by SophoclesTranslated by Stephen Berg and Diskin Clay Directed by Daniel Brooks
When King Oedipus learns that an unsolved murder is at the root of the plague ravaging his society, he vows to find the killer – only to discover that old prophecies already contain the shattering truth.
This production is dedicated to the memory of Mary Jolliffe, the Festival's first Publicity Director.
Production support is generously provided by M.E.H. Foundation. Support for the 2015 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner.
2015: Oedipus in Oedipus Rex. Second season. Stratford: Shadows. Elsewhere: Shaw: nine seasons including Leonard Charteris (The Philanderer), Christy Mahon (The Playboy of the Western World), Trofimov (The Cherry Orchard). U.S. première of The Invention of Love (A.C.T.); Hamlet (Necessary Angel/World Stage); Wide Awake Hearts, Abyss (Tarragon). Other: Factory; NAC; Festival Arts Azimut (Rwanda); PS 122 (New York); Traverse (Edinburgh); Royal Alexandra (playing a naked Ukrainian plutonium dealer, The Innocent Eye Test). Film/TV: David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, ABC's Combat Hospital, The Triumph of Dingus McGraw, Everest, Mayerthorpe, Heartland, Durham County, Death Comes to Town, Sue Thomas FBEye, Republic of Doyle. Awards: Dora Award, The Innocent Eye Test; Dora-nominated playwright of Pond Life, Orgy in the Lighthouse. Online: Twitter: @GordRand; goodnessinrwanda.com. Et cetera: Presently directing second feature documentary War Dog; developing Pond Life into feature film; part of comedy duo The Trophy Wives; writer-in-residence at Tarragon, producing his play The Trouble With Mr Adams.
2015: Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank, Kreon in Oedipus Rex and understudy in She Stoops to Conquer. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, March Hare/Narrator in Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Tony Blair in Stuff Happens (2014-15 English Theatre Acting Ensemble, National Arts Centre); John in After Miss Julie (Red One Theatre); Civility (Necessary Angel); Pyrrus in Andromache (Necessary Angel/Luminato); Laertes/Player Queen in Hamlet (Necessary Angel/World Stage). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries.Training: Queen's University, Trinity College, Dublin. Awards: 2012 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for Directing, 2008 K.M. Hunter Award for Theatre. Et cetera: Artistic Director of Human Cargo: humancargo.ca. Upcoming: Director and co-playwright of Dust, a Human Cargo/Crow's Theatre co-production at Buddies in Bad Times, November 2015.
2015: Mr. Kraler in The Diary of Anne Frank, Tom Twist, Oliver in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in Oedipus Rex. Fourth season. Stratford: King John (James Gurney), Mother Courage, Antony and Cleopatra, Henry V, Wanderlust, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Peter Simple), Twelfth Night (Valentine). Birmingham Conservatory: The Winter's Tale (Camillo), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck). Elsewhere: The Postman Walks (artistic contributor) (Appledore Productions); Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud); (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song, Oh What a Lovely War, Window on Toronto, A Chorus of Disapproval, She Stoops to Conquer (Soulpepper); Hair (Canadian Stage); The Taming of the Shrew (ShakespeareWorks). Film/TV (favourites): Hannibal (Roland Umber) (NBC); The Space (TVOKids host/producer); The Ladies' Man (Young Leon Phelps) (Paramount); System Crash (YTV). Radio/Recordings: Steam Whistle; Tommy Zoom, TVOKids. Training: Claude Watson School for the Arts, RCM Canada, George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Online: @RyanFieldActor. Et cetera: Ryan is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award. His music is on iTunes.
2015: Young Charles Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in The Diary of Anne Frank and Oedipus Rex. Fourth season. Stratford: Edmund in King Lear, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cassio in Othello, O'Kelly in Mary Stuart and appeared in The Beaux' Stratagem, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline and Elektra. Elsewhere: Hohenzollern in The Prince of Homburg (TIFT); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Paul in Hail (RCAT); Freder in Pains of Youth, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ernest in The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine (c2c); Sin in Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud); Clarke in No Man's Land (Rising Tide). Directing: Henry IV, Part 1, Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perchance); The Leisure Society, Autobahn, The Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above and Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta; Birmingham Conservatory.
