By Sunny Drake
Directed by ted witzel
WE DARE YOU TO TRY IT – THE PLAY, THAT IS
When a suburban boomer couple return home to find their queer millennial daughter, Annabel, hosting a swingers’ party to make cash, they’re forced to question the state of their marriage. Annabel, in turn, must ponder her own future when she adds a new relationship to her chosen family of polyamorous and platonic roommates. In this high-spirited sex romp, it’s not just the earth that moves, as shifting paradigms encourage new possibilities, both personal and political.
This production takes place in Toronto, in the very near future.
House Program: Every Little Nookie
This production contains mature content that includes frontal nudity. Characters use coarse and suggestive language, as well as crude humour. E-cigarettes are smoked on stage and the production makes use of theatrical smoke and haze.
Support for the creation of Every Little Nookie is generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.
Image credits: Stephen Jackman-Torkoff (left), Marion Adler. Photography by David Hou.
2022: Aunt March in Little Women and Margaret in Every Little Nookie. 10th season. Stratford: Grandma Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, lyricist for The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cicero, Volumnius in Julius Caesar, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Gabrielle in The Madwoman of Chaillot, Diana in and lyricist for The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: Paulina and Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Queen Marguerite in Exit the King, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Philaminte in The Learned Ladies, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Emilia in Othello, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2 (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Et cetera: Ms Adler is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning lyricist.
2022: James Laurence in Little Women and Kenneth in Every Little Nookie. Second season. Stratford: Oliver Davenport in Pentecost, Duke of Venice in Othello. Elsewhere (selected): Emir in Blissful State of Surrender (Great Canadian Theatre Company); Josef Džibrilovo in Butcher (Alberta Theatre Projects, GCTC, Theatre Centre, Mirvish); Perfectionist/Pilgrim in Glenn (Necessary Angel/GCTC); Alexander in No Great Mischief (Thousand Islands Playhouse, GCTC); Lester Pearson/James Ralston in Rexy (Neptune Theatre); Duncan in Macbeth (National Arts Centre); Malvolio in Twelfth Night (NAC); Campbell in Inexpressible Island (GCTC); Ray in Blackbird (Third Wall); Torvald in The Doll House (GCTC); Claudius in Hamlet (St. Lawrence Shakespeare). Film/TV (selected): The Aviator, I'm Not There, The Dead Zone, The Detectives, The Disappearance, The Best Laid Plans. Animation Voicework (selected): The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Dennis the Menace. Et cetera: John dedicates this season to his spouse, Laurie.
2022: Grace in Every Little Nookie and understudy in Little Women. Stratford debut. Khadijah is a multi-award winning actor, writer and producer based in Toronto. Theatre: Lila in Bang Bang (Kat Sandler), Laertes in Prince Hamlet (Ravi Jain), Geschwitz in LULU v.7 (ted witzel), Claudette in How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Trey Anthony), Black Woman in We Are Proud to Present... (Ravi Jain). Audio Books/Recordings: The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill), The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (Esi Edugyan), Henry G20 (Christine Brubaker). Film/TV: The Last of Us (HBO), American Gods (Freemantle/Starz), What We Do in the Shadows (FX), Workin' Moms (CBC), Slo-Pitch (Shaftesbury/Boss & Co). Producing: Co-founder of 2Skins Entertainment - slate includes Ghoulz n Gyaldem, Black femme horror review podcast; Rooted Imagination, Transformations Project, NAC; P!GS, a short available on CBC Gem; DEFUND, one of TIFF's Top Ten Canadian Short Films of 2021.
2022: Annabel in Every Little Nookie and understudy in Little Women. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Acrobat, Italian Mime Suicide (Bad New Days); The Ladder Project (Political Movement); Puck/Magistrate, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in Action); Blondie, Other Jesus (Public Recordings, Festival TransAmériques); lulu, lulu v.7//aspects of a femme fatale (Buddies, the red light district); Diana/Rinaldo, All's Well That Ends Well and Ophelia, Hamlet (Canadian Stage); Flake, the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo ui (karfiol collective, the red light district). Training: El Intérprete (Buenos Aires), Soulpepper Academy (Toronto), York University (Toronto). Love note: It's pretty much one of the best things ever to work and play creatively, collaboratively and authentically with others. Big thanks to everyone, in all temporalities, who have helped make a vocation in storytelling possible for me. For my part I endeavour to promote the conditions that make a life of creativity and agency a given for each of us.
