Cast and Creative Team
Starring DAVID FERRY, RYAN HOLLYMAN, and R.H. THOMSON
Written by FRANK MCGUINNESS
Directed by TEGAN SHOHET
Set and Lighting Design by STEVE LUCAS
Sound Design by TODD CHARLTON
Costume Design by GILLIAN GALLOW
Stage Managed by TANYA GREVE
Production Managed by DOUG MORUM
David Ferry has acted on and off Broadway, on film, radio and TV, and at all the major Canadian regional and alternative theatres. This past summer, he appeared as Captain Ahab in the Stratford world premiere of Morris Panych’s Moby Dick. This fall, he acted a principal role in the feature film All Saints Day. He has had four Dora Award acting nominations, most recently in 2008 for his performance in Lullaby. He also performed last season in Alias Godot at Tarragon Theatre. In the new year, he will appear in Crow’s Theatre’s production of Eternal Hydra and he is slated to play Willy Loman in Victoria. He is also an award-winning director and dramaturge in the theatre, and has served as Artistic Director at three theatre companies. He recently edited a collection of plays by James Reaney (Reaney Days in the West Room), as well as compiled and edited a selection of monologues from Canadian play scripts called He Speaks (both for Playwrights Canada Press).
Ryan Hollyman is an actor born and raised in Toronto. He is a graduate of Concordia University’s performance program and was a member of the Montreal Young Company, under Bill Glassco. Since graduating from school he has been involved in various productions taking him throughout Canada, USA, England, Australia, New Zealand and Norway. He has worked with Mirvish, Canadian Stage, Passe Muraille, Factory, Centaur and many other companies. He has received two Les Masques awards and two Dora Award nominations for his work in Montreal and Toronto.
R.H. Thomson has worked as actor and director in theatre, film and television for the past thirty years. Most recently, he appeared in the Greek film Antanasia by Panos Karkanevatos and the CBC television mini series The Englishman’s Boy directed by John Smith and based on the novel by Guy Vanderhaeghue. He has directed at theatres across Canada and most recently played Willy Brandt in Michael Frayn’s play Democracy at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.
His roles have ranged from Marc Antony in Julius Caesar at Canada’s Stratford Festival to Glenn Gould in the play Glenn by David Young. Thomson was Artistic Director for the 1991-92 season of Toronto’s World Stage Theatre Festival, as well as the Co-Artistic Director of ShakespeareWorks until 2006. He hosted Man Alive on CBC television for three seasons. In 2001, he wrote and performed a solo show called The Lost Boys based on the 760 letters from his five great uncles who served in WWI. Throughout his career, he has been a strong supporter of indigenous Canadian work.
He has earned acting awards for his work in all three media, as well as the Toronto Drama Award for his outstanding body of work and the Gascon-Thomas award in recognition of his career and activism in the arts. He won a Gemini Award in 2003 for his writing in the CBC Current Affairs program segment The Lost Boys. In 2007, Mr. Thomson co-created and produced the Vimy Vigil in Ottawa for Veterans Affairs Canada. Currently he lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.
Producer & Director
A Toronto native, Tegan Shohet has combined her passion for the theatre with a law career. Ms. Shohet’s legal experience includes working with the lead Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She has traveled to Zambia to study the impact of HIV and AIDS on women’s access to justice, co-presenting her team’s findings at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women NGO Conference. In 2007-08, she clerked for The Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Meanwhile, Ms. Shohet has trained with some of the best Canadian and international theatre talent, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Summer School, with Soulpepper Theatre Company, and with the British American Drama Academy’s Garrick Group (working with such stage luminaries as John Barton, Bill Gaskill and Deborah Warner). Ms. Shohet's credits include performances at Harvard, the Oxford Playhouse, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in the Yale Drama School’s “Cabaret”.
Ms. Shohet is a graduate of Harvard, Oxford, and Yale Law School, and a Rhodes Scholar.
Set & Lighting Design
Steve Lucas has designed sets and lighting for more than 250 productions of theatre, dance and performance art. His work has been seen in venues throughout Canada and the United States as well as throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
Mr. Lucas is the artistic director of Theatre 2.0, with which he conceived and directed the award-winning Breath[e], which played Toronto, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Theatre 2.0 has also created live performances for the Shadow Ball at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Mr. Lucas has received several awards including a MECCA award and four Dora Awards for his set and lighting designs. He has also been nominated for several of Canada’s most prestigious awards, including the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and twenty-nine Dora Awards.
For more information, please visit stevelucasdesign.com.
Mr. Charlton has designed sound for hundreds of shows over the past twenty years. He has just finished his 11th season at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, designing Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Palmer Park. His career favourites include Richard Rose’s Inexpressible Island and Glenn for Necessary Angel, Peter Hinton’s The Swanne trilogy at Stratford, Martha Henry’s Of Mice and Men and Ghosts at Stratford, and of course Scorched with Richard Rose at Tarragon. Mr. Charlton is also actively involved with the theatre program at Sheridan College where he both designs and teaches. Mr. Charlton has worked internationally as a sound consultant for the NHL and Major League Baseball. He has been nominated for four Dora Awards for Outstanding Sound Design. Todd is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and lives happily in Stratford with his wife Melissa, and his three boys, Harper, Jack and Devlin.
Ms. Gallow recently completed designing costumes for The Grand Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol, and for the last four seasons she was a Set and Costume Design Assistant at the Stratford Festival. Other credits include: Associate Set Design for Merchant of Venice (Stratford Festival); Costume Design for The Graduate and Real Estate (The Grand Theatre), and The Pillowman (Canadian Stage); Set and Costume Design for Mary’s Wedding and The Paper Bag Princess (The Grand Theatre), The Bear (Preface Theatre and the AGO), Family Stories: Belgrade (Actors Repertory Company). Gillian’s upcoming designs include: Costume Design Unbuntu (Tarragon Theatre/Neptune Theatre) and Awake and Sing (Soulpepper), Set and Costume Design Night (NAC and Human Cargo), Syringa Tree (The Grand Theatre), Missing (Factory Theatre), Appetite (Theatre Passe Muraille).
Tanya Greve’s selected theatre credits include: Eco Show and Insomnia for Necessary Angel; Bombay Black for Cahoots Theatre Projects/Vancouver Arts Club; Dying to Be Sick for Pleiades Theatre/NAC; Three Squares a Day, The Yoko Ono Project and Alien Creature for Theatre Passe Muraille; A Short History of Night, Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, The Gwendolyn Poems and Trout Stanley for Factory Theatre; Girl in the Goldfish Bowl for Tarragon Theatre; Late for Obsidian Theatre; Merit Gets Wired and The Secret Garden for Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People; What Lies Before Us and Time After Time: The Chet Baker Project for Crow’s Theatre; and eight seasons at the Blyth Festival. Upcoming she will spend most of her time at Berkeley Street stage managing Bear With Me for Nightwood Theatre, And Up They Flew for Theatre Columbus and Hardsell with Necessary Angel.