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B to Z

BY MADELINE ELLIOTT KENNEDY

“My name is Bess. I’m sorry we’re meeting under such circumstances. You look nice.”

You’re invited back in time. When wars were called civil, cotton killed, and we rooted for the men in blue.
With the cries of war ringing in her ears, a young nurse must use her grit, morbid sense of humour,
​and some fast learning to perform her best waltz yet.​

Join us in the Mainstage Theatre 

MADELINE KENNEDY/ PLAYWRIGHT

​Madeline Elliott Kennedy is a Niagara-born, Toronto-based artist with focused training in Suzuki, Viewpoints and site-specific devising. She believes the strongest storytellers are students first who consistently seek new teachers to learn from. Madeline is thrilled by new innovative theatre in Canada, and she is committed to making the audience an active beneficiary of the work she creates, both by collaborating with others and questioning her own artistic work. She hopes you enjoy the collaboration of her two characters in this show: they’ll need all the support they can get! Thanks always to Gabriella, Goldie, and Lorne.

LORI DELORME/ DIRECTOR

A graduate of McGill University’s English/Theatre program, Lori has acted, directed, written, stage managed, and even costumed a few folks along the way. Lori is a co-founder of No Model Types Productions and Just in a Bowl Productions, with whom she co-wrote and acted in two plays, Unsinkable and The Hungarian Suicide Duel, both performed as part of the Fringe Festival across Canada. Recent credits include Governing Ourselves (director, New Ideas Festival), Top Girls (producer, Alumnae Theatre) and Belle Darling, Klondike Queen (director, FireWorks Festival).

THE CAST
 

LIZZIE MOFFATT/ BESS

Lizzie Moffatt (she/her) is a theatre artist based in Tkaronto specializing in performance, directing, and movement devising. Past credits include directing Cabaret (QMT) and This is Our Youth (Vagabond), voice acting in War of the Worlds (Frog in Hand) and Puffs (Lower Ossington Theatre), and performing in New & Used (The Cellar Door Project/Canadian Theatre Research Conference). Lizzie is the Education Coordinator with Shakespeare in Action and an Artist Educator with Single Thread Theatre. She was a Summer Company member with Frog in Hand dance theatre and completed a residency at the Banff Centre. Lizzie holds a BAH in Drama from Queen’s University and trained at George Brown’s Acting Conservatory. She is currently studying with NSIP to receive certification in Intimacy Direction/Coordination.

KAYNE WYLIE/ ​ZEKE

Kayne is thrilled to be joining Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival for the second time. He is a graduate of the Acting for Film & Television program at Humber College. Credits include Speed Dating at the Bull & Bell (New Ideas Festival), Dispatch and Indifference (Newmarket National Play Festival), That’s Life and Communist Mummies from Mars (Humber Film Production). Kayne thanks his family and friends for their constant support.

THE PRODUCTION TEAM
 

KATE DOWDALL/ ​STAGE MANAGER

Kate (she/her) is excited to be stage managing B to Z for Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival. Acting credits include the NAGs Players’ 2017 pantomime Rumpelstiltskin and 2018’s The Coarse Acting Show 2. Stage managing credits include the NAGs Players’ pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat as well as the Aquarius Players’ The Taming of the Shrew for the Toronto Fringe Festival (both 2019). Kate would like to thank friends, family, and you for supporting live theatre.

DANA KOKOSKA/ ​ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Dana is thrilled to take on the role of Assistant Stage Manager for NIF’s production of Madeline Kennedy’s B to Z. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is currently working as an engineer. However, she has a strong passion for the arts and creative endeavours. She has previously held the role of Master Painter for the Engineering Musical Skule Nite and is an illustrator and photographer on the side. This is her first time stage managing, and she is very excited to be a part of the B to Z team!

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