By Stephen Massicotte
A Theatre Projects Manitoba Production
November 7-18 2018
A play with a heart as big as the prairie skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope and survival.
On the eve of her wedding Mary dreams of Charlie, her first love. Set in Western Canada during the First World War, Mary’s Wedding is the story of a recent English immigrant to Canada and a young farmer’s romance that unfolds through a series of dreamlike memories, punctuated by the innocence of new love, the courage of youth and the cruelty of fate.
2014-2018 marks the Centenary of the Great War, the 100th Anniversary of Armistice (November 11th, 2018) and the Battle of Moreuil Wood. Mary’s Wedding honours these historic events, how they shaped the lives of Canadians at that time, and the lives lost in battle.
Winnipeg Venue: Rachel Browne Theatre
Run time: 75 mins
Full performance schedule is in the sidebar of this page!
Directed by Sarah Constible
Featuring Justin Fry and Sarah Flynn
Set Design by Rebekah A.M. Enns
Costume Design by Joseph Abetria
Lighting Design by Adam Parboosingh
Sound Design by Matthew Waddell
Composition by Scott Nolan
Stage Managed by Michael Duggan & Sydney Hayduk
Production Management by Steve Vande Vyvere
Production Assistant is Liam Naughten
On tour in the Interlake: October 9 – November 4, 2018
Interlake & Rural Performances:
Sunday, October 14th, 2:00pm at the Moosehorn Community Hall, Railway Ave, Moosehorn
Saturday, October 20th, 2:00pm at the Eriksdale Recreation Centre, #2- 1st Ave, Eriksdale
Sunday, October 21st, 2:00pm at the Great Falls Community Hall, Lac Du Bonnet presented by the Winnipeg River Arts Council
Sunday, October 28th, 2:00pm at the Arborg Bifrost Community Centre, 341 Ingolfs Ave, Arborg
Tuesday, October 30th 7:00pm at the Parklane Theatre in Crystal City, 106 Broadway St
Friday, November 2nd 7:00pm at the Greenwood Community Hall in Gunton
Saturday, November 3rd, 7:00pm at the Heritage Arts Centre, in Stonewall Quarry Park presented by the Stonewall Local Manitoba Metis Federation
Coming to see the play with your class? We have a comprehensive study guide for the play – download a pdf here: TPM – Mary’s Wedding Study Guide
Meet the Artistic Team:
Stephen Massicotte: Playwright
Stephen’s play Mary’s Wedding premiered in 2002 at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites Festival and was the winner of the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award, and the 2003 Alberta Book Award. Mary’s Wedding has received upward of a hundred productions, has been translated into French, and has been adapted into an opera by the Pacific Opera Victoria. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion premiered as a co-production between the Tarragon Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and was a hit off Broadway. It won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Award for Best English Language Play and the 2007 Alberta Book Award for Drama. His most recent play, The Clockmaker, premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2009 playRites Festival and won the 2009 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play and the 2011 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best English Language Play. Stephen wrote the feature films The Dark and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning for which he won the award for Best Script/Drama over 60 Minutes at the 2004 AMPIA’s. He also wrote the award winning short film June and, most recently, Historica Canada’s Winnipeg Falcons and Nursing Sisters Heritage Minutes.
Sarah Constible: Director
Sarah is an actor, writer and director living in Winnipeg. Previous shows with TPM include Reservations, Beautiful Man, The Monster Trilogy, Murder Ballads, and Dionysus in Stiny Mountain. Directing credits include Constellations, Edward II (TBTR), Julius Caesar (SIR) and two versions of Hamlet (SIR, Bravura/Snakeskin Jacket). Sarah is a member of the Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir.
Sarah Flynn: Mary
I am thrilled to be a part of TPM’s Interlake Chautauqua Tour. I have completed my Bachelor of Arts Honours in Theatre Performance, with a specialization in Devised Theatre and a Minor in Classics at the University of Winnipeg last year. Mary’s Wedding marks my professional acting debut, and I am beyond honoured to do so with Theatre Projects Manitoba. In my spare time, I enjoy breathing fresh outdoor air (preferably in forests) and playing with my food.
Recent theatrical creations: Luna’s Suitcase, The Rest of the Rabbit, VeggieTheatres, Harper & Row.
Justin Fry: Charlie
Justin is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Theatre program. Past productions he has acted in include Confessional, The Collector, Tape, Lobby Hero, Orphans (The 28th Minute); Eden, Halo (Tara Players); Nothing Sacred, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The House of Blue Leaves, The Harmfulness of Tobacco, No Why, The Bald Soprano (BHTC); and For Tea and Country (Naughty Sailboat). He is a founding member of the Winnipeg based improv troupe Club Soda.
Rebekah Enns: Set Design
Rebekah Enns is a multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied Design and Directing at the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film, graduating with a BaH in Design and a minor in History.
Rebekah’s interest’s surround expressing ideas, thoughts, and feelings through visual and physical art forms which is why she has studied clown and devised creation on top of her University studies.
