Arden

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Based on a real-life scandal,  Arden remains one of the most entertaining Elizabethan crime-dramas of all time.

A new adaptation of an anonymous tragicomedy, Arden follows an unfaithful wife as she convinces
a greedy lover, a nervous servant, a mysterious painter, and a vicious cutthroat to take her husband down.
But as the schemes get more and more complicated and the would-be killers grow more and more desperate, the play hurtles towards an inevitable – and bizarre – conclusion.
Think Renaissance Fargo.

Artistic Director Dan Bray reshapes this infamous tale of lust, greed, and paranoia for the Halifax stage, creating a breathless, new adaptation, to be staged in the shadowy recesses of the historic Keith’s Brewery.

November 17-22, 2015.

Created with the support of ArtsNS and Theatre Nova Scotia.

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“a stunning and triumphant theatrical experience!”

COMPANY
Director: Dan Bray
Costume Designer: Jordyn Bochon
Assistant Director: Sarah Deller
Lighting Designer: Matthew Downey
Production Manager: Colleen MacIsaac
Stage Manager: Tessa Pekeles
Assistant Stage Manager: Jessy Matthews
Fight Coach: David Rossetti
Composer: Garry Williams

CAST
Daniel Gervais: Franklin
Ira Henderson: Mosbie
Keelin Jack: Alice Arden
Miranda Jones: Susan
Sébastien Labelle: Thomas Arden
Colleen MacIsaac: Black Wil
Gordon White: Shakebag

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Matthew Downey – Lighting Designer

 

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Daniel Gervais – Franklin

Daniel Gervais acts, writes, and directs. This is his 9th show with The Villains Theatre. Most recently he directed Dan Bray and Colleen MacIsaac in Follow Me at the Atlantic Fringe Festival, and played Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi. He has performed professionally with Shakespeare by the Sea, and Festival Antigonish, and has appeared on Mr. D (CBC), Haven (SyFy), and Seed (CityTV). He will make his Neptune Theatre debut in Stag and Doe this coming January. He is currently writing a solo show that will run at the Bus Stop Theatre in May 2015.

 

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Ira Henderson – Mosbie

Ira Henderson is a drunken ne’er-do-well who enjoys pretending to be someone other than he is, and has been doing so around Halifax for over a decade. This play is especially fun for him because he gets to pretend to be an awful person who does a lot of manipulative pretending himself. He would like to thank all the people who need thanking, but won’t for lack of space and fear of an awkward omission. However, special thanks are due to Anonymous for writing such a fun fiend for Ira to pretend to be.

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Keelin Jack – Alice

Keelin is an artist, trying to stay Halifax based. Suggestions welcome. Credits include Girls!Girls!Girls! (Angels & Heroes), Marion Bridge (VST), The National Elevator Project (Theatre Yes/Magnetic North), Vinegar Tom (The Playwright Project TO/Neoteny Theatre), Sweeney Todd, This is How It Goes (Neptune Theatre), Touch (The Doppler Effect – Merritt Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actress), Doctor Faustus (Vile Passéist Theatre), and Moll Flanders (BOVTS). Keelin is a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Upcoming: Marion Bridge (VST/Neptune), Women Beware Women (Villian’s) and TreeGirl (Forerunner).

 

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Miranda Jones – Susan

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Sébastien Labelle – Arden

Sébastien is director of the Mayworks Halifax Festival, which brings workers and artists together and promotes the use of art to explore social, economic and environmental justice. Past acting credits include Antony & Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Nevermore (Shakespeare By the Sea); Dorian (Irondale/suddenlyLISTEN); When It Rains (2b); The Crucible (Two Planks & a Passion); Man = Carrot Circus (Bread & Puppet); The Revenger’s Tragedy (the company formerly known as Vile Passéist). Film, TV & Radio credits include Trailer Park Boys III; Sex & Violence (Out TV); The Backbenchers (CBC Radio).

