A Chaste Maid in Cheapside explores how one instance of true love can turn a community upside down.
Syphilitic knights, virile charlatans, and impotent aristocrats make this one of the most popular comedies of the Renaissance stage.
This play was staged in repertory along with The Revenger’s Tragedy in February 2011 at the Bus Stop Theatre.
“The atmosphere at the Bus Stop Theatre just hums with energy and youthful high spirits…”
“The cast is large and talented, and obviously enjoying each other (take that double entendre as you will).” The Coast
Director: Dorian Lang
Assistant Director: Colleen MacIsaac
Stage Manager: Tessa Pekeles
Music Director: Mike Chandler
Set and Props: Taylor Dyon
Lighting Designer: Matthew Downey
Playwright: Thomas Middleton
Heather Beresford: Dry Nurse, Woman, 2nd Gossip
Mike Chandler: Sir Oliver Kix
Tarah Lee Coates: Susan Dahumma
Rebecca Currie Morrison: Mistress Touchwood
Andrew Davies: Gentleman, 2nd Promoter, 1st Waterman
Edward Finigan: Sir Walter Whorehound
Eric Fitzpatrick: Tim
Kaleigh Fleming: Moll
Juliana Fombona: Wet Nurse
Ira Henderson: Touchwood Sr
Alison House: Welsh Gentlewoman
Padraigh MacDonald: Touchwood Jr
Keith Morrison: Allwit
Chris O’Neill: Porter, Wat, Man, Parson, 2nd Waterman
Matthew Peach: Nick, the Tutor, 1st Waterman
Jesse Robb: Mr Yellowhammer
Claire St Francois: Maudlin
Schoel Strang: Mistress Allwit
Chloe Sullivan: Wench, 2nd Puritan
Carolyn Thomas: 2nd Servant, 1st Puritan
Zara Tufts: 1st Servant, Jugg, 1st Gossip
Jennette White: Lady Kix
HEATHER BERESFORD – ENSEMBLE
A native of Newfoundland, Heather was classically trained at Memorial University Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. She has worked with A.N.D. Theatre Company and Theatre By the Bay in Newfoundland, and has previously collaborated with various members of VPT through the Atlantic Fringe Festival (Vanishing Twins) and Taboo Theatre (An Evening of Grand Guignol). She was also involved with Vindice’s Folly (VPT’s Nocturne project) in which she played Signora.
MIKE CHANDLER – SIR OLIVER KIX, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Mike Chandler oozed sleaze as The Cardinal in last year’s VPT production of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore and was also the Music Director for that show. He wrote a 10-minute musical version of that play called Incest: The Musical, which was performed by the cast at a fundraiser and can be viewed here on YouTube. Mike recently appeared as the Manager/MC in Taboo Theatre’s An Evening of Grand Guignol, for which he also directed one of three plays, wrote additional material and composed and performed original music. He appeared in the Taboo productions Adult Entertainment and Porn Shoppe as well, and was the composer for the musical The Velveteen Vicar, which has had a public reading. Mike has also acted in shows presented by DaPoPo Theatre, the Theatre Arts Guild and Dartmouth Players. He has performed in the sketch comedy troupes The Skitwits, A Duck or Two and Catch-A-Sketch, and was a member of the Fish ‘n Tackle Playback Theatre improv troupe. In September, Mike toured the country with three other actors in a guerrilla theatre show promoting sustainability at universities called The Goggles Project. Video clips from this and information on it are available at the website www.gogglesproject.org.
TARAH LEE COATES – SUSAN DAHUMMA
Tarah Lee Coates was formally trained in the Acting program at Dalhousie University, graduating in the class of 2008. Since then she has dabbled in film, advertising, and theatre; her latest project was An Evening of Grand Guignol put on by Taboo Theatre. This is Tarah’s first experience with Vile Passeist Theatre and she is thrilled to be a part of A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and The Revenger’s Tragedy. Having worked with a number of people from the cast and crew in previous shows, Tarah knows this will be an experience to remember.
