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The Do-Gooders

BY JESSICA MOSS

FOUR LIBERALS TRY TO DO GOOD. WHATEVER THAT MEANS.

Beth is just trying to do something nice. Sarah Jane is just trying to do some good.
Anthony is just trying to do what’s right. And Richie is just trying to do what he has to.
​When four well-meaning people have dinner at the end of the world, what disaster will destroy them all first?

Join us in the Mainstage Theatre 

JESSICA MOSS/ PLAYWRIGHT

​Jessica writes and acts. Or she’d like to: it’s tough out there. She describes her work as emotional, feminist comedy. Training: Juilliard.

NICOLE ARENDS/ DIRECTOR

Nicole loves directing plays and has directed and assistant directed professionally (YPT) and independently (Fringe), as well as in community theatre (Alumnae and Village Players). She particularly loves directing (and attending) unique, immersive, site-specific productions. Some of her previous work at Alumnae includes Just One of the Guys (Audio Play), Impressionism (Director 2019), The Gut Girls (Lady Helena 2017), Collected Stories (Director 2002), and Wally (NIF 2000). She also directed several plays on Zoom through the CyberReads series and co-hosted the Zoom Theatre Labs. Upcoming projects include The Departure Train (Audio Play) and Mending Fences (Village Players). Website: nicolearends.com

THE CAST
 

JACOB KLICK/ ​ANTHONY

Jacob Klick is making his third stage appearance, and first since the beginning of the pandemic, after having previously played Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie (Village Players) and Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice (Scarborough Players). Jacob is currently a student in the Theatre & Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto, directed in collaboration with Sheridan College. He thanks his family and friends for their unwavering love and support, as well as everyone in attendance for their active participation in Canadian theatre.

SIMONE MATHESON/ ​BETH

Simone Matheson is a Queer multi-disciplinary artist, classically trained actor, and theatre creator born and raised in Tkaronto. Simone is the Co-Artistic Director of Arrowwood Theatre Co. and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor. Simone has co-created and performed in the Toronto Fringe (Icarus), Dark Crop Festival (Icarus; Here and There), Soulpepper’s QueerFutures2099 (Contactless), Shakespeare in Action’s Weston: Then and Now (Nurses: Then and Now), and more. Presently, Simone is co-writing an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, funded by Theatre Passe Muraille and the OAC, and theatrical theory, “Theatre of Cringe” with mentor, Kayla Besse (Tangled Arts + Disability).

LEONARD MARIO ZGRABLIC/ ​RICHIE

Given his realization of the damage potential of humanity’s obsession with good vs. evil, heroes vs. villains, Leonard is glad to be a part of this refreshing story. He has returned to the Toronto stage after several years, having previously acted in and directed plays for the InspiraTO Festival, also held on Alumnae’s MainStage. In the interim, he has been involved with multiple works for Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre as both actor and director.

FATMA NAGUIB/ ​SARAH JANE

Fatma is an Egyptian Actor, Comedian, and Content Creator based in Toronto. You may have seen her on Netflix’s Newton’s Cradle or heard her voice as Queen Amanitore in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI game. If you speak Arabic, you might have come across her TEDx talk or her women empowerment content with over 35 million views. She has done dubbing and voiceover work for Nickelodeon, Starz, OSN, and MTV to name a few. She has a BA in Filmmaking and a BFA in Painting. She is currently studying comedy writing and performance, along with her training at The Second City.

THE PRODUCTION TEAM
 

MECHELLE WU/ ​STAGE MANAGER

Mechelle does a little bit of everything. She is currently a writer and Linguistics student at the University of Toronto, looking to get back into the performing arts. She has playwriting, directing, and stage management experience, with her last production being a surrealist-horror rendition of Three Blind Mice. Mechelle also occasionally acts and sings, having starred as Levi in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (David Foster Theatre). In her free time, she composes and paints.

JUDIT MURPHY/ ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

​Judit is a new member of The Alumnae Theatre Company, and this innovative one-act play marks her first role in live theatre creation. After a long break from the arts, Judit recently completed a Screenwriting program offered at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is currently studying Drama online through the University of Saskatchewan.

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