The Garneau Block

Sep 18 - Oct 10, 2021

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The Garneau Block

WORLD PREMIERE

By Belinda Cornish
Based on the Novel by Todd Babiak

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.

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Director Rachel Peake
Set & Lighting Designer Narda McCarroll
Costume Designer Joanna Yu
Sound Designer Matthew Skopyk
Original Fight Director Jonathan Hawley Purvis
Fight Director Jean-Pierre Fournier
Vocal Consultant Alison Matthews
Assistant Director Kim Mattice Wanat
Cultural Consultant Mieko Ouchi
Assistant Set & Lighting Designer Brianna Kolybaba
Stage Manager Molly Pearson
Assistant Stage Manager Al Gadowsky
Apprentice Stage Manager Andrea Handal Rivera
Production Assistant and COVID-19 Health Captain Jenna Kerekes

 

VENUE
Maclab Theatre
WARNING: Contains strong language. 14+
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission

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Todd Babiak is my new favourite social satirist. He's observant, cynical, and unrelenting.
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Todd Babiak is my new favourite social satirist. He's observant, cynical, and unrelenting.

Cast & Creative Team

  • SHELLY ANTONY
    RAJINDER
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    SHELLY ANTONY
    RAJINDER

    This production is Shelly Antony’s Citadel debut.

    Other Selected Theatre: Henry VIII, Nathan the Wise (Stratford Festival); A Thousand Splendid Suns (The Grand Theatre); Acha Bacha (Theatre Passe Muraille); Othello (Driftwood Theatre); Little Pretty and the Exceptional (Factory Theatre); Disgraced (Magnus Theatre); Scarberia (YPT).

    Film & T.V: Jett (HBO/Cinemax); Reach (Valence Films); A Gun & A Ring (Eye Catch Multimedia).

  • JULIEN ARNOLD
    RAYMOND
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    JULIEN ARNOLD
    RAYMOND

    Julien Arnold is an Edmonton based actor and director.

    Previous Citadel Theatre credits include A Christmas CarolRing of FireOnceSense and SensibilityWest Side StorySpamalotBeauty and the Beast, The Wizard of OzServant of Two Masters, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other Edmonton credits include Two (Atlas Theatre), 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), and Suburban Motel (Punctuate! Theatre). 

    Thanks to: Sheiny Satanove

  • RACHEL BOWRON
    MADISON
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    RACHEL BOWRON
    MADISON

    Rachel is an Edmonton based actor, producer, and music director. She is an Artistic Associate with Teatro la Quindicina, and has taught at the St. Albert Children’s Theatre and the Foote Theatre School.

    Select credits include: Avenue Q, The Candidate/The Party (Citadel Theatre); Crazy for You (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary); The Hoof and Mouth Advantage, Barefoot in the Park (Teatro la Quindicina); The Last Resort (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman (Plain Jane Theatre); Fallen Angels (Bright Young Things); Legoland (Blarney Productions).

  • NADIEN CHU
    SHIRLEY
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    NADIEN CHU
    SHIRLEY

    Nadien Chu is an Edmonton based actor and she is thrilled to be finally breathing life back into the Garneau Block after what has felt like an interminable pause. Enjoy the show!

    Select theatre credits include: Pretty Goblins / Sterling Award (Workshop West); The Roommate (Shadow Theatre); The Thin Man (Vertigo Theatre); All the Little Animals I have Eaten (One Yellow Rabbit); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Alberta Theatre Projects); Space//Space (Northern Light Theatre); Macbeth,Titus Andronicus / Sterling Award (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The Tempest, The Penelopiad (Citadel Theatre); Pig Girl, Palace of the End (Theatre Network).

    Thanks yous: Daryl Cloran, Rachel Peake, Belinda Cornish and Chin-Ling Chu

  • SHELDON ELTER
    BARRY
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    SHELDON ELTER
    BARRY

    Sheldon is a Métis artist.

