Shakespeare in Love
Riotously Funny. Epically Romantic.
When William Shakespeare falls in love with an engaged woman, their forbidden romance inspires the playwright’s most famous tragedy.
Music by PADDY CUNNEEN Directed by DARYL CLORAN Set and costume design by CORY SINCENNES Sound Design by MATT SKOPYK Lighting Design by SCOTT HENDERSON
A co-production with The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Ormerod
Cloran’s own delightful interpretation moves effortlessly between comic and tragic, imagining what might have led the Bard to write his most moving, most heart-rending tale.
Andrew Chown and Bahareh Yaraghi are two high-spirited performers who bring a winsome youth and passion to their roles, and generate enough erotic heat to start the Great Fire of London 70 odd years before its time.
This, my friends, is a funny, sexy, touching evening.
Cast & Creative Team
- Robert BenzRalph×Robert BenzRalph
Robert appeared in the Citadel’s 2016 production of A Christmas Carol. Other theatre credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, Coriolanus (Freewill); Stupid F*cking Bird (Edmonton Actors Theatre); 10 out of 12, The Realistic Joneses (Wild Side), Scaramouche Jones (Blarney); Equivocation, God of Carnage, Gordon Winter (Persephone), Where the Blood Mixes (Network, Aquarius, WCT); Where the Blood Mixes, Buz’Gem Blues, and Wawatay (Saskatchewan Native Theatre). Television credits include Corner Gas, renegadepress.com, The Englishman’s Boy, and Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story.
- Tristan CarlucciSam×Tristan CarlucciSam
Tristan is a Winnipeg-based theatre, film, and stunt performer. Favourite credits include 23.5 Hours, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Birds and the Bees, The December Man, Danny, King of the Basement, Peter Pan, and Night Light. He is also a proud member of Skene Stunts with over two-dozen film credits. This is his first Citadel production.
- Patricia CerraMistress Quickly×Patricia CerraMistress Quickly
Patricia is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. Recent credits include I Heard About Your Murder, Soliciting Temptation, and Gordon. She’s worked with Blarney Productions, Send in the Girls, and Northern Light Theatre, and has toured with Concrete Theatre and the Alberta Workers Health Centre. Patricia’s also a director, mentor, and educator. This spring, she will be seen in the World Premiere of The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood at the Citadel Theatre.
- Andrew ChownWill Shakespeare×Andrew ChownWill Shakespeare
Andrew Chown’s theatre credits include: Vimy, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Taking Shakespeare, The Circle, The Seagull, and Harry The King. Film/TV credits include: Her Friend Adam (Special Jury Prize winner - Sundance). His writing was featured in the New Writers Series (Paprika Festival) and his solo show, Canine, at the Toronto Festival of Clowns. He graduated from the acting program at NTS in 2014.
- Sarah ConstibleQueen Elizabeth×Sarah ConstibleQueen Elizabeth
Sarah Constible has acted in multiple productions at Royal MTC, including Sarah Ballenden, Things We Do For Love, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Penelopiad, Gone With The Wind, Fighting Days, The 39 Steps, and After Miss Julie. Other theatre credits include Beautiful Man, Reservations, Monster Trilogy, Ivanov, Richard III, Henry V, Othello, Merchant of Venice, The Swearing Jar, Strawberries in January, and Unity (1918). Film/TV credits include Lovesick, Aloft, Euphoria, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, High Life, House Party, and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.
- Patricia DarbasieNurse×Patricia DarbasieNurse
Pat is thrilled to be making her Citadel debut. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting and MFA Directing programs, Pat’s been a part of the Edmonton theatre community for a long time. In 2001, Pat started writing plays - Carnival Magic, Ribbon, and West Indian Diary are three of her Edmonton-produced works. Pat, a two-time Sterling Award winner, will be seen next in Going to St. Ives this spring at the Varscona Theatre.
- Paul EssiembreBurbage×Paul EssiembreBurbage
For 25 years, Paul has performed in theatres across the country, including four seasons at The Stratford Festival, and productions with Mirvish, Royal MTC, Centaur, Canadian Stage, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Studio 180, and more. Citadel audiences may remember him as Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men. His body of professional work also encompasses extensive work in documentary narration, animation, commercial voice-overs, and more than 50 film and television projects.
- Matthew FletcherPeter×Matthew FletcherPeter
Matthew Fletcher is an actor who has appeared in theatre productions and on film and television. Theatre credits include Heathers, James and the Giant Peach, Les Misérables, A Man of No Importance, and Spring Awakening. Film and television credits include The Pinkertons and Triple Sensation. He received his training at Northwestern University.
