Support Us
Share with
Lilyrose Presents A Better Place by Ramona Baillie

November 30 - December 11

Studio Theatre

 

A BETTER PLACE

 

“LIFE DECISIONS ARE TOUGH, ESPECIALLY WHEN NO ONE AGREES WITH YOURS.”

 

Stella would be the first to tell you that her life is full and especially sweet now that she has a new love interest.  But life throws her a major curveball that has profound consequences.  With laughter and tears, Stella navigates this new reality with her best friend Dee, daughter Kate and son-in-law Zack.   A Better Place asks the tough questions about quality of life and self-determination, and, is there a better place?

 

QUOTES

“What I enjoy most about seeing great plays are the conversations they inspire afterward.” says playwright Ramona Baillie.  “I hope Stella’s journey provides that to our audience in spades… along with a little residual laughter and tears, of course.”

 

“One of the things I like best about A Better Place is that it tackles the thorny subject of life and the leaving of it, with simple humanity.  It is a personal story as well as a universal theme and follows this one woman with her family and friends who are dealing with these issues in a real, practical, everyday way. And like life, it is moving, funny and sad all at the same time.”  Barbara Larose

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

 

RAMONA BAILLIE

Ramona is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and producer.   Having first built a successful career in the corporate world, she decided to nurture the artist within.  She found her new calling when a friend asked her to rework a screenplay.  In a relatively short period of time she’s written a substantive body of work encompassing product for film, television and stage.   

 

Her plays You Have to Earn It and A Little Happiness premiered at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre and I’m Still Here and Babies had their debut at Alberta’s Central Theatre.   Her film scripts have been produced in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. and have won various international competitions. Recent film credits include: Did I Scare You and Lucky (Breaking Fate Entertainment), Count to Five (Amaru Films), Babies (Ciao Productions) and Chit Chat Click and Forever (Bournemouth Media).

 

Ramona is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Women in Film and Television, The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto and the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. She has produced, executive produced and serves on the board of directors for the Alumnae Theatre Company.  Ramona is also a recipient of the Honorary Life Award for outstanding contribution to the Human Resources Professionals Association.

 

Ramona writes for both adults and young audiences.   More at http://www.ramonabaillie.com

CAST

KRIS LANGILLE Stella

CATHERINE GARDNER Dee

RACHEL CAIRNS Kate

IAN RONNINGEN Zack

EDWARD HEELEY Bill

ISAI RIVERA BLAS Father Perez

JILLIAN REES-BROWN Dr. Green

NGABO NABEA Chris

 

CREATIVE

RAMONA BAILLIE Playwright

BARBARA LAROSE Director

ELLEN GREEN Assistant Director

MARGOT DEVLIN Stage Manager

MARYSIA BUCHOLC Set Design

TONI HANSON Costume Design

MELISSA JOAKIM Lighting Design

MARK COPE Graphic Design

RICK JONES Music Director/Sound Design

 

MEDIA CONTACT
SUE EDWORTHY
sue.edworthy(at)gmail.com
416-473-5631

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

 

BARBARA LAROSE

Barbara Larose studied theatre at Concordia University in her home town of Montreal and has worked as a director, actor, dramaturge, and acting coach for many years. Barbara's directing credits include the Toronto Fringe production Life in the Raw, which she also co-wrote with partner Rick Jones.  Also at the Fringe, Edward Albee's The American Dream (Fireplay Productions), Rick Jones' Millennium Madness Sale! (Thick & Thin Theatre) Franca Miraglia's Life on a Diet (By the Word Productions), and Guests Who Harangue: Two Plays by Durang (Svengali Productions).  Barbara has also indulged her interest in the development of new works and has directed numerous productions in successive New Ideas Festivals, including Really Great Hats, The Poet's Wife, Time and Longings, Spitting Distance, and The Meeting as well as Cathy McKim’s Being Cecil Graham for NIF and the ‘Slaw Festival..  A directing veteran, she has directed Sharon Pollock’s Blood Relations; Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Michel Tremblay's The Real World? , Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, The Killdeer by James Reaney, Margaret Edson’s Wit and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and After Magritte at the Alumnae theatre as well as A.A. Milne’s Mr. Pim Passes By at the Village Playhouse.

Tickets

Prices are inclusive of HST

Factory Theatre

125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2

Admin 416 504 4473
Box Office 416 504 9971

© Factory Theatre

Charitable Registration Number 12353 3812 RR0001