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Tom Patterson Theatre
June 20 – October 1 |
Opens July 14
Drama

WEDDING BAND


Alice Childress

Directed by Sam White


The stellar work - written with great precision and powerful storytelling by Alice Childress - gives an emotional portrayal of a relationship between a Black seamstress, Julia, and a white baker, Herman, in the shadow of the First World War and the 1918 flu epidemic in Charleston, South Carolina. The couple's deep love and commitment faces the cruel racism of the Deep South in this revealing portrayal of interracial love, forced to navigate the societal racism of laws and culture, along with heartbreaking judgment from their own families and communities. Written during the Civil Rights era, the play resonates in our modern times of racial reckoning with movements such as Black Lives Matter, across North America, and at a time when a new pandemic is tragically altering lives.


Selection of this play was supported by extensive research conducted by Hannah Rittner with support from the Canada Council.

Production support is generously provided by Peter & Carol Walters.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Cyrus Lane
    Herman
    2023: Herman in Wedding Band and Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing. Seventh season.
    Antonette Rudder
    Julia Augustine
    2023: Julia Augustine in Wedding Band and understudy in Les Belles-Soeurs. Third season.Stratford: Chorus in Hamlet-911, understudy in Every Little Nookie, Angela in Here's What It Takes (workshop); Swing in Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere (selected): Princess Buttercup in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Lorraine in All Shook Up (Drayton Festival); Soul Sistas (Mayfield); Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Film/TV: In The Dark, Take Note, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Hot Zone: Anthrax, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's do the time warp again, People of Earth, Surviving Evil. Training: St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre. Online: @Toni_Rudd.
    Maev Beaty
    Annabelle
    2023: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Annabelle in Wedding Band. Eighth season. Stratford: Gertrude (Hamlet), Jane Pilkings (Death and the King's Horseman), Cookie (The Front Page), Elmire (Tartuffe), Lady Sneerwell (The School for Scandal), Sorrel (Bunny), Kate (The Last Wife), Kate Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Goneril (King Lear). Elsewhere: August: Osage County, Little Menace: Pinter, La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Proud (Michael Healey), Terminus (Outside the March/Mirvish); Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon); Another Africa (Volcano); The Mill (Theatrefront); Palace of the End (Canadian Stage). Awards: Multiple Dora winner and 14-time nominee. Film/TV: Mouthpiece (TIFF, dir. Patricia Rozema), Disappointment Blvd (dir. Ari Aster), Murdoch Mysteries. Online: maevbeaty.com. Et cetera: 21 world premières, including her co-creations Montparnasse, Goblin Market and Secret Life of a Mother (PlaywrightsCanadaPress). For Dorothy and Esmé, the before and the after.
    Joella Crichton
    Lula Green

    2023: Lula Green in Wedding Band and Yvette Longpre in Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Training: BFA Acting, York University. Awards: 9-time Winner Toronto Queen of Carnival. Et cetera: Endless gratitude. What a gift this all is. Dreams do come true. To Mom, Mischka and Sandy, thanks, truly, for everything. Solomon, I think of you always, I carry you everywhere with me. I know what love is because of you. To my Mathew, SAME. Special thanks to my agent Alicia, I appreciate you. Cheers to all at the Stratford Festival, can't thank you enough. Spread kindness wherever you go, it grows and it feels good. Online: @joellacrichton

    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Mattie

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16

    2023: Mattie in Wedding Band, Linda Lauzon in Les Belles-Soeurs, and understudy in Much Ado About Nothing. Eighth season. Stratford (selected): Guildenstern in Hamlet, Co-host of Showstarters, Tituba in The Crucible, Death and the King's Horseman, The Neverending Story, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Hay Fever. Elsewhere: Death and the King's Horseman Radio Play (Soulpepper); Romeo & Juliet (Spontaneous Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); five seasons with Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, Born Yesterday; Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct); The Aftermath (Nightwood Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Hamlet (2022), Death and the King's Horseman, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, Macbeth, Timon of Athens (Stratford Festival on Film). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, University of Windsor. Et cetera: All for the love of Jake and Z.

