The Garneau Block

Part of our new 2020/2021 Season

The Garneau Block

WORLD PREMIERE

The Garneau Block is a smart and funny adaptation of Todd Babiak’s much beloved, very Edmonton story, which will leave you questioning how well you truly know your neighbours.

This production has been postponed in response to COVID-19 - click here for more details.

By BELINDA CORNISH
Based on the Novel by TODD BABIAK
Directed by RACHEL PEAKE
Set and Lighting Design by NARDA McCARROLL
Costume Design by JOANNA YU
Sound Design by MATTHEW SKOPYK
Fight Direction by JONATHAN HAWLEY PURVIS
Vocal Coaching by ALISON MATTHEWS
VENUE
Maclab Theatre
WARNING: Contains strong language. 14+
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission
Todd Babiak is my new favourite social satirist. He's observant, cynical, and unrelenting.
TORONTO STAR
Todd Babiak is my new favourite social satirist. He's observant, cynical, and unrelenting.

Cast & Creative Team

  • SHAWN AHMED
    RAJ
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    SHAWN AHMED
    RAJ

    Citadel: Debut.

    Other Theatre: The Orchard (After Chekhov), Of Marriage and Men (Shaw Festival); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Bash’d); Romeo and (her) Juliet (Dauntless Theatre); And Slowly Beauty… (Tarragon Theatre); Macbeth (Driftwood); Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare & Company).

    Film & TV: Twilight Zone, Siren, Supergirl, The Expanse, Slasher, Saw VI, MsLabelled, Rogue, Max and Shred, Flight 93. Upcoming: Awake, Love at First Flight.

    Other: Co-founder of the award-winning production house Crazy Shirt Productions. Follow my antics @iamshawnahmed. If love is Rong, I don’t wanna be right.

  • JULIEN ARNOLD
    RAYMOND
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    JULIEN ARNOLD
    RAYMOND

    Citadel: A Christmas Carol, Ring of Fire, Once, Sense and Sensibility, West Side Story, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Servant of Two Masters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Other Theatre: Past favourites include Two (Edmonton Fringe); The Finest of Strangers (Teatro La Quindicina); The Taming of the Shrew (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre); Spelling Bee (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); A Skull in Connemara (Theatre Network); Suburban Motel (Punctuate! Theatre); The Laws of Thermodynamics (Theatre Yes).

  • RACHEL BOWRON
    MADISON
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    RACHEL BOWRON
    MADISON

    Citadel: The Candidate/The Party, Crazy for You, Avenue Q.

    Other Theatre: Cinderella – A Christmas Pantomime (Fort Edmonton Park); The Bald Soprano, Fallen Angels (Bright Young Things); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Shadow Theatre); Legoland (Blarney Productions); The Hoof and Mouth Advantage (Teatro La Quindicina); The Last Resort (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman (Plain Jane Theatre).

    Other: Rachel received Sterling Award nominations for The Hoof and Mouth Advantage, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, and Legoland.

  • NADIEN CHU
    SHIRLEY
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    NADIEN CHU
    SHIRLEY

    Citadel: August Osage County, The Penelopiad, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Tempest.

    Other Theatre: The Thin Man (Vertigo Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Titus Andronicus (Freewill Shakespeare); Charlotte’s Web, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Alberta Theatre Projects); All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (One Yellow Rabbit); Pretty Goblins (Workshop West).

    Much gratitude to Belinda Cornish, Rachel Peake, and this incredible cast and crew. Also, to K.S., L.C., N.C., and Freya.

  • RYAN CUNNINGHAM
    BARRY
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    RYAN CUNNINGHAM
    BARRY

    Citadel: Oh, What a Lovely War!

    Other Theatre: Grand Hotel, Oh, What a Lovely War!, An Octoroon, Madness of King George III (Shaw Festival); Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage); King Lear, Ecstasy of Rita Joe (National Arts Centre).

    Film & TV: Blackstone.

    Other: Ryan is co-founder of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts. And founder of Cunning Concepts & Creations, which produces and tours the award winning play, HUFF by Cliff Cardinal. Ryan served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performance Arts from 2014 – 2017.

  • ALANA HAWLEY PURVIS
    HELEN/TAMMY/CLAUDIA
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    ALANA HAWLEY PURVIS
    HELEN/TAMMY/CLAUDIA

    Citadel: The Humans, Venus in Fur, The Three Musketeers.