    Credits: Dear Rita, Stories From The Red Dirt Road (Confed Centre), Ministry of Grace (Belfry Theatre), Evangeline (Citadel Theatre/Confed Centre), Christmas Carol, Crazy For You, Alice Through The Looking Glass, One Man Two Guvnors, Julius Caesar, A Prairie Boy’s Winter, Vimy  (Citadel Theatre), Tartuffe, The Sound of Music, Enron (National Arts Centre), After The Fire, BEARS (Punctuate! Theatre), NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre), HAIR The Musical, Shear Madness, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, The Buddy Holly Story and The Full Monty (Mayfield).

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

    Alana is a classically trained actor and vocal coach.

    Previous theatre credits: The Humans (Citadel Theatre/Canadian Stage); Venus In Fur; The Three Musketeers (Citadel Theatre), Blow Wind High Water (Theatre Calgary); Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ACA); A Picasso (Shadow Theatre); Drama: A Pilot Episode (ATP); I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Vertigo Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, Bartholomew Fair, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stratford Festival).

    Film & T.V: Supergirl (Warner Bros./DC Entertainment), Listening to Love (Reel One), Range Roads (North Country Cinemas).

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

  • ANDREW KUSHNIR
    JONAS
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    ANDREW KUSHNIR
    JONAS

    Andrew is an actor, director and playwright based in Toronto. He is artistic director of the socially-engaged theatre company Project: Humanity and the creator/host of the Arts Club’s original podcast series This Is Something Else. He is a 4-time Dora Award nominee and one-time recipient; he was awarded the inaugural REACH Residency for the Arts in 2019.

    Previous Acting Credits: The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies/National Tour), Leading Ladies (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Small Axe (Theatre Centre/PH), Cock (Studio 180), Passion Play (Outside the March).

    Andrew is a UofA BFA(Acting) alum.

    Thank yous: Nolan Bryant, the Wasyleczko family

  • GEORGE SZILAGYI
    DAVID
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    GEORGE SZILAGYI
    DAVID

    George is an Edmonton-based actor, writer and producer, as well as an urban forester.  He and his partner Sharla Matkin are Co-founders of the independent theatre company Aarrgghh!! Productions.

    Memorable credits Include: A Slow Air (Blarney Productions); The Crackwalker (Kill Your Television Theatre); Waiting For Godot (Wishbone Theatre); Hockey Stories For Boys (Aarrgghh!! Productions); The Anger In Ernest & Ernestine (Aarrghh!! Productions). 

    Special thanks to Sharla, Elijah and Rain for their love and support.

  • STEPHANIE WOLFE
    ABBY
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    STEPHANIE WOLFE
    ABBY

    Stephanie is an Edmonton Based actor, improviser, aerialist and podcast host. She is also the mom of two fabulous young men.

    Previous credits: The Silver Arrow, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, How I learned to Drive, A Christmas Carol ( Citadel Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Citadel Theatre /Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Lend Me a Tenor, Boeing Boeing (Mayfield Inn); Othello (Citadel / National Arts Centre); The Merry Wives of Windsor ( Freewill Players); Burning Bluebeard ( Edmonton Actors Theatre); Meet Me at Christmas (Hallmark Movie); Abducted (Horned Serpent Productions).

  • Belinda Cornish
    Playwright
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    Belinda Cornish
    Playwright

    Belinda is an actor and playwright based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton).

    Previous playwright credits include: Category E (Coal Mine Theatre, The Maggie Tree, Sterling Award), Little Elephants (Shadow Theatre, Sterling Award).

    Her newest play, Hiraeth, another collaboration with director Rachel Peake, will be debuting at the Varscona Theatre in October. As an actor, she has appeared in many productions, and earned both a Canadian Screen Award nomination and an AMPIA for her performance in Superchannel’s Tiny Plastic Men

    Belinda is also a co-artistic director with Teatro La Quindicina, and a passionately dedicated volunteer with WILDNorth wildlife rescue.

