Recently accepted as part of Thomas Middleton’s canon, this chilling, satirical drama tells the story of a malcontent who returns to the Italian court to avenge his poisoned fiancee.
This play was staged in repertory along with A Chaste Maid in Cheapside in February 2011 at the Bus Stop Theatre.
“”… I was riveted by the dark and blood-thirsty machinations, which are served up with a healthy dose of humour.”
“Add the creative and effective staging and eye-popping costumes, and you have theatre that deserves to be seen.” – The Coast
Director: Dan Bray
Assistant Director: Luciana Fernandes
Stage Managers: Christine Daniels and Angela Wiggins
Music Director: Mike Chandler
Costume Designer: Matthew Peach and Tarah Lee Coates
Fight Coach: David Rossetti
Lighting Designer: Matthew Downey
Production Manager: Colleen MacIsaac
Playwright: Thomas Middleton
Heather Beresford: The Duchess
Mike Chandler: The Duke
Tarah Lee Coates: Ghost
Jocelyn Conway: Castiza
Andrew Davies: Sordido
Edward Finigan: Officer, Dondolo
Eric Fitzpatrick: Spurio
Daniel Gervais: Junior Brother, Servant
Alison House: Judge
Sebastien Labelle: Hippolito
Jimmy MacDonald: Lussurioso
Padraigh MacDonald: Ambitoso
Colleen MacIsaac: Peiro
Elizabeth McCarthy: Gratiana
Keith Morrison: Keeper
Robert Murphy: Supervacuo
Chris O’Neill: First Lord
Matthew Peach: Vindice
Jesse Robb: Antonio
Claire St Francois: Second Lord
Chloe Sullivan: Ambitioso’s Henchman
Zara Tufts: Nencio
HEATHER BERESFORD – DUCHESS
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.
DAN BRAY – DIRECTOR
Dan Bray is a proud alumnus of the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Study of Drama and Dalhousie University. Over the past two years, Dan has directed two shows for VPT: The Duchess of Malfi (2009) by John Webster and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore by John Ford (2010). He also co-created/directed Vindice’s Folly with Colleen MacIsaac for the 2010 Nocturne (Art at Night) Festival. He is very excited about his current production – Thomas Middleton’s decadent drama, The Revenger’s Tragedy – and is glad he is has the opportunity to share it with such a large group of amazing actors.
MIKE CHANDLER – DUKE, 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 – GHOST, COSTUME DESIGNER
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.
JOCELYN CONWAY – CASTIZA
Born and raised in Toronto, Jocelyn has been a resident of Halifax for over three years. Currently cast in the vampire film Bloodtini and with the recent completion of Maggie 30,000 (co-writer, director, and actor), Jocelyn is excited to also begin work with VPT. Other recent credits include Zombiementary and The Vagina Monologues. Jocelyn is a graduate of Neptune’s Pre-Professional Training Program (2009-2010).
CHRISTINE DANIELS – STAGE MANAGER
Christine Daniels holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Lethbridge, AB. Since re-locating to Halifax, she has involved herself with the Halifax theatre community as a stage manager, actor, director, and acting coach for beginner and intermediate actors. This is Christine’s first production with VPT and she’s not been shy about sharing her excitement over working with this talented group of theatre artists.
Her favourite credits include directing Tics; or, Doing the Deed (Taboo Theatre) and The Most Massive Woman Wins (University of Lethbridge), stage managing Sea Marks (Dartmouth Players, J. Frederick Brown, dir.), and performing in the Theatre Arts Guild’s Pantomime last year and again this year. When she’s not busy in the theatre, she can often be found working either in an office or behind a microphone as a newbie voice actor.
ANDREW DAVIES – SORDIDO
Andrew 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).
LUCIANA FERNANDES – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Luciana Silvestre Fernandes is working with VPT for the second time and is super-excited about it. She had an amazing time as the A.D, dramaturge, and choreographer for ‘Tis Pity and is glad to be working with Dan Bray on another challenging and exciting project. Luciana is in her third year at Dalhousie University, combining honours in Theatre Studies and English. She is this year’s V.P of the Dal Theatre Society. She recently directed Living the Cave for the New Works Festival, Waltz #6 for the Atlantic Fringe, and she has acted in The Vagina Monologues and done backstage for La Velada. She also trained and performed with DalDance.
EDWARD FINIGAN – OFFICER, DONDOLO
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 – SPURIO
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.