- Gabe GreyKit Marlowe×Gabe GreyKit Marlowe
Gabe appeared last season at the Citadel in Disgraced. He is best known for his work in such films as Beeba Boys (Deepa Mehta) and Toilet (Naoko Ogigami), as well as such television series as Workin’ Moms, Incorporated, Lucky 7, Bomb Girls and Covert Affairs. Select theatre credits: Disgraced, Glengarry Glen Ross, UnCovered: Queen and Bowie. Gabe graduated from the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and received the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Instagram: @gabe_grey
- Tom KeenanWebster×Tom KeenanWebster
Tom Keenan is a Winnipeg-based actor and musician; he performs across Canada in both capacities. The next time he will be in Edmonton will be in January 2018, touring with his band Heavy Bell in support for their new album, By Grand Central Station, a collection of songs based on the work of Canadian poet/novelist Elizabeth Smart.
- Kayvon KhoshkamNed×Kayvon KhoshkamNed
Kayvon was born and raised in Saskatoon. He trained at The Canadian College of Performing Arts, in Victoria, and has been living in Vancouver for the last 10 years. He’s the Artistic Director of Speakeasy Theatre, and the founder/Artistic Director of the Pull Festival. Kayvon also plays music in the group February Face. Acting credits include: Othello, Twelfth NightDecember Man, and Chelsea Hotel. Film/TV credits include: Supernatural, Fairly Legal, Trunk: The Movie, and the web series Long Live The King, which he also co-wrote and produced.
- Kevin KlassenWessex×Kevin KlassenWessex
Kevin is delighted to be back at the Citadel, after participating in the 2015 Citadel/Banff Professional Development Program and appearing in its production of Arcadia. He’s a Winnipeg-based actor, director, and award-winning playwright, and an Artistic Associate with Echo Theatre and Shakespeare in the Ruins. Recent acting credits include: Sarah Ballenden, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Audience, Chimerica, and Postcolonial Postcards. He lives with his gifted and beautiful wife, Charlene.
- Andrew MacDonald-SmithAdam/Boatman/Dance Captain×Andrew MacDonald-SmithAdam/Boatman/Dance Captain
Andrew’s previous Citadel credits include Crazy for You, One Man, Two Guvnors (Sterling Award), Alice Through The Looking-Glass, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins (Sterling Award, Betty Mitchell Award), A Christmas Carol, and The Pillowman. Selected roles include Avenue Q on Broadway, Cocktails at Pam’s, Whiplash Weekend, Pith!, Witness to a Conga, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, Little Shop of Horrors, Shear Madness, The Wizard of Oz, The Liars, The Best Brothers, Avenue Q (Jessie Award), Crazy for You (Betty Mitchell Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Mary Poppins.
- Garett RossHenslowe/Fight Captain×Garett RossHenslowe/Fight Captain
Garett Ross is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Program, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta. Citadel credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Penelope vs. The Aliens. Other theatre credits include Nevermore, The Soul Collector, Vigilante, The Best Brothers, A Year in Winter, That Darn Plot, and Beginning of August, Jack Goes Boating, The Last Resort, Chicago, Hairspray, and Sheer Madness. Garett received a Sterling award for his work in A New Brain with Plain Jane Theatre, and has received four other Sterling Award nominations.
- Luc TellierRobin×Luc TellierRobin
Luc is an Edmonton-based theatre artist whose performance credits include A Christmas Carol,Arcadia, The Sound of Music, Maggie-Now, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Hothouse Prince, A Quiet Place, MOTE, Working It Out, and Songs for Sinners and Saints. He also directed Legoland and Never Swim Alone (Sterling Nomination) for Blarney Productions. Up next, he appears in Shakespeare's R&J with Kill Your Television, as a part of Theatre Network's Performance Series.
- Ray StrachanNol×Ray StrachanNol
Ray is a Winnipeg-born actor and a Black Hole Theatre Company Alumnus. He has worked with various Canadian Theatre companies, including Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Mirvish, Canadian Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Acting favourites include The Whipping Man, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Dutchman, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. Ray can also be seen on Netflix as series regular John Bell on The Pinkertons.
- Farren TimoteoWabash×Farren TimoteoWabash
Farren’s Citadel credits include Alice Through the Looking Glass, Make Mine Love, Spamalot, Made in Italy (produced by Western Canada Theatre) and Peter and the Starcatcher, the latter of which earned him a Sterling Award-nomination for his performance as Black Stache. Other credits include The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary); As You Like it (Freewill Shakespeare); Marvellous Pilgrims (Teatro la Quindicina); and Little Shop of Horrors (Mayfield Theatre). Farren can next be seen performing in The Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s Forever Plaid.