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Colleen MacIsaac – Black Will

Colleen MacIsaac is an interdisciplinary artist. She is the artistic producer of the Villain’s Theatre, the managing director of 2b theatre company, the creator of the Halifax Indie Theatre (HIT) book, and the chair of the board of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op. As a performer, she has been seen with a number of local companies including Us Vs Them (The Insomniac’s Handbook, A Tournament of Lies), Xara Choral Theatre (Constellations, Fatty Legs, Waiting on the Eastern Line), Lions Den (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Waiting for the Parade), and The Villains (Follow Me, The Duchess of Malfi).  Catch her next week in Xara’s Tales of the Old North. 

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Jessy Matthews – Assistant Stage Manager

Jessy graduated at Memorial University with a BFA in Theatre (Acting) and has had the privilege to be involved with the Villains Theatre, assistant stage-managing for their production of The Duchness of Malfi and, presently, Arden. Recent credits include: She Stoops to Conquer (TAG), In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, The Penelopiad, The Winter’s Tale (Theatre at Grenfell), Neddy Norris Night, Newfoundland Vinyl (Gros Morne Theatre Festival)

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 Tessa Pekeles – Stage Manager

Tessa filled with merriment to be stage managing her 6th Villain’s Theatre production. Previously she stage managed The Duchess of Malfi, Gallathea, The Roaring Girl, Edward II and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. She has worked with a variety of Nova Scotia Theatre companies including: Festival Antigonish, Opera Nova Scotia, TheatreSpeak and Halifax Theatre for Young People. She trained at Dalhousie and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

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David Rossetti – Fight Coach

VILLAINS: Duchess of Malfi (Bosola), The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl, A Yorkshire Tragedy, Edward II, The Revenger’s Tragedy (Fight Choreographer/Coach), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Vasquez). OFF THE LEASH: Shakespeare on Trial. FESTIVAL ANTIGONISH: The Motor Trade (Phil Moss). HTFYP: The Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Actor). HEAT THEATRE: Kill Zone (Actor). LIONS DEN THEATRE: Strawberries in January (Actor). TABOO THEATRE: Phaedra’s Love (Actor).  FILM / TELEVISION: Lizzie Borden Chronicles (Sony Pictures) The Book of Negroes (CBC) Trailer Park Boys Season 8 & 9 (Netflix), All The Wrong Reasons (Shore Road Pictures), Mr.D (CBC) Moving Day (Top Sail Productions) Seed (CityTV) Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada), Haven (E1 Entertainment). TRAINING: Humber College Performing Arts; Toronto Arts Centre; Rapier Wit (Toronto) and Fight Directors Canada.  David is a member of ACTRA and the Canadian Actors Equity Association.

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Gordon White – Shakebag

 Gordon has worked with various companies in the Atlantic provinces, as well as The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa (An Acre of Time), Native Earth in Toronto (A Very Polite Genocide), Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay (Dead White Writer on the Floor), and Theatre North West in Prince George BC (Where The Blood Mixes). Other credits include Clov in Endgame (Theatre NFLD and Labrador); The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stephenville Festival); Hawk in Corvette Crossing (Eastern Front Theatre); Titus in The Devil’s Diciple (Neptune Theatre); Merlin (Halifax Theatre for Young People); Kemp in Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); and appearing as twins Edger and Ledger in Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours (Ship’s Company Theatre). Gordon appeared as Edgar in King Lear at the National Arts Centre, with August Schellenberg, directed by Peter Hinton. TV and film credits include: Haven, Black Harbour, Mr. D, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Rollertown, Charlie Zone, and Picnicface.

 

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 Garry Williams – Composer

In 100 words or less, Garry Williams is a theatre artist who loves to collaborate and to create. He started, and continues to run DaPoPo Theatre, but works with many other artists and companies, most recently OneLight Theatre and Festival Antigonish. He loves to write music. Previous work with the Villains includes Edward II, The Jew of Malta, and The Roaring Girl. Last month, he workshopped The FEAR Project with Kristi Anderson and Guillermo Verdecchia during the DaPoPo Live-In Festival. He is currently working on a musical, KAMP, with co-writer Jamie Bradley.