Monsters. Lovers. Cross-dressing. Need we say more?
Inspiring later plays by Shakespeare such as Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lyly treads where the Bard never dared in this surprisingly modern and daring play from 1588.
Love comes in many forms, and this joyous celebration of love will be lighting up the Bus Stop Theatre stage this November, as the first VPT show helmed by our Artistic Producer, Colleen MacIsaac, with design by the award-winning lighting and set designer, Matthew Downey.
One of the top plays of 2014! – The Coast
“Sometimes a play just makes your heart sing, and this 16th-century script did that for me. It was beautifully staged and filled with memorable, quirky performances. It conveyed a simple but important message: love is love.” - Kate Watson
Director: Colleen MacIsaac
Assistant Director/Set & Lighting Designer: Matthew Downey
Stage Manager: Tessa Pekeles
Costume Designer: Jordyn Bochon
Composer/Accompanist: Jenny Trites
Producer: Dan Bray
Playwright: John Lyly
Jessica Barry: Venus/Telusa
Sarah-Jean Begin: Phillida
Jozel Bennett: Melebeus/Eurota
Dan Bray: Rafe/Neptune
Shanlon Gilbert: Gallathea
James McLean: Cupid/Peter
Melanie Patten: Diana/Mariner/Hebe
Jesse Robb: Tyterus/Alchemist/Astronomer
JESSICA BARRY – VENUS/TELUSA
VILLAINS: Debut. CAPRICORN CLUB: Fault Lines. SAINTS ALIVE: Once More With Feeling. OUTC: According to Plan, Some Sunny Day, Waltz of the Fae, On the Verge, 11:11. PLUTONIUM PLAYHOUSE: Fat Pig.
SARAH-JEAN BEGIN – PHILLIDA
VILLAINS: Doctor Faustus. MERMAID: Stella Queen of the Snow, Treasured Stories by Eric Carle. TRANSISTUS: #speakinginsilence. ATLANTIC FRINGE/MISERY LOVES: Greatest Pretend Ancestry. ATLANTIC FRINGE: Uncertain. ACADIA THEATRE COMPANY: Dissocia, Rhinoceros, Machinal.
JOZEL BENNET – MELEBEUS/EUROTA
VILLAINS: In the Telling, Doctor Faustus. LUNASEA: Ibsen Bites. LIONS DEN: An Evening of Ives II (Director), Waiting For the Parade, An Evening of Ives, Strawberries in January. TABOO: Banned Aid, Phaedra’s Love. ATLANTIC FRINGE: Les & Dawn (Director), In The Telling, Monument Valley, Grumble. NOTES: I’m currently founding an exciting new theatre company committed to immersive, cathartic experiential theatre called the FIRETHING THEATRE COLLECTIVE.
JORDYN BOCHON – COSTUMES
VILLAINS: The Maid`s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl, Edward II. TABOO: Grand Guignol III (costume and poster designer) XARA CHORAL THEATRE: Constellations, Waiting on the Eastern Line, Wail, Fatty Legs, Sweet & Low, Unraveled (performer) AJAR: Stay at Home Dead (poster designer) VANCOUVER FRINGE: Luggage (actor and co-creator). NOTES: see her art at jordynbochon.com.
DAN BRAY – RAFE/NEPTUNE, DRAMATURG
MATTHEW DOWNEY – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LIGHTING & SET DESIGNER
VILLAINS: The Maid’s Tragedy, Doctor Faustus, The Roaring Girl, A Yorkshire Tragedy, The Jew of Malta, Edward II, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, The Revenger’s Tragedy. LIONS DEN: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. DEMASQUER THEATRE: No Animal, The Prince of Pig Alley. XARA CHORAL THEATRE: Waiting on the Eastern Line, Constellations, Unravelled, Wail. XARA YOUTH ENSEMBLE: Free as the Wind, Daughters of Fire. OPERA NOVA SCOTIA: Don Giovanni, Luisa Miller, The Abduction from the Seraglio. Upcoming: The Contribution (DOPPLER EFFECT).