- John UllyattTilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps×John UllyattTilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps
John Ullyatt has appeared in many productions at the Citadel. Most recently, he was Bela Zangler in Crazy for You and Roger in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Other Citadel shows include Cabaret, Billy Bishop Goes to War, I Am My Own Wife, and Death of a Salesman. Later this season, he will appear in Mamma Mia!. He has worked at many theatres across the country and in Edmonton, including eight seasons with Freewill Shakespeare, Funny Girl (Segal Centre), and Best Brothers (Belfry). John is also a co-founder of Firefly Circus and Theatre.
- Ashley WrightFennyman×Ashley WrightFennyman
Ashley has worked with theatre companies across Canada, including Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Bard on the Beach, Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, The Globe, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Stratford Festival, The Aquarius, Theatre New Brunswick, and Neptune Theatre. Directing credits include: Twelfth Night, Oedipus the King, Miss Julie, Silent Words, I Ain’t Dead Yet, Burlesque!, and Henry V.
- Bahareh YaraghiViola de Lesseps×Bahareh YaraghiViola de Lesseps
Bahareh is a Toronto-based actor and a six-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee (Individual & Ensemble). Credits include The Kite Runner, Salt-Water Moon, The Aeneid, Unholy, Pomona, Le Placard, Kiss, Death of the King, Blood Wedding, Her2, Moment, Minotaur, Les Zinspirés, Bea, Prisoner of Tehran, and Hallaj. Bahareh is a graduate of Humber Theatre, holds a BA from McGill University, is a resident artist of ARC in Toronto, and was most recently selected by NOW Magazine as one of Toronto's Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2016. Upcoming productions include the tours of Salt-Water Moon,Unholy, and Bloom.
- DARYL CLORANDirector×DARYL CLORANDirector
Daryl Cloran is the Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre, the former Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, B.C.) and founding Artistic Director of Theatrefront (Toronto). Directing credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bard on the Beach), Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary), Mary Poppins (Persephone), Tribes (Canadian Stage), And All For Love (National Arts Centre), Generous (Tarragon), Afterplay (Shaw Festival), and the international collaborations RETURN (The Sarajevo Project) and UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project). Daryl is a proud new resident of Edmonton, where he lives with his wife, Holly, and their sons, Liam and Jack.
- CORY SINCENNESSet & Costume Designer×CORY SINCENNESSet & Costume Designer
Cory is an award-winning designer, whose set, costume, lighting and video designs have received both national and international recognition. Cory earned a degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University before studying design at Ryerson Theatre School. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Recent designs include Crazy For You, Million Dollar Quartet, Venus in Fur, Romeoand Juliet, Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, LiberationDays, Peter and the Starcatcher, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal, Last 5 Years, Michel andTi-Jean, and Let the Light of Day Through.
- SCOTT HENDERSONLighting Designer×SCOTT HENDERSONLighting Designer
Scott is excited to be at The Citadel Theatre for the first time since 2005 (A Year With Frog and Toad). Scott is a Winnipeg-based designer who has lit shows at theatres from Victoria to Ottawa. Some favourites include The Belfry Theatre, Theatre Calgary, The Globe Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and The Royal Alexandra Theatre (Mirvish Productions). Most recently Scott designed Mamma Mia! and Little Shop of Horrors for Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg. Scott is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School.
- MATT SKOPYKSound Designer×MATT SKOPYKSound Designer
Matthew Skopyk is an Edmonton-based sound designer and composer. Recent design/composition credits include Romeo & Juliet, Or the Whale, Vigilante, Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story, ENRON, Whisper, Michelle et Ti Jean, Palace of the End, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Twelfth Night, and Othello. Matthew is also the current sound supervisor for the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta.
- DON HORSBURGHMusic Director×DON HORSBURGHMusic Director
Don Horsburgh has music directed multiple Citadel shows, including Crazy for You, West Side Story, Evangeline, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Penelopiad, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Women, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, and The Wizard of Oz, and composed for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Pride and Prejudice, Blithe Spirit, and The Constant Wife. He spent 18 seasons as a composer at the Stratford Festival, and music directed Three Penny Opera. He has five Dora Awards, four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and a Betty Mitchell award.
