A politician poised for national victory must scramble to avoid a scandal. Running in tandem with The Party. In these fast-paced, frenzied comedies, members of the cast race back and forth between the Maclab Theatre and The Club to appear in two different shows running simultaneously.
Directed by KAT SANDLER & DARYL CLORAN
Set and Costume Design by MEGAN KOSHKA
Lighting Design by KIMBERLY PURTELL
Sound Design by MISHELLE CUTTLER
Cast & Creative Team
- Thom AllisonMarky Wright×Thom AllisonMarky Wright
Thom is thrilled to be back at the Citadel after previously chewing the scenery in The Drowsy Chaperone. Some favourite credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Broadway); original Canadian companies of Miss Saigon, and Rent; Romeo and Juliet, Into the Woods (Stratford Festival); Ragtime, A Little Night Music (Shaw Festival); Cabaret (Theatre Calgary); Evita (Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary); and Take Me Out (CanStage). Also, “Pree” in the hit series, KILLJOYS, on Space Channel/Syfy Network. www.thomallison.com
- Rachel BowronIffy Abernathy×Rachel BowronIffy Abernathy
Rachel’s previous Citadel credits include Crazy for You and Avenue Q. Select roles include Fallen Angels (Bright Young Things); LEGOLAND (Blarney Productions); A Lesson in Brio, Barefoot in the Park, The Hoof and Mouth Advantage (Teatro la Quindicina); The Last Resort, Don’t Dress for Dinner (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman (Plain Jane Theatre). Rachel is a three-time Sterling nominated actor, and will be appearing next in Shadow Theatre’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
- Kevin BundyCole Straughan/Carter McMahon×Kevin BundyCole Straughan/Carter McMahon
For the Citadel: The Constant Wife, August: Osage County. Recent theatre credits include The Wars, Chariots of Fire (Grand Theatre); Sequence (Tarragon); seven seasons at The Shaw Festival, five seasons at Stratford and over 20 productions with the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Kevin recently performed as the Narrator in Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s Western Canadian tour of Circle of Creation. TV credits include recent appearances on Kim’s Convenience, Saving Hope, Designated Survivor, and the feature film Through Black Spruce.
- Martha BurnsHeather Straughan×Martha BurnsHeather Straughan
Martha Burns is a theatre, television, and film actor and arts educator. She has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Trafford Tanzi and The Miracle Worker, is a double Gemini winner for “Ellen Fanshaw” in Slings and Arrows and has two supporting actress Genie awards. Martha teaches first-year acting at the National Theatre School and is one of many founders of GOT YOUR BACK, artists working together for positive change. gotyourbackcanada.com
- Cynthia Jimenez-HicksSoo Biszy×Cynthia Jimenez-HicksSoo Biszy
Cynthia is an Edmonton born Filipino-Canadian theatre artist. Cynthia grew up at the Citadel through A Christmas Carol and Young Companies, and is thrilled to be back home. Recent acting credits: Girls Like That (Tarragon); Boys Girls and Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players); and Barbelle (KindaTV). Cynthia is also a playwright and producer. Most recently, she was Studio 180’s RBC Emerging Playwright with her play, Apple. She is a graduate of The National Theatre School. Love to Cameron and my family for their endless support.
- Amber LewisVidashka×Amber LewisVidashka
Amber is thrilled to be making her Citadel debut with this extraordinary cast. Selected Stage: Much Ado About Nothing, Winter’s Tale, Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, King John, Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Othello, Comedy of Errors, Falstaff, Henry V (Bard on the Beach); Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actors Theatre/Theatre Network); The End of Civilization, Adult Entertainment (Punctuate!); The Ladies Foursome, Baskerville, Don’t Dress for Dinner (Mayfield); The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Philanderer (Arts Club). Love to Phoenix.
- Jesse LipscombeBill Biszy×Jesse LipscombeBill Biszy
Jesse Lipscombe is an actor, producer, and activist who is passionate about art and all things Edmonton. With over two decades of film and television experience, Jesse makes his Citadel debut as Billy Bizzy and couldn't be more excited about it. He became the first black male to receive the Best Actor award (AMPIA/ROSIES) for a feature film with his role in It’s Not My Fault and I Don't Care Anyway. He wouldn't be able to do what he loves without his family's support, so shout outs to Indiana, Tripp, Chile, Shannon, and his wife, Julia.
- Glenn NelsonJebediah "Butch" Buchanan/Woodruff Buchanan×Glenn NelsonJebediah "Butch" Buchanan/Woodruff Buchanan
Glenn is pleased to be working with these remarkable people in these delightful plays. Past favourites include A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher, Death of a Salesman, One Man, Two Guvnors, Beauty and the Beast (Citadel Theatre); Outside Mullingar, Mistakes Were Made, The Odd Couple, Sexy Laundry, and The Fly Fisher’s Companion (Shadow Theatre). As a writer and a producer of the web series, Tales of the Highly Unsuccessful, he hopes to bring many more stories of the highly unsuccessful to film. www.unsuccessfultales.com
- Luc TellierDill Pickerel×Luc TellierDill Pickerel
Luc loves working on new plays and, apparently, sprinting between them. Favourite credits: Shakespeare In Love, A Christmas Carol, Arcadia (Citadel); Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre); Cleave (Sterling nomination, Tiny Bear Jaws), Shakespeare's R+J (Kill Your Television); Midsummer, King Lear (Freewill); Maggie-Now (Workshop West); and directing Legoland and Never Swim Alone for Blarney Productions (Sterling nominations for both). Up next: A Momentary Lapse (Teatro la Quindicina) and working at the most magical place in the world - Theatre Alberta's summer intensive for teens, Artstrek.
