Any Given Moment

A world premiere co-production with Ship's Company Theatre.

A troubled teen, a helicopter mom and a homeless man become trapped together after police lockdown the neighbourhood. Assumptions are challenged and new relationships made as three complete strangers debate the situation and the potential dangers of the outside world. In this world premiere by New Brunswick playwright Kim Parkhill, Any Given Moment presents a touching, hilarious and unexpected look into the culture of fear and challenges our expectations of what we think we know.

Written by Kim Parkhill

Director: Natasha MacLellan
Featuring: Claudia Gutierrez-Perez, Wally MacKinnon and Alexis Milligan
Light Designer: Ingrid Risk
Sound Designer: Aaron Collier
Costume Designer: Cathleen McCormack
Set Designer: Katharine Jenkins-Ryan
Stage Manager: Kirsti Bruce

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On Tour

September 4

Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts | Sackville, NB | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
***Tickets available locally at Tidewater Books.

September 5

Bathurst High School | Bathurst, NB | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

September 6

théâtre l'Escaouette | Moncton, NB | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
***Tickets available locally at théâtre l'Escaouette box office.

September 7

BMO Theatre | Saint John, NB | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

September 8

W.C. O'Neill Arena Theatre | St. Andrews, NB | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
***Tickets available locally at Sunbury Shores Arts Centre.

September 9

Weldon Matthews Theatre | Florenceville-Bristol, NB | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
***Tickets available locally at the Andrew and Laura McCain Public Library.

Fredericton

September 12

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. PAY WHAT YOU WISH PREVIEW

September 13

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

September 14

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

September 15

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 2:00 p.m. | Buy Tickets

September 15

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

September 16

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 2:00 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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Kim Parkhill

Playwright

Kim Parkhill is a professional artist who performs, devises and writes for theatre from her home bases in Halifax, NS and Grand Lake, NB . Writing credits include: A Good Death (Neptune Studio Theatre, Halifax), Waiting for Go (Bus Stop Theatre), Phaedra’s Bed (Atlantic Fringe Halifax), The Again Walkers (Ibsen Bites, LunaSea Theatre, Halifax), Maggie’s Musings (published in Rattling the Stage, 2012) and Warp & Weft (co-created with Lizon Richard, Atlantic Fringe, Halifax). She was co-creator/contributing writer for 13 Ways of Looking at a Madman*, Apocalypse*, Four Actors in Search of a Nation (rev)*, Ferry Boat Tales, The Halifax Hearings*, Making It, The Poor House and Café DaPoPo* (DaPoPo Theatre, Halifax *and Germany).

TNB audiences will remember her from her appearance as Agnes in Marion Bridge at the Playhouse.

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Natasha MacLellan

Director

Natasha MacLellan has been working in New Play Development in Atlantic Canada for almost fifteen years. Her love of new scripts was fostered through Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre where she mentored with Jenny Munday and through years of working at Mulgrave Road Theatre in Guysborough, NS. From there she started Forerunner Playwrights Theatre, which produced new works in Halifax for a decade. As Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, she has premiered eight new scripts, including Chasing Champions which will play at Canada’s National Arts Centre in November 2018. She is honored to have been twice named the protégé of nationally respected theatre artists: Jenny Munday, recipient of the inaugural Mallory Gilbert award and Mary Vingoe, recipient of the Portia White Prize. She is also secretary of the board of Theatre Nova Scotia, and serves on the PACT Board, chairing the Network & Learning Committee and is a member of the Labour relations Committee. In the fall of 2018,Natasha will move to Fredericton, NB to become the 13th Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick.

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Claudia Guitierrez-Perez

Actor

Claudia Gutierrez-Perez is a recent graduate of the Fountain School of Performing Arts program at Dalhousie University, and is thrilled to be joining this incredible team of artists. Her previous FSPA credits include: Drums and Organs, The Man of Mode, Orlando, Coram Boy and Stage Door.

Thank you to Natasha MacLellan for being her fairy godmother and mentor, to Kim for trusting Claudia with this story, to Alexis and Wally for teaching her so much and for the incredible crew that keeps this Ship sailing. BIG love to Ship’s Company and Theatre New Brunswick for supporting such an important story. Claudia feels incredibly blessed to be a part of this journey.

