AN UNDISCOVERED SHAKESPEARE
A spontaneous theatre creation by Rebecca Northan, with Bruce Horak and Kevin Kruchkywich
EVERY LIFE IS SHAKESPEAREAN
Embark on a spontaneous theatre
At each performance, an audience member is invited to share
their real-life love story with William Shakespeare himself.
Then an ensemble of brilliant improvisors turn that tale into a
full-blown, five-act Shakespearean-style comedy – created on the spot, in
iambic pentameter, before your very eyes (and ears). Each performance is a
unique, never-to-be-repeated feat of theatrical virtuosity – a great reason to
see them all!
Support for the
creation of An Undiscovered Shakespeare was generously provided by The
Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program in collaboration with the Grand
Theatre, London, Ontario
Support for the 2020 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by
Rebecca Northan. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.
2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Performer/Creator: Assassinating Thomson (The Meighen Forum and national tour); This is Cancer (Alberta Theatre Projects and several national tours); Undercover (Spontaneous Theatre/Tarragon Theatre/Vertigo Theatre). Elsewhere: Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Alberta Theatre Projects); Scenography in Queer Blind Date (High Performance Rodeo/One Yellow Rabbit/Spontaneous Theatre); Christmas Past/Narrator in A Christmas Carol (National Arts Centre); Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero/Hit and Myth). Artist on board with The Railbirds (Via Rail). Artist in Residence with Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island). Training: Mount Royal College, Loose Moose Theatre, The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Awards: Betty Mitchell Awards for This is Cancer and Evil Dead: The Musical. Et cetera: Visual art and music can be found online at brucehorak.com.
2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Member of the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Third season. Stratford: Michael, Moloch in Paradise Lost; Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln in Henry VIII. Elsewhere: 12 Angry Men, Death of a Salesman (Drayton Entertainment); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V (Bard on the Beach); Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing (Theatre Calgary); Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Persephone); The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC); A Christmas Carol, The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry Theatre); Wit, Aberhart Summer, Respectable, that elusive spark (ATP); Boeing Boeing, The School for Scandal (Arts Club); The Woman in Black (CTF); Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre); Macbeth (theatre nomad - England/South Africa tour); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (BeMe Theatre - Munich, Germany).
2020: Creator, director and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Narrator in Every Brilliant Thing, Mrs. Simpson in This London Life (The Grand Theatre); Mavis in Sextet (Tarragon Theatre); creator, director, Sgt. Collins in Undercover (Tarragon Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, Citadel Theatre); Dolly in One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Calgary); Liz Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story (Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary); Egeus and Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); The Nurse and various others in Seven Stories (Canadian Stage, Theatre Calgary); creator, director, Mimi in Blind Date (Canada and U.S. tour, off-Broadway); Viola in Twelfth Night, Miranda in The Tempest (Upstart Crows); Maid Marion in Robin Hood (Alberta Theatre Projects). Et cetera: Rebecca also works in film and TV, runs her own theatre company (spontaneoustheatre.ca) and teaches improvisation for actors and business people. @rebeccanorthan.
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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