July 2019 - I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch @ Toronto Fringe
Site-Specific venue at Smart Cookie Club inside Artscape Youngplace
Is this the kind of thing you find funny?
I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you.
"There is no way of knowing who gets the last laugh." - The Guardian
A new production of Tim Crouch's acclaimed play directed by Kendra Jones and featuring Justin Otto. Stage Managed by Emma Miziolek.
Justin Otto - Malvolio
Justin Otto is a Winnipeg-tested; Toronto based artist whose work is primarily theatrical performance and devised creation; his interests revolve around pushing new Canadian work, emphasizing dialogues around the working class, and what existing writing can be re-imagined into saying. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, BA (Hons) in theatre performance and the Second City Conservatory.
Justin’s performances and writing have been showcased across Canada, from Equity houses, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the Canadian Fringe circuit and many a production, workshop or reading in Winnipeg. His play The Manic Pixie Dream Girl was awarded Best New Play from the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. A company member of Peachy Keen Productions, Prairie Kid Productions, and Co-Artistic Director of Have You Seen This Theatre(?). Most recently Justin was seen as Danny in John Patrick Shanley’s Danny And the Deep Blue Sea for Love2Theatre Company (“You feel at any moment he could explode” - Slotkin Letter).
Recently he has performed with Prairie Theatre Exchange, Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and acting/co-producing a sold out run of Harry Rintoul’s, Brave Hearts, at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. In film he can be seen starring in Prairie Kid Productions (IndieFest Award Winner) film This Is Why We Fight and more recently the independent short Alter Boys - the story of two young men surviving a summer at conversion therapy camp. Currently he is writing a new play ’Brothers’, exploring questions around family, with his metal drummer brother providing live score & a film adaptation for Brave Hearts is in development.
Justin hates solo shows.
Kendra Jones - Director
Kendra Jones is a Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based artist, who mostly directs, but also occasionally writes either for the stage, or about things that happen on stages. She graduated with Distinction from the MA Text & Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, and also holds a BA(Hons) in Theatre Performance from the University of Winnipeg. Her academic writing has been published by Common Ground Publishing, Brunel University, and the Humanities Education Research Association. Kendra has become somewhat of a specialist in solo-shows; she was co-director for the TBTR smash Winnipeg fringe hit Sea Wall by Simon Stephens, which was the Canadian Premiere of the play (5 Stars CBC, 5 Stars Winnipeg Free Press, “A master-class in the art of tragedy” - CBC), and she also directed a unique one-woman interpretation of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis at Toronto Fringe & Winnipeg Fringe 2017 (4 Stars CBC, “It drowns you in the twisted, isolated, and bittersweet mindset that comes with major depression.” - Mooney on Theatre). She has worked as assistant director under Stephen Schipper at RMTC and Christopher Brauer at Zone 41. Her installation Intersection was an official Illuminate The Night selection for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, and her adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II was produced by Theatre By The River 4 Stars CBC, ““Modern Marlowe has the power to shock audiences” - Winnipeg Free Press). Most recently in Toronto she directed Sweet Mama and the Salty Muffins for New Ideas Festival, and again in workshop for Whiskey Ginger Collective, as she works with playwright Ciarán Myers on preparing for a production of the full-length version of the play with music.
Tim Crouch - Playwright
Tim Crouch is a UK theatre artist based in Brighton. He writes plays, performs in them and takes responsibility for their production. He started to make his own work in 2003. Before then he was an actor.
Tim works with a number of associates and collaborators to produce his writing. There isn’t a company structure; things and people are brought together when they are needed. The starting process has always been a text written by Crouch. Early work was made in response to a self-generated impulse to tell a story or explore a form. This impulse is still the first motivation but, lately, it’s become slightly more formalized through the involvement of various commissioning theatres and organizations.
Organisations that have been involved more deeply in the work – through commission or co-production – include the The Royal Court Theatre, the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, the British Council, Brighton Festival, Singapore Performing Arts Festival, Culturgest - Fundação CGD in Lisbon, Warwick Arts Centre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre.
Tim’s work tours extensively to UK and international venues and festivals.