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Wally MacKinnon

Actor

Wally MacKinnon is an award winning actor who has worked across Canada in over 100 theatre and film productions. Wally is please to be back on the Theatre New Brunswick stage and to be working with a great cast and crew. Past productions with Theatre New Brunswick include: Ethan Claymore, The Hobbit, Dear Santa, Cricket on the Hearth, Skin Flick and The Dollar Woman.

Wally makes his home in Fredericton, with his wife Sandi and son Liam. Look for Wally this fall at Eastern Front Theatre’s production of KAMP. www.WallyMacKinnon.com

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Alexis Milligan

Actor

Alexis Milligan is an actor, movement specialist, director and mother of two. Theatre credits include: 8 Seasons with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (notably Roselind/As You Like It - Merritt Nominee; 937; Beowulf - Merritt Nominee); Associate Artist, Theatre Gargantua; The Estate (LunaSea Theatre). Film/TV credits include: Some Things Won’t Sleep (Foglight Productions - ACTRA Award Nominee); Addison (CBC); Seed (City TV - ACTRA Award Nominee).

Alexis was also principal puppeteer on You & Me, and The Mighty Jungle (KidsCBC). Alexis is also a movement director at The Shaw Festival and has worked at The Stratford Festival and The National Theatre of Norway, Bergen.

For more information about Alexis and her work visit alexismilligan.com and transitus.ca.

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Aaron Collier

Sound Designer

Aaron Collier was born in Prince Edward Island in 1981 and is an award winning multi-talented musician, designer, and digital performance artist. His composition, sound and video design work has toured throughout Canada, Ireland and the UK and he has 14 years of touring and performance experience throughout the world with his previous bands The Jimmy Swift Band and Scientists of Sound. He is the artistic co-producer of Halifax-based live art company Heist and is the 2017/18 Designer In Residency with 2b Theatre.

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Cathleen McCormack

Costume Designer

Cathleen is delighted to be back for her fourth season at Ship's and to be working for her first time with Theatre New Brunswick. She has designed costumes for; Pugwash, Chasing Champions, The Romeo Initiative (Ships Company Theatre), FallOut (EFT), Under Milk Wood (off the leash), The Merchant of Venice, Cinderelly, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Titus Andronicus (SBTS), and The Mother Club (One Light Theatre). She completed a BFA from Concordia University and a Diploma in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University. Cathleen is grateful to be a part this talented team of artists and to be spending time in such a beautiful town.

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Ingrid Risk

Lighting Designer

Ingrid splits her time as a Lighting Designer and Stage Manager and has received several Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards for her work. Recent Lighting Design credits include: Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary (EFT/Neptune), Snake in the Grass (Neptune Theatre), Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion (EFT), Small Things (Neptune/Mulgrave Road), The Donahue Sisters (LunaSea Theatre), Speaking in Tongues (DMV), and Watching Glory Die (Mulgrave Road Theatre). Recent Stage Management credits include: In a World Created by a Drunken God (Neptune), Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary (EFT/Neptune), Snake in the Grass (Neptune), five Seasons with Ship’s Company Theatre.

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Katherine Ryan

Set Designer

Katherine is a set and costume designer based in Nova Scotia. Past design credits include: Shatter, Ship’s Portrait, Bump (Ships Company Theatre), In a World Created by a Drunken God, Drowning Girls (Neptune Theatre), Goodnight Desdemona, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Valley Summer Theatre), Speaking in Tongues, Pageant, Leisure Society, How I Learned to Drive (DMV Theatre Company), How Small, How Far Away, Uncle Oscar’s Experiment (Zuppa Theatre), A Doll’s House, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Aadia Theatre Company). Training: BA in Technical Scenography (Dalhousie University), MFA in Theatrical Design (University of Alberta).

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Kirsti Bruce

Stage Manager

Kirsti is thrilled to be back stage managing in Parrsoboro this summer. She previously stage managed Ferry Tales and Ivor Johnson's Neighbors for Ship's Company. Other stage management favorites include Robin Hood, (Torrent Productions), Kindness (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), I, Claudia (Thousand Islands Playhouse - Firehall Theatre) and The Maritime Way of Life (Live Bait Theatre). As an Assistant Stage Manager, a couple of favorites include Cabaret (Neptune Theatre) and Fiddler on the Roof (Thousand Islands Playhouse).

