PLAYING WITH FIRE2019-09-18T14:50:53+00:00

26 SEP – 5 OCT 2019

Relaxed Performance Saturday 5 OCT at 2.30pm

written by KIRSTIE McLELLAN DAY
based on the book Playing With Fire by THEO FLEURY + KIRSTIE McLELLAN DAY
directed by RON JENKINS
starring SHAUN SMYTH as Theo Fleury

AUDIENCE ADVISORY:
Coarse language
Adult content

You don’t need to know anything about hockey to love the exhilarating, heartbreaking and triumphant true story of courageous Canadian hockey legend, Theoren Fleury. With the odds stacked against him, the pint-sized Métis kid with huge ambitions from Russell MB overcame crushing obstacles to become an NHL All-Star, with the Stanley Cup and represent Canada twice at the Olympic Games where he earned a gold medal. This top-scoring theatrical tour-de-force has received rave reviews everywhere it’s played, from Calgary to Halifax to Hamilton and it’s performed entirely on ice! This is more than hockey. This is life.

CAST

Shaun Smyth
Theo Fleury

Shaun is excited to make his debut at STC. He recently shot the film, The Silencing in Sudbury and became very fond of the people and the city. Shaun works across Canada in both theatre and film. Selected theatre: The Galileo Project (Tafelmusik); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Theatre Calgary/ RMTC); The Glass Menagerie (Citadel Theatre); Rock n Roll, Of Mice and Men, Trainspotting (Canadian Stage); The Pillowman, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre Toronto); Stones In His Pockets (ATP/ Grand); Blue Orange (Neptune) Moby Dick, The Country Wife, Amadeus, Macbeth (Stratford Festival). Selected film and TV: Suits, True Detective, Murdoch Mysteries, Arrow, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, FRINGE, Witches of East End, Almost Human, The Killing, Supernatural, Four Minutes, Proteus. Shaun was born in Glasgow, raised in Calgary and received a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. He would like to thank his wife Jennie and his two daughters, Margaret and Iona for all their love and support, and Theo for sharing his story. You are an inspiration.

CREATIVE TEAM

Ron Jenkins
Director

Ron Jenkins is a Sydney NS-based freelance director and playwright and is thrilled to bring Playing With Fire to Sudbury. Selected credits include: Métis Mutt (Theatre Network); The Happy Prince, Spelling Bee, Sucker, Next to Normal (HAT); Playing With Fire (Persephone/Citadel/PTE/ATP); The 39 Steps, Turn of the Screw (Vertigo); Julius Caesar, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, Othello (TSC); Chasing Champions (Ship’s Theatre Company); High Life (GZT); ENRON (NAC); The Motherf#$#er With The Hat (ATP); Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company); Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary/Citadel); Chicago (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); The Forbidden Phoenix, Extinction Song (Citadel Theatre); The Trespassers (Belfry/Vancouver Playhouse); Bash’d (Off Broadway); Mary’s Wedding, Mesa (Workshop West); Respectable, Confessions of a Paper Boy (Ghost River Theatre); The Black Rider (November Theatre Co.); The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye); The Blue Light (Alberta Theatre Projects); Steel Kiss, Eureka, The Horror, The Horror (Skid). Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and two Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire. In 2013 he was honoured with a CCA Award in Ottawa for his direction of ENRON. Ron is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation and a Critter Award Winner for Playing With Fire. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in theatre for Direction.

David Frasier
Set + Lighting Designer

David is a Calgary-based artist who works extensively across the country in theatre, dance and opera. His designs have been seen nationally from the Vancouver Opera to the National Arts Centre and internationally his work has been presented with choreographers Tania Alvarado and Pamela Tzeng. In addition to his work on stage, David has twice represented Canada as the Lighting Designer and Director of Production for the English Canadian Exhibition at the 2015 and 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design. He has been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award, five Betty Mitchell Awards, a SATA Award and thirteen Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and has been the recipient thrice for his designs. In 2015 David was honoured to be presented with the Award for Technical Merit by the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology for his international artistic contribution.

Dean Cowieson
Lighting Director

Dean was resident lighting designer for 11 years at Le Cercle Molière of Winnipeg, and resident lighting designer for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers since 2006. Dean has designed the lighting for various theatre and dance companies in Winnipeg as well for companies in several locations in Canada. In addition to his lighting design work he has also designed sets and costumes for various companies in Winnipeg. Dean graduated from the National Theatre School’s Lighting Specialization program in 2004 and from the University of Victoria in 1995 for Set Design. Enjoy the show.

Corwin Ferguson
Projection + Video Designer

Corwin has worked across Canada and abroad primarily as a projection and video designer. Currently he is working as Head of Projection Technology at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. For his designs, he has earned a Robert Merritt Award, the CITT/ICTS Technical Merit Award and multiple other award nominations. Corwin’s professional theatrical experience also includes performance, direction, graphic design, set, props and sound design. He has studied animation, is a co-founder/artistic associate of Awkward Stage Productions and Flip The Switch Collective, a storyteller with Forbidden Vancouver Historic Walking Tours and an urban game designer/operator with Vancouver Mysteries. Corwin is a Studio 58 acting graduate, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Capilano University and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. Select company credits include: Arts Club Theatre Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Atlantic Ballet, Bard On The Beach, Calgary Opera, Charlottetown Festival, Pacific Opera Victoria, Persephone Theatre, Saint John Theatre Company, Shaw Festival, Vancouver Opera. For all things Corwin please visit corwinferguson.com.

Matthew Skopyk
Sound Designer + Composer

Matthew Skopyk is an Edmonton-based Sound Designer and Composer. Recent design/composition credits include: Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre/Alberta Theatre Projects); Romeo & Juliet (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Or The Whale (Wishbone Theatre); Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre); Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (Citadel Theatre/Persephone Theatre/Alberta Theatre Projects); ENRON (National Arts Centre); Whisper (Studio Theatre/Catalyst Theatre); Michelle et Ti Jean, Palace of the End (Theatre Network); Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Othello (Freewill Shakespeare Festival). Matthew also currently resides as the Sound Supervisor for the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta.

Jody Longworth
Technical Director

Jody has been with Persephone Theatre for 22 seasons. Jody is thrilled to be working on this show. He has designed the sets for several Persephone shows, including: Dead Midnight, Hockey Mom Hockey Dad, and A Skull in Connemara, for which he received a SATAward for Achievement in Design. As well as Technical Director and Designer, Jody is an accomplished Scenic Carpenter, and has plied his trade for 30 years in the theatre, film and television industry. Enjoy the show!

Melanie Rogowski
Stage Manager

Originally from Moose Jaw, Melanie has made Saskatoon her home for the past five years. She trained at the University of Regina where she received a BFA and B.Ed. She has worked as a Stage Manager for large and small theatre companies across Saskatchewan and has been touring with Playing with Fire since 2015. She is the Operations Manager for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Alana Wrenshall
Apprentice Stage Manager

Born and raised in Sudbury, Alanna Wrenshall is delighted to be worrying her parents by pursuing a career in Stage Management. Returning for her fourth production with STC, she is so thankful for this opportunity to learn and herd cats in her home town. Select credits: The Birds and The Bees, Here on the Flight Path (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Bloom: A Rock N’ Roll Fable, Who Killed Snow White?, Bombers: Reaping The Whirlwind (4th Line Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, Robin Hood: The Panto (Capitol Theatre).