(Photo by Lisa Barnard)
Calvin Petersen- Assistant Director
Calvin Petersen is a performer, director and clown from Wellington, New Zealand and currently based in Toronto. He trained at Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School, where he earned his Masters (MTA: Directing) specialising in creating collaborative devised theatre. Drawing from physical theatre, clown and bouffon training, Calvin has directed, created and toured multiple productions around New Zealand, enabling the existence of everything from, DOGS, a clown-run secret eating society, A Smidge of Pidge, a one-pigeon show about an existential crisis, and txt if you get lost, a 70 minute non-stop poetic party.
Since moving to Toronto in November 2017, Calvin has performed in Outside the March's production of Jerusalem, at Crow’s Theatre, assistant directed Hand to God at the Coal Mine theatre and directed two shows for the Toronto Festival of Clowns, Grave and Sharon and Steve.
Emma Miziolek - Stage Manager
Emma Miziolek is a recent graduate of the Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events program at Sheridan College. Select credits include: SM - Chelsea Sunrise (Theatre Sheridan), Mrs. Mama's House (Toronto Fringe 2018), 4.48 Psychosis (Toronto/Winnipeg Fringe 2017), Sweet Mama and the Salty Muffins (New Ideas Festival), ASM - Into the Woods (Theatre Sheridan), Hamlet (Hart House Theatre). Enjoy the show!
impel theatre is a company created by Kendra Jones in 2009 with a focus on re-thinking the way women and gender roles are portrayed in existing works in the theatre & film canon through the creation of new work in response, which amplifies the voices and perspectives of female characters and re-thinks the role of gender. Over time, this has taken many forms, from dance to immersive theatre, to audio installations, and has expanded to work that challenges our understanding of how we relate to other people and the urban physical environments we find ourselves in.
impel theatre is a collective. Each project is an exploration that requires a new language, new collaborators, and new ways of thinking about the way the performance and audience will interact.
Previous works include:
Lavinia (dance - produced 2009 @ Sarasvati FemFest, Winnipeg) - created and performed by Kendra Jones
Dear Mama (theatre - produced 2013 @ RMTC SondheimFest, Winnipeg) - written & performed by Kendra Jones, directed by Megan Andres. Further development in 2019 with the generous support of Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto and the generous talents of Liz Whitbread.
Tonight at Eight (immersive theatre - produced 2015 @ RMTC CowardFest, Winnipeg) - conceived and directed by Kendra Jones and Stephanie Plaitin, performed by Rodrigo Beilfuss, Daina Leitold, Karl Thordarson
Autel (audio installation - produced 2012 @ RADA, London UK, re-mounted 2012 @ Gas Station Arts Centre, Winnipeg, remounted 2017 @ University of Toronto Festival of Original Theatre, Toronto) - conceived, created, and performed by Kendra Jones
The First Time (promenade audio play - produced 2013 @ MEME Festival, Winnipeg) - conceived, written, and created by Kendra Jones, performed by Pamela Roz with John Norman
popART: Project Vapour (sound installation - produced 2015 @ Winnipeg Fringe Festival) - conceived and produced by Kendra Jones, with John Norman and Chris Morley
popART: Intersection (sound & video installation - produced 2015 @ Nuit Blanche Winnipeg) - conceived and produced by Kendra Jones, with Ali Khan and jaymez *Nuit Blanche “Illuminate the Night” Official selection
Previous productions include:
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You by Caryl Churchill - Reading @ CYRK for RMTC Churchillfest 2010, Winnipeg - directed by Kendra Jones & Stephanie Plaitin, co-produced with selardi theatre.
Seagulls by Caryl Churchill - Production @ CYRK for RMTC Churchillfest 2010, Winnipeg - directed by Kendra Jones & Stephanie Plaitin, co-produced with selardi theatre.
Works in progress include:
Our Sister Duchess (adapted from The Duchess of Malfi, and read in workshop at Carol Shields Festival of New Work 2016, Winnipeg), supported by Theatre By The River.
DO YOU KNOW THIS PLACE? (a new site-specific promenade theatre experience) - conceived & directed by Kendra Jones, created & performed by Kendra Jones, Liz Whitbread, and Justin Otto. First shared at Theatre Passe Muraille Crapshoot 2018, Toronto