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FireWorks Festival 2023
The Caligula Exiles

by Sarah Danielle Pitman

Director: Cassidy Sadler
Assistant Producers: Mihaela Kiraca, Sarah Muhoza, Anupriya Basu, Twisha Thakar, and Trisha Harlan

November 8-12, 2023 
in the Studio Theatre


Somewhere off an unnamed coast, a gale rises. Gus, a cantankerous lighthouse keeper, and Phoebe, a ghost with a particular fondness for poetry, rush to fortify their home against the tempest’s onslaught. When a bewildered castaway washes up on the shore, Gus must invent a way to escape their rocky confines and return him to dry land. But Phoebe, afraid of being left alone, hatches a plan to keep them both at the lighthouse forever. An epic that is both lyrically funny and tragic, The Caligula Exiles reveals the deeds we are driven to in our longing to find connection.

FireWorks Festival 2023 is generously supported by

THE PLAYWRIGHT

SARAH DANIELLE PITMAN

​Sarah Danielle Pitman (she/her) is an emerging playwright who grew up on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC nations. She has had her plays performed with Vino Buono Productions, The Belfry Theatre, Hapax Theatre, and Iuvenis Productions in Victoria BC, The Cultch’s Ignite! Youth Festival in Vancouver, and Patchwork Plays in Toronto. She is currently studying playwriting at the National Theatre School in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal.

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

CAROLYN ZAPF/ DRAMATURG

​Carolyn Zapf is a writer, dramaturg, and publishing professional. She is currently editing several non-fiction books for the University of Toronto Press. As a playwright, she has written commissioned works for theatres across Canada, and was the first playwright-in-residence for the National Theatre School of Canada (English section). For Alumnae Theatre, she served as co-artistic director/producer and dramaturg of the New Ideas Festival for 8+ years and is presently a dramaturg for FireWorks Festival, as well as for several individual playwrights. She is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. 

CASSIDY SADLER/ DIRECTOR

​A director, actor and producer, Cassidy began working with Alumnae Theatre at age 17 in the 2012 New Ideas Festival. She is passionate about new works, immersive experiences, and experimental theatre. She is a company member of Live History, whose site-specific work can be seen internationally. Cassidy is the Associate Producer at Roseneath Theatre. Additional credits include: Back to the Bar (Sidestreet Theatre/Toronto Fringe); A Tonic for Desperate Times (Theatre Gargantua); The Curious Voyage (DopoLavoro Teatrale/Talk is Free Theatre); The Pride of Life and Mankind (Poculi Ludique Societas/Stan’s Cafe/Metropolitan Museum of Art).

JULIE GALLAGHER/ ​STAGE MANAGER

Julie is an English and former Drama teacher who provided platforms for young people to experience and participate in theatre. She supports and has developed drama based on a collaborative creative process. She directed and produced high school theatre for over 20 years. She recently worked as stage manager for Back to the Bar (Sidestreet Theatre) in the 2023 Toronto Fringe Festival. 

NICHOLAS KOY SANTILLO/ ​FIGHT DIRECTOR

​Nicholas is a classically trained actor, receiving an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre from LAMDA and a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University in Montreal.  He has trained in the martial-dance performance style of traditional Beijing Opera, at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) in Beijing, and also in Western styles of stage combat – where he is certified as an Advanced Actor-Combatant through Fight Directors Canada.  He has been working professionally in the theatre since 2008.

THE CAST

KAREN SCORA/ ​PHOEBE

​Karen is a Dora-nominated actor who has studied improv at Second City and stage combat at Rapier Wit and is a graduate of Sheridan College and UofT’s joint Theatre and Drama Studies program. She is currently acting for Escape Show, bringing people together through puzzles and play! Selected theatre credits: Back to the Bar (Sidestreet Theatre at Toronto Fringe Festival), Bone Cage (One Four One Collective at The Assembly Theatre), Back Mirror (New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre). Selected film/TV credits:Succubus (Burgundy Dragon), Believer (FAST motion studios), An Unexpected Killer (Oxygen), Hotel Paranormal (T+E). Karen is also an educator who teaches children with a particular emphasis on sharing her passion for theatre through drama and storytelling-based programs.

ANDREA LYONS/
GUS

Selected theatre: String of PearlsAugust: Osage CountyBrockfest (Alumnae), Late Company (Village Players, ACT-CO award for Best Production: Drama), Much Ado About NothingAll’s Well That Ends Well (Dauntless City Theatre), The Sad Blisters (Glass Hammer Productions).  Andrea is cohost/coproducer of SNAK The Show, a four-minute talk show that celebrates Canadian talent. Check it out at snaktheshow.com

ADRIAN CHEVALIER/ TRISTAN

​Adrian Chevalier is a Toronto-based actor born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto/Sheridan College Joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program and was a member of Regina’s Globe Theatre School Youth Company for three seasons. Most recently, he has appeared as Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (Sunbeam Theatre Co.), Mr. Phillips in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical (Hillcrest Village Players), and Vronsky in Anna Karenina (Theatre Erindale). He was also the associate producer and stage manager for the 2023 touring production of ONE NIGHT ONLY (duhdumduhdum productions), which played at seven Fringe Festivals across seven Canadian cities.

*ACCESSIBILITY*

The Festival is held in Alumnae Theatre’s 3rd floor walk-up studio, which is not currently wheelchair accessible.

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