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Past EAS Shows

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2011

A TRIP ABROAD

Written by Eugene Labiche
Directed by James Molloy
Assistant Directed & Stage Managed by Riane Leonard

A Trip AbroadSynopsis: After a lifetime of hard work, Monsieur Perrichon decides to take his wife and daughter, Henriette, on a lovely trip to Switzerland. Plans for a quiet and relaxing trip abroad take a turn as two competing characters determined to win the hand of Henriette enter into a gentleman's contest to win the affections of her family, particularly Monsieur Perrichon. With many twists, turns and reckless actions occurring in this romp through French middle class culture, Monsieur Perrichon finds him in a situation that could cost him his reputation ... and his life! The fate of his whole family lies in the balance in this witty and fast paced 19th century comedy.

Cast & Crew Harrison Cruikshank - Perrichon, Jenn Helsdon - Madame Perrichon, Sarah Granger - Henriette, James Thomas - Daniel Savary, Ryan Moran - Armand Desroches, Parker David Martin - Majorin, Michael Herman - Major Mathieu, Andrew Hadden - Joseph, Chris Ferguson - Jean, Meghan O'Hara - Ensemble, Rosalie Usenica - Ensemble, Ashley McAskill - Ensemble, Andrea Pohlmann – Makeup & Backstage ASM, Vanessa Furtado – ASM & Sound Operator


4.48 PSYCHOSIS

Written by Sarah Kane
Directed by Damion Leclair

psychosisSynopsis: What happens when we look into someone's eyes and they don't look back? Sarah Kane's 4.48 PSYCHOSIS is the exploration of a girl's fight for connections within the prison of her own mind. Surrounded by a vortex of apparitions and doubts, PSYCHOSIS proposes that perhaps it has better not to be loved then to have loved at all.

Cast & Crew The Patient - Allison Warwick, The Lover - Taylor McPhaden, The Doctor - Andrew Vowles,Mind Fragment - Sierra Tischler, Mind Fragment - Kate Jackson, Mind Fragment - Natalie Welland, Stage Manager - Andre Stankovich, Assitant Stage Manager - Hollis Brunt, Costume/Make-up - Aliza Latta, Costume design - Emma Price, Props - Ndola Hutton, Lighting Operator - Meg Collins, Sound - Evan Theriault


>ROLLER COASTER

Written and Directed by Margaret Lintott and Jessica Perkins
(With contributions from Sandra Ellis and the cast)
Stage Managed by Sandra Eliis
Assistant Stage Managed by Samantha Curtin and Matt Tobin

rollercoasterSynopsis: Canada's oldest wooden roller coaster, "The Great Canadian Grizzly", is enjoying its final day of operation at Beaver Tail Island Amusement park. Forced into retirement by the impending construction of a more intense,profitable steel roller coaster, "The Great Canadian Grizzly" forces characters to reflect on what the ride means to them. To some, it is a mere heap of wood and steel. To others, it is much much more. 'Death of a Roller Coaster' is a comedic ensemble piece which explores the infinite possibilities of a product's use value.

Cast Jimmy Skembaris, Tracy Hamilton, Kristi Boulton, Dave Disher, Philip Krusto, Laura Ellis, and Grant Winestock


ENTER ALICE

Written & Directed by Aaron Jan

aliceSynopsis: A boy’s search for his father leads him to a disturbing theatre ruled by two deranged writers. Facing fear, totalitarian control and a terrifying circus of performers, the boy learns that it is easier to escape than to face the nightmare alone. If no one stands with you in your hour of need, why stand at all?

Cast & Crew Thomas - Evan Mulrooney, Lewis - Mallory Greene, Alice - Patrick Bowman, Father - Wyll Mcdermott, The Fears - Stuart Hefford, Devin France, Vivi Foster, Greg Waters, The Actors - Natalie Ruginis, Jennifer Ferguson, Stage Manager - Hollis Brunt, Assistant Stage Manager/Lighting Designer/Sound Designer - Andre Stankovich, Props Mistress - Ndola Hutton, Set design/refurbishment - Emily Lockhart, Costume Design - Annie Capretta and Aliza Latta, General Crew - Laurel Niven

2010

Sons of Sisyphus

Written by: Angelo Costanzo
Directed by Julian Nicholson

Sons of SisyphusSynopsis: The play is set in a maximum security prison, and focuses on eight main characters. The prison is a microcosm of the jungle where these individuals are trapped and live their lives. It is a mythological landscape where the social contract does not apply. Some inmates are arrogant, some are cunning, many are violent, and some are just plain unlucky.




