HILARITY. HEART. HORROR.
A family reunion at Thanksgiving causes tensions to rise to the surface as secrets and hardships are revealed.
Set and Costume Design by JUDITH BOWDEN
Lighting Design by MICHAEL WALTON
Sound Design by MATTHEW SKOPYK
A co-production with Canadian Stage
The Humans is a knockout. Tremendously exciting theatre, pulsing with life and sizzling with humour and affection.
The Humans is terrific, crackling with joy and sadness. It is an absolute triumph.
Cast & Creative Team
- Sara FarbBrigid×Sara FarbBrigid
For The Citadel: Natalie in Next to Normal (co-production with Theatre Calgary). Five seasons at the Stratford Festival: Juliet, Anne Frank, Cordelia in King Lear, Jessica in Merchant of Venice, Petra in A Little Night Music, Lucy in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and originated the role of Mary in Kate Hennig's The Last Wife and The Virgin Trial. Next, she'll be playing Medium Alison in Fun Home for Mirvish/Acting Up Stage Company in Toronto.
- Alana Hawley PurvisAimee×Alana Hawley PurvisAimee
Select theatre credits: Venus In Fur (Citadel); Blow Wind High Water (Theatre Calgary); Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ACA); A Picasso, Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh (Shadow); Bartholomew Fair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Julius Caesar (Stratford); Much Ado About Nothing (UofA); I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Vertigo); Closer (Ground Zero); Sequence (Downstage); Drama: A Pilot Episode (ATP); The Three Musketeers (Citadel); Joyful Noise (Theatre North West). Training: Academy for Classical Acting (MFA), Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Program, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Acting (Stratford), and University of Alberta - Acting (BFA). Thank you always to her family and to Jackie.
- Richard LeeRichard×Richard LeeRichard
Richard Lee is an award-winning actor, fight director, sound designer, and theatre producer. His work has garnered him multiple Dora Mavor Moore nominations out of which he has received three: one for his Sound Design work on paper SERIES (Cahoots Theatre Company) and two in performance; Sultans of the Street and Cinderella: A Ratical Retelling (both for Young People’s Theatre). Selected theatre credits include: Twelfth Night, King Lear (Canadian Stage); Kim’s Convenience (Soulpepper); acquiesce (Factory Theatre); Chimerica (Canadian Stage/RMTC).
- Laurie PatonDeirdre×Laurie PatonDeirdre
Laurie is delighted to be back at the Citadel. Born and raised in Alberta, she got her professional start in Edmonton upon graduating from Grant MacEwan College’s Theatre Arts Program. Edmonton shows include Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Agnes of God, Mephisto, The Glass Menagerie, and Wendy in Peter Pan. Laurie has worked in theatres across the country, most notably for 18 Seasons with the Shaw Festival in Ontario. Favourite shows include All My Sons, The Cherry Orchard, The Little Foxes, The Constant Wife, Blood Relations, Pal Joey, and Major Barbara. Next: Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge in Vancouver, where she now resides.
- Ric ReidErik×Ric ReidErik
Ric Reid last appeared at The Citadel in August: Osage County. Citadel credits include Proof, Who Has Seen the Wind, Art, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He has been a member of the Shaw Festival Acting Ensemble since 2003. He and his wife, Kelly Daniels, founded Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects in St. Catherines, whose productions have included Shakespeare’s Villians and the St. Catherines’ Busker Festival.
- Maralyn RyanMomo×Maralyn RyanMomo
For the Citadel: A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Lend Me a Tenor. Selected acting credits: Vivian Bearing in Wit (Globe); A Guide to Mourning (ATP); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatre Calgary); Homeward Bound (The Grand Theatre/NAC); Master Class (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Joy and Shop at Sly Corner (Shaw); Crackpot (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Belfry); Thirteen Hands (Canadian Stage/NAC); Hamlet (Freewill Players); True West (Theatre Network); Private Lives (NLT); Seed Savers (WWPT); The Last Romance (Mayfield); Rabbit Hole (Persephone). The Sterling Award for Most Valuable Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton was presented to Maralyn in 2017. Next: Edmonton Actor’s Theatre this May. Dedicated to humans everywhere. You are not alone.
