by Kate HennigWorld première commissioned by the Stratford FestivalDirector Alan Dilworth
DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE
In this edge-of-your-seat
thriller, the young princess Elizabeth navigates a labyrinth of political and sexual
intrigue in the Tudor court that threatens her freedom – and even her life.
Don’t miss this eagerly awaited companion piece to the runaway hit The Last Wife.
Production support is generously provided by Karon C. Bales & Charles E. Beall, by Sylvia D. Chrominska and by Dr. Robert & Roberta Sokol.
Support for the 2017 season of the Studio Theatre is
generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.
2017: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Mary in The Virgin Trial. Fifth season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Lucy), A Little Night Music (Petra), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne), She Stoops to Conquer (Constance), The Last Wife (Mary), King Lear (Cordelia), The Beaux' Stratagem (Cherry), The Merchant of Venice (Jessica), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers. Elsewhere (selected): Mary, The Last Wife (Soulpepper); Anne Frank, The Secret Annex (Segal Centre); writer/star of R-E-B-E-C-C-A (Passe Muraille); Natalie, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary co-production; Tarragon); Edges, Uncovered series (Acting Up Stage); The Wizard of Oz (YPT). Awards: Two Guthrie Awards; Calgary Theatre Critics Award; Dora Award nominee, best new musical (co-writer). Training: Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: Sara is co-writer in residence for The Musical Stage Company.
2017: Guard in Bakkhai and Thom in The Virgin Trial. Sixth season. Stratford: Maugrim in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ned in Shakespeare in Love, Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, Edmund in King Lear, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cassio in Othello, O'Kelly in Mary Stuart and appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, The Beaux' Stratagem, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Paul in Hail (RCAT); Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (c2c); Sin in Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud). Directing: Fleeto (Tiny Room), Henry IV Part 1, Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perchance); Leisure Society, Autobahn, Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Associate directing: Measure for Measure, Winter's Tale (Groundling). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above and Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta; Birmingham Conservatory.
2017: Eleanor in The Virgin Trial and Joséphine, The Madwoman of Concorde in The Madwoman of Chaillot. 12th season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Witch), A Little Night Music (Désirée), TheDiary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Cleopatra, Elektra, Cymbeline, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Winter's Tale, Dangerous Liaisons. Elsewhere: The Seagull (Crow's Theatre); Speaking in Tongues (Company Theatre); This, Syringa Tree, The Taming of the Shrew (Canadian Stage); Ruined* (Obsidian/Nightwood); Cloud 9 (Mirvish); Stuff Happens (Studio 180); Mary Stuart, Phèdre (Soulpepper); The Monument (Obsidian); Hedda Gabler (Volcano); Belle (Factory/NAC); Generous, Skylight* (Tarragon); Valley Song* (New Globe); Love's Labour's Lost, The Bear (NAC); Lambton Kent (Volcano/Edinburgh Festival); Tartuffe (ART); Trace (co-writer/performer); guest teacher/director (NTS; Humber). Film/TV: Private Eyes, Mary Goes Round, Unless, Remedy, This Is Wonderland, Riverdale, Suits, Listener, Doomstown*, The Line, The Sentinel, Finn's Girl. Awards: *Dora/Gemini Awards.
2017: Servant in Bakkhai and Parry in The Virgin Trial. Fifth season. Stratford: Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer, Mother Courage and Her Children, King John, Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: John in The Lion in Winter (The Grand); Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Online: Twitter @Andre_P_Morin. Et cetera: "Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari."
Playwright of The Virgin Trial.
Kate is a diverse, multi-award-winning theatre artist, with over 35 years of professional experience as a performer, including seasons on Broadway, with the Royal Shakespeare Company and with both the Shaw and Stratford festivals. She has an MA (Distinction) in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, and is the proud recipient of the 2015 Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award for excellence in the classical theatre.
The Virgin Trial is the second in a series of plays about the Tudor queens, which began with The Last Wife, premièring at the Stratford Festival in 2015, and enjoying a completely sold-out and extended run. There have been five subsequent productions of the play, including the U.S. première at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago, and a remount of the original production at Toronto's Soulpepper. The Last Wife was short-listed for the Carol Bolt Award and is on the curriculum at Queen's University and Glendon College. Kate is currently writing a third play in this series: Father's Daughter.
This season will also see the première of Wilde Tales: Kate's adaptation for the stage of Oscar Wilde's stories for children. Wilde Tales debuts at the Shaw Festival in June 2017 and runs through the end of September.
As a writer and theatre artist, Kate is drawn to subjects and characters that give women a greater historic content and context for their cultural lives, while striving to balance gender perspectives on our stages. Kate also writes about acts of grace.
If you'd like another example of Kate's writing you can read her two highly subscribed blogs on her website: they document her acting experiences with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with Billy Elliot: The Musical on Broadway.
Kate is indebted to the Gary Goddard Agency, and her agents, Celia Chassels and Emma Laird, for over 30 years of steadfast representation. Kate lives and writes in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. katehennig.com.
2017: Assistant stage manager of The Virgin Trial and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Fourth season. Stratford:Possible Worlds, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, The Tempest, Kiss Me, Kate, As You Like It. Elsewhere (selected): Stage manager for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize celebration and Moonlodge; assistant stage manager: A Christmas Carol, Anne and Gilbert: The Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Sound of Music, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (co-production with Neptune Theatre) (National Arts Centre); The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, Carmen (Opera Lyra Ottawa); The Ladies Foursome, Man of La Mancha (Globe Theatre); Metamorphosis (Mirvish Productions); Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Great Canadian Theatre Company); Civil Elegies (Soulpepper); The December Man (L'homme de décembre) (Canadian Stage). Training: BFA in Design and Production, York University. Awards: Guthrie Award recipient. Et cetera: Big thanks to family and friends for the love, support and encouragement!
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