REBECCA CURRIE – MISTRESS TOUCHWOOD
Rebecca grew up in Cape Breton where she had her first taste of stage life during a dance recital at the age of 3. Since then she hasn’t left. Rebecca started acting in high school productions and later continued her involvement with the University College of Cape Breton/Cape Breton University drama program. Her first lead role was as the title character in Little Red Riding Hood (2003). Other notable roles include Lady MacDuff (CBU 2002), Christina in Dancing in Lughnasa (CBU 2006), and the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (Savoy Theater 2006). Rebecca still works periodically as an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer for film and theater projects in Halifax and Cape Breton. Her next big role will be as a mother in December. Rebecca is excited to be working with VPT, alongside her husband (Keith Morrison).
ANDREW DAVIES – ENSEMBLE
Andrew Edward Davies is a native of Halifax. He is currently finishing up his fourth year at Dalhousie University, where he is pursuing an English degree with a minor in Film Studies. He has performed in Our Town (Neptune Theatre, Young Actor’s Stage Company). Les Miserables (Halifax West High School), Jesus Christ Superstar (Halifax West High School), Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Dal Stage Society), and Macbeth (King’s Theatrical Society), and he was the Assistant Director for Late for the Sky (Dal Theatre Society).
MATTHEW DOWNEY – LIGHTING DESIGNER
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Lighting Design); A Yorkshire Tragedy, 2012 (Lighting Design); The Jew of Malta / Edward II, 2012 (Lighting Design); The Revenger’s Tragedy / A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Lighting Design). ATLANTIC FRINGE: Venue Head Tech, 2012. XARA: WAIL, 2012 (Lighting Design). AJAR THEATRE: Tecumseh as a Doorstop, 2011 (Sound and Video Design).
TAYLOR DYON – SET AND PROPS
A native of King City Ontario, Taylor has been in love with theatre since she played the princess in her grade 1 production of The Golden Goose. Since beginning the Technical Scenography Program at Dalhousie University in 2007, she has been heavily involved in the DalTheatre productions and has received three awards for her work in the program. She is currently working on her honours project as a props intern for The Wizard of Oz at Neptune Theatre and this spring will be Assistant Designer for the DalTheatre production of William Wycherley’s The Country Wife. After graduating with an honours degree in Technical Scenography and Neuroscience this spring, she hopes to pursue an internship at the Banff Theatre Festival. This is her first production with VPT.
EDWARD FINIGAN – SIR WALTER WHOREHOUND
Returning to Halifax once more from the arctic depths of Manitoba, after wooing the Winnipeg Fringe Festival with his first ever directing and starring credit, Adventures In Kidnapping, Edward is very proud to be joining VPT for their 2011 season! Edward is a graduate of Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program, as well as Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Adult company. Edward’s favourite Winnipeg shows included Sacred Blood, Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar and Grille, and 13 Plays About Love, which he also co-wrote and directed. His favourite Halifax shows were Let’s Get a Divorce, and Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, and of course, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. This will be his second time working with Vile Passéist Theatre.
ERIC FITZPATRICK – TIM
Born and raised in the small town of Mulgrave, NS, Eric Fitzpatrick has been a resident of Halifax for the past four years. After being exposed to theatre in high school, Eric went on to train with the Neptune Pre-Professional Training Program (2009-2010).
His recent roles include Henri, Adrian & Joubert in ‘An Evening of Grand Guignol (Taboo Theatre), Pulcinella in ‘Vindice’s Folly (Nocturne performance with VPT), and Jonathan Sage in ‘Breaking Point, an original work that he co-wrote and co-directed for the 2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival.
This is Eric’s second year working with Vile Passéist Theatre. Last season he played the role of Banditti in ‘‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and looks forward to working once again with this talented group of professionals.
