Marie Beath Badian
Apprentice Stage Manager
Erin Frances Gerofsky
Head of Wardrobe
Friendship, romance, sex, and suffrage.
In 1880s London, ex-suffragette Mary Barfoot runs a secretarial school with her lover Rhoda. But when spinster sisters and a charismatic man named Everard show up, politics and passion erupt as each character must confront their professed ideals. Jennifer Brewin tackles this bold look at Victorian desire from the late great Canadian playwright Linda Griffiths. This play swirls with revolution, eroticism, intelligence, and feminism. A modern classic from one of our greatest theatre makers.
About the Playwright
Linda Griffiths was “…one of Canada’s originals, known not only for the quality of her work, but for the sheer range of her career.” * As playwright and actor, Griffiths was the winner of five Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Gemini award, two Chalmer’s awards, a Betty Mitchell Award, the Quizanne International Festival Award (for Jessica), and Los Angeles’ A.G.A. Award for her title performance in John Sayles’ film Liana. She was twice nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama (The Darling Family, 1992; Alien Creature, 2000), she was awarded the Barker Fairly Visitorship at the University of Toronto in 2011, and was given the Playwrights Guild of Canada Lifetime Award in 2013. She is best known for writing, (in collaboration with Paul Thompson), and performing a triple role in the play, Maggie & Pierre, in which she played Pierre Trudeau, Margaret Trudeau and a journalist called Henry. Maggie & Pierre toured Canada, played the Royal Alexandra Theatre and Off-Broadway. Throughout her career, she continued to create unique, highly theatrical plays that are surreal, literate and popular. They include, Alien Creature: a visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen, The Darling Family, The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson, and Age of Arousal. The Darling Family was made into a feature film, directed by Alan Zweig. As co-author of The Book of Jessica (written with native author and activist Maria Campbell), Linda helped to create a new hybrid of theatre book, one which included the play Jessica, as well as the personal and political process of its creation. In 1997, she formed Duchess Productions, which produced a tour of Alien Creature, as well as developing and/or associate-producing The Duchess, Alien Creature, Chronic, Age of Arousal, Last Dog of War and Heaven Above, Heaven Below. Her last play, Games, Who Wants to Play, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in March 2014.
* Maclean’s Magazine, 1996
About the Director
Jennifer Brewin is a Canadian theatre artist specializing in new work. She has directed the premier productions of plays by Haley McGee, Natasha Greenblatt, Martha Ross, Martin Julien, Colin Heath, Sean Dixon and Michele Riml.
She has created large scale works for outdoor stages across the country including B.C.’s Caravan Farm Theatre, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre and Experimental Farm, Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Work, the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy, France and with Michael Rubenfeld they created a walking concert featuring the indie band Wooden Sky in Toronto's back alleyways for Toronto’s Summerworks Festival.
She co authored a number of collective creations including The Public Servant and The Attic The Pearls and Three Fine Girls (Common Boots-Theatre Columbus/GCTC), A Night in the Woods (Caravan Farm Theatre), and The Great Frost of 1608 (with Peter Hinton/National Arts Centre).
She is the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore Award, a Jessie Richardson Award, A Harold Award and The Armstrong Award of Excellence with Estelle Shook on behalf of the Caravan Farm Theatre.
She was the Co-Artistic Director of the Caravan Farm Theatre, the Associate Artist at the National Arts Centre, and is currently the Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre (formerly Theatre Columbus).