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2018/19 SEASON

FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2018

The Pigeon​

BY CHLOË WHITEHORN 

Produced by Molly Thom and Liz Best
Directed by Victoria Shepherd  

November 7 – 11, 2018  in the Studio.

The Pigeon
What could Jegger, a young punk, and Malone, a middle-aged woman, possibly have in common?

​Drawn together by their mutual hatred for the woman who damaged them both, they plot her destruction. They say revenge is a dish best served cold – and sometimes it’s like a box of ​chocolates…

The Pigeon

November 7 - 11, 2018

Watch the Video Trailer:

Trailer by Nicholas Porteous

Reviews · The Pigeon

“… a new, exciting and daring play for mature audiences. With beautiful relationships between contrasting characters, and a plot for revenge – this play will take you on a rollercoaster ride from start to finish.”

“It was easy to see that the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show from start to finish, with many laughs and intense looks to fellow theatre goers to see their reactions to tense scenes. Ending with a standing ovation, I recommend seeing this play.”
– MOONEY ON THEATRE


“Stellar, compelling performances …”
– LIFE WITH MORE COWBELL

The Pigeon · Special Events

Opening Night Celebration

​Wed. November 7, 2018

After the show join cast and crew in the lobby to celebrate the Opening night of THE PIGEON.

Panel Discussion

Thurs. November  8, 2018 

After performance of THE PIGEON
We “pull back the curtain” for a stimulating panel discussion about issues raised by the play.

Soundscapes & Silence - Panel Discussion

John Stuart Campbell – Sound designer, with guitar and looper.

John Stuart Campbell has been designing sound for Victoria Shepherd for many years. Whether it’s reworking a classic song, or, composing original music, John makes his musical mark on each production. Hear him speak about creating the soundscape, the importance of silence and watch how he writes and arranges, using his guitar and a looper.

Writer/Director Talkback

​Sat. November 10, 2018

After the Matinee performance of THE PIGEON. ​Not to be missed.

FireWorks Team 2019

Chloë Whitehorn, Playwright
Chloë’s work often examines taboo moralities, tragic love, and the licentious desires and imaginative reasoning of human beings. At Alumnae: Mourning After the Night Before (NIF 2018), Divine Wrecks  (FireWorks 2015), The Deepest Trench (NIF 2013), Jegger and Malone (Big Ideas 2015). Other works include, Love, Virtually (Toronto Best of Fringe), The Frank Diary of Anne (San Francisco and London Fringe Festivals), Lei in Love’s Shadow (Humber River Shakespeare Co.), Dressing Amelia, Clarissa on her Deathbed, and, How to Not Die Horribly in a Fire. Chloë currently resides in South Carolina. For more information please visit: www.chloewhitehorn.com

Victoria Shepherd, Director
Victoria has been a proud Alumnae Member since 2004, most recently directing August: Osage County for the company.  She has directed readings of Chloe Whitehorn’s Divine Wrecks, and Jegger and Malone (now re-titled Pigeon) at Big Ideas and is thrilled to be making her FireWorks directing debut with Pigeon. 

Actors

John Shubat, Jegger
John received his B.A. (Hons) from The University of Toronto specializing in Theatre and Performance Studies. John thanks his friends and family for their continued support.

Marina Gomes,  Amy
Born in Toronto, Marina is an artist holding her BFA-Acting from the University of Windsor. Recent roles include: Gower/Cambridge/Monsieur le Fer in Henry V and Maria in a workshop performance of Twelfth Night as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Festival Players Academy. Marina is thrilled to be a part of this year FireWorks Festival and is thankful to her cast, crew, Victoria and Chloë!!

Liz Best, Malone
Liz is an actor, director, producer and playwright. Acting credits: Surrender, Dorothy (FireWorks    Festival), Inked Heart (FireWorks Festival), Meet the Family (City TV). Playwright credits: The Bay (Big Ideas Festival, PAL Reading). Surrender, Dorothy (FireWorks Festival, Procunier Hall, Palace Theatre in London, February 2019). Directing credits: The Dining Room (Marion Abbott Productions), Crossing Delancey (Encore Entertainment), The Goodbye Girl (Scarborough Players).

Production Team

Molly Thom, Producer
Director, dramaturge, writer and sometime actor, Molly is best known as the author/director of The Bush-Ladies. She has dramaturged and directed several plays by Shirley Barrie, including; Beautiful Lady, Measure of the WorldI Am Marguerite, as well as The Gambler by Ronald Weihs . And because in the theatre you don’t do just one thing, Molly is the co-founder of Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival and resident director of Shoestring Opera, a company that presents opera for children in schools and theatres.

Liz Best, Associate Producer
Liz learned all about producing while working at Marion Abbott Productions.  With only two weeks to produce a show, the FireWorks Festival is a dream!

Matt Jensen, Stage Manager
Matt is an actor, writer and director who most recently worked as a stage manager for the 2018 New Ideas Festival. He has performed at Alumnae Theatre in 5 shows, and appeared on TV networks including: USA, Disney XD, Space, SyFy, CTV and CBC, as well as lending his voice to several projects. He writes and directs his own short films and has several projects currently in development.

Nicole Entin, Assistant Director
​Nicole’s experience in theatre has expanded from actor, to playwright, and now to assistant director! She is currently studying at the Abelard School, and is a proud member of Alumnae Theatre. This is Nicole’s first production as an assistant director with Alumnae, and she is delighted to be a part of the FireWorks Festival, as well as to have the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew.

​Peter Defreitas, Costume Designer

Catherine Beecraft, Props
Catherine joined the Alumnae in 1979. She has acted, operated lights, sound and produced (once!). 
​She made her reputation as a Stage Manager extraordinaire but prefers the smaller jobs these days.​ 

Molly Thom, Dramaturge

Liam Stewart, Lighting Designer
Liam is a director with a camera, a Lighting Designer in the theatre and has a passion for creativity.
Liam works in the Film industry as an Electrician, laying cable and powering lights. He learns from the best on set, bringing new insight to the stage. Constantly testing equipment to create new emotions and atmospheres with light. He also enjoys leisurely strolls through the park and writing short films.

Alexis Chubb, Set Designer
Alexis is pleased to be working with Alumnae Theatre on FireWorks for the second year. Alexis has previously worked with Alumnae on August: Osage County. She has also designed Sabrina Fair, Scotland Road, Moonlight and Magnolias, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife with Amicus Productions as well as Tainted Justice, Queen Milli of Galt, and Real Estate at the Village Playhouse. Enjoy the show.

 

John Stuart Campbell, Sound Designer

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