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You Have to Earn It

November 14 – 29, 2014​


by Ramona Baillie and Maria Popoff

This madcap roller-coaster ride pays homage to the screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s. A philandering boss, a scheming new employee and a wacky mail room clerk, to name just a few, all with hidden agendas. Can the unassuming Betty survive the intrigue of the corporate world?

Cast and Production Team

Catherine Frid (Playwright)

Ramona writes for film, television and theatre.  Her film scripts have been produced in Canada, Europe and the U.S. and have won various International Film and Screenplay Awards.  Her recent theatre credits include: Writer A Little Happiness, A Day in the Life, I’m Still Here, Drowning My Sorrow, Babies and The Cape; Writer/Producer The Acme Placement Agency; Producer Sylvia and The Heliconian’s Spring Fashion Show and Executive Producer A Woman of No Importance.

Maria is not only an award winning producer and director but she is also a mentor and production coach at the National Theatre School of Canada.  She has worked with great success in theatre, film and television, as well as the events industry.  Maria was a member of Canadian Stage’s Play Development Group.  She has collaborated on many new Canadian plays.  You Have To Earn It is the first play she has co-written.

Jennifer Radford (Director)

Recently relocated to Toronto from Kingston, Jennifer loves working with other people to create awesome stuff.  An experienced Indie Theatre Director, she’s also a Mixed Media Artist (, Actor, Writer, Graphic Designer, Maker, and unexpected Karaoke addict. She’s been an Indie Theatre Publicist, Founder/Artistic Director of Hope Theatre Projects and The Seat Of Your Pants Theatre Company, General Manager of Theatre Kingston, Grants Administrator (and co-program designer) of the City of Kingston Arts Fund, and the Artist Manager for Toronto’s Venetian Ball. In her spare time, she builds vintage bicycles and is a past member of the Board of Directors at Bikesauce, a DIY bike repair space and community hub.

Amy Swift (Betty)

Amy is making her Toronto debut with Alumnae Theatre after spending the past six years in New York and Los Angeles. Recent credits include: Semi-finalist in the 2014 NATS “National Musical Theatre Competition”; Billy Bonfire: A Rock Musical (World Premiere, BR Studios); Queen of the West (Manhattan Theatre Mission’s “Best New Musical”); Singing Dixie: A Country Jukebox Musical (Theatre Now New York’s “Audience Favorite”); The Secret Garden as Lily (Silverman Studios); Legally Blonde as Enid Hoopes (Columbia Square).


Kathleen Jackson Allamby (Dorothy)


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