With three weeks (yikes!) before opening night and rehearsals well under way, I wanted to take a brief moment to introduce the leading players in this backstage, biblical farce. As a bonus, we've got special headshots from our "Adam and Eve" photoshoot!
JARED BISHOP as GAVIN PRICE
Jared Bishop is an original member of Docket Theatre, playing Gavin 3 years ago in the inaugural production Genesis, directingThreesome, and playing the Director in last year’s One Man Show. Jared graduated from the University of Guelph with a General Arts BA where he played Rosencrantz in Judith Thompson’s “revamped” Hamlet. From national improv tournaments to improv classes with middle aged women trying to “find themselves”, from dancing around like a fairy in A Midsommer Nights Dreame to running a revolution from his bathtub in Marat/Sade, Jared is always open to new experiences on stage. Jared could most recently be seen starring as The Boyfriend in Wesley J. Colford’s My Friend’s Best Friend’s Boyfriend (New Ideas Festival, 2013).
HAYDEN FINKELSHTAIN as CHRISTOPHER O'BRIEN
Hayden is currently in the middle of his training at the Ryerson Theatre School's Acting Conservatory program. He has been been performing for the last eleven years training, originally, in musical theatre, but has now been lucky enough to experience theatre all over the spectrum. He is extremely excited to be a part of the Fringe Festival for the first time. Some favorite past credits include: 13 Dragons (Performing Occupy Toronto), Calypso Brother (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), and Elijah the Prophet (Moby Dick! The Musical).
TESS DINGMAN as CATHY JONES/"EVE"
Tess is a Stratford native who is now addicted to Toronto. She was part of Britta Johnson's 'Big Box Story' produced at the Avon Theatre in Stratford, Ryerson University's first year class in '11-'12, and now is part of The Paprika Festival and its Advisory Board. She is hoping to keep her love of theatre and art side-by-side as she pursues Graphic Art and Marketing/Advertising this coming year. She's pretty dope.
WESLEY J. COLFORD as ANDREW ELRICK/"ADAM"
Wesley J. Colford is an emerging actor/playwright from Sydney, Nova Scotia and Artistic Director of Aim for the Tangent Theatre. In the past four years, Wesley has written five full-length plays (including two musicals), nine one-acts, eight short plays for children, and has been produced in three provinces. His most recent success includes the hit Toronto Fringe Vaudeville Musical, The Wakowski Bros., which was honored with rave reviews, a sold out run, and inclusion in the 2012 Best of Fringe. It will receive its professional premiere at Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, ON in 2014. Following the Toronto Fringe, he will spend the summer touring the East Coast in Pizza Passion (Cape Breton Theatre Company) and Mature Young Adults (Atlantic Fringe Festival).
KATIE HOUSLEY as AMBER NICHOLAS/"THE SNAKE"
Katie is a recent graduate of the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto. She has acted in many plays, both within the UCDP and independent theatre companies throughout Toronto. Recent theatre credits include Beer Girl as part of the Ryerson Theatre School's Director's Showcase, Performing Occupy Toronto, also written by Rosamund Small with Docket Theatre, andThe Rules with the UCDP, directed by Banuta Rubess and Tanja Jacobs, in addition to numerous short films. Katie will be appearing in Teatron Theatre's mainstage production of Seven Days premiering in January 2014 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. She hopes you have as much fun watching the show as she did acting in it!
ALSO IN THE WORKS......
In other Genesis news, we have officially announced our "PWYC Preview Performance" on June 28th at 8:00 at Trinity St. Paul's United Church (where the show will take place).
Instead of having another boring fundraiser, we're offering our closest friends a chance to see the show before the regular Fringe audiences hit, giving us a chance to try things out in front of an audience while raising a little bit of money and creating an excuse for a bit of a party.
The evening will begin with a full hour of original and liturgical-themed music by the obscenely talented Alex McCulloch. Then following the show there will be a hilarious live auction of donated items in the theme of the show. Bidding starts at $2.
THAT'S A WRAP!
Filming wrapped on Monday for a Genesis "mockumentary" trailer/prequel. Shot enough material for a full pilot episode! Can't wait to see what video mastermind Nicholas Porteous edits together. Stay tuned for updates!