    Other Theatre: Blow Wind High Water (Theatre Calgary); Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ACA); A Picasso, Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh (Shadow Theatre); Drama: A Pilot Episode (Alberta Theatre Projects); I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Vertigo Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, Bartholomew Fair, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, Julius Caesar (Stratford Festival); Closer (Ground Zero); Sequence (Downstage).

    Training: Academy for Classical Acting (MFA), Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Acting, UofA Acting (BFA).

  • ANDREW KUSHNIR
    JONAS
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    ANDREW KUSHNIR
    JONAS

    Citadel: The Gay Heritage Project, The Sword In The Stone, Freedom Singer (director).

    Other theatre: Actor: Leading Ladies, Passion Play (Dora Award), Frankenstein, Cock, Bed and Breakfast. Director: The New Canadian Curling Club, Towards Youth (co-director), Shirley Valentine, Michael Langham Workshop (Stratford). Playwright: The Middle Place, Small Axe, Wormwood, Towards Youth.

    Andrew is artistic director of Project: Humanity, www.projecthumanity.ca. He is a UofA BFA grad (Loran Scholar), recipient of the UofA Alumni Horizon Award and the Shevchenko Foundation REACH prize. 

  • GEORGE SZILAGYI
    DAVID
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    GEORGE SZILAGYI
    DAVID

    Citadel: George last hobbled around a Citadel stage as Kodo the pirate in Peter Pan (nicknamed Peter Pain by the actors after a long and physical run). Other Citadel appearances include Measure For Measure, The Sword in the Stone, and A Christmas Carol. 

    Other Theatre: Favourite acting credits include roles in Frankenstein (Catalyst Theatre); The Elephant Man (Studio Theatre); A Slow Air (Blarney Productions); The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, and Hockey Stories For Boys (Aarrgghh!! Productions - the latter two garnering him Sterling awards for acting).

  • STEPHANIE WOLFE
    ABBY
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    STEPHANIE WOLFE
    ABBY

    Citadel: A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angels in America: Perestroika, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Othello.

    Other Theatre: The Skin of Our Teeth (Bright Young Things); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Freewill Shakespeare); The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (EAT/Teatro la Quindicina); Mad Forest (PHOENIX Theatre).

    Film & TV: Tiny Plastic Men (Superchannel); Delmer and Marta (APTN); A Frosty Affair, 40 Below and Falling.

    Other: This one’s for you Edmonton, XO! 

  • RACHEL PEAKE
    DIRECTOR
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    RACHEL PEAKE
    DIRECTOR

    Citadel: Associate Artistic Director.

    Other Theatre: Marriage of Figaro (Edmonton Opera); Green Lake (Solo Collective); A Christmas Carol (Gateway); The Contest of the Winds (Caravan Farm); Miss Caledonia (WCT); Trout Stanley (Persephone); Stickboy (Vancouver Opera); Selfie (Théâtre la Seizième); Angels in America (Studio 58); Kayak (Alley Theatre); 4 years as Resident Director of Dark By Five at Gros Morne Summer Music.

    Other: Upcoming: 9 to 5: The Musical (Citadel Theatre); Sense and Sensibility (Arts Club) www.rachelpeake.com

  • Belinda Cornish
    Playwright
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    Belinda Cornish
    Playwright

    Citadel: Playwright: debut. Actor: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (upcoming), A Christmas Carol, Sense and Sensibility, Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Other Theatre: Playwright: Category E (Sterling Award Best New Play), Little Elephants (Sterling Award Best New Play). Actor: The Exquisite Hour, Whiplash Weekend!, Witness To A Conga (Teatro La Quindicina); The Realistic Joneses, Small Mouth Sounds (Wildside); Fallen Angels, No Exit (Bright Young Things); 10 seasons with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival

    Film & TV: Caution: May Contain Nuts (APTN); Tiny Plastic Men (Superchannel - AMPIA for Best Actress, Canadian Screen Award, and Canadian Comedy Award nominations).

    Other: Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time, kindness, and wisdom to the development of this play, with special thanks to Rachel Peake, Daryl Cloran, Todd Babiak, David van Belle, Mark Meer, Jocelyn Ahlf, and Sheldon Elter.

  • NARDA McCARROLL
    SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER
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    NARDA McCARROLL
    SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER

    Citadel Theatre: (Selected) Peter and the Starcatcher, A Few Good Men, Julius Caesar, True Love Lies, Vimy.