- JONATHAN HAWLEY PURVISFight Director×JONATHAN HAWLEY PURVISFight Director
Jonathan’s previous work as an actor/fight director/choreographer at the Citadel includes Crazy For You,West Side Story, Vigilante, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Penelopiad,A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Musketeers, Little Women: The Musical, Forbidden Phoenix, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other credits include Antony & Cleopatra, Three Musketeers, Julius Caesar, Much Ado, Romeo & Juliet, Comedy of Errors, Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors, Singin’ in the Rain, I Am for You, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He’s appeared on film/TV, and is an instructor at the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
- LAURA KREWSKIChoreographer×LAURA KREWSKIChoreographer
Laura’s credits include West Side Story,Spamalot and As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); Next to Normal (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary); Enron (National Arts Centre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago and Footloose (The Mayfield); I Think I’m Fallin’, Home is a Beautiful Word and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Belfry Theatre). Laura has choreographed the original musicals Fortune Falls, Vigilante, Nevermore, Frankenstein, and Hunchback for Catalyst Theatre. Laura will be choreographing Mamma Mia! for the Citadel later this season.
- SUZIE MARTINAssistant Director×SUZIE MARTINAssistant Director
Suzie completed her MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta in 2016 and now works as a freelance director, dividing her time between Edmonton and Winnipeg. Selected directing credits include: Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Manitoba Underground Opera); God’s Ear (Studio Theatre); The Object of Constellations (Small Matters Productions), The Importance of Being Earnest, Betrayal (U of A); The Cherry Orchard (Theatre by the River & little ECHO theatre/ RMTC’s Chekhovfest); Artichoke Heart and The Gas Heart (Theatre Outgrabe/Winnipeg Fringe).
- MICHELLE CHANStage Manager×MICHELLE CHANStage Manager
Michelle Chan’s Citadel credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sense and Sensibility,West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Christmas Carol, Avenue Q, Venus in Fur, One Man, Two Guvnors, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Clybourne Park, Spamalot, Private Lives, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, The RockyHorror Show, Little Women: the Musical, August: Osage County, The Forbidden Phoenix, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Disney’s Beautyand the Beast, Sweeney Todd, Blackbird, The Wizard of Oz, and ThePillowman.
- KAYTHRYN BALLAssistant Stage Manager×KAYTHRYN BALLAssistant Stage Manager
This is Kathryn's first show with the Citadel. Favourite credits include Mary Poppins (Globe Theatre), Last Train to Nibroc (Royal MTC), The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (PTE), Werther (Manitoba Opera), and Nutcracker (RWB). Kathryn’s a graduate of the Theatre Production program at MacEwan University, and is from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- NYSSA BEAIRSTOApprentice Stage Manager×NYSSA BEAIRSTOApprentice Stage Manager
Nyssa is a recent graduate of the U of A stage management program, and is excited to kick off the new season with this production. Some of her most recent stage-managing opportunities include: Cunning Little Vixen, Bright Burning and God’s Ear, Never Swim Alone, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Coriolanus.
- DOUG MERTZDialect Coach×DOUG MERTZDialect Coach
Doug Mertz has coached dialects for over 50 shows in the U.S. and Canada. Recent credits include Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, One Man Two Guvnors,Mary Poppins, and A Christmas Carol at the Citadel Theatre; Vigilante – National Tour, Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, and Parade. Doug has taught dialects for the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, Theatre Alberta’s Drama Works and Workshops by Request, Rapid Fire Theatre, and the Citadel’s Foote Theatre School. He’s currently the Director of Education and Outreach at the Citadel.
- JOSHUA WICKARDDramaturg×JOSHUA WICKARDDramaturg
Josh has worked in theatre in Canada and the United States for more than a decade. Previously, he worked for Catalyst Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. Josh holds a BFA from the University of Colorado and an MFA from the University of Alberta. He is a proud member of LMDA. Josh was previously the dramaturg on the Citadel’s World Premiere of Sense and Sensibility.
- Tenacious TurtleSpot×Tenacious TurtleSpot
Tenacious Turtle is a six-year-old whippet and will be playing the role of Spot. Both Tenacious and Crunch are very enthusiastic and love to perform in front of large audiences and entertain people ( especially when the crowd cheers them on!) Both dogs compete in several dogsports and have traveled across North America and Europe to compete with their owner/trainer Kirstin ONeill. Kirstin teaches and trains in Edmonton out of Dynamo Dogsports.
- Crocodile CrunchSpot (understudy)×Crocodile CrunchSpot (understudy)
Crocodile Crunch is a three-year-old rescue. He is Spot's understudy. Both Tenacious and Crunch are very enthusiastic and love to perform in front of large audiences and entertain people ( especially when the crowd cheers them on!) Both dogs compete in several dogsports and have traveled across North America and Europe to compete with their owner/trainer Kirstin ONeill. Kirstin teaches and trains in Edmonton out of Dynamo Dogsports.