Barbara Duncan in The Glass Menagerie (1980), written by Tennessee Williams | Directed by Malcolm Black

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Read the story behind the photo:

Our image for Any Given Moment features a photo of actor Barbara Duncan taken during rehearsals for our 1980 production of the Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie, directed by Malcolm Black. This image was the first one our design team gravitated towards, using it as part of their pitch for this season's look. We all agreed that it was the perfect choice. There was only one problem. We had to track Barbara down to get permission and all we had was a phone number. Several calls were made and each went straight to an answering machine. After a couple of weeks with no reply, and with our print deadline fast approaching, we decided to swap out the photo. We were all a little heartbroken. Then, just days before we were set to go to print, went get a message from Barbara saying, "Of course, you have my permission. I have such fond memories of work at TNB with Malcolm Black. If every show had been as rewarding as those, I would probably still be in the business". Thank you, Barbara!

LISTEN:

Artistic Director Thomas Morgan Jones talks about the play and why he wanted to include this world premiere in Theatre New Brunswick's 50th anniversary season.

WATCH:

All photos by Dave Risk.

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August 2, 2018

For Immediate Release

Theatre New Brunswick launch 50th anniversary season with world premiere by New Brunswick playwright.

Any Given Moment by Kim Parkhill will tour the province September 4-9 before a six performance run in Fredericton at the Open Space Theatre.

Directed by Natasha MacLellan

(Fredericton, NB) Theatre New Brunswick kicks off its 50th anniversary season in September with a world premiere production by New Brunswick-born playwright Kim Parkhill. In the spirit of artistic collaboration, her new play Any Given Moment will be produced as a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Featuring a three actor cast which includes Fredericton’s own award-winning actor Wally MacKinnon, Any Given Moment examines the culture of fear that exists in the world today through three unique perspectives.

“I created three characters who are, by all appearances, starkly different from each other in age, education, economic status, and life experience, with the intention of getting them somewhere together, somehow, and seeing what happened,” said Parkhill.

In the play, a troubled teen, a helicopter mom and a homeless man become trapped together after police lockdown the neighbourhood. Assumptions are challenged and new relationships made as three complete strangers debate the situation and the potential dangers of the outside world. Through their interactions, audiences will be treated to a touching, hilarious and unexpected look into the culture of fear, challenging our expectations of what we think we know.

Parkhill was encouraged to write the play after a conversation with former TNB Artistic Director Thomas Morgan Jones. In an unexpected twist of fate, the production is being directed by TNB’s incoming Artistic Director Natasha MacLellan, who has been with Ship’ Company Theatre for the past six seasons.

“What I love most about this play is how beautifully human the three characters are,” said MacLellan. “They are at times brusque, at times funny, at times vulnerable and at times compassionate. The play moves fast, it’s tense but also has moments of quiet and humor. It’s surprising, touching, funny and suspenseful. I think the characters are the strength of it, how very real these people seem.”

Parkhill’s choice of setting for this play, a church in an unnamed small Canadian city, came from a conversation she had with Jones about the many concerts that happen at Fredericton’s Wilmot United Church as part of the annual Shivering Songs festival.

“In one of my chats with Thom, he mentioned these church concerts in Fredericton and that became the inspiration for the setting and part of the chain of inciting events. The church in the play is modeled on Wilmot United Church.”

Any Given Moment also features actors Claudia Gutierrez-Perez, a recent graduate of the Fountain School of Performing Arts program at Dalhousie University; and Alexis Milligan, an actor, movement coach and director who has spent eight seasons with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and has worked on several TV and film projects.

Produced as a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre, Any Given Moment is supported by the work of several award-winning designers including sound designer Aaron Collier who worked on Theatre New Brunswick’s incredibly successful 2017 holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

Any Given Moment opens August 8 in Parrsboro and will run until September 2 before touring to several New Brunswick communities. The complete run includes a total of 41 performances with the final six shows happening in Fredericton at the Open Space Theatre, September 12-16.

Tickets are now on sale at the Fredericton Playhouse box office or online at tnb.nb.ca

For further media inquiries or to request an interview with Kim Parkhill or Natasha MacLellan, please contact TNB Director of Development and Communications Matt Carter at communications@tnb.nb.ca or 506.460.1381 Ex113.

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