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 

Andrew Cecon

Shannon Guile

Ryan James Miller

Nicholas Rice

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 

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Photo: Leif Norman

Nicholas Rice, Andrew Cecon & Marina Stephenson Kerr