Waiting for the GO

Written & directed by: Rick Rivait

Waiting for the GOSynopsis: A modern comedy with tragic elements inspired by Beckett's well know work “Waiting for Godot”. In this tale, two men in a remote part of Hamilton near Burlington Bay are waiting for a GO bus to arrive when they realize it's late. They pass the time by making small talk, contemplating suicide, latent arousal, and satisfying hunger or other needs. Tensions mount as the GO bus becomes increasingly late and unreliable. The characters ultimately choose what to make of their dire situation.




City Street Stories

Written by: James Thomas & Laine Wong
Directed by: James Thomas

City Street StoriesSynopsis: Walk through a downtown core; sit, listen, and watch and you'll notice as stories begin unfold. Whether it's the businessperson sitting next to you on a bus, or the junkie woman standing on the street corner waiting to be picked up to earn a little cash, everyone has got a story to tell... all it takes is the faithful listener. So bring change, both social and literal, and open your eyes, ears, and hearts to those whose stories are left unheard.




Confidence Tricks

Written by: Asher Hunter
Directed by: Craig Rintoul

Confidence TricksSynopsis: "Confidence Tricks" takes audiences into a team meeting at a large, unnamed and uncaring corporation. If these five don't hang together they will all certainly be hung out to dry by management. But are they too far gone to save themselves and each other? When all else fails, how about trying 'honesty'?




Man-Beast Tango

Written & Directed by:
Parker David Martin
Jim Molloy
Justin Nusca

Man Beast TangoSynopsis: As an aging lion seeks to reunite his pride, and a disillusioned young man tries to drop out of society, we see that there isn't all that much of a difference between humans and animals. For one thing, we're often stuck in cages.




2009

Wit

WitSynopsis: Vivian Bearing, an English poetry professor, has spent most of her scholarly career analyzing and teaching John Donne sonnets. However, from scene one the audience and Vivian discover her unfortunate fate of being diagnosed with stage 4 (terminal) ovarian cancer. Throughout the entire play, Vivian guides the audience through her ordeal of struggling to be emotional and physically stable. She does this by reflecting on her memories of teaching, interaction with her father as a child, and quotes Donne throughout the entire play to reflect her sickly state. Although much of her discourse is rational and intensely scholarly, during the course of her illness she begins to reassess her life through funny and profound monologues and dialogues with the assisting medical staff. Ultimately, the beautifully written dialogues and the amount of human emotion transforms/moves Vivian and the audience.




Eleemosynary

Written by: Lee Blessing
Directed by: Alexa Holbrook

EleemosynarySynopsis: This moving, compelling play has a strange title, but don’t be alarmed! “Eleemosynary” (pronounced el-uh-MOSS-i-nary) is another word for “charitable” or “generous”. In this story, three generations of women in the Wesbrook family need all the generosity they can muster as they manage their conflicts with one another. The highly eccentric Dorothea, her daughter Artemis (Artie), and granddaughter Echo are all exceptionally bright, steeped in a passion for education and knowledge, but they stumble in the delicate realm of interpersonal understanding. As Echo prepares for a national spelling bee championship, assisted by Artie, she hopes to bridge the emotional gaps in the maternal line. Alternately funny, sad, and thought-provoking, “Eleemosynary” is always profoundly truthful.




A Long Winter

Written by: Matthew Baker
Directed by Lauren Repei

Long WinterSynopsis: In the wake of an incoming nuclear attack, Anthony Reed—a charismatic sociopath—kidnaps a doctor to take back to his bomb shelter, both for potential medical care, as well as company through the murky months ahead. However, Reed's plans are upset by the arrival of three other people bashing at his shelter’s entrance, desperately seeking some way to stay alive. As the days of close confinement bleed into weeks and months, the situation in the bomb shelter deteriorates. Agendas conflict amongst the inhabitants and it soon becomes clear that the stored supplies of food and water will be inadequate to support five people for the length of time needed.




