Nine Dragons Poster

Nine Dragons

By Jovanni Sy
Directed by Craig Hall

A World Premiere production with Gateway Theatre and Vertigo Theatre

Tom Hendry Warehouse

1920s Hong Kong. Battling racism and his own reputation, Chinese detective Tommy Lam investigates the deaths of several women. With a suspected serial killer in his sights, Tommy follows clues to the glamorous Nine Dragons nightclub and into the haze of the opium trade. In his relentless quest to prove himself and protect his people, Tommy risks losing everything – his relationship, his badge, even his life.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours, 15 minutes (incl. intermission)
Warnings: Theatrical fog & haze, strobe lights, gunshots


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Paul Beverley / Johnson Scott Bellis

Scott Bellis

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Vancouver: AvenueQ, Saint Joan, Good People, Pride and Prejudice (Arts Club); James and the Giant Peach (Carousel); Tear the Curtain (Electric Company); The Rivals (Blackbird); Après Moi (Ruby Slippers); and 21 seasons at Bard on the Beach, including Hamlet, Henry V, King John and many others. Saskatoon: God of Carnage, Equivocation (Persephone). Kamloops: Educating Rita (WCT). Calgary: King Lear (TC), Art of Murder (Vertigo). Directing credits: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Antony and Cleopatra (Bard on the Beach); The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Persephone); Julius Caesar, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Studio 58).

TRAINING Graduate of Studio 58.

ET CETERA 20 Jessie Richardson nominations, 4 awards. Scott also serves as Secretary/Treasurer for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.


Victor Fung / Hong Daniel Chen

Daniel Chen

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Middletown, The House of Blue Leaves, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Black Hole Theatre Company); Circle Mirror Transformation (Half Empty Productions); Rope (The 28th Minute).

TV Supa Strikas (DaCapo); Cashing In (Buffalo Gal).

TRAINING University of Manitoba.


Dr. Mary Weir Natascha Girgis

Natascha Girgis

ROYAL MTC Evita (with TC), The Drowning Girls.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Ends of the Earth, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vertigo); Titus Andronicus, Richard III (Shakespeare Co.); What You’re Missing (Chutzpah Festival); The Drowning Girls (cross-Canada tour); Communion, Palace of the End, Life Skills (Network); Heroine, Love (Northern Light); Humble Boy (Citadel/TC); Between Yourself and Me, Speaking in Tongues (Shadow); The Trespassers (Belfry,VP); Around The World in 80 Days, The Blue Light, Oliver Twist, Oleanna, The Stone Angel (ATP); Lion in the Streets (Sage); Counsellor-At-Law (TC); Blues in the Night, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Lunchbox); Suite Surrender, Unnecessary Farce, Fiddler on the Roof, The 39 Steps (Stage West); Amadeus, Macbeth, The Constant Wife (ATF); Speak (Globe); The Barber of Seville (Persephone); Lend Me a Tenor (Arts Club); Man of La Mancha (Royal Alex).

ET CETERA Natascha took second place at the pie-eating contest at this year’s Priddis and Millarville Fair.


Sean Heaney Toby Hughes

Toby Hughes

ROYAL MTC Sarah Ballenden, Hand to God, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Tour).

OTHER THEATRE American Idiot (WST); Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Henry V (SIR); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley, The Dishwashers (PTE); The House at Pooh Corner, The Hobbit, Liars (MTYP); The Cherry Orchard, Edward II (TBTR); The Walworth Farce (Incompletely Strangled).

FILM/TV Channel Zero, Trench 11, The Pinkertons, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

TRAINING University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Toby is a founding member of the musical improv company Outside Joke and an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare in the Ruins.


Nigel Dunston-Smith / Henderson Duval Lang

Duval Lang

ROYAL MTC First appearance.


OTHER THEATRE Edouard in You Will Remember Me, Hitler/Disney in The Blue Light (ATP); Dominee in Liberation Days (TC); Doc Gibbs in Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre); Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Company); Don Juan in The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan (Old Trout Puppet Workshop).


FILM/TV Hell on Wheels, Brokeback Mountain.


ET CETERA Duval has been very active in the dynamic growth of the Calgary theatre community for 40 years. He was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Quest Theatre, a prominent Canadian theatre for young audience company for 25 of those years and is now a busy freelance actor and director working across the country. Duval has been recognized with Betty Mitchell (Calgary) and Stirling (Edmonton) nominations and awards for his acting work and is a recipient of the Harry and Martha Cohen Award for significant and long-term contribution to theatre in Calgary.


Tommy Lam John Ng

John Ng

ROYAL MTC First appearance.


OTHER THEATRE Acquiesce (Factory); The Best Brothers, This is War (GCTC); Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave (Tarragon); Sisters (Gateway); Hallaj, