The Duchess of Malfi

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In 2015, The Villain’s Theatre returned to the play that started it all – The Duchess of Malfi, bringing it to the Halifax stage as part of the Villain’s 5th year anniversary season. Equal parts romance, political thriller, and bloodbath, Webster’s drama tells the story of a headstrong duchess who secretly marries her steward, despite her brothers’ warnings. This simple act engenders a series of horrifying revenges, each more terrible than the last. Spies and murderers. Ghosts and madmen. Orphans and widows. As decadence cycles into ruin, few will escape from Malfi.

“Powerful performances, gorgeous costumes, haunting play”
-Kate Watson

Villain’s Theatre cast brilliant in Duchess of Malfi. The Chronicle Herald, Feb 27. 2015.

COMPANY
Choreographer: Holly Arsenault
Director: Dan Bray
Costume Designer: Jordyn Bochon
Set & Lighting Designer: Matthew Downey
Assistant Director: Daniel Gervais
Production Manager: Colleen MacIsaac
Stage Manager: Tessa Pekeles
Composer/Accompanist: Michael Robson
Fight Coach: David Rossetti Playwright: John Webster

CAST
Fiona Forsythe: The Child
Daniel Gervais: Ferdinand
Rachel Hastings: Julia
Ira Henderson: The Cardinal
Dorian Lang: Castruccio
Margaret Legere: The Duchess
Colleen MacIsaac: Delio 
James MacLean: Antonio
Leah Pritchard: Cariola
David Rossetti: Bosola

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MATTHEW DOWNEY – SET & LIGHTING DESIGNER

VILLAINS: The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl, A Yorkshire Tragedy, The Jew of Malta, Edward II, The Revenger’s Tragedy, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Lighting Design). LIONS DEN THEATRE:Bables In Arms (Director). ATLANTIC FRINGE: Human Weakness (Director). XARA CHORAL THEATRE: Resident Lighting Designer. AJAR THEATRE: Tecumseh as a Doorstop (Sound and Video Design).

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FIONA FORSYTHE – THE CHILD

VILLAINS: Debut. FILM/TV: 22 Minutes, Christmas with Holly Movie of the Week, Bag of Bones, Her Daughter’s Eyes.

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DANIEL GERVAIS – FERDINAND

VILLAINS: The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl, A Yorkshire Tragedy, The Revenger’s Tragedy. SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA: The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Cinderelly. FESTIVAL ANTIGONISH: Run For Your Wife, Magical Mystery Munsch, Best of Broadway.  LIONS DEN THEATRE/VPT: Kill Shakespeare.LIONS DEN:Reefer Madness, An Evening of Ives, Strawberries in January, 12 Angry Men, The Underpants. DAPOPO THEATRE:The Heist Before Christmas, Live-In Readings. THEATRE NEWFOUNDLAND:The Music Man. TRAINING: Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (Memorial University), BFA Theatre.

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RACHEL HASTINGS – JULIA, ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS:  Debut. MERMAID: Code Green. FIRETHING: Les & Dawn. DALTHEATRE: The Decameron, Pericles, Ghost Sonata, 6 Characters in Search of an Author.

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IRA HENDERSON – THE CARDINAL, ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS: The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl,A Yorkshire Tragedy, The Jew of Malta, Edward II, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. LIONS DEN THEATRE: The Iceman Cometh (Director), Reefer Madness, 12 Angry Men, Arsenic and Old Lace. DAPOPO: Communities in Bloom, The Pirate Show,  Ferry Boat Tales. TABOO THEATRE: Grand Guignol III, Festival of Fear: Another Evening of Grand Guignol. KING’S THEATRICAL SOCIETY:Camino Royal, Romeo & Juliet, Phaedra’s Love, Macbeth, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Pillowman, The Laramie Project. ATLANTIC FRINGE: Universal Babble, Criminal Negligee, Black Jack Justice.

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DORIAN LANG – CASTRUCCIO, ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS: The Roaring Girl (Set Design); A Yorkshire Tragedy (Director); Bartholomew Fair (Actor); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, (Director). AJAR THEATRE: So Ho By So (Director); Stay at Home Dead, (Director, Co-creator); Tecumseh as a Doorstop (Director). TABOO THEATRE: Grand Guignol III, (Director). LIONS DEN: Arsenic and Old Lace, (Actor); The Underpants (Actor).

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MARGARET LEGERE – THE DUCHESS

VILLAINS: Debut. SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA: Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, Cinderelly (Musician, Choreographer). FORERUNNER: Her Big Day (Director), Ms Right Now, Brightest Red to Blue (AD). US VS THEM: Tournament of Lies (Nominated for Robert Merritt Award: Best Supporting Actress), Insomniac’s Handbook. SBR: See Bob Run. LOOSEN THE NOOSE: rain (Director), Eyes and The Object, The Good For Nothings (Director). DOPPLER EFFECT: Alien (Director). TWO PLANKS & A PASSION: The Crucible. ONELIGHT: The Toxic Bus Incident. NOTES: Margaret Legere is the co-artistic director of Forerunner Playwrights Theatre. Forerunner will be producing her play, Leaves of The Virgin Mary, in the autumn of 2015.

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COLLEEN MACISAAC – DELIO, ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS: Gallathea (Director); In the Telling, The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl, Edward II, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Bartholomew Fair, Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Actor). 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.

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JAMES MACLEAN – ANTONIO, ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS: Gallathea (Actor). 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.

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TESSA PEKELES – STAGE MANAGER

VILLAINS: Gallathea, 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.

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LEAH PRITCHARD – CARIOLA, ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS: Doctor Faustus. WATERMARK THEATRE: The Lion in Winter, The Rainmaker. LIONS DEN: Evening of Ives II. XARA CHORAL THEATRE: Ibsen Bites. HARD TICKET: Venus In Fur. NEPTUNE THEATRE: Comedy of Errors. THEATRE AT GRENFELL: Cloud 9, The Europeans, The Winter’s Tale, Hotel Paradiso. HALIFAX FEAST: Big Twang Theory, Spree. GROS MORNE: Cod on a Stick, Newfoundland Vinyl.

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MICHAEL ROBSON – COMPOSER/ACCOMPANIST

VILLAINS: The Maid’s Tragedy (Composer, Musical Director), The Roaring Girl (Actor), A Yorkshire Tragedy (Music Director, Musician), Bartholomew Fair (Assistant Music Director, Musician). KING’S THEATRICAL SOCIETY: Lysistrata (Composer, Musical Director), An Ideal Husband (Composer), The Penelopiad (Composer, Vocal Director), Sisters (Composer, Sound Design). TWO PLANKS AND A PASSION: Rockbound (Composer’s assistant). SAINTS ALIVE! THEATRE: Beautiful City (workshop) (Composer, Music Director), Into the Woods (Assistant Musical Director), The Secret Garden (Actor), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Actor). DAL OPERA WORKSHOP: Orpheus in the Underworld (Actor). TRAINING: Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Music (Composition), 2012.

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DAVID ROSSETTI – BOSOLA

VILLAINS: 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 (Actor). FESTIVAL ANTIGONISH: The Motor Trade, Anything Goes (Actor). HALIFAX THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: 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: Trailer Park Boys Season 8 (SwearNet), Seed (CityTV), All The Wrong Reasons (Myriad Pictures), Mr.D (CBC) Moving Day (Trailer Park Productions) Call Me Fitz (HBO), Haven (E1 Entertainment). TRAINING: Humber College Conservative for the Performing Arts; Toronto Arts Centre; Fight Directors Canada.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

 

This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production
under the Artists’ Collective Policy.