Undercover (A Spontaneous Theatre Creation)
An audience member goes undercover to solve a murder!
MURDER strikes at The Citadel Theatre! Rebecca Northan (creator of Dora Award-winning, international sensation Blind Date) and her partners in improvisational crime return to the Citadel to recruit one intrepid audience member for an undercover ride into the criminal mind. When everyone’s a suspect, will our rookie detective be able to discern the clues from the red herrings, point the finger at the right perpetrator, and see that justice is served?
Directed by REBECCA NORTHAN
Set & Lighting Design by GLENN DAVIDSON
Costume Design by BRANDON KLEIMAN
Sound Design by MIKE RINALDI
From the creator of Blind Date, a two-time smash hit with Citadel Theatre audiences.
The show starts in the lobby! The Undercover cast will be mingling in the lobby before the house opens to get an idea of who might be interested in participating. There is NO obligation to participate; we want everyone to feel comfortable. If you are interested, then simply inform a cast member - you never know; it could end up being YOU going undercover.
It looks like Northan has another killer hit on her hands.
Anyone who has followed Northan’s ascendant career as an improv comic and playwright …knows she has a storyteller’s gift.
Cast & Creative Team
- Damien AtkinsConstable Lewis/Daniel Murphy×Damien AtkinsConstable Lewis/Daniel Murphy
Damien has appeared at the Citadel in Amadeus, Seussical and The Gay Heritage Project. He has performed at theatres across Canada and the U.S., in shows like Angels in America (Arts Club/Soulpepper); Mr. Burns (Outside the March); We Are Not Alone (Crow’s/Segal Centre/2btheatre); and I Am My Own Wife (Dallas Theater Center). He has received a Sterling, a Jessie, and four Doras for his work as an actor and playwright. He is a proud graduate of MacEwan.
- Christy BruceLia Da Costa×Christy BruceLia Da Costa
Christy is making her Citadel debut. Select Theatre: Undercover (Tarragon/Vertigo); Murder In The Cottonwoods (Annex Theatre); Blind Date (across Canada and London, England); Legend Has It (ATP); DINK! (The Factory Theatre); The Forum (Stratford Festival); and Private Lives (Music Box Theatre, New York). Select television credits include The Handmaid’s Tale, Reign,The Strain, Orphan Black, and Odd Squad. Christy was recently named one of Toronto’s Top 10 performers. She also teaches and performs at The Bad Dog Theatre and Second City in Toronto.
- Terra HazeltonDet. Cohen/Brooke Pounsbury×Terra HazeltonDet. Cohen/Brooke Pounsbury
Terra Hazelton is a true Renaissance woman! An internationally celebrated Jazz Vocalist (Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards, Brandi Disterheft), she is also a two-time Canadian Screen Award Nominee (Fubar II, Whatever Linda), former National Radio host (Timeless heard on Jazz.FM91), and Visual Artist. She's thrilled to have been cast in Undercover and is grateful to make Theatre with her improv mentors and friends of 25 years.
- Bruce HorakWriter/Peter Vinen×Bruce HorakWriter/Peter Vinen
Bruce Horak is an award-winning, legally blind performer/creator who has worked with Spontaneous Theatre since 2009. He lost 90 per cent of his eyesight to a childhood cancer and has painted over 500 portraits and landscapes which capture the unique way he sees the world. Bruce has lived as a HoboSapien for eight years, and will next be at the Stratford Festival's Forum presenting his show, Assassinating Thomson, in June, 2018. Find him at brucehorak.com.
- Mark MeerDet. Grajewski/Graeme Nelson×Mark MeerDet. Grajewski/Graeme Nelson
Mark is a longtime member of Rapid Fire Theatre and Die-Nasty: The Improvised Soap Opera, and was a five-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Improvisor. He's a co-creator of the improv fantasy adventure Legend Has It, a veteran of CBC Radio's The Irrelevant Show, and a writer and cast member on APTN's CAUTION: May Contain Nuts. Recent theatre credits include The Salon of the Talking Turk, Going, Going, Gone! (Teatro LaQuindicina); and in Our Man in Havana (Varscona Theatre).
- Rebecca NorthanDirector/Writer/Producer/Det. Sergeant Roberta Collins/Georgie Vinen×Rebecca NorthanDirector/Writer/Producer/Det. Sergeant Roberta Collins/Georgie Vinen
Rebecca Northan is a theatre creator, playwright, director, and performer. In the last decade she has pioneered a new theatre genre, Spontaneous Theatre, which features an audience member in a lead role. Her hit show, Blind Date, toured Canada, the U.S., played off-Broadway, and in London's West End. Some of her other plays include Legend Has It (Alberta Theatre Projects/Brooklyn Academy of Music); Kung Fu Panties (Ground Zero Theatre); Slipper (ATP); and An Undiscovered Shakespeare (in development with the Stratford Festival). When not creating theatre, she acts on stage and in film. Rebecca also teaches.