Joseph Abetria: Costume Design
Joseph Abetria is a Filipino theatre designer currently based in the North End of Winnipeg. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre Honours program with a focus on Design and Production, his recent design highlights include: The Game, Two Indians and The Seduction Theory (Sarasvati Productions); Stage Fright (One Trunk Theatre); Last Train to Nibroc (RMTC); Richard III (SIR); Iceland (TPM); Concord Floral, Vinegar Tom, The Cassilis Engagement, The Laramie Project, and The Power of Yes (UofW). He has also worked as a design assistant in shows such as The Rocky Horror Show, Romeo & Juliet (Stratford Festival), and Billy Elliot (RMTC). At times, Joseph also works as a scenic artist with companies like Theatre by the River, KOBA entertainment, and Little Opera Company.
Adam Parboosingh: Lighting Design
Adam Parboosingh is thrilled to be working for the first time with Theatre Projects Manitoba on Mary’s Wedding. He designs scenery, lighting and projections for both academic and professional theatre. Adam is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Some of his more recent productions include Boundary Avenue, Concord Floral, Miracle on 34th Street, Love and Information, Noise Off, Savage Love, All My Sons, and Fifth of July.
His ongoing support comes from his wife, Tamara and three kids (Mackenzie, Keaton and Harrison) and dog, Coco. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.adamparboosingh.com
Matthew Waddell: Sound Design
Matthew Waddell is an audiovisual artist, multimedia programmer and educator. He has been involved with digital arts production and education for the last eleven years – creating 3D visual art, designing award winning sound and video for theatre, programming innovative custom playback servers, and recently, exploring large-scale video installation and architectural projection mapping. His work has been presented at Mutek Montreal, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, the Calgary GLOW Festival, Canada Day at the Forks Winnipeg, and on stage with Alberta Theatre Projects and Ghost River Theatre. Over the last six years he has taught courses in audiovisual technology at the National Theatre School of Canada, as well as at numerous workshops in Calgary, Montreal, Winnipeg and Bogota, Colombia. Matthew has received two Betty Mitchell Awards: Outstanding Projection Design, (The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, 2015) and Outstanding Sound Design (ONE, 2011) and a Calgary Critics Award for Best Technical Design (Tomorrow’s Child, 2014).
Scott Nolan: Composition
Scott Nolan is a songwriter, poet, multi instrumentalist from Winnipeg, Manitoba Treaty One Territory. His songs have been recorded by Hayes Carll, Mary Gauthier, Watermelon Slim, and Corin Raymond among others. He has recently produced albums for William Prince, Lynne Hanson, and Watermelon Slim. In January 2015 he started writing poetry, approximately three weeks after his 40th birthday. The plan was to replace smoking cigarettes with walking eight to ten kilometres a day. He is a songwriter by trade and often discovered melodies and rhythms in the shuffling of his feet. He spends most of his time thinking about words, music, and language. Nolan found himself writing short poems based on people and places in his neighbourhood, trying to capture a bit of what was happening around him.
After more than a decade of relentless touring, he decided to take a year or so away from the road to collaborate, produce records, and enjoy his life in Winnipeg. A play was produced through Theatre Projects Manitoba based on the nine albums he has released since 2003. The play, I Dream of Diesel, enjoyed a two week run of sold-out shows and critical praise from both the community and critics.
Michael Duggan: Stage Manager
Michael couldn’t be happier to be working again with TPM, especially on a show that brings him back to one his earliest gigs, Billy Bishop Goes to War with Theatre by the River. Michael has previously worked with TPM on Iceland, John & Beatrice, and 3 sisters (with zone41) and will be working on Dragonfly in the spring. Other recent credits include A Christmas Carol, Hand to God (RMTC), Fly me to the Moon, The Birds and the Bees (PTE), Timon of Athens, Romeo and Juliet (SIR), Am I Not King? (zone41) and Mamma Mia! (Rainbow Stage). Enjoy the show!
Sydney Hayduk: Stage Manager
Sydney Hayduk has dabbled all over the theatrical world. From Technician, to Stage Manager, to Producer, To Writer, to Performer; coming from Winnipeg’s cold climate, she never could stand still. Sydney is Artistic Directer and Co-Founder for her company Peachy Keen Productions. She had produced, wrote and performed in five plays with her company in the last five years. Some other past credits include: Stage Manager for The Crackwalker, Sweet and Salty Productions. Stage Manager for Giving Voice tour, Sarasvati Productions. Performer/Stage Manager Shakespeare’s Dream, Monster Theatre. When Sydney isn’t working in theatre she spends her time dancing, rhyming and spewing messages about love. She is very excited and humbled to be back working with the beautiful people of TPM.
Steven Vande Vyvere: Production Manager
Steven has been working in the technical realm of theatre for the past decade and has had the benefit of working with countless talented professionals during that time. Mary’s Wedding marks the seventh project that Steven has had the pleasure of working on with Theatre Projects Manitoba during that time. Other memorable projects include Angels in America: Perestroika (WJT), Am I Not King? The Final Concert of Richard II (Zone 41), Richard III (SIR). While not working on shows with the many great theatre companies Winnipeg has to offer, Steven can be found in the carpentry shop at Prairie Theatre Exchange. Steven would like to acknowledge the encouragement and support of his wife, Robin, without whom, none of this would be possible.