2022: Phoenix in Every Little Nookie and understudy in Little Women. 27th season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, Macbeth, Hamlet, Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Richard II, Cymbeline, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives, Dream, Pericles, Henry V, Henry VI, An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Madwoman of Chaillot, Three Musketeers, Shoemakers' Holiday, Treasure Island, Count of Monte Cristo, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Grapes of Wrath, Home, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Ah, Wilderness!, Quiet in the Land, The Donnellys. Elsewhere: A Tender Thing, A Wind in the Willows Christmas, The Yalta Game, Afterplay, Falling: A Wake, Bolsheviki (ATW); The Melville Boys (TNB); In the Wake of Wettlaufer, Cakewalk, I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Garrison's Garage, Country Hearts (Blyth Festival). Et cetera: Robert lives in Stratford with his wife, Peggy Coffey.
2022: Laurie Laurence in Little Women and Matt in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Rapunzel's Prince/Florinda/Milky White in Into the Woods, Babayev in Sin and Sorrow Are Common To All, Ish28 in For Both Resting and Breeding (Talk Is Free); Dougie/Dodo in Alice In Wonderland, Curly/Bill Jukes in Peter Pan (Bad Hats); Claudio in Measure for Measure, Barachio in Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage); Emcee in Once (Citadel Theatre); Rodrigo in LULU v. 7 (red light district/Buddies In Bad Times); Mike in New Canadian Curling Club (Thousand Islands Playhouse); 15 productions at Soulpepper Theatre including Spoon River, Of Human Bondage, Incident at Vichy, The Dybbuk, Marat/Sade. Film/TV: Painkiller, Private Eyes, Defund (short), Disclosure (short). Training: University of Alberta, Soulpepper Academy. Online: @rickyslams. Et cetera: Richard is thrilled to be making his Stratford festival debut this season. Thanks always to my parents for all of their love and support!
2022: Chorus in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Stratford: Workshop of Penthesilea. Elsewhere: Richard III in Richard III (Studio Theatre, University of Alberta), Titania/Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Loadstar Theatre), F in Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree (Cardiac Theatre), Nimbus in The Milky Way Express (In Arms Theatre Collective). Training: BFA, University of Alberta. Et cetera: Love to Dad, Karen, Braden and Tash. Your support means the world.
Birmingham Conservatory, 2022/23
2022: Marlene in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Second season. Elsewhere (selected): Juliet in Measure for Measure (Repercussion Theatre); Lily in The In-Between, Old Witch in Little Witch (Geordie Theatre); K in HBD2Me (Carousel Players); Fourteen in Plucked (SummerWorks Festival). Training: National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory.
2022: Chorus in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Orestes/Odysseus in The Trojan Girls and The Outhouse of Atreus (Outside the March); Reader in Children of the Bear (Outside the March); Writer/Reader in Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth Performing Arts). Film/TV: Principal in The Exchange, actor in Unexplained. Radio/Recordings: Reader in This Place (CBC Radio). Training: National Theatre School, Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Online: email@example.com, @chrismejaki. Et cetera: Chris is a Grass Dancer, a plant daddy, and a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
2022: Chorus in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Second season. Stratford: 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 (CW/CBS), Take Note (Peacock/NBC Universal), Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (CBS TV Studios), The Hot Zone: Anthrax (Nat Geo/20th Television), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox Television Studios), People of Earth (TBS/Slanted Films), Surviving Evil (Discovery/Cineflix). Instagram: @Toni_Rudd.
2022: Yorick in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Fifth season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, The Crucible, The Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Edgar, King Lear (NAC); Mooch, Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre NorthWest); Clov, Endgame (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stephenville); Titus, The Devil's Disciple (Neptune); Kemp, Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); Velveteen Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Loomis, Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); An Acre of Time (GCTC); Injun Joe/Fred, Dead White Writer on the Floor (Magnus Theatre). Film/TV: Haven, Mr. D, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Gracie's Choice, Trudeau II, Black Harbour, Charlie Zone, Picnicface. Training: BFA, Memorial University. Et cetera: Wela'lin to my family in Newfoundland, my friends in Nova Scotia, and all my relations on Turtle Island.