KALEIGH FLEMING – MOLL
Born in Nova Scotia, Kaleigh began to pursue acting seriously at the age of 17. She has since been involved with the DaPoPo Theatre Youth Ensemble, and is also a graduate of Neptune Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Training Program (2009 – 2010). Kaleigh’s most recent work would include co-creating as well as performing as Veronica Sage in the 2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival play ‘Breaking Point as well as Eilif in Neptune Theatre School’s production of ‘Mother Courage and her Children. She has also worked on TAG Theatre’s production of ‘Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh as a stage hand. This is her first time working with VPT and she is excited to be collaborating with such a great group of people. (And for foam sword-fights, even though that’s probably most definitely NOT in the character description).
JULIANA FOMBONA – ENSEMBLE
Juliana is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and has made Halifax her home for the past eight years. Following two years of theatre studies at the TNT (Taller Nacional de Teatro) she worked for 10 years doing professional theatre in Caracas. Her theatre accomplishments include pieces of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Valle-Inclan, August Strindberg, not to mention other pieces by various Latin authors. Most recently, she appeared as The Nurse in Vanishing Twins at the 2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival.
IRA HENDERSON – TOUCHWOOD SR
Ira started performing with the King’s Theatrical Society in 2003, and he received his B.A. in Theatre Studies in 2008. Recently, he done a lot of work around the city, often in collaboration with DaPoPo. Ira also completed a Motion Picture Production Certificate program at Capilano University in North Vancouver (2009-10). Currently “self employed,” Ira spends most of his time writing. This is his first production with VPT.
ALISON HOUSE – WELSH GENTLEWOMAN
Born and raised on “the rock”, Alison last appeared in VPT’s ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore. Alison moved to Halifax after graduating from the Fine Arts Program at Memorial University, because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Selected credits include: East O’ The Sun, West O’ The Moon and Pinocchio (TNL Youtheatre); Peer Gynt, Man Of La Mancha, and Jesus Christ Superstar (TNL); The House of Bernarda Alba, The Laramie Project, and This Side of Heaven (SWGC). She is pleased to be back for not one, but TWO plays this year!
When not acting, Alison spends way too much time behind a computer screen.
DORIAN LANG – DIRECTOR
Dorian Lang is a Theatre Studies Honours student in his graduating year at Dalhousie University. He is most strongly inspired by physical theatre and directing for theatre. Most recently, he was Assistant Director on DalTheatre’s Ionesco One Acts: The Bald Soprano and Jacques or Obedience. He is the past President of the Dalhousie Theatre Society, and he has worked on many shows with the DTS as actor, producer, director and stage manager, including: So ho, by so., Naomi in the Living Room, The Actor’s Nightmare, Driven, Actor!, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and The Happiest Hour. He enjoys writing his own comics and engaging in foam weapon combat.
PADRAIGH MACDONALD – TOUCHWOOD JR
Padraigh MacDonald grew up in Antigonish, Nove Scotia. He started experimenting in theatre while attending high school, performing with Festival Antigonish and doing some productions with the school. After graduating, Padraigh attended Mount Allison University, where he majored in theatre studies. He participated in several plays, including The Public Eye, Marian Bridge, Sideshow of the Damned, Cloud Nine, Crave, Blood Relations and directed Georama. Padraigh also directed and performed a one-man show by James O’Reilly called Work. Padraigh most recently co-wrote and acted in a sketch comedy show at Joker’s Comedy Club in Halifax, entitled Drunk by Three. He currently resides in Halifax working as an actor. Padraigh is currently working on a theatrical production of the movie Point Break as a director and co-producer.
COLLEEN MACISAAC – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Colleen MacIsaac is originally from Alberta, and is currently living in Halifax. Previously with VPT she has been seen as Putana in ‘Tis Pity. Some of her other favourite roles to date have been Constance in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Dal Stage Society), Louise in After the Fall (Dal Theatre Society), Edith in Black Jack Justice (Atlantic Fringe Festival), and Anne Hathaway in For Now (Birmingham Porch Theatre Collective). She currently works as an actor on the Keith’s Brewery Tour when she is not spending her time trying to make an animated film, drawing comics, or working on plays.
