By Daniel MacIvor
Three sisters reunite at their childhood home in Cape Breton to care for their dying mother. As they learn to live with each other and care for their mother, they discover the meaning of family, and the possibility that their lives can be different from what they expected and what they have come to accept. This Governor General Award nominated play is deeply moving, humorous, and is filled with heart.
"Marion Bridge is an astonishing play. The relationships, characters, and story are heartbreakingly honest, but also routed in incredibly rich writing that perfectly captures the family dynamic. I think when we return home it can be very easy to fall into old roles, and to immediately pick up on old irritations, grievances, and also feel deep love for those we have a history with. This play presents each of these experiences in equal measure. I remember when I met an old friend after not seeing them for a long, long time, they said to me, ‘I don’t need to know who you are because I know who you were.’ Marion Bridge sees three sisters find themselves again through the bond that they have always had—family." - TMJ
Thursday March 31, 2016 | 7:30pm
Friday April 1, 2016 | 7:30pm
Saturday April 2, 2016 | 2:00pm
Saturday April 2, 2016 | 7:30pm
The Fredericton Playhouse - 686 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB
Cast & Creative
Written by Daniel MacIvor
Featuring: Kim Parkhill, Michelle Polak and Jackie Torrens.
Directed by Thomas Morgan Jones
Set Design: Patrick Clark
Lighting Design: Leigh Ann Vardy
Costume Design: Sherry Kinnear
Sound Design: Michael Doherty
Stage Manager: Jessica Stinson
Thomas is an award winning director, playwright, movement coach, dramaturg, and teacher. For over 15 years he has created theatre nationally and internationally with companies and schools that include: The Stratford Festival, Theatre Direct, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Charlottetown Festival, Carousel Players, Cia Enviezada (Brazil), NTS, Sheridan, and The Randolph Academy. He holds a BA from Guelph, an MA from UofT, and has trained with SITI Company in NYC/Madrid/Paris and SCOT in Japan and Italy.
Halifax-based theatre artist Kim Parkhill grew up in New Brunswick and spent several years studying, traveling and working outside the arts sector before becoming a professional actor. Her first loves are creation and performance but she has also worked as producer, director, publicist, stage manager and instructor. Favourite performance credits include: Phaedra’s Bed, Julius Caesar, 13 Ways of Looking at a Madman, Apocalypse, The Halifax Hearings, The Poor House (DaPoPo); Tribe of One (Doppler Effect); National Theatre Project (Theatre Yes); Liars (Neptune Touring Company) and GOOD NIGHT DESDEMONA, GOOD MORNING JULIET (Metamorphic) She trained in Halifax, New York and Latvia and has toured productions throughout the Maritimes and to Germany.
Since graduating with honours from Ryerson Theatre School Michelle has become a multiple award winning interdisciplinary actor, creator and teacher. She has performed nationally and internationally, and is also the first woman in Canada to receive the Patrick Crean Award. Michelle is now based in Toronto where she is also a dedicated mother of two. Michelle would like express her gratitude for this wonderful team of artists, and she is delighted to be collaborating once again with the incomparable, Thomas Morgan Jones.
“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” Marcus Aurelius
Stage acting credits include Katurian in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman (Fuller Terrace Five), Jennifer/Lillian/Rachel in Morris Panych's 7 Stories and Liz from Daniel MacIvor's A Beautiful View (both Neptune Theatre) and Lìl Molly in the gothic musical Haunted Hillbilly (Segal Centre). Torrens was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress for her role in OUTtv's miniseries Sex & Violence. Her TV documentaries, which she directs and hosts, include Edge of East and My Week on Welfare. She is thrilled to be working with TNB and the incredible Marion Bridge team.
Award-winning designer Patrick Clark is one of Canada’s most sought-after set and costume designers. In 2011, the Fredericton-native was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts.
Based in Halifax, Leigh Ann designs lights for theatre and dance across Canada. Recent favorite projects include The Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford), the World Premiere of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud), The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, Metamorphoses, The Importance of Being Earnest (National Arts Centre), Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), The God That Comes (2b theatre) and Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud). Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of five Merritt awards for design, and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, she teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Sherry is the costume designer for the TNB Young Company and TNB Theatre School as well as the Head of Wardrobe for all branches of the company. Sherry most recently designed costumes for Vigil, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Eighth Fire, and The Net, as well as Guys & Dolls, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables; and has created costumes for A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors, Gifts of the Magi, The Dollar Woman, Treasure Island, and many other TNB productions over the past eight years.
Michael is an Atlantic Canadian-based composer, sound designer, producer and musical director. He is a multiple Merritt award nominee and 2007 recipient. He also received the ECMA Musician’s Achievement Award and is the 2014 recipient of The Playhouse Honours. Michael is currently the resident composer & sound designer for Theatre New Brunswick. Recent credits include; You Play Beautifully, Frankenstein, The Man Who Became God, Somme Letters Home, A Christmas Carol, Red, The Net, Miracle on 34th Street and Private Lives. Other selected credits include; The Lion in Winter, The Rainmaker; Watermark Theatre; Full Dark, Theatre Sheridan; As Ever, Mulgrave Rd; Homage, 2B Theatre; The Mystery of Maddy Heisler, Centaur.
Jessica is a graduate of the York University Theatre Program. Selected theatre credits include - A Christmas Carol (Theatre North West), You Play Beautifully (Theatre New Brunswick), Last Chance Romance (Drayton Entertainment), random (Imago Theatre/BTW), The Power of Harriet T (Black Theatre Workshop 2015 & Carousel Players 2014), Mending Fences (Neptune Theatre), After Miss Julie (Red One Theatre Collective); Assistant Stage Manager: Yankee Tavern (The Grand Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Globe Theatre) and five seasons at the Stratford Festival.