(he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2019, 2021
2022: Danny in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Every Little Nookie. Third season. Stratford: Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere: Riley in Is God Is (Obsidian Theatre); 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.
Playwright of Every Little Nookie.
Sunny's inventive and award-winning theatre works have been presented in over 60 cities across the world and translated into four languages. His wide range of venues have spanned international arts festivals, underground punk warehouses, regional theatres and youth centres.
Last year Sunny premièred a TV adaptation of his project CHILD-ish with adults speaking children's exact words about love, life and the world. You can view the series on his website (sunnydrake.com). The full CHILD-ish digital production was presented by some of Canada's most established theatre companies: Soulpepper, Stratford Festival, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Prairie Theatre Exchange and Shadbolt Theatre.
In 2020, his comedy Men Express Their Feelings was described by the Calgary Herald as an "instant Canadian classic." The play received a Calgary Theatre Critics Award nomination for Best Original Play. During the pandemic, Sunny adapted it into a three-episode audio series, which you can listen to on his website.
Sunny is currently developing a new audio series called Climate Change & Other Small Talk, produced in association with Why Not Theatre. He has invited nine playwrights and companies from around the world to collaborate on the series. He developed the idea at a residency onboard a tall ship sailing through the Arctic Circle.
Sunny was commissioned by the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Playwrights Guild of Canada and ATFC to write the 2019 World Theatre Day message for Canada. He was awarded the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize (2019) for having a significant impact on performing arts in Ontario, and was a finalist for the K. M. Hunter Theatre Award (2018). For Every Little Nookie, he was awarded the Playwrights Guild of Canada's national comedy award in 2021 (The Chris Tolley & Dharini Woollcombe Comedy Award).
Perhaps his greatest achievement however was sleeping in a bathroom for months (yes a functioning bathroom!) when he was a struggling theatre artist. For very cheap rent, he slept on a mattress on top of the bath tub beneath the shower faucet - he is proud that he didn't once get soaked in his sleep!
(he/him) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2015/16
2022: Artistic Associate, Research and Development, and Director of the Laboratory for the Stratford Festival, and director of Every Little Nookie. Seventh season. Stratford: Assistant director of Shakespeare in Love and Oedipus Rex. Elsewhere: ted (he/him) is an arts leader, curator and award-winning director who has worked in theatres in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Berlin, Paris, Milan, London, Palermo, Stuttgart, Ingolstadt, Baden-Baden and Bad Hersfeld. In 2019 ted was Artistic Leadership Resident at the National Theatre School and the Banff Centre, and has been artist-in-residence at Buddies in Bad Times, Harbourfront Centre, and the Institut für Alles Mögliche. Favourite credits include The Scavenger's Daughter (Buddies/Paradigm), LULU // aspects of a femme fatale (Buddies/red light district), All's Well That Ends Well, YUKONSTYLE (Canadian Stage). ted dedicates his work on this production to his grandmother, Jane Hill, who taught him to meet life with curiosity, class, and a little bit of sass. Training: York University/Canadian Stage MFA in Directing. Online: thisisnttaedon.com, @thisisnttaedon.
2022: Costume designer of Every Little Nookie and assistant designer of Chicago. Sixth season. Stratford: Assistant designer for five seasons. Elsewhere: Set and costume design: All My Pretty Chickens, The Last Five Years (Langham Directors' Workshop). Set design: Beauty and the Beast, Love and Information (UWindsor); Giving Up the Ghost, Book Club, The Drawer Boy (PSFT); An Enemy of the People, Don Giovanni (OSU). Costume design: Stupid F*cking Bird, Spring Awakening (OSU). Associate set and props design: Swan Lake (National Ballet of Canada); No Change in the Weather (Terra Bruce, Mirvish). Associate set and costume design: Bed and Breakfast (Globe, Blyth). Training: MFA Theatre - Design, The Ohio State University; BA Honours Drama, University of Windsor; Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Program. Awards: 2021 Siminovitch Protegé Designer, 2019 Tom Patterson Award, 2017 Ian and Molly Lindsay Design Fellow. Online: joshuaquinlan.com.