Half-Past 8PM

Written by: Scott Williams & Cary Ferguson
Directed by: Cary Ferguson

Half Past 8Synopsis: Perry and Mark sit on a bench next to a bus stop. The girl of Mark's dreams (Beth) is returning from 3 years away in England, and Mark must decide what he's going to do. While waiting at the bus stop for his beloved Beth to return, Mark encounters a variety of characters that help him figure out how he really feels about Beth. There’s Nancy – who might be a prostitute – who teaches Mark that we’re not defined by what we do, but who we are. Then there’s Billie Vercotti, the thug who shows Mark that he might be worth dating after all. And Mark’s old friend, Elaine, shows Mark the importance of confronting his feelings rather bottling them up inside. When Beth finally enters, Mark must decide what he is going to do. Having finally worked through all his feelings about her, Mark must now confront them directly - in the flesh. Is Beth the perfect girl he's worked her up to be? How does he react to her? What are her feelings about him? Mark must figure out how he's going to act. The entire play hinges on how Mark acts: does he tell Beth what he said the night she left? Does he immediately confess his undying love? Will he act the same as he did before she left?




Cast Party

Written & Directed by: Peter Gruner

Cast PartySynopsis: It is closing night of the Royalmount Little Theatre production of Which Watch. As each actor takes a bow, we get a brief look into their thoughts about the show and their performance. After the bows, they head off to the change room to get out of costume and get ready for the cast party. At the party, the actors and crew interact rehashing some of the hurts from rehearsals such as the director’s berating the cast and crew. One of the actors debates with himself on whether he should tell people about his cancer or not, fearing to be too dramatic. Another actor tries to make his “moves” on one of the actresses when he finds out that she is having marital problems and another actress is frustrated with her marriage and tries to rekindle the affair that she had a few years before. The action moves back and forth between the people at the party with the actors quickly changing characters, as six actors play twelve characters. There are frequent asides to the audience as we get into the heads of the people at the cast party who frequently say one thing and think something else. Love, death and community theatre are explored at the cast party.




2008

Cardboard Box

Written & Directed by: Jason Lamb

Cardboard BoxSynopsis: So once there was a cardboard box in the middle of an ocean... The Cardboard Box is the tale of four people stuck in a cardboardbox... in the middle of the ocean. These characters are all archetypes: an average Joe, a theatre/film critic, a fool and a scientist. Together they explore the pains and joys of being stuck in a cardboard box in the middle of the ocean, while discovering such things as the willing suspension of disbelief, etc. etc. They're not quite sure how they got there, what they'll do, why they'll do it, or how they'll get out of their predicament. All and all, it's a jolly romp through the theatre of the absurd.




Alice: The Tea Party

Written by: Warren Greaves
Directed by: Tim Mauch

Alice: The Tea PartySynopsis: The Queen doesn’t invite people, but if they don’t come she chops their heads off! Alice, a young girl left with the responsibility of watching a treat covered table at an afternoon garden fete, falls asleep with a head full of her friends’ story-time characters and suddenly finds herself on a ridiculous ride filled with nonsense and silliness! Along the way she meets some famous wonderland characters including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Duchess and many more!




The Good Body

Written by: Eve Ensler
Directed by: Meg Banks & Laura Pomeroy

The Good BodySynopsis: The play follows Eve as narrator through her ruminations on the female body and the constant struggle to be “good” through the physical. The narrative is a series of interviews and monologues with women all over the world – everyone from the health-obsessed elderly editor of Cosmopolitan to an adolescent girl at “fat camp”, to women in India lining up at a local gym’s treadmills, to a constantly-operated-upon woman married to her plastic surgeon.




Promise You Won’t Marry Me

Written & Directed by: Ellen Jaffe

Synopsis: Two people are caught in the melting ice of a relationship – are they marooned or can they find safe passage? This original script took a cast of 4 people and performed the play 3 times, exploring romantic relationships between a man and a woman, 2 men and 2 women.




Cheshire Cats

Written & Directed by: Anjie Schwartz

Cheshire CatsSynopsis: It's called living. You should really give it a try.” There are masks we all wear in everyday lives, the trouble I seeing through them. Alice Marshall is trying to deal with the life she has been given, while playing the good wife for a dinner party. Can she make her husband understand why she feels miserable and surrounded by cheshire cats?




