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POSSIBLE WORLDS

by John Mighton
Directed by Mitchell Cushman

What happens to all the other lives we might have led? And what if one could sample them all? This blend of romantic thriller, science fiction and whodunit is above all a love story that spans several universes – or does it? 

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Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin.

Support for the 2015 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Cyrus Lane
    George

    2015: Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew and George in Possible Worlds. Fourth season. Stratford: Peter Pan, King of Thieves, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Wanderlust. Elsewhere: The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper); Minotaur (YPT); RIFLES (Next Stage); The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre); Passion Play (Convergence, Outside the March, Sheep No Wool); Rock 'n' Roll, Habeas Corpus, Take Me Out, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd (Canadian Stage); Blood Brothers (Theatre Aquarius); Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Inspector General (Talk is Free); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (YPT). Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, The Summit. Recordings: Voices for Resident Evil: Outbreak, Onimusha 2 and Far Cry 2. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Awards: Three Dora Award nominations, one win. Et cetera: "Love to Joanne and Eliza." 

    Krystin Pellerin
    Joyce
    2015: Joyce in Possible Worlds. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Emily in Our Town, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Mary Snow in Salt-Water Moon, Cathleen in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Cecily in Travesties, Alice in You Can't Take It With You, Debbie in The Real Thing (Soulpepper); Nellie in Floyd Collins (Patrick St. Productions/Talk Is Free Theatre); Kate in The Little Years (National Arts Centre/Neptune Theatre). Film/TV: Series lead: Leslie Bennett in Republic of Doyle (CBC); guest appearances on The Tudors (Showtime/CBC), Lost Girl (Showcase), Saving Hope (CTV), The Listener (CTV). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Gemini Award nomination: Best Actress in a Dramatic Series, Republic of Doyle. Jessie Award nomination: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Floyd Collins. Online: Twitter: @krystinpellerin. Et cetera: "Very happy to be at Stratford for the season of discovery."
    Gordon S. Miller
    Williams

    2015: Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew and Williams in Possible Worlds. Ninth season. Stratford (selected): Scrub in The Beaux' Stratagem, Andrei in Three Sisters, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Apollodorus in Caesar and Cleopatra, Roderigo in Othello, Flaminius in Timon of Athens. Elsewhere: Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Krogstad in A Doll's House (Montgomery/TNB). Film/TV: Dmitri in award-winning miniseries Fargo (Best miniseries: Emmy, Golden Globe), Suits, Republic of Doyle, 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), John Hirsch Award (2004) and the inaugural recipient of the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).

    Sarah Orenstein
    Penfield

    2015: Widow in The Taming of the Shrew and Penfield in Possible Worlds. Third season. Stratford: White Queen (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Clara (Hay Fever), Matilda (Zastrozzi). Elsewhere: Connie (The Ladies Foursome) (The Grand); Annette (God of Carnage), Emma Brookner (The Normal Heart), The Palestinian (Stuff Happens) (Studio 180/Mirvish); Nawal (Scorched), Rachel (The Retreat), Melitta (Mrs. Klein), Sallie (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid) (Tarragon Theatre); Epifania (The Millionairess), Hersione (Heartbreak House), Elvira (Blithe Spirit),Widow Quinn (Playboy of the Western World) (Shaw Festival - 1987 to 2003); Lyn (Apple), Olga (Beyond Mozambique) (Factory Theatre); Maggie (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Hermione (The Winter's Tale) (TNB). Film/TV: The Calling, Jesus Henry Christ, Fugitive Pieces, Rookie Blue, Breakout Kings, Murdoch Mysteries. Awards: Dora Award for Patience, Tarragon Theatre. Ottawa Critics' Circle Award for A Doll's House, GCTC. 

