There’s a thin line between bravery and brutality.
Nigel Shawn Williams directs the gripping story of an unlikely friendship between a Canadian soldier and a Palestinian teenager that goes horribly wrong in this Chalmers Award-winning play set against the backdrop of Operation Desert Shield. With issues that are just as relevant to Canadian society today as they were nearly two decades ago, the play forces us to challenge our national myths and confront the brutal acts committed in our name.
Morgan David Jones
Kenzie Ten Eyck
Apprentice Stage Manager
About the Playwrights
Guillermo Verdecchia is a director, playwright, dramaturge, and reluctant actor. He is the recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for Drama for his play Fonteras Americanas and a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award. His work, which includes the Governor General shortlisted Noam Chomsky Lectures (with Daniel Brooks), the Adventures of Ali & Ali (with Marcus Youssef and Camyar Chai), and Another Country has been anthologized, translated into Spanish and Italian, and produced in Europe and the US. He is a Resident Artist with Soulpepper Theatre where he heads New Play Development.
A Line in the Sand was Marcus’ first full-length play. He was 26 when it was first produced at the New Play Centre in 1995. Like it, many of Marcus’ plays were written or created with friends and colleagues (three of them with Guillermo!). They include: Winners and Losers, Leftovers, Jabber, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil, Adrift, Peter Panties and A Line in the Sand. These have been performed dozens of times at major festivals and theatres across North America, Australia and Europe, from Vancouver to St. John's to Dublin to Reykjavik to Berlin to New South Wales. In 2015, Winners and Losers had its off-Broadway premiere in New York at Soho Rep. Marcus’ plays are also translated into multiple languages and published by Talonbooks and Playwrights Canada Press. Awards include: Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer’s Canadian Play, Arts Club Silver Commission, Seattle Times Footlight, Vancouver Critics’ Choice Innovation (three times) and numerous local nominations and awards in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Marcus is artistic director of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre, and co-founded the East Van artist-run production centre Progress Lab 1422. Marcus has served on faculty at Concordia and Capilano Universities, and teaches regularly at Studio 58. He was the inaugural chair of the city of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Council and sits on the advisory board of Canadian Theatre Review.
About the Director
NIGEL SHAWN WILLIAMS
Nigel Shawn Williams is the Associate Artistic Director of the Factory Theatre. He is a 4 time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner as an actor and director, with numerous nominations for MECCA and Betty Mitchell Awards. His theatre credits include four seasons each at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, as well as performing in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. His theatre career includes credits of over 20 years as an artist. His productions have garnered critical and artistic success, and he continues to work actively as an actor and director collaborating not only with Factory Theatre, but with theatre companies throughout Canada. Nigel is also heavily active in new play development and has helped develop over 40 new plays either working as an actor, director or a dramaturge. He is also an educator, having taught courses at both York University and the University of Windsor. He has been, and continues to mentor young and emerging artist through the difficult transition from training schools to professional life.