2022: Lighting designer of Every Little Nookie. Seventh season. Jareth is thrilled to return to Stratford, as audiences come back to live theatre. Born in Singapore, Jareth is a stage designer, now based in Toronto by way of Calgary. He has a love for new work that examines identity politics, culture and heritage. In addition to his artistic practice, he is a member of The Howland Company, as well as a stagecraft instructor at York University. He believes strongly in mentorship and creating opportunity for upcoming generations of designers. Select design credits:The Hours That Remain (Theatre Aquarius); Orphan Song, Three Women of Swatow (Tarragon Theatre); The Home Project, Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company); The Wolves (Howland and Crow's); Ring of Fire (Citadel Theatre); Serving Elizabeth (WCT); Iphigenia and the Furies (Saga Collectif, Dora nomination). Online: @jareth.li.
2022: Dramaturge of Little Women, Every Little Nookie and Hamlet-911. 14th season. Stratford: Former Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. Dramaturgy credits include Kate Hennig's Queenmaker Trilogy, Paradise Lost, The Breathing Hole, Bunny and many others. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999-2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Lab (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. 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.
2022: Supervising fight director for the 2022 season. 11th season. Stratford: Associate fight director: 2013-2020 seasons. Assistant fight director: 2004 and 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director: Bengal Tiger... (Crow's Theatre); Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV: Stunts (selected): See (seasons two and three), The Lost Symbol, The Boys (three seasons), Hardy Boys, The Man from Toronto, Clarice, It Chapter Two, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Wayne, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Utopia Falls, Supergirl, Impulse, What We Do in the Shadows, I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Save Me, Frankie Drake, Titans, Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Orphan Black, Carrie, Total Recall. Training: Fight Master. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
2022: Intimacy choreographer and movement director of Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Aria Evans is an award-winning, queer, Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist working in dance theatre and film. Aria is a certified intimacy coordinator and draws on their experiences of being multiracial to capture meaningful social and cultural themes through their interactive art. With a large-scale vision, collaboration is the departure point to their work created under their company POLITICAL MOVEMENT. As an active speaker, facilitator and curator, Aria advocates for inclusion and the representation of diversity, and uses their artistic practice to question the ways we can coexist together. politicalmovement.ca.
(he/they) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2022
2022: Assistant director of Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Philip Jonah Logan Geller is a Métis (Red River) and Jewish (Ashkenazi) theatre artist, director and educator. He is focused on decolonizing his process by listening to and dialoguing with ancestral and cultural knowledge, through circular (anti-oppressive) spaces and land-based storytelling. They have worked across Turtle Island with companies and festivals like Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Theatre YES, Gwaandak Theatre, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Nextfest, Play the Fool Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival and Paprika Theatre Festival. They have been through a BFA from University of Alberta, an MFA from York University, and are pursuing a MEd in Urban Indigenous Education from York University. Although, more importantly, he learns from all the incredible relations - human and more than human - he has the fortune of visiting with. philipgeller.com.
2022: Assistant designer of The Miser and assistant costume designer of Every Little Nookie. Stratford debut. Other Works: Stitcher - Spring Showcase (The National Ballet School), wardrobe assistant - Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical (Starvox), head of props - Everything is Different In This Moment (Frantic Assembly/Ryerson University), wardrobe assistant - Music Man Jr. (Ryerson School of Performance Youth and Community Programs), dresser - Pomegranate (Buddies in Bad Times), dresser - Four Seasons (Four Seasons Project), dresser/wardrobe assistant - This is How We Live (Frantic Assembly/Ryerson University), dresser - The Little Mermaid (Drayton Entertainment), dresser - Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry (Drayton Entertainment), costume coordinator - The Princess Bride Movie Experience (The Secret Sessions). Training: BFA in Performance Production and Design, Ryerson University; Diploma in Fashion Techniques and Design, George Brown College. Portfolio: rebeccachaikin.com.
2022: Assistant lighting designer of Every Little Nookie, Hamlet-911 and 1939. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Technical director and associate lighting designer (Mayday Danse); technical director and production manager (Black Theatre Workshop), lighting designer and technical director (We All Fall Down), interim technical director (Globe Theatre Regina), associate sound designer (Globe Theatre Regina), technical director (Montreal Fringe Festival), lighting designer (MoonCow Theatre Co.). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, McGill University.
