Theater Aquarius presents THE LONG WEEKEND - a comedy by Norm Foster
Experience…Theatre to the MAX!
WITH NORM FOSTER'S THE LONG WEEKEND
"Wicked wit and uproarious comedy by our favourite playwright! It was your love of Norm Foster that humoured me into a tradition of Foster romantic comedies. So here's my favourite – The Long Weekend: two couples come to a cottage where they discover fantastic truths and hilarious deceptions" says Reimer.
Starring in The Long Weekend……
Sharon Heldt (Wynn Trueman) is thrilled to be returning to Theatre Aquarius after performing last fall in Real Estate. Recent credits: The Ginko Tree and The Thirteenth One at the Blyth Festival, Top Gun! The Musical (Off-Broadway, 47th Street Theatre), Wrong For Each Other (Theatre Cambridge), and Sleepless (Toronto Fringe). Other selected credits: Olivia in Twelfth Night, directed by William Hutt, Dotttie in Pal Joey (Tarragon, NAC, Grand), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Annex Theatre) and two seasons with the Stratford Festival.
Mary Long (Abby Nash) is pleased to be returning to Theatre Aquarius! She has graced the stages of Canada for over 30 years. She created a memorable performance of Cecily in Tom Stoppard's Travesties co-starring Kathleen Turner at MTC; and has just played Nina in Norm Foster's newest comedy Looking. She was Maria in the Centaur Theatre's production of Mambo Italiano in Montreal, and then at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto; subsequently directing the show at the Waterloo Stage.
Don Noble (Max Trueman) is thrilled to be working at Theatre Aquarius for the first time, having recently moved out to this part of the world from Vancouver. Recent credits include Trent Balfour in The Last Resort (Stage West, Calgary), Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl (Arts Club, Vancouver) and Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia! (US National Tour). Other favourites: Elizabeth Rex, Candida, The Importance of Being Ernest, Blood Brothers, Henry IV, The Tempest, and The Diary of Anne Frank.
Ed Sahely (Roger Nash) has written and performed over eleven revues at The Second City (National Touring Co., London, Toronto) receiving a Dora Mavor Moore Award. Selected theatre credits: Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (Theatre Aquarius), Bert Healey in Annie, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The Grand Theatre), Matt in the world premiere of Norm Foster's Looking, (Victoria Playhouse), Syd in The Last Resort (Red Barn), Bradford in Outrageous (CanStage), Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone (The Wintergarden).
The creative team for The Long Weekend…..
Norm Foster (Playwright) was born in Newmarket, Ontario on St. Valentine's Day. Raised in Toronto, he attended West Hill Collegiate Institute and then went on to study Radio & Television Arts at Centennial College in Toronto and then Confederation College in Thunder Bay. Upon completion of his studies, he began a radio career that would span 25 years and which would take him from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg to Kingston and finally, to Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was in Fredericton in 1980 that Norm was introduced to the world of theatre. Foster fell in love with the theatre right then and there, and two years later he penned his first professionally produced play, Sinners. Since then, Norm Foster has produced an astonishing output of work. More than thirty plays in all. He has also written a musical with composer Leslie Arden (The Last Resort) and three musicals (Jasper Station, Race Day and Sitting Pretty) with composer Steve Thomas.
Max Reimer (Director) has a national reputation for the vitality and enthusiasm with which he works to put Hamilton at the centre of Ontario and Canada, and to put theatre at the centre of Hamilton. A director of over 100 plays and musicals, Max creates the artistic environment that attracts top Canadian artists to Hamilton, showcasing Canadian talent and the technical and artistic capabilities of the Theatre Aquarius staff.
Darren Barlow (Apprentice Stage Manager), Beth Bruck (Assistant Stage Manager), Paul Matheisen (Lighting Designer), Stephen Newman (Stage Manager/Production Director), and Allan Wilbee (Set and Costume Designer).
Tickets for The Long Weekend can be ordered by calling the Theatre Aquarius Box Office at 905.522.7529, toll free 1.800.465.7529, or in person at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts, 190 King William Street, Hamilton. Visit the Theatre Aquarius website at www.theatreaquarius.org.
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JUST THE FACTS!
THE LONG WEEKEND
Written by Norm Foster
Directed by Max Reimer
Previews: March 29, 2006
Opens: March 31, 2006
Closes: April 15, 2006
Irving Zucker Auditorium
Dofasco Centre for the Arts
190 King William Street, Hamilton
Box Office: 905.522.7529
Toll Free: 1.800.465.7529
Co-Production Sponsors: MacGillivray Chartered Accountants & Goodwill: The Amity Group
Guest Artist Sponsor: Valpak
Media Sponsors: 900 CHML, CH, Cable 14, and Hamilton Magazine
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