    Michael Spencer-Davis
    Berkley
    2015: Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew and Berkley in Possible Worlds. Fifth season. Stratford: The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: Boeing Boeing (Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (PTE); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Innocence Lost (Centaur/National Arts Centre); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township (Blyth Festival); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, Nativity, Twelfth Night (NAC); Robin Hood, Sexy Laundry (Globe); Medea (MTC/Mirvish); Macbeth, Othello (NAC/Citadel); The Elephant Man, The Stone Angel, Heaven, The Beard of Avon, Unless, Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage); The Real Thing, Humble Boy (MTC); As You Like It, Blithe Spirit, Einstein's Gift (Citadel). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Flash of Genius, The Eleventh Hour.
    Mitchell Cushman
    Director
    2015: Director of Possible Worlds. Third season. Stratford: Assistant director: The Beaux' Stratagem, The Merchant of Venice. Elsewhere: Directing: Mr. Burns, Vitals, Passion Play, Terminus, Mr. Marmalade, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (Outside the March); New Jerusalem (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); I, Claudia, The Last of Romeo and Juliet, Possible Worlds (Talk is Free Theatre); Lion in the Streets (Dalhousie University); Oh My Irma (Edmonton Fringe); Seeds (touring director, Crow's Theatre). Training: MFA in Directing, University of Alberta. Awards: Siminovitch Protégé Award; two Dora Awards for Outstanding Production; Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Director; Ken McDougal Award; SummerWorks Prize for Production. Online: www.outsidethemarch.ca. Et cetera: Founding Co-Artistic Director of Outside the March; recently co-created Brantwood for Sheridan College, Canada's largest experiment in immersive theatre; faculty member at Act 2 Studio at Ryerson.
    Anahita Dehbonehie
    Set Designer
    2015: Set designer of Possible Worlds. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Since coming home to Toronto in 2012, Anahita has had the opportunity to work with several Canadian companies. Costume design: Mary Stuart (George Brown Theatre). Scenography: Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (bcurrent/Buddies in Bad Times); Vitals (Outside the March/Theatre Passe Muraille); Blue/Orange (Kingston Players Theatre); Possible Worlds (Talk is Free Theater/BeMe Theatre Munich); The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (Outside the March). Set design: The Lesson (Modern Times Theatre Company). Assistant set design: Of Human Bondage, Tartuffe, Twelve Angry Men, Idiot's Delight (Soulpepper Theatre); Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre). Assistant set and costume design: Seeds (Crow's Theatre). Her work has been featured at the Prague Quadrennial and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Awards: Two Dora Award nominations: Vitals and The Lesson.
    Dana Osborne
    Costume Designer