    Thank yous: Rachel Peake, Daryl Cloran, Sheldon Elter, David Van Belle, Hunter Cardinal, Brian Quirt, Jenna Rodgers, and Mark Meer 

  • RACHEL PEAKE
    DIRECTOR
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    RACHEL PEAKE
    DIRECTOR

    Rachel is currently the Associate Artistic Director, Programming of the Arts Club Theatre. From 2017-2020 she was the Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre. 

    Select Previous Credits Include: A Christmas Carol (Gateway Theatre), Trout Stanley (Persephone Theatre), The Snow Queen (Globe Theatre), Green Lake, After Jerusalem (Solo Collective), The Marriage of Figaro (Edmonton Opera), Stickboy (Vancouver Opera), Miss Caledonia (Western Canada Theatre), Angels in America (Studio 58).

    Rachel is a three-time recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award for Direction and is a graduate of the UofA and Studio 58.

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

    I first walked into a rehearsal hall at age 15 to rehearse a production of The Music Man (alongside fellow company member George Szylagyi). Theatre has been the driving force in my life ever since. It has been a tough 20 months! I’m thrilled to return to live theatre here at The Citadel (on one of my favorite stages) to do my favorite thing: premiere a new play!!

    Favorite new plays I’ve worked on: Vimy (Citadel); The Drowning Girls (National Tour); Vigilante (Catalyst); Brontë (Stratford); Glory (WCT/ATP); Cipher (Arts Club/Vertigo).

  • JOANNA YU
    COSTUME DESIGNER
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    JOANNA YU
    COSTUME DESIGNER

    Select design credits include collaborations with: Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Tarragon, Factory, Obsidian, Cahoots, fu-GEN, Blyth Festival, Musical Stage Co., Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times, Why Not Theatre, Project: Himanty, The Grand, Neptune, Mirvish, lemon tree productions, Signal Theatre, Luminato. Joanna is a recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design and the Pauline McGibbon Award.

    www.joannayudesign.com

    Joanna is based in Stratford, Ontario with her partner Pete and two cats. 

    Thank yous: John Markey and Stephanie Ripley

  • 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).

  • JONATHAN HAWLEY PURVIS
    ORIGINAL FIGHT DIRECTOR
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    JONATHAN HAWLEY PURVIS
    ORIGINAL FIGHT DIRECTOR

    Previous Citadel credits: As You Like It, Silver Arrow, Shakespeare In Love, Crazy for You, West Side Story, One Man Two Guvnors, Romeo & Juliet, Spamalot, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Musketeers

    Other credits: As You Like It, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love (BARD); Antony & Cleopatra, Three Musketeers, Caesar, Much Ado (St. Lawrence); Inferno (Firefly); I Am For You (Concrete); Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus); Little Shop of Horrors (TIP); Beauty & the Beast (STC); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TC); Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel/YPT/MTYP);

    Film/TV credits: Motherland, When Calls the Heart, Blue Book, Fortunate Son, Northlander, Painkillers.

  • JEAN-PIERRE FOURNIER
    FIGHT DIRECTOR
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    JEAN-PIERRE FOURNIER
    FIGHT DIRECTOR

    Jean-Pierre (J-P.) Fournier is an actor, fight director, director, stunt co-ordinator, theatre/film/television consultant, teacher; Maître d’Armes of Fight Directors Canada; Fellow of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, Senior member of the International Order of the Sword & Pen.

    Previous credits: JOYA (Cirque du Soleil) Mexico; 17 productions (Stratford Festival, ’86 - ’88);18 productions (Manitoba Theatre Centre - ’81 - ’83); 44 productions (Citadel Theatre ); taught Stage Combat across Canada, U.S., Norway, the UK, Belgium, and Mexico. Graduate U.of A. Directing and Acting programs.

  • ALISON MATTHEWS
    VOCAL CONSULTANT
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    ALISON MATTHEWS
    VOCAL CONSULTANT

    Alison Matthews is a voice & text coach, actor, voice artist. She is also Head of Coaching for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and the voice instructor for the newly launched Realwheels Theatre Acting Academy in Vancouver. She teaches voice in the drama department at the University of Alberta.