    Liza Huget
    Fanny Johnson

    (she/her)

    2023: Fanny Johnson in Wedding Band and understudy in Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Selected Theatre: Magi in Harlem Duet (Bard on the Beach); Inez in No Exit (Realwheels Theatre); Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable (Seven Tyrants Theatre). Television credits include: recurring roles on Motherland: Fort Salem, Mysterious Benedict Society and LostOllie. Leo Nominated performance as Nina in Ruby (Lifetime). Formal theatre training completed at Studio 58, attended the National Voice Intensive and trained with Richard Armstrong in voice at the Banff Centre. Liza has toured internationally as a vocalist, is also an Expressive Art Therapist, and a certified Life coach. She is an executive board member of UBCP/ACTRA and Chair of their Mental Health and Addiction Committee.

    Lucy Peacock
    Herman's Mother

    2023: Germaine Lauzon in Les Belles-Soeurs and Herman's Mother in Wedding Band. 36th season. Stratford: Over 80 productions including the stories of Ophelia, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Beatrice, Gwendolyn, Helena, Duchess of Malfi, Masha, Mary Stuart, Volumnia, Queen Elizabeth, and Satan. Also: Three Tall Women, Bakkhai, All My Sons, John Gabriel Borkman, Private Lives, The Beaux Stratagem, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead and Late Night with Lucy. Training: The National Theatre School and the grace and wisdom of all the extraordinary artists, colleagues and conspirators over the years. Et cetera: I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to journey through these wonderful stories at the Festival and across the country, and Forever Blessed by the Real Story, my husband Christopher and our Harri and Ben.

     

    Bola Aiyeola
    Understudy

    (she/her)

    2023: Des-Neiges Verrette in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Wedding Band. Second season. Stratford: Death and the King's Horseman, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Fatima in The Container (SummerWorks); Petra in Petra (Theatre Direct); UK: Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (Royal Exchange Manchester); Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Jack in The Man in the Moon, Balthasar/Friar Frances in Much Ado About Nothing (The Everymans' Theatre, Liverpool). Film/TV: Clarice (CBS), The Expanse (Syfy), Coroner (CW), Damien (A&E), Lucky Day (feature), 'Da Kink in my Hair (Global), Crown Prosecutor (BBC TV, UK). Radio/Recordings: Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (BBC Radio); First Girl in Blood Wedding (BBC Radio); Alaba in Memories of a Distant Past (BBC Radio); Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (BBC Radio). Training: Academy of Live and Recorded Arts London, UK. Online: @bolaaiyeolaowens imdb.com/name/nm2416924.

     

    Kevin Kruchkywich
    The Bell Man

    2023: The Bell Man in Wedding Band and Seacoal in Much Ado About Nothing. Sixth season. Stratford: Barnardo in Hamlet, The Resident in Death and the King's Horseman, Undiscovered Sonnets, Michael, Moloch in Paradise Lost, Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln in Henry VIII. Fight Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere: 12 Angry Men, Death of a Salesman (Drayton); Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V (BOTB); Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing (TC); Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe); Hedda Gabler (Persephone); The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC); The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry); Aberhart Summer, Respectable, that elusive spark (ATP); Boeing Boeing, The School for Scandal (Arts Club); The Woman in Black (CTF); Guys and Dolls (Gateway); Macbeth (theatre nomad - England/South Africa tour); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (BeMe Theatre - Munich, Germany).

    Irene Poole
    Understudy

    2023: Therese Dubuc in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Wedding Band. 10th season. Stratford: Marmee in Little Women, Interpreter in All's Well…, Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere:Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Tarragon); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies…); The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, The Age of Arousal (Dora Award, Factory Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award, Birdland). Film/TV:Frankie Drake (CBC); Salvation, Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures); Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM); Breakout Kings.