2015: Antigone in Oedipus Rex. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Clara performed in the recent Stratford Community Players production of Cinderella. Training: Clara has taken ballet and acro with Infinity Dance for two years. Et cetera: Clara is thrilled to be a part of the Stratford Festival this season and is looking forward to working with and learning from such talented people. She is a French Immersion student here in Stratford at Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-country running, swimming and spending time with her brother, Seamus. Clara would like to thank her family for all of their love and support.
2015: Understudy in Oedipus Rex. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Previously at Stratford, Ella was happy to be asked to record the pre-show announcement for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Et cetera: She loves to read (to visit other worlds), swim (it feels like flying) and play violin (she prefers lifting pop songs to practising concertos). She happily goes to French Immersion school here in Stratford (as she happily does most things). Ella is thrilled to be part of the 2015 Festival season. Ella's sister, Beatrice, is her best friend and she thanks her for being awesome, just like the rest of her family.
2015: Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Diggory, Little Aminadab in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in Oedipus Rex. Third season. Stratford: Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Young Son in Mother Courage and Her Children, French Herald in King John, Petruchio in Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre); Malcolm in The Full Monty (Moonpath Productions). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: "Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari."
2015: Ismene in Oedipus Rex. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Children's Chorus (London Girl, Mermaid, Pirate, Ugg-a-Wugg) in Peter Pan - A Traditional British Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Townsperson and Horse in Cinderella (Stratford Community Players); Peter's Shadow and Warrior in Peter Pan, Lullaby League, Jitterbug and Poppy in The Wizard of Oz (Open Mike Studio, St. Michael Secondary School). Training: Dance Aarts Academy, singing with Wendy Ewert, Lord Chamberlain's Company (Stratford Festival), Play On… and Playmakers! Theatre School summer programs. Et cetera: A French Immersion student, Amelia loves to perform and is excited to perform in her hometown! "Special thanks to everyone who believed in and had a part in this goal - Mom, Dad and Austin, and my school, dance and extended families! Shout-out to my br-ousin who isn't old enough to watch."
2015: Alfred in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in Oedipus Rex. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Andrews/Louis St. Laurent in The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud); Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Rising Tide Theatre); Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, King Henry in Henry IV, Part 2, Antonio in The Tempest, Cléante in Tartuffe (Perchance Theatre Co.). Directing: All's Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline for Shakespeare by the Sea. Film/TV: Republic of Doyle, Duley Gardens, Gullages, Diverted, Behind the Wall, Making Love in St. Pierre. Awards: Finalist for the Winterset Award for his novel The Silent Time.
2015: Brigit in She Stoops to Conquer and appears in The Diary of Anne Frank and Oedipus Rex. Second season. Stratford: King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Mrs. Perks in The Railway Children (Marquis/Mirvish), Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (The Grand Theatre), Kellyanne in Pobby and Dingan (YPT), Anne Catherick in The Woman in White (Theatre Aquarius), Eloise in The Eyes of Heaven (Blyth Festival). Film/TV: Copper (BBC America); The Kennedys (Muse Entertainment); Murdoch Mysteries (City TV); Rookie Blue (ABC). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre (2013-2104 and 2014-2015); George Brown Theatre School; Meadows School of the Arts (Southern Methodist University). Et cetera: Laura would like to thank her father for his never-ending love and support and dedicates her time in Stratford to the memory of her mother.
2015: Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Rose in She Stoops to Conquer and Priest in Oedipus Rex. Second season. Stratford: Liesl in The Sound of Music; Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (National Arts Centre/Theatre Calgary); True (Criminal Theatre/Aluna Theatre); Salt-Water Moon (Thousand Islands Playhouse); When the World Was Green, The Jones Boy (surface/underground theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Women: The Musical, The Three Musketeers (Citadel Theatre); The Madonna Painter (Factory Theatre); Johnny Belinda, Pygmalion (Montgomery Theatre, P.E.I.); Scenes from the Bathhouse, Emily, The Inspector General (Talk Is Free Theatre). Recordings: Première CD recording of Cyrano featuring Brent Carver and David Rogers. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program; Ryerson Theatre School (BFA). Awards: Dora nomination for The Jones Boy (Outstanding Performance). Et cetera: "Deepest gratitude to my family, Martha, Angela and Peter for their love and support."
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