DANIEL GERVAIS – JUNIOR BROTHER, SERVANT
Having recently becoming soft and lazy from spending so much time on the green screen and in the sound booth, and in an attempt to regain some “street-cred,” Daniel has assumed the roles of the Junior Son and Spurio’s Servant in The Revenger’s Tragedy. He has recently appeared as George in a dramatic reading of Writing as part of DaPoPo Theatre’s 2009 Live-In. Recently, Daniel taught improv and acting at the 2010 Nova Scotia High School Dramafest. He has appeared in sundry weighty roles such as Harold Hill in Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s production of The Music Man, as well as the Troll King in Peer Gynt at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Theatre and English, and has been seen in multiple roles at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival and Theatre by The Bay.
ALISON HOUSE – JUDGE
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.
SEBASTIEN LABELLE – HIPPOLITO
Sébastien is a recent graduate of the Dalhousie Acting Program and an alumnus of the Irondale School of Ensemble Theatre. He has also trained with Zuppa Theatre Co. and John Beale in devised theatre and clown. Recent roles include Ezekiel Cheever in The Crucible (Two Planks & a Passion Theatre), Louis in a workshop production of The Taming of Chance (2b Theatre), the second merchant in The Comedy of Errors, Virgil in Dante’s Divinus – Inferno, Arthur in The Fairy of the Lake and Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (DalTheatre). Sébastien has also collaborated with The Irondale Ensemble Project, DaPoPo Theatre, The Safety Position, Loosen the Noose Productions as well as the Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre.
JIMMY MACDONALD – LUSSURIOSO
This is Jimmy’s first collaboration with Vile Passeist Theatre. He is currently completing his theatre degree at Dalhousie University, where he has had the opportunity to perform in The Comedy of Errors, Dante’s Divinus: Inferno, Fairy of the Lake, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
PADRAIGH MACDONALD – AMBITIOSO
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 – PIERO
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
ELIZABETH MCCARTHY – GRATIANA
Elizabeth is a Halifax-born film and theatre actor. Beginning with her high school drama society under Sheila McLean, Elizabeth went on to study at TooBah Physical Theatre Centre in Vancouver, BC and with Patricia Hamilton in Victoria, BC and is a graduate of Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Programme.
Her stage training also includes work with John Beale, Live Art Dance, Jennette White and DaPoPo and Zuppa Theatre. She has performed in comedy ensembles (Jiff Martin Play’as, The Gidgets) and educational and historic theatre on both coasts (Vancouver Island School Board/Museums Association of BC, Keith’s Brewery) and worked and performed with several independent theatre companies, including DaPoPo Theatre (RUR), Le Theatre de Boheme (1984, The Balcony, Marat/Sade), Foghorn Theatre (The Shawl) and she most recently appeared as Leda in Vanishing Twins at the 2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival. Elizabeth is thrilled to make her Vile Passeist Theatre debut! Thanks for supporting independent theatre!
KEITH MORRISON – KEEPER
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.
ROBERT MURPHY – SUPERVACUO
Robert comes from Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he got his start in theatre performing in shows put on by Festival Antigonish. He recently graduated fropm the acting program at Dalhousie University where he had roles in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Fairy of the Lake, Dante’s Divinus and The Comedy of Errors. He was fortunate enough to get a job at the Stephenville Theatre Festival in Newfoundland where he had fun performing in Proof, Little Shop of Horrors and A Sculpin Named Sam. Robert has also appeared in the Atlantic Fringe Festival, performing as Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, and is currently employed at the Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre where he plays Frederick Von Touchmenot in A Christmas Carol: Get Scrooged.
CHRIS O’NEILL – FIRST LORD
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 – VINDICE, COSTUME DESIGNER
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).
JESSE ROBB – ANTONIO
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!
DAVID ROSSETTI – FIGHT COACH
David has spent the last ten years performing in educational touring shows around the US, and on stage and screen throughout Toronto. Favorite roles include: Vasques in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore with Vile Passeist Theatre, Malcolm in Macbeth and Cassio in Othello with Forward Theatre, Matthew D. Melody in the Welsh play Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco with Royal Porcupine Productions, and the one-man show Drinking in America by Eric Bogosian with Barebones Theatre. He also co-stared in Inventfilm’s premiere production Unique I.D. which won the Altadis USA award for film making at the AOF Festival in Hollywood. David appeared on the TV series Haven and can be heard in various radio ads across the maritimes. David is currently coming off the North American tour of CSI Live! by Mad Science Productions with CBS, and is now proud to call Halifax his home, where he looks forward to many East Coast adventures.
CLAIRE ST-FRANCOIS – SECOND LORD
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.
CHLOE SULLIVAN – HENCHMAN
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.
ZARA TUFTS – NENCIO
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!
ANGELA WIGGINS – STAGE MANAGER
Vile Passeist: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Stage Manager).