Blues Singer Caroline Fe Returns to Theatre in MARG SZKABULA (PISSY'S WIFE) at Rialto, 5/15-26
Theatre Agile, Altera Vitae Productions and the Rialto Theatre present Marg Szkabula (Pissy's Wife). The cabaret-style play, written by Ron Chambers, directed by Lib Spry (assisted by Luciana Burcheri) and starring Carolyn Fe with musical sidekick, Le Jack runs in the Rialto Hall from May 15 to 26, 2013. With Ms Fe's love of music and theatre, this one woman show is a natural for the raspy-voiced blues diva (see bio below).
When an Alberta farmwife joins a group of singing women and discovers she has a voice, she breaks free of the isolation and rough environment. While playing a country blues set at a local honky-tonk bar, Marg Szkabula tells the crowd her colourful story. This self-proclaimed 'hard woman' tells of her abusive marriage to Pissy and her escape to a surprising new life as a country blues singer. A bitterly funny night featuring such memorable melodies as "Bad Breath and Uncut Toenails", "Was it Love?" and "Get on Your Horse and Ride", in a genre the Calgary Herald dubbed "vintage country punk".
The show runs Evenings - 8:00 pm, May 15 to 18 and 22 to 25 and Matinées - 2:30 pm, May 19 and 26. Tickets: $20. 20% off on dinner at Restaurant Il Rialto on event night upon presentation of your ticket. Box Office: 514-770-7773 or www.ticketpro.ca at Rialto Hall (2nd floor) 5723, av. du Parc Montreal, H2V 4G9. For more information, visit www.theatrerialto.ca or click HERE.
Ron Chambers - Playwright: Ron is an Alberta playwright whose other plays include Dirt, Respectable, 17 Dogs, The Knowing Bird and Pretty Blue. He teaches theatre at the University of Lethbridge.
Paul Morgan Donald - Composer: Paul is an Edmonton-based composer, actor and musician. Past scores include Songs for Sinners (Catalyst Theatre), Einstein's Gift (Citadel Theatre) and many productions with the Free Will Shakespeare Festival. He's also the musical director for Die - Nasty, Edmonton's long-running improvised soap opera.
Lib Spry - Director, Co-Producer: Lib Spry is a director, writer, teacher, performer and translator who specialises in physical, popular, community and site-specific theatre. Recent work: directing Kevin Loring's Where the Blood Mixes for Teesri Duniya Theatre, co-creating and directing Falling Open with Luna Allison, working with RECAA, a Montreal seniors' group that uses theatre to educate about elder abuse, and directing Jelly Belly Makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie for Ottawa Theatre School. In 2013, to celebrate 50 years in theatre, she will perform her Trance For Matron: solo for old woman, memories, objects, anger and a zimmer at The Freestanding Room as part of the Montreal Fringe.
Carolyn Fe - Marg Szkaluba: Carolyn Fe put her theatre Production Company, Altera Vitae Productions, to sleep after the 2009 successful run of Bent. Prior to that, Altera Vitae produced 'night, Mother by Marsha Norman, Almost Blue by Keith Reddin and Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman. Since then she has taken her place in the Blues music scene garnering awards and accolades with her band, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, most notably the 2012 Quebec Lys Blues Award for Best Blues & Associated Styles Album for their second album, Original Sin, as well as a nomination for 2012 Best (Blues) Female Singer. Carolyn steps back on stage as Marg in Marg Szkaluba Pissy's Wife as she continues work on the release of her third album. www.carolyn-fe.com
Le Jack - Musician: With almost 30 years under his belt as a musician, singer and guitarist, Le Jack is a versatile artist. Back in France he led several francophone pop rock projects, writing, composing and producing two albums with Amadablam. Once settled in Montreal, he met Carolyn-Fe and co-founded the band DD Swank which received excellent critical and public reviews. Le Jack also composed songs for several independent Theater Productions with Altera Vitae (Almost Blue, Night, Mother) before taking a step further as an actor and being cast in Altera Vitae's production of Bent. After 2 years as blues-folk-country duo with Clare Keays, Le Jack now works on his own original material. www.le-jack.com
Luciana Burcheri - Assistant Director & Stage Manager: A stage manager for over 16 years, Luciana has had the privilege of working with Montreal's best on productions such as Good People, Paradise by the River, In Piazza San Domenico, The Mystery of Maddy Heisler (Centaur Theatre), Lies my Father Told Me, Over the River & Through the Woods, The Diary of Anne Frank, Cabaret, Visiting Mr. Green (Segal Centre), Bye Bye Baby (Imago Theatre), Peacemaker, A Giraffe in Paris, Brahm and the Angel (Geordie Productions), Where the Blood Mixes, Miss Orient(ed)(TeesriDuniyaTheatre),Long,Long,Short,Long,andSmallReturns(Infinitheatre). Luciana also translated and adapted for stage, St-Exupéry's fable The Little Prince, which has been successfully produced across the country as well as the Broadway hit The 39 Steps, which premiered in Montreal this past summer.
JC Little - Original Poster Art: JC Little is 'The Animated Woman', a mom, animator, cartoonist, public speaker and social media minx. JC blogs with drawings and animation at www.TheAnimatedWoman.com. She's a happily married mother of three and a director whose 30+ year career in animation has spanned commercials, feature films, new media, and TV series. JC's latest adventure is to launch a mobile app called "Pickle Weasel".