Last week Genesis & Other Stories opened in Hamilton as part of the Pearl Company Winter Theatre Festival in Aim for the Tangent's second major production of Rosamund Small's hilarious farce. After a sold out run at the Toronto Fringe Festival, it was such a joy to re-visit this piece, although the new production brought its own new challenges.
Due to scheduling conflicts, three members of the original cast were unable to join us for these two revived runs (Hamilton and Red Sandcastle Theatre: advance tickets now available here), and so December was filled with rushed and ragged rehearsals, trying the stamina and mental agility of the brave new actors who had taken on the unenviable task of replacing three beloved and lauded ensemble members.
The result has been an extraordinary theatre experience, and a testament to the subjectivity and brilliance of live performance. While the script has remained (more or less) the same, injecting the play with new blood has irrevocably altered the very core of every character and relationship, meaning that events and decisions now play with entirely different motivation and subtext - a confusing and delightful challenge as one of two original castmates! In such a short period of time, our heroic new members of the team have seized their roles completely, making them entirely their own while honouring the spirit of the original script.
As we prepare to head back to Hamilton for our second weekend of shows, here's a brief introduction to our new band of players. If you saw the show at Fringe, come witness this exciting alternate reality. If you missed the show at Fringe, you're in for a treat.
(*** All headshots and promotional photos by Nicholas Porteous)
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).
Llyandra Jones is an actor, director, and theatre creator based in Toronto. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting program, and has trained with various professional theatre companies including the SITI Company, The International Michael Chekhov Association, and the summer program at the Moscow Art Theatre School. She is a founding member of Michael Chekhov Canada, an Associate Artist with Alternative Theatre Works, and the Artistic Director of Docket Theatre, a company dedicated to producing new work in Toronto. This March, you can see her as Masha in The Seagull at The Berkeley Street Theatre.
Selected Theatre: Falling: A Wake, The Outdoor Donnellys (Blyth Festival), Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (Hart House Theatre) Performing Occupy Toronto (Docket Theatre), Narcisse (St. Joseph Historical Society),Winter’s Tale, Angel’s Trumpet, The Russian Play (Theatre Erindale).
Hilary is a recent graduate of George Brown Theatre School's Acting Conservatory Program. She digs smart art, buttertarts, and Keith Moon. Ms. Scott has previously had the pleasure of playing Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Dixie Seatle), Leonora of The Libertine (Jeannette Lambermont-Morey), Little Women's Beth March (James Simon) and now...Satan. Many thanks to the lovely cast & crew of Aim for the Tangent Theatre!
IN OTHER NEWS....
This week, Aim for the Tangent announced our first ever General Auditions, casting for the next two plays in our 2014 Winter/Spring season: Dirty Stacee and Of Shapes Transformed by Love.
There are still a few more days to apply, so make sure you check out the full call for submissions at our Auditions page - perhaps you'll be featured on our next "Meet the Cast"!