    2015: Costume designer of Carousel and Possible Worlds. 15th season. Stratford: Costume designer - Man of La Mancha, Hay Fever, Fiddler, Wanderlust, Charlie Brown, Hosanna, As You Like It, Forum, Moby Dick, The Comedy of Errors, The Lark, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Timon of Athens, Agamemnon. Set and costume designer - Henry IV, Part 1. Elsewhere: This Is a Costume Drama (dietrich group/World Stage); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Dora Award), Speed-the-Plow, Parfumerie, Ghosts, Antigone, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Time of Your Life (Soulpepper); Macbeth (Pacific Opera); Hawksley Workman's The God That Comes (2b theatre); Ladies' Foursome, Ring of Fire, Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); The Importance of Being Earnest, Boeing Boeing (Thousand Islands); Robin Hood, Marion Bridge (Globe); The Mill, parts one to three (Theatrefront - Dora Award); To Kill A Mockingbird (YPT). Training: York University. Awards: Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design, 2012.
    Kimberly Purtell
    Lighting Designer
    2015: Lighting designer of The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds and The Last Wife. Seventh season. Stratford: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Man of La Mancha, Christina, The Girl King, Waiting for Godot, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Little Years, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Elsewhere: Alice Through the Looking-Glass (NAC), The Seagull (Crow's Theatre), Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions), Ariadne auf Naxos (Pacific Opera Victoria), Svadba (Opera Philadelphia), Sextet (Tarragon Theatre), Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper), What Makes a Man (Necessary Angel), Small Axe (Theatre Centre and Project Humanity), Jane Eyre (MTC). Awards: Pauline McGibbon Award, three Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Et cetera: Kimberly's designs have been critically acclaimed on the national and international stage, seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Mongolia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
    Nick Bottomley
    Projection Designer
    2015: Projection designer of Possible Worlds. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Recent credits include projection design for When it Rains (2b theatre company), NATION (collaboration with sound artist Aaron Collier), Pop-Up Love Party (Zuppa Theatre), It is Solved by Walking (HomeFirst Productions/White Rooster Theatre), Stella: Queen of the Snow (Mermaid Theatre), Mary Poppins and Billy Bishop Goes to War (Neptune Theatre). Training: Dalhousie University, Computer Science. Awards: 2012 SummerWorks Design Award for When it Rains. Online: nickbottom.tumblr.com. Twitter: @nick_bottomley. Et cetera: Nick is thrilled to be part of the 2015 Stratford season and to be working with such a great team. "Much love to Ma, Pops and my siblings back out east."
    Christopher Stanton
    Sound Designer
    2015: Sound designer of Possible Worlds. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Selected sound design/composition credits: Moment (ARC), The Fish Eyes Trilogy (Nightswimming national tour), Possible Worlds (TIFT/BeMe Munich), Ajax & Little Iliad (world tour), Minotaur (UnSpun) and A Quiet Place (Next Stage). Film/TV: Appearances include Murdoch Mysteries, The LA Complex and Bomb Girls. Recently: guest star on Saving Hope. Awards: Nine Dora Mavor Moore nominations - four as a performer, four as a sound designer and one as a director. He won in 2011 for his performance in Enda Walsh's The New Electric Ballroom. He was also nominated for a Pauline McGibbon Award for his work as a director. Online:  onebandoflight.com. Et cetera: Christopher is a Hamilton-based performer, sound designer, musician, writer and director. He is artistic producer of Toronto performance company ARC (www.arcstage.com).