WASP

Written by: Steve Martin
Directed by: Andrew Hadden

Synopsis: The title of Steve Martin’s one-act piece, WASP, is an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. The play explores and critiques the values of this particular North American ethnicity and culture. It is set in a 1950’s household, and focuses on a family of four: Dad, Mom, Sister and Brother; the type of family once celebrated in television sitcoms like ‘Leave it to Beaver’. Martin satirizes WASP culture, showing it as a form of unhealthy repression. Each character desperately seeks real intimacy and passion, which they are denied at home in many different ways. The characters are not realistic. They are all absurd and should not be taken as literal characters, but instead as representational figures. The father is the dominant parent in the household, and is also the driving force of the production. He is blind to his family’s displeasure, ignoring his wife’s cries for affection, his son’s imagination, and his daughter’s naïve, misguided qualities. Together they form a dark, hilarious, and tragically dysfunctional family who prove that father does not always know best.




Low Lifes

Written by: Brent Purvis
Directed by: Andrew Noble

Low LifesSynopsis: If you find yourself in trouble, all you need is a little Faith.” No one is saying that Benny and Dante - two twenty-something smalltime drug dealers - had it made. By all accounts their life was pretty much ordinary, if not without an underlying level of sexual tension. And then there was Jimmy. And Police Officer Dunbar who caught Jimmy holding... Suddenly Dante and Benny have flushed their stash and their supplier - Bruno, the tough guy with the castration fixation – is more than a little pissed off. Now Benny and Dante have two days to come up with $10,000 or else... but they've got a plan. Wanna see why Faith - a young and impressionable teenage girl is a part of that plan? Then come see Low Lifes. Proving that if you get into trouble, just get a little Faith.




Two Rooms

Written by: Lee Blessing
Directed by: Lauren Repei

Two RoomsSynopsis: Sometimes, love is strong enough to make two rooms one.” Michael Wells is being held hostage in Beirut, blindfolded, handcuffed and alone. Half a world away his wife Lainie has made a prisoner of herself in her husband's empty study. As months turn into years, Lainie and Michael find strength in their love, which allow them to speak and see one another in a dream-like place. But will their devotion be strong enough to bring Michael home to his wife, or will the fortress they've created crumble among the terror and isolation of war and distance?




2007

The Devil’s Parole

Written by: Eric Giancoli
Directed by: Monica Cairney

Synopsis: After a millennia in hell, the Devil arrives in Heaven for his regularly scheduled parole hearing with God. After discussing everything from God’s “apparent sexual repression” to AIDS, both finally makes amends and join the same team.




Never Swim Alone

Written by: Daniel McIvor
Directed by: Kerri Bojman & Joanna Lim

Synopsis: "And the winner has, and always will, rule. That is the way of the world. Like battle, like business, like love." Competition is very prevalent in present society. It is thought to be not only a natural, but a necessary component for the progress of human development. However, what happens when the competitors’ tactics do not justify the values that society deems moral? Never swim alone examines the effects and consequences of alpha-male competition. Frank and Bill are two men who have been friends since childhood. Through a series of different competitions, judged by a female referee, the men compete in order to see who will be the ultimate winner. The tactics used by the men force the audience to question the true meaning of victory and how far they would go in order to be “first”.




The Final Smile

Written & Directed by: Daniel Rosenblat

Final SmileSynopsis: The Final Smile is the account of the life of Eric Sloan - a young man who has lost everything and makes the life changing decision to live on the streets, alone, instead of having to endure a life with his abusive uncle. Eric grows greatly as an individual and is faced with tough decisions after he had thought the toughest decision had already been made. In a world that teaches its youth that “it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all,” Eric has to make these decisions all by himself through this, his inspirational tale. In order to reach one’s final smile, one must truly understand what a real smile entails...




Satisfaction

Written & Directed by: Anjie Scwartz

Synopsis: Satisfaction is a dark comedy about the meaning of life, or lack thereof. Two characters with differing views on life and death attempt to find a sort of meaning for how we got here and where we are going, and the result is a baffling discourse on spirituality, religion, margarine, and Roger Daltry. Each character represents many sides of the same coin: the individual need to understand death, and the reasons behind how we live our lives. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, meaningful and meaningless, the characters’ struggles mirror our own search for answers. In the end, the conclusion is up to you…

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