2022: Assistant sound designer of Every Little Nookie, Hamlet-911 and 1939. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Associate sound designer for Three Women of Swatow (Tarragon Theatre); sound designer for It'll Come to Me, production designer for The Fates, End of Term and Backliners (Theatre SKAM); music director, composer and sound designer for Othello (Phoenix Theatre, UVic); assistant to the sound and video designer for The Wedding Party (Alberta Theatre Projects); music director and composer for Julius Caesar and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival). Audio Plays: Sound designer for Ganga's Ganja (Red Betty Theatre); sound designer for Knife Skills (Blue Jaye Productions). Other Audio Works: Sound designer for Liberated Feminist Futures (Nightwood Theatre). Training: University of Victoria, Department of Theatre and School of Music. Online: oliviagwheeler.com, @liv.g.wheeler.
2022: Assistant fight director for Hamlet, Richard III, Little Women, All's Well That Ends Well, Every Little Nookie, Hamlet-911, The Miser, Death and the King's Horseman. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Is God Is (Canadian Stage/Obsidian/Necessary Angel), Three Women of Swatow, Theory, Girls Like That (Tarragon), The Nether (Coal Mine/Studio 180), Poison (Coal Mine), Hello Bertha, Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen, Rococo, Lithuania (Shaw Festival), Boeing, Boeing, Perfect Wedding (Magnus Theatre) Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Bash'd). Selected Film/TV: SkyMed (CBC), Let It Snow (Netflix), Shut Up (Short), Dark Matter (SyFy), XIII The Series (Showcase). Training: Ryerson University. Awards: My Entertainment World Award for Hamlet and many nominations, Dora Award Nomination for Kindertransport. Et cetera: Jenn is also an actor and voice performer and is grateful to have performed on stages across kanata (Canada).
2022: Stage manager of Every Little Nookie and assistant stage manager of Little Women. 22nd season. Stratford: Favourites include Coriolanus, Shakespeare in Love, The Last Wife, Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Henry V, The Alchemist, Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two and Beau Dixon's cabaret, Freedom. Elsewhere: Most recently: Walter Borden's The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time at the NAC and films of The Resurrection and Angel with Opera Atelier. Rood stage manages for theatre, dance and opera; on new translations and world premières; with one-woman shows to casts of thousands; in Inuktitut and Ummonian; from the Middle East to the Arctic Circle. Training: Sheridan College (Theatre Arts - Technical Production); University of Waterloo (Social Work). Awards: Proud recipient of the KP Hay Award. Et cetera: Arts educator and youth advocate, Melissa extends gratitude to those inviting her to help tell a different story.
2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio Theatres and assistant stage manager of Every Little Nookie. 30th season. Stratford: Selected productions: Private Lives, The Front Page, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Palmer Park, The Trojan Women, Henry IV, Part 1, Wingfield's Inferno, Cymbeline, No Exit, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, Tempest-Tost, Richard III, Wingfield Unbound, The Boy Friend, Tartuffe, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Physicists, The Alchemist, The Matchmaker, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Sweet Bird of Youth, Romeo and Juliet, King John, Bacchae, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, Bonjour, là, Bonjour. Elsewhere: Grand Theatre, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young People's Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Mirvish.
2022: Assistant stage manager of Little Women and Every Little Nookie. Fifth season. Stratford: I Am William, To Kill a Mockingbird, production assistant for Avon and Festival theatres. Elsewhere: Fifteen Dogs, Master and Margarita (Crow's Theatre), Julius Caesar (Crow's Theatre/Groundling Theatre), Riverboat Coffee House: A Yorkville Scene (Soulpepper Theatre), Anne of Green Gables (Thousand Islands Playhouse), The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre), Actéon and Pygmalion (Harris Theatre/Royal Opera Versailles/Opera Atelier), Idomeneo, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Atelier), acquiesce (Factory Theatre), Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre). Script supervisor for Ross Petty's A Christmas Carol and stage management intern for Wicked (Broadway).
2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio theatres and stage manager of 1939. 22nd season. Stratford: Stage manager: Private Lives, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bakkhai, Tartuffe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Taming of the Shrew, 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. Assistant stage manager: The Neverending Story, Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Bona has had the good fortune to have worked in many theatres across our country over her career. Training: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA, Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Georgia.
2022: Production stage manager of the Avon and Studio Theatres and stage manager of Chicago. 26th season. Stratford: Shows include Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 40 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. I am so grateful to be back at work.
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