); Mooch, Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre NorthWest); Clov, Endgame (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stephenville); Titus, The Devil's Disciple (Neptune); Kemp, Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); Velveteen Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Loomis, Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); An Acre of Time (GCTC); Injun Joe/Fred, Dead White Writer on the Floor (Magnus Theatre). Film/TV: Haven, Mr. D, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Gracie's Choice, Trudeau II, Black Harbour, Charlie Zone, Picnicface. Training: BFA, Memorial University. Et cetera: Wela'lin to my family in Newfoundland, my friends in Nova Scotia, and all my relations on Turtle Island.
2020: Citizen #3 in Richard III, Widow Capilet in All's Well That Ends Well and Jessica, Siri in Hamlet-911. 10th season. Stratford: Grandma Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, lyricist for The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cicero, Volumnius in Julius Caesar, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Gabrielle in The Madwoman of Chaillot, Diana in and lyricist for The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: Paulina and Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Queen Marguerite in Exit the King, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Philaminte in The Learned Ladies, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Emilia in Othello, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2 (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Et cetera: Ms Adler is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning lyricist.
2020: Jane Tyrell in Richard III, Rosemary in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Three Tall Women. Eighth season. Stratford: Patience Maria in Henry VIII, Stephanie Crawford in To Kill a Mockingbird, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, Celia in As You Like It, Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Elsewhere: Citadel Theatre, Blyth Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Canadian Stage, YPT, Theatre NorthWest, Sudbury Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre, Resurgence Theatre, Theatre by the Bay, Brookstone Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Thought for Food, Equity Showcase, Toronto Fringe and SummerWorks. Film/TV: Re:possessed Homes (short film), Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, Flashpoint, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Missing, Train 48, Our Hero, The City, F/X: The Series, Falling Fire. Training: George Brown Theatre School, Banff/Citadel Robbins Academy. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Award, 2018 Tanya Award in recognition of excellence.
2020: Citizen #5 in Richard III, Nurse in All's Well That Ends Well and Marlene in Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Juliet in Measure for Measure (Repercussion Theatre), Lily in The In-Between, Old Witch in Little Witch (Geordie Theatre), Timon in Heart in Hand (Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective). Training: National Theatre School.
2020: Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. Dramaturge of Here's What It Takes, Hamlet-911 and An Undiscovered Shakespeare. 12th season. Stratford: Dramaturgy credits include Mother's Daughter, Paradise Lost, Brontë: The World Without, The Breathing Hole, The Virgin Trial, Bunny, The Last Wife, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Hirsch. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999-2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Colony (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; eight Betty Mitchell Award nominations and three wins: "Outstanding Direction" (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.
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