This year Colleen is trying out assistant directing for the first time, working on Vanishing Twins at the Halifax Fringe Festival and Vindice’s Folly and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside for VPT. This fall she was seen in Taboo Theatre’s Evening of Grand Guignol. She is also the Executive Director for Vile Passéist Theatre. You can see her work at http://littlefoible.net
KEITH MORRISON – ALLWIT
To date, Keith has been involved in over 200 productions throughout Nova Scotia. A native of Cape Breton, Keith is a former pupil of William and Heather Osler at Greenleaf Theatre and was one of the first graduates of Cape Breton University’s Certificate in Theatre Arts program. Some of Keith’s more notable stage roles have been: the Old Man in William Butler Yeats’ The Hawks Well (CBU 2005) Banquo in William Shakespeare’s Scottish Play (CBU 2002) and Bernard Nightengale in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (CBU 1998.) Keith also played D’arcy on Season One of CBC’s Pit Pony and Ulieum in the Genie nominated short film The Wake of Calum MacLeod. Since January of 2010, Keith has been touring throughout the Maritime region as the obnoxious co-promoter/turned-manager “Mr Keith” with the Halifax based professional wrestling company Ultimate Championship Wrestling.
CHRIS O’NEILL – ENSEMBLE
Having graduated from John Abbott College’s department of Theatre and Music, Chris has had the opportunity to work in Montreal as a Technician and designer. Currently attending Dalhousie University, Chris is ready to make the transition from backstage to onstage, and he is grateful for the opportunity to share the experience with such a wonderful cast and crew.
MATTHEW PEACH – ENSEMBLE
Born in Halifax and trained through the Dalhousie Acting Programme, Matt is thrilled to be collaborating on The Revenger’s Tragedy and A Chaste Maid with Vile Passeist Theatre. Current and past projects include The Mistress in The Obedients (Plutonium Playhouse), Media in The Good for Nothings (Loosen the Noose), Assistant Director/Costumes for Splinters (Plutonium Playhouse), Production Assistant for A Rescue Demonstration (Plutonium Playhouse), Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Daltheatre), Lucifer in Dante’s Divinus: Inferno (Daltheatre), Incubus in Zuppa Theatre Co.’s world premiere of Fairy of the Lake (Daltheatre), and Lavrenti in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Daltheatre).
TESSA PEKELES – STAGE MANAGER
Tessa Pekeles is originally from Montreal, Quebec and has been living in Halifax for the past 4 years. A University of King’s College Student, Tessa has been involved with the Kings Theatrical Society, where, most recently she Stage Managed a production of Jean Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos (No Exit). She also has Stage Managed productions of Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest as well as serving as “Pit” Manager on the KTS Exec in her third year. Additionally, she has worked with the Dalhousie Department of Theatre where last year she was the Production Stage Manager for their New Works Festival. This spring she will be an Assistant Director for the DalTheatre production of William Wycherley’s The Country Wife. Professionally, she has worked with Opera Nova Scotia as Producer for their production of Mozart’s Zaide. This is her first production with VPT.
JESSE ROBB – YELLOWHAMMER
Jesse Robb has been performing most of his life in one way or another. His theatrical experience includes Tybalt in the Neptune Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Training Program touring production of Romeo and Juliet and John Proctor in the Saint Mary’s Drama Society production of The Crucible. His most recent roles include Friar Bonaventure in VPT’s production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Tyndareus in the Fringe production of Vanishing Twins and Pierrot in VPT’s Nocturne production of Vindice’s Folly. He is most pleased to be working with VPT again!