- Colleen WheelerPauline Abel×Colleen WheelerPauline Abel
Colleen is thrilled to be at the Citadel working with these fine folks. Recent credits include Timon of Athens, Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach); Forget About Tomorrow, The Valley (Belfry); Good People, Peter and the Starcatcher (Arts Club Theatre). Recent television and film: Twilight Zone (CBS); Altered Carbon (Netflix); Tully (Feature); Mech X-4 (Disney); When We Rise (ABC); and Hailey Dean’s Murder Mystery (Hallmark). Colleen graduated from the University of Alberta’s B.F.A. (Acting) Program and is the recipient of seven Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
- Kat SandlerPlaywright/Director×Kat SandlerPlaywright/Director
Kat Sandler is a playwright, director, screenwriter, and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha. She has staged 14 of her original plays in the last eight years including Bang Bang, Punch Up, and Delicacy, and has been produced across Canada. Kat is the winner of the Dora Award for Outstanding New Play (Mustard) and a graduate of Queen's University. She would like to thank everyone at the Citadel for being such champions, and absolutely everyone involved in making these totally nutso plays.
- Daryl CloranDirector×Daryl CloranDirector
Daryl is the Artistic Director of the Citadel, the former Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, B.C.) and the founding Artistic Director of Theatrefront (Toronto). Directing credits include: Matilda, Shakespeare in Love, UBUNTU, The Silver Arrow, Made in Italy (Citadel); As You Like It (Bard on the Beach); Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary/WCT); Mary Poppins (Persephone/WCT); Tribes (Canadian Stage); And All For Love (National Arts Centre); and Afterplay (Shaw Festival).
- Megan KoshkaSet & Costume Designer×Megan KoshkaSet & Costume Designer
Megan Koshka is a freelance Canadian theatre designer, based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a part of the Associated Designers of Canada, and is a graduate from the University of Alberta (B.F.A.). Select credits include set and costume design for Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel Theatre); Lend Me A Tenor (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); production design for Pretty Goblins (Workshop West); and costume design for the 2018 Freewill Shakespeare Festival. View her portfolio online at www.mkoshka.com.
- Lighting DesignerKimberly Purtell×Lighting DesignerKimberly Purtell
Kimberly is a Toronto-based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance. Most recently for the Citadel she designed Mamma Mia! and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, the NAC and the NAC Orchestra, Pacific Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Theatre Calgary, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and many others. Kimberly has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award and a Montreal English Theatre Award.
- Mishelle CuttlerSound Designer×Mishelle CuttlerSound Designer
Mishelle is a composer and sound designer based in Vancouver. She is thrilled to be back at the Citadel after designing sound for Sweat this past January. Some other favourite past projects include The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Hir, The Events (Pi); Titus Bouffonius (Rumble); and Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach). Next up: Dead People’s Things (Zee Zee); and Shakespeare in Love (Bard). Mishelle is a two-time Jessie Award winner and multiple nominee. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.mishellecuttler.com
- Louise CasemoreAssistant Director/Assistant Dramaturg×Louise CasemoreAssistant Director/Assistant Dramaturg
Louise is a performer, advocate, and two-time Sterling Award winning playwright. Originally from Edmonton, she is the Artistic Director of indie renegade Defiance Theatre, recipient of the 2017 ATP/Enbridge Playwright’s Award, and featured artist in the NYC based “Necessary Exposure Project.” Original works include OCD, Functional, Gemini, and the cabaret exorcism in development that is Undressed. She’s thrilled to be making her debut with the Citadel, and is endlessly grateful to her partner and parents for their incredible support.
- Tom McGeeDramaturg×Tom McGeeDramaturg
Tom is a writer, director, dramaturg, producer, and puppeteer based in Toronto. The co-founder of Theatre Brouhaha, he has consulted on all of Kat Sandler's plays, serving as primary dramaturge on most of her works. Tom is also the co-creator of Shakey-Shake and Friends, a puppet Shakespeare company. Tom is the head of development and lead writer of interactive fiction at Tap by Wattpad and the DM/Showrunner of Dumb-Dumbs & Dragons, a hit comedy D&D podcast available on iTunes.
- Krista BlackwoodStage Manager×Krista BlackwoodStage Manager
Krista is delighted to be making her Citadel debut. Favourite credits include: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal Centre/NAC); Shakespeare in Love (Neptune Theatre); Glenn (Soulpepper); The Mill, parts 1 to 4 (Theatrefront); Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (The Charlottetown Festival); Peter and the Starcatcher (Western Canada Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Generous (Tarragon Theatre); and six seasons as an assistant at The Stratford Festival. Thanks to Daryl, Kat, and the whole crazy team!
- Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager×Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager
Rachel is happy to be back at the Citadel. Select credits include: Sweat, A Christmas Carol (Citadel); The Comedy Company, Fly Me To The Moon, Annapurna (Shadow); The Ladies Foursome (Mayfield); Les Feluettes, The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); The Bully Project (Concrete); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Travesties, The Graduate, Guys and Dolls (Segal); The Other, Bears (Pyretic); A Christmas Carol, Gifts of the Magi (TNB); Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth/Lighthouse); Falsettos (Acting Upstage); Ed’s Garage, Footloose (Grand); and Romeo and Juliet (NAC).
- Erin HayesApprentice Stage Manager×Erin HayesApprentice Stage Manager
Erin is very excited to work on this production of The Candidate. She would like to thank her fearless leader Daryl, as well as the rest of the incredible team. Special thanks go to John Raymond for his expertise and guidance, as well as her parents and Ryan for their constant support. Her previous credits include work with Catch the Keys Productions, Grindstone Theatre, Punctuate! Theatre, Tiny Bear Jaws, and The Maggie Tree, as well as Toy Guns Dance Theatre.