- Jackie MaxwellDirector×Jackie MaxwellDirector
Jackie Maxwell is one of Canada’s most respected theatre artists. This production of The Humans marks her first time at The Citadel.
Jackie recently directed The Changeling at The Stratford Festival and Watch on the Rhine at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. after finishing 14 seasons as the Artistic Director of The Shaw Festival. Favourite productions directed at The Shaw include Sweeney Todd, Uncle Vanya, The Divine (World Premiere), Juno and the Paycock, Major Barbara, Come Back Little Sheba, Ragtime, Age of Arousal, and Saint Joan. Jackie has directed in many theatres across Canada and the United States and was also Artistic Director of Factory Theatre from 1987-95. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Order of Ontario and two Honorary Doctorates. Upcoming projects include directing Innocence Lost for Soulpepper Theatre Company and Paradise Lost for The Stratford Festival.
- Judith BowdenSet and Costume Designer×Judith BowdenSet and Costume Designer
Judith has designed for theatre over the past 25 years. Recent set and costume design credits include: Musik Fur Das Ende (Crows Theatre/Soundstreams); London Road, The Other Place (Canadian Stage); Chimerica (M.T.C./Canadian Stage); Saint Joan, Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher (Shaw Festival). Judith has designed at the Shaw Festival for the past 16 seasons. Recent costume design credits include: Watch on the Rhine, My Fair Lady (Arena Stage); The Changeling (Stratford Festival); A Christmas Carol (M.T.C.). She has had the pleasure of working across the country, including the National Arts Centre, The Grand Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, P.O.V., Theatre Calgary, and ATP. Awards: two Dora Awards for Scenic Design. The Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design. She was short listed for The Siminovitch Prize in 2006.
- Michael WaltonLighting Designer×Michael WaltonLighting Designer
Previously at the Citadel, Michael was Lighting Designer for Million Dollar Quartet, Evangeline, One Man Two Guvnors, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Women: The Broadway Musical, and The Three Musketeers. Other recent credits include Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Tartuffe, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Tempest (Stratford Festival); Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Jenufa, Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera); Così Fan Tutte (Canadian Opera Company); A Christmas Carol, Enron (NAC); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse).
- Matthew SkopykSound Designer×Matthew 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.
- Brenley CharkowAssistant Director×Brenley CharkowAssistant Director
Brenley is a freelance director dividing her time between Alberta and Ontario. Selected directing credits include A Bright Room Called Day, Tom at the Farm, If We Were Birds, Seagulls, The Waves, Mo & Jess Kill Susie, Almost Maine, and On the Other Side of the World. She has assisted at The Grand Theatre (ON), Studio 180, and The Musical Stage Co. (Toronto). Brenley is grateful for the opportunity to be working on The Humans at the Citadel and CanStage. She has an MFA in directing from the University of Alberta.
- Andrea SchurmanStage Manager×Andrea SchurmanStage Manager
Andrea is thrilled to return to the Citadel having stage managed Million Dollar Quartet, Red (Canadian Stage) and ASMed Intimate Apparel (Obsidian Theatre) previously. Recent credits include Production Stage Manager of the Charlottetown Festival (SMing Anne of Green Gables, and A Misfortune), 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Marquis), and two seasons with the Shaw Festival. Andrea has worked from coast to coast (and Barbados!) with companies including YPT, The Grand, The Globe, Persephone, Mirvish, soulpepper, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Cahoots, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood, Factory Theatre, Studio 180, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune, TNB, Tapestry New Opera, Opera Ontario, Ross Petty Productions, and the Stratford Festival. She heads back to the Shaw Festival in 2018.
- Al GadowskyAssistant Stage Manager×Al GadowskyAssistant Stage Manager
Previously at the Citadel, Al assistant stage managed Crazy For You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), West Side Story, and Alice Through the Looking-Glass, and apprentice stage managed Avenue Q, Venus in Fur, and Monty Python’sSpamalot. Other credits include Fortune Falls (Citadel/Catalyst); Anne of Green Gables, Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia!, and Glenda’s Kitchen (Charlottetown Festival); Les Feluettes, Turandot and The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera); Working It Out (Alberta Workers Health Centre). He has a BFA in Stage Management from the University of Alberta. Al thanks his family and friends for their love and support.