    Previous coaching credits include Noises Off (Arts Club); Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love (Bard on the Beach); Arcadia, West Side Story, Sense & Sensibility (Citadel).

  • KIM MATTICE WANAT
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
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    KIM MATTICE WANAT
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

    Kim is an Edmonton based teacher, singer, director, producer. She is the Artistic & Managing Director of Opera NUOVA.

    Selected Credits include: The Secret Garden, ParadeThe Bartered Bride, Eugene OneginFiddler on the RoofNaomi s RoadAriadne auf NaxosLittle Women. (NUOVA) Silence, EurydiceAll Fall Down, All For Love (Studio Theatre, Timms Theatre) Silent Night (Walterdale Theatre) Christmas Carol (Citadel) The Magic Flute (Edmonton Opera) You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Baby (Fringe Festival).

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

    Brianna (she/her) is a designer based in Edmonton (Treaty 6 Territory).

    Credits include: set design, The Marriage of Figaro (Edmonton Opera); set and costume design, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (You Are Here/Blarney); costume Design, The Drowsy Chaperone and After Juliet (CT Young Companies); co-costume design, Bears (Punctuate!); and projection design, Lake of The Strangers (Naheyawin/Fringe Theatre).

    Upcoming: set design, Cosi Fan Tutte (Edmonton Opera); set and costume design, Hiraeth (Varscona Theatre); set design, Lake of the Strangers (Fringe Theatre & Naheyawin).

  • MOLLY PEARSON
    STAGE MANAGER
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    MOLLY PEARSON
    STAGE MANAGER

    Previous Credits Include: A Christmas Carol, Children of God, Peter and the Starcatcher and Made in Italy (The Citadel Theatre); Macbeth, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It (The Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre); Bello (Concrete Theatre/l’Unitheatre).

  • AL GADOWSKY
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
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    AL GADOWSKY
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

    Previous Credits: SIX, Matilda, West Side StoryAlice Through The Looking Glass, and The Silver Arrow (Citadel); The Humans (Citadel/ Canadian Stage); Crazy For You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Mamma Mia!  (Grand 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. Welcome back and enjoy the show!

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

    Andrea (she/they) is a Latinx stage manager and arts administrator from El Salvador and based in Treaty 6 Territory. They are thrilled to be back and sharing The Garneau Block with the public! Many thanks to their mom and COVID bubble for keeping them safe and sane.

    Select theatre, festival, and film credits: Holiday Project (Amoris Projects), Hamlet in Isolation (Thou Art Here Theatre), Work Plays Schools Program Modules (Alberta Workers’ Health Centre), until the next breath (Catalyst Theatre), Crave (StoneMarrow Theatre), Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival (Fringe Theatre Adventures).

  • SCOOBY
    GARITH
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    SCOOBY
    GARITH

    Born August 1, 2014. A ratified pet therapy dog with The Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta, Scooby has been sharing the love since the age of two. He volunteers the majority of his time at Ronald McDonald house and at a seniors’ facility, but he can also be found at the Edmonton International Airport during the hectic holiday season and at Homeless Connect. In his spare time, Scooby loves to fetch…and fetch…and fetch…

    Special thank you to Lesley Howard-Stafford for introducing Scooby & Koko to the Citadel Theatre         

  • KOKO
    GARITH UNDERSTUDY
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    KOKO
    GARITH UNDERSTUDY

    Born October 1, 2015. A student with Dynamo Dog Sports, Koko competes at an advanced level of agility, recently receiving his starters titles in standard agility and games. During the summers, he can be found performing public demos with the Dynamo Dogs team. He’s a bit of the class clown, and gets super excited for the ear rubs after his performances. On his off time, Koko likes to hang out by the fence and wait for dogs that he can ignore. Special thank you to Lesley Howard-Stafford for introducing Scooby & Koko to the Citadel Theatre

    Special thank you to Lesley Howard-Stafford for introducing Scooby & Koko to the Citadel Theatre