SHANLON GILBERT – GALLATHEA
VILLAINS Debut. KING’S THEATRICAL SOCIETY: Agamemnon; An Evening of Commedia dell’Arte; Broadway Backwards. ATLANTIC FRINGE: Wave on, Ocean Blue. NEPTUNE YPCO: Brigadoon; P.E.P-Squad. COLE HARBOUR HIGH: Little Shop of Horrors; Urinetown; Aida; improv team. SAINTS ALIVE: Beautiful City Workshop; Saints Alive Sings. METRO NON-PROFIT HOUSING: Little Women.
COLLEEN MACISAAC – DIRECTOR
VILLAINS: In the Telling, The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl, Edward II, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Bartholomew Fair, Tis Pity She’s a Whore. US VS THEM: The Insomniac’s Handbook, A Tournament of Lies. LIONS DEN: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Waiting for the Parade, Reefer Madness, Arsenic and Old Lace, An Evening of Ives. XARA CHORAL THEATRE: Waiting on the Eastern Line, Constellations. TABOO: An Evening of Grand Guignol, Criminal Negligee.
JAMES MCLEAN – CUPID/PETER
VILLAINS: Debut. HALIFAX THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: David For Queen. SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA: Merchant Of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, Cinderelly. NEPTUNE MTFP: Spring Awakening. DARTMOUTH PLAYERS: The Woman In Black. ATLANTIC FRINGE: Once More With Feeling. NOTES: U Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Big love to the world at large.
MELANIE PATTEN – DIANA/MARINER/HEBE
VILLAINS: The Maid’s Tragedy. LIONS DEN THEATRE: An Evening of Ives II; It’s a Wonderful Life. ATLANTIC FRINGE: Wake Up, Rosie! DARTMOUTH PLAYERS: Inherit the Wind, The Importance of Being Earnest. NOTES: Melanie is so grateful to VPT for providing such a wonderful creative outlet as well as the opportunity to spend time with great friends and meet new ones.
TESSA PEKELES – STAGE MANAGER
VILLAINS: The Roaring Girl, Edward II, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. VPT/LIONS DEN: Kill Shakespeare. FESTIVAL ANTIGONISH: Venus in Fur, Be My Baby, Magical Mystery Munsch, Best of Broadway. THEATRESPEAK: Mimi: or a poisoner’s comedy. OPERA NOVA SCOTIA: Don Giovanni, Luisa Miller, The Abduction from the Seraglio. DALMUSIC: Cinderella, Mahagonny Songspeil. HALIFAX THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: David for Queen, The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, In the Fall/In This World. ATLANTIC FRINGE: The Maids. BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS: Cosi Fan Tutte.
JESSE ROBB: TYTERUS/ALCHEMIST/ASTRONOMER
VILLAINS: The Maid’s Tragedy. The Roaring Girl. Edward II, The Jew of Malta, Bartholomew Fair, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Revenger’s Tragedy, Tis Pity She’s a Whore. VPT/LION’S DEN: Kill Shakespeare. DARTMOUTH PLAYERS: The Woman In Black. LIONS DEN: It’s A Wonderful Life, The Iceman Cometh, 12 Angry Men, Arsenic and Old Lace. TABOO: Another Evening of Grand Guignol. ATLANTIC FRINGE: A Question of Sex, Vanishing Twins. NOTES: tit-Y-rus thanks Lise like please for her patience and love.
JENNY TRITES – COMPOSER/ACCOMPANIST
VILLAINS: In the Telling, The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl. XARA CHORAL THEATRE: Waiting on the Eastern Line, Constellations, Unraveled, Fatty Legs, Wail: Songs of the Brier Island Siren. XARA YOUTH ENSEMBLE: Free as the Wind, Pulse, Daughters of Fire. GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY OF NOVA SCOTIA: Gondoliers, Trial by Jury.