- Glenn DavidsonSet & Lighting Design×Glenn DavidsonSet & Lighting Design
Glenn has been designing sets and lighting for over 40 years in Canada, as well as abroad. His work has garnered 2 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and he has also been the recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award. Recent credits include: Safe Haven (Tafelmusik); les Z'Inspires (Theatre Francais); and lighting for the new Museum of Science and Technology, recently opened in Ottawa. Upcoming projects include the Circle of Creation Australian tour (Tafelmusik), and the upcoming Laboutin exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum.
- Brandon KleimanCostume Design×Brandon KleimanCostume Design
Brandon is a set and costume designer based in Toronto with work appearing on stages across Canada. Recent favourites include: Life After (a new musical with Canadian Stage and The Musical Stage Co.); and Our Town (Buddies in Bad Times/Theatre Rusticle). In the spring, Brandon will return to The Globe Theatre in Regina for Shrek, The Musical. For more information and to see a portfolio, please visit www.brandonkleimandesign.com.
- Mike RinaldiSound Design×Mike RinaldiSound Design
Mike is an actor/sound-designer/writer from Hamilton Ontario. He has collaborated with companies such as: Tarragon, Factory, GCTC, Blyth, Theatre Columbus, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, The Arts Club, Electric Company, The Old Trouts, and many more. He's been nominated for multiple awards, most recently the 2017 Dora's for Outstanding Sound design, and the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Designer. He last performed at the Citadel in Studies In Motion by The Electric company, and is very happy to be back.
- Mark BellamyAssociate Director×Mark BellamyAssociate Director
Mark is happy to be continuing his Undercover journey, after working on the premiere at the Tarragon Theatre. Mark is the former Artistic Producer of Lunchbox Theatre (2014-2017) and former Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre (2004-2012). He has been honoured with numerous awards for his work as a director and choreographer, including the Greg Bond Memorial Award (2006), the Harry and Martha Cohen Award (2012) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Contribution to the Arts in Alberta.
- Craig HallDramaturg×Craig HallDramaturg
Craig has worked across Canada as a director, designer and dramaturg for companies such as Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, The Shaw Festival, Rumble Productions, The Arts Club Theatre, Greenthumb Theatre, Theatre Replacement, The Electric Company, Studio 58, Theatre SKAM, Radix Theatre, Nightswimming and Section 8 Productions. He is now in his sixth season as Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre. Craig has received several awards for his work, including trophies for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Set Design and Innovation. Craig is a graduate of Studio 58.
- Marcie JanuskaAssociate Producer×Marcie JanuskaAssociate Producer
Marcie has been working as an arts administrator and stage manager in Canadian theatre for over 20 years. She is co-founder and producer at reWork Productions, and has worked in a producer/associate role position for Theatre Direct, Eldritch Theatre, Appledore Productions, Coal Mine Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre, and Spontaneous Theatre. She has held admin positions at The Banff Centre’s opera training program, the Vancouver Opera, and the Calgary International Children’s Festival. As a stage manager, she has worked on over 150 shows, including over 70 new plays, with companies including Studio 180 Theatre, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, Coal Mine Theatre, Modern Times, Canadian Stage, Red Sky Performance, Crow’s Theatre, Signal Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Calgary, and Lunchbox Theatre. She has worked as a mentor to emerging stage managers throughout her career, most recently at the National Theatre School of Canada, her alma mater.
- Christopher OldfieldAssociate Producer×Christopher OldfieldAssociate Producer
Christopher grew up in southern Ontario and Europe. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he made Toronto his home. A 25-year veteran of Toronto’s media scene, Chris opened Oldfield Management in 2010 with his partners Maggie Dunlop & Patrick Yang. Oldfield is a boutique talent management company representing a select and varied roster of Canada’s top performing Artists. www.oldfieldmangement.com.
- Emma BragerStage Manager/Sound Improviser×Emma BragerStage Manager/Sound Improviser
Emma is so thrilled to be a part of the Spontaneous Theatre family - these crazy goons bring her so much inspiration and joy! Select credits include: Crazy for You, Mary Poppins, The Kite Runner, August: Osage County, and Death of a Salesman (Citadel Theatre); and Blind Date (Spontaneous Theatre/GCTC/WCT). Emma would like to thank her family for keeping the home fires burning, and her fiancé Eric for being her partner in life’s grand adventure!
- Wayne PaquetteAssistant Stage Manager×Wayne PaquetteAssistant Stage Manager
For the Citadel, Wayne has assistant stage managed and/or stage managed over 30 productions. He's also directed Blackbird, PolaroidStories, co-directed The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, and assistant directed West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Glass Menagerie, Shining City, and Doubt: a parable. Wayne is also the artistic coordinator at the Citadel Theatre, as well as the Artistic Director of Edmonton based, Sterling award winning Blarney Productions. Much love to Denise.