CLAIRE ST-FRANCOIS – MAUDLIN
Claire is very excited to perform for the first time in Vile Passeist’s third season productions of Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and The Revenger’s Tragedy. Claire is a recent graduate from the Dalhousie Acting Programme. Previous theatre credits within the DalTheatre include Luciana in William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a Shade and Rimbaud in Nenad Prokic’s Inferno, Schulda and the Chorus Core in John Thelwall’s The Fairy of the Lake, and the Second Lawyer and Singer #2 in Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Previous theatre credits outside of DalTheatre include Ms. White in Reservoir Bitches, Faith in The Town and the Chorus and Assistant Director for Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), all produced by The Dalhousie Stage Society. Other favourite roles include The Narrator in Into the Woods and Isadora in Blind Bend. Many thanks go out to her family members and friends for their love, encouragement and support.
SCHOEL STRANG – MISTRESS ALLWIT
This is Schoel’s second collaboration with VPT, having appeared in last season’s production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Donada). She has also recently acted in Ed’s Story: The Dragon Chronicles (Various), Black Jack Justice (Mary O’Shea) (2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival), Irish Stew (Abigail), and Naomi in the Living Room (Naomi) (Dal Theatre Society). Schoel recently made her directorial début in Dalhousie’s New Play Works Festival last March with That Little Bird. Currently an actor at Keith’s Brewery, Schoel also lends her voice to Sonic Cinema’s The Jack and Shannon Show (Betty Lou Stevenson). Schoel is very excited to be working with VPT in this season’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.
CHLOE SULLIVAN – ENSEMBLE
Chloe Sullivan is a Toronto-born actor currently attending Dalhousie University, completing her BA with a concentration in Theatre studies. Her passion for performance and complete lack of mathematical skill has helped her land roles such as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Duke/Dr. Currasco from Man of La Mancha, and Victoria Tammurai in Christopher Durang’s Titanic. She is currently working on Ubu Enchained as part of the King’s College theatrical season and is thrilled to manage simultaneously participating in her first ever Vile Passeist Theatre productions. She would like to thank her family for their unconditional love, her friends for liking her despite herself, and of course the theatre for giving her a reason to be crazy.
CAROLYN THOMAS – ENSEMBLE
Originally from Alberta, Carolyn is a recent graduate of the Acadia University Theatre program where she performed in The Cripple of Inishmann, Absurd, and A Short History of the Blues. She was the Queen in CentreStage’s production of Sleep Beauty. In 2010, she directed For Play Little Play for Acadia’s Minifest. In 2009, she unleashed The Adventures of Audacious Babe and Glowgirl on the Atlantic Fringe Festival, a piece she wrote and performed in. This is her first time working with Vile Passéist Theatre and she is looking forward to every minute of it.
ZARA TUFTS – ENSEMBLE
Zara has lived in the Halifax area for the past ten years, but originally hails from the NWT. She attended Dalhousie University and received a degree in theatre. Her most recent work has been writing and directing her own show, Sleeping Beauty, at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in 2009. She also appeared as Phoebe in Vanishing Twins at the 2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival. She is excited to be involved in both of VPT’s upcoming productions!
When Zara is not rehearsing she is chasing around her two year old daughter Alayna and working towards a Bachelor of Education. Someday soon she may be teaching drama and theatre in a high school near you!
JENNETTE WHITE – LADY KIX
Jennette White trained as an actor at Dalhousie University and went on to work at Neptune Theatre as Director of Education and Young Neptune Company from 1987 through 2005. She has appeared on stages across this province and beyond. She has written for and had her theatre for young audience plays produced by Neptune theatre on such far-ranging topics as: AIDS, the Expulsion (of the Acadians), boyfriend and girlfriend abuse, and a musical about Robin Hood – to name but a few. In recent years Ms. White has been pursuing more scholarly activities and is proud to have had her first book review, of the new Sharon Pollock biography, published this last spring in the journal, Canadian Theatre Review. Jennette is very pleased to be returning to the stage after a hiatis of 5 years in VPT’s fun production, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. It is a great honour to be working with so many wonderful and talented people.