Shortlisted for the 2015 Manitoba Books Awards | Chris Johnson Award for Best New Play by a Manitoba Playwright
the miser of middlegate BY CAROLYN GRAY
developed by zone41 theatre
co-produced with Theatre Projects Manitoba
Ryan James Miller
Marina Stephenson Kerr
DIRECTOR Krista Jackson
DRAMATURGE Bruce McManus
SET DESIGN Grant Guy
COSTUME DESIGN Angela Fey
LIGHTING DESIGN Scott Henderson
ORIGINAL MUSIC Greg Lowe
HAIR DESIGN Amber Casselman of Oxfords Salon
STAGE MANAGER Lisa Nelson
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Ali Fulmyk
APPRENTICE DRAMATURGE Casey Shapira
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Steven Vande Vyvere
October 3-13, 2013 | Published by Scirocco Drama
Photos: Leif Norman
Thanks to actors Graham Ashmore, Rodrigo Beilfuss, Jay Brazeau, Patricia Hunter, John B. Lowe, Erin McGrath & Angie St. Mars for your contributions in the development process.
CBC - Manitoba Cultural Makers name best artistic events of 2013 - Ray Hogg - Artistic Director Rainbow Stage Picks:
The Miser of Middlegate - Theatre Projects Manitoba & zone41
- I loved the creative use of physio balls, the simple elegance of the set design and construction, the fabulous acting, the sublimely comic script and the masterful direction provided by Krista Jackson. I laughed so hard my face was sore for a week, I was able to skip my ab work out, and I swear I lengthened my life span by ten years. The transformative power of theatre indeed!
Inspired by Molière's L’Avare and structured as an homage to the stylish screwball movie comedies of the ’30s, Gray’s script is a comedy of manners with no manners at all. It’s witty, energetic, mildly racy, and well-paced, including jokes about the Fort Garry Hotel, vibrators, lobster-throwing… and money.
Director Krista Jackson keeps the show zipping from line to smart-aleck line, maintaining that taut divide between farce and comedy. This production allows the actors to fully exploit their proficiencies with physical comedy, including a dinner party during which the well-dressed guests are seated on giant rolling pilates balls.
— Winnipeg Review