    Other Theatre: Cinderella (Rainbow Stage); Bronte: The World Without (Stratford Festival); Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre); Sherlock Homes and the Raven’s Curse, The 39 Steps, The Drowning Girls, Sweeney Todd (Vertigo Theatre); Disgraced, To the Light, Cockroach, The Circle (Alberta Theatre Projects); Glory (WCT Canadian Tour)

    Other: Sixteen seasons as Costume Designer for Free Will Players Shakespeare in the Park. See her work at narda.ca.

  • JOANNA YU
    COSTUME DESIGNER
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    JOANNA YU
    COSTUME DESIGNER

    Citadel: Debut.

    Other Theatre: How to Fail as a Popstar (Canadian Stage); Yaga (Tarragon); Rope (Shaw Festival); Comedy of Errors,The Breathing Hole - costumes, The Aeneid, The Komagata Maru Incident - set (Stratford Festival); Vietgone (RMTC/Fu-Gen/Hope in Hell); School Girls, or the African Mean Girls play - costumes (Obsidian/Nightwood); Shakespeare in Love (Neptune); Butcher (Why Not Theatre/Mirvish).

    Other: Joanna is a set and costume designer based in Ontario. Pauline McGibbon Award, Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design. www.joannayudesign.com

  • MATTHEW SKOPYK
    SOUND DESIGNER
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    MATTHEW SKOPYK
    SOUND DESIGNER

    Citadel: Shakespeare in Love, The Humans, Once.

    Other Theatre: The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Vigilante, Fortune Falls, Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Catalyst Theatre); Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Othello (Freewill Shakespeare Festival).

  • KIM MATTICE WANAT
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
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    KIM MATTICE WANAT
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

    Citadel: A Christmas Carol (Music Director).

    Other Theatre: Silent Sky (Walterdale); Silence, Euridice, All Fall Down (U of A); Secret Garden, Fiddler On The Roof, Parade, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Opera NUOVA);

    Opera: The Magic Flute, Eugene Onegin, Ariadne auf Naxos, Cendrillon, Rusalka, The Bartered Bride

    Other: Founder of Opera NUOVA, singing instructor in the U of A BFA program and Citadel Young Companies. Thank you to the Citadel for affording me this glorious opportunity to work on this fabulous new work alongside an inspired team of artists.

  • BRIANNA KOLYBABA
    ASSISTANT SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER
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    BRIANNA KOLYBABA
    ASSISTANT SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER

    Citadel: The Drowsy Chaperone, After Juliet – Costumes (Young Companies)

    Other theatre: Brianna is an emerging set, costume, lighting and projection designer with a recent BFA in Theatre Design from the UofA. Set design for The Marriage of Figaro (Edmonton Opera), set & costume design for Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (You Are Here & Blarney Productions), co-costume design for national tours (2018 & 2019) of Bears (Punctuate! Theatre).

    Upcoming: set & costume design for Macbeth and As You Like It (Freewill Shakespeare Festival).

  • MOLLY PEARSON
    STAGE MANAGER
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    MOLLY PEARSON
    STAGE MANAGER

    Citadel: Made in Italy (SM), Children of God, Peter and the Starcatcher and A Christmas Carol (ASM)

    The Freewill Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Comedy of Errors and The Merchant of Venice (SM), Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It (ASM)

    Catalyst Theatre: Vigilante (ASM)

    Concrete Theatre/l’Unitheatre: Bello (SM)

  • AL GADOWSKY
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
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    AL GADOWSKY
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

    Citadel: SIX, Matilda, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Silver Arrow, The Humans (Citadel/ Canadian Stage); Crazy For You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), West Side Story, and Alice Through The Looking Glass.

    Other theatre: Anne of Green Gables the Musical, Atlantic Blue, Jesus Christ Superstar, Million Dollar Quartet, and Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown Festival) The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Les Feluettes, and Turandot (Edmonton Opera)

    Al would like to thank his family and friends for their continuing love and support.

  • ANDREA HANDEL RIVERA
    APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER
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    ANDREA HANDEL RIVERA
    APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER

    Citadel: Debut

    Other theatre: Crave (StoneMarrow Theatre), The Roommate (Shadow Theatre), Dancefest at NextFest (Good Women Dance Collective), On the Verge and Middletown (Studio Theatre), Into the Woods and The Arctic Flute (Opera NUOVA), and Les Feluettes (Edmonton Opera).

    She’d like to thank Molly and Al for being absolute rock stars, and her mom for her eternal support.