    David Ben
    Magic Consultant
    2015: Magic consultant for Possible Worlds. Performer:The Conjuror, The Conjuror's Suite, Tricks (Magicana); Card Table Artifice, Natural Magick (Luminato). Author:The Experts at the Card Table; Slaight: Off Hand; Dai Vernon: A Biography; Advantage Play; Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic.Magic Consultant:The Scarlet Pimpernel (Stratford); Of Human Bondage, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Travesties, School for Scoundrels (Soulpepper); Ragtime, One Touch of Venus (Shaw Festival); The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty); Penn and Teller (Penn and Teller); Divisadero (Ondaatje). Film/TV:A Conjuror in the Making (A&E); The Devil's Playthings (Magicana); Yes/No (Brian Johnson); Kit Kittredge: An American Girl; Murdoch Mysteries; Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic; The Wizards of Awe; The Strange Genius of Stewart James (The Canadians - Biographies of a Nation); Heroes of Magic (Thames Television).
    Nancy Anne Perrin
    Assistant Designer
    2015: Assistant set designer of Hamlet, The Sound of Music and The Taming of the Shrew and assistant designer of Possible Worlds and The Last Wife. Second season. Elsewhere: Set and/or costume designs include Parents Night and The Bigger Issue (CrazyLady); DeliMax (Teatron); Pitch Blonde (Convections / Next Stage); Waterfront: The Blessing and Shed (Les Nouvelles / SummerWorks); Rabbit Rabbit (Rather Undisciplined / SummerWorks); Magicien d'Oz (Le Théâtre La Roulotte); Cabaret, Stop Heart and Shouting (NTS). Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's Set and Costume Design Program; BFA in Theatre Design and Production, University of Victoria.
    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Assistant Lighting Designer
    2015: Assistant lighting designer of The Diary of Anne Frank, Carousel, Possible Worlds and The Last Wife. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play, Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tommy, A Word or Two, The Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar. Technical director of Taking Shakespeare, The Thrill (Studio Theatre, 2013). Elsewhere: Lighting designer: Elizabeth Shepard: Signals (live concert tour); Plants and Animals (live concert and video); Fishskin Trousers (Cart/Horse); Paradise Red (SummerWorks '14); Three More Sleepless Nights (Playwrights Project); Curtains, The Trojan Women, Lord of the Flies, Stuff Happens (Randolph); Whirl (Global Cabaret); Savage in Limbo (Bob Kills Theatre); Bliss (Candles). Assistant lighting designer: Don Giovanni, Die Walküre (Canadian Opera Company); Seeds (Crow's Theatre); The Little Prince (Geordie); Kid Koala: Space Cadet Headphone Tour (European tour). Training: National Theatre School of Canada (2011). Et cetera: Instructor at the NTSC.
    Marie Fewer-Muncic
    Stage Manager
    2015: Stage manager of Possible Worlds. Ninth season. Stratford: Previous credits at the Stratford Festival include Hirsch, Twelfth Night, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, Macbeth, Rice Boy, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Duchess of Malfi, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead and Noises Off. Elsewhere: Other theatre credits include Hirsch (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Valley, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Hush and Léo (Tarragon Theatre); That Summer (Theatre Erindale, University of Toronto at Mississauga); The Babysitter (Theatre Direct Canada/Eldritch Theatre); Better Parts, Fish Eyes, Jamaica Man and blood.claat (Stage3: word.sound.power, produced by Theatre Passe Muraille/Obsidian Theatre Company); Wrong for Each Other (Bluewater Summer Playhouse). Training: Sheridan College. Awards: KP Hay Guthrie Award.
    Loreen Gibson
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2015: Assistant stage manager of Possible Worlds. Third season. Stratford: Apprentice stage manager: The Merry Wives of Windsor. Production assistant: As You Like It, Kiss Me, Kate, The Tempest and Dangerous Liaisons. Elsewhere (selected): Assistant stage manager: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Sound of Music, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (co-production with Neptune Theatre) (NAC); Man of La Mancha (The Globe Theatre); Metamorphosis (Mirvish); The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, Carmen (Opera Lyra Ottawa). Apprentice stage manager: Creation, Salt-Water Moon (NAC); Circle Mirror Transformation (Great Canadian Theatre Company); Civil Elegies (Soulpepper); Dog Sees God (M. Rubinoff Productions); The December Man (L'homme de décembre) (Canadian Stage). Training: BFA in Design and Production, York University. Awards: 2010 Guthrie Award recipient. Et cetera: "Big thanks to family and friends for the love, support and encouragement!"
    Bona Duncan
    Production Stage Manager
    2015: Production stage manager of the Studio theatre and stage manager of The Taming of the Shrew. 15th season. Stratford: Stage manager: King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, Cyrano de Bergerac, Zastrozzi, All's Well That Ends Well, Fanny Kemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Electra, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hamlet; production stage manager: Avon Theatre; assistant stage manager: Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Bona is grateful to have worked in many theatres across our country, including Talk Is Free, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, The Grand, NAC, MTC, Banff Centre, Citadel, Tarragon and Centaur. Training: A graduate of the technical production section of the National Theatre School of Canada; BA from Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Dan, and their daughter, Georgia.
    Marylu Moyer
    Production Stage Manager
    2015: Production stage manager of the Studio Theatre. 35th season. Stratford: Part of the Festival's stage management team since 1986, Marylu has worked at the Festival, Avon, Tom Patterson and Studio theatres on 45 different productions. She has also been production stage manager of the Avon, Tom Patterson and Studio theatres, and the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: Marylu has worked at theatre companies across Canada, in the United States and as far away as Singapore, stage-managing favourites such as Anne of Green Gables, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Christmas Carol, Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Our Town, The Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare's Will  and The Syringa Tree. Awards: Marylu was the recipient of a 2009 Tanya Award.

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