    Micah Woods
    Nelson

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2019/21

    2023: Nelson in Wedding Band and Messenger in Much Ado About Nothing. Fourth season. Stratford: Danny in Hamlet-911 (2022); Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2021). Elsewhere: Riley in Is God Is (Obsidian Theatre/Canadian Stage/NAC); Taz in Samantha: A Concept Album, Set to Stage (Greenlight Theatre); Slightly in Peter Pan (Bad Hats Theatre); Dido in Dido, Queen of Carthage, directed by Peter Hinton (York University Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, 2019, 2021 (Stratford Festival); Acting Conservatory, York University, 2018 (BFA); Michael Gordon Shore, Role Development. Online: Instagram: @micah.woods. Et cetera: "Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." - Dr. Mae Jemison. Thank you to my family for their love and support.

    Sam White
    Director

    2023: Director, Wedding Band. Second season. Stratford: Assistant Director, The Tempest. Elsewhere: Founding Artistic & Executive Director at Shakespeare in Detroit; Director, Othello (Shakespeare in Detroit); A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program), Antigone (University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance) Training: Wayne State University, B.A.; Michael Langham Director's Workshop, Stratford; 2019 Director's Workshop, Yale University, Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellow, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Awards: The Detroit News Michiganian of the Year, Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40. Et cetera: Sam dedicates this production to her sweet, Southern father, Fred White, Martha Henry and Alice Childress. Thank you to them and all the ancestors whose shoulders I stand on. Une vie honorable est une vie éternelle. Merci. 

    Richard H. Morris Jr.
    Set Designer

    2023: Set designer of Wedding Band. Stratford debut. Richard H. Morris Jr. (scenic designer) is a Cleveland, Ohio based scenic and lighting designer. Recent designs include, Wine in the Wilderness (Two River Theatre); Two Trains Running (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Twelfth Night (Cleveland Playhouse). Mr. Morris has designed scenery for over 160 productions, and was the recipient of the National Black Theatre Festivals award for Outstanding Achievements in Scenic Design. In 2013 Mr. Morris was Keynote Speaker at Alabama State University on African Americans in Scenic Design. He is currently Technical Director/Resident Scenic Designer for Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Morris holds a B.A. in Scenic and Lighting Design from Kent State University.

     

    Sarah Uwadiae
    Costume Designer

    (she/her)

    2023: Costume designer of Wedding Band. Second season. Sarah is a Nigerian multi-disciplinary artist and theatre designer based in Calgary. Stratford: Death and the King's Horseman (2022). Elsewhere: Trouble in the Mind (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre & Citadel Theatre); Steel Magnolias (Theatre Calgary); The Fiancée, The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre); Scope (Lunchbox Theatre); Murder in the Studio (Vertigo Theatre); Gimme Chance Leh (Chromatic Theatre); Actually (Alberta Theatre Projects); The Sound of Music, Where Words Once Were (StoryBook Theatre). Online: sarahuwadiae.com, @sarahuwadiae.

    Kathy A. Perkins
    Lighting Designer

    2023: Lighting designer for Wedding Band. Stratford debut. Kathy has designed for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatres such as American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, St. Louis Black Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Two River, Mark Taper, and Yale Repertory. As a scholar, she is the editor of seven anthologies focusing on women both nationally and internationally. Kathy is the recipient of numerous research and design awards, including Ford Foundation, Fulbright, an NAACP Image Award and Henry Hewes Design Award. In 2007 she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. She received her BFA from Howard University and her MFA from the University of Michigan. Kathy is faculty Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Debashis Sinha
    Sound Designer

    (he/him)

    2023: Composer and sound designer of Casey and Diana, Women of the Fur Trade, and sound designer of Wedding Band. Seventh season. Stratford: Composer for Serving Elizabeth; composer and sound designer of The Crucible, Treasure Island, The Changeling, Breath of Kings; sound designer of Death and the King's Horseman, Mother's Daughter, The Aeneid. Elsewhere: Music and sound for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Soulpepper, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Centre, and others; appearances at MUTEK Japan, MOCA Toronto, Banff Centre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Guelph Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, Art Gallery of Ontario and other venues. Radio/Recordings: Radio works on Deutschlandradio Kultur, ORF Kunstradio, Radio National España, Banff New Media Institute, NAISA; numerous solo recordings, audio artworks, and audiovisual projects. Awards: Dora Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Design (Opera) and for Original Music and Sound Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille); We Are Proud to Present… (Theatre Centre/Why Not).

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