By Morris Panych
Kemp receives a message from his ailing and estranged aunt, and immediately travels to see her. In this hysterical dark comedy, he soon discovers that everything is not as it seems, with a twist that you have to see to believe.
"Morris Panych’s Governor General Award nominated Vigil is now a Canadian theatre classic. Seeing how Kemp navigates his relationship with his aunt, how he cares (and does not) for her, and how their relationship changes over time is at once exciting, hilarious, horrifying, and heartbreaking. This play constantly flips who is caring for whom, and keeps us all on edge until the last breath. It is our great honour to be welcoming Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee medal-winning director Soheil Parsa to our theatre for the first time to bring this show to life. As one of Canada’s leading directors, audiences are not only in for a brilliant ride with these incredible words and story, but his unique visual sensibility will keep us well cared for in terms of the beauty of the theatre." - TMJ
Thursday October 22, 2015 | 7:30pm
Friday October 23, 2015 | 7:30pm
Saturday October 24, 2015 | 2:00pm
Saturday October 24, 2015 | 7:30pm
Sunday October 25, 2015 | 2:00pm
Wednesday October 28, 2015 | 7:30pm
Thursday October 29, 2015 | 7:30pm
Friday October 30, 2015 | 7:30pm
Saturday October 31, 2015 | 2:00pm
Saturday October 31, 2015 | 7:30pm
Sunday November 1, 2015 | 2:00pm
TNB Studio Theatre - 55 Whiting Road, Fredericton, NB.
Cast & Creative
Written By Morris Panych
Directed by Soheil Parsa
Featuring: Paul Dunn and Linda Goranson
Set and Lighting Design: Kaitlin Hickey
Costume Design: Sherry Kinnear
Sound Design: Michael Doherty
Stage Manager: Judy Joe Scheffler
Soheil Parsa - Artistic Director of Modern Times Stage Company
Soheil Parsa is an award-winning director, writer, actor, dramaturg, choreographer and teacher, whose professional theatre career spans thirty-two years and two continents. In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in Theatre Performance at the University of Tehran and began a promising career as an actor and director. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company, one of the most innovating theatre companies in Canada. Soheil’s own work at Modern Times has been recognized with five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Chalmers Fellowship in 2002, a senior artist creation grant from the Canada Council, as well as a number of international prizes and master class requests. In 2007 and 2010 he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre Celebrating Directors, the highest honour in Canadian theatre. Most recently, Soheil has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution as a theatre artist to Canadian society.
Paul was a featured company member of the Stratford Festival for seven seasons, and has performed in theatres across the country, including Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, and Young People’s Theatre (Toronto), The Grand (London), The Citadel (Edmonton), the Thousand Islands Playhouse, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the National Arts Centre. His television credits include Murdoch Mysteries, Rogue, Reign and Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures. He is also an award-winning and Dora-nominated playwright, and has been a guest acting instructor/director at the National Theatre School, and Fanshawe College. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School and Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts. He’s delighted to be returning (after 16 years!) to TNB.
Linda has worked in theatres across the country. Favourite plays include "Over the River and Through the Woods", "Tough Case" (which we even took into prisons), "Calendar Girls", "On Golden Pond" (over the years both the daughter and the mom), "The Little Years", "Steel Magnolias", "A Nice Family Gathering", and every play she has ever done. Film and TV include "Hemlock Grove", "Lucy Maud Montgomery", "The Rowdyman", "Gridlocked". She has won Canadian Film Award Best Actress, and starred in "The Painted Door" which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short. Upcoming - "Miracle on South Division Street" in Prince George, B.C.
Kaitlin Hickey is a production designer based in Toronto, ON. Recent theatre credits include: Lighting Design: Counting Sheep, (Lemon Bucket Orchestra & SummerWorks Performance Festival), Assistant Projection Design: You Never Can Tell and Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival), Associate Projection Design: R-E-B-E-C-C-A (Theatre Passe Muraille), Production Designer: Chapel Arm (Mindless Theatrics), Associate Projection Designer & Video Technician: A Moveable Beast (Volcano Theatre), Production Manager & Lighting Designer: The Book of Judith (Selfconscious Theatre), Associate Video Designer: Beatrice and Virgil (Factory Theatre), Production Manager: Weather the Weather (Theatre Columbus).
Kaitlin is an artistic associate for Mindless Theatrics (St. John’s Newfoundland), a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and holds a B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University.
Sherry is a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and Head of Wardrobe at Theatre New Brunswick.
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; Frankenstein-The Man Who Became God, A Christmas Carol, Beaverbrook; Theatre New Brunswick, 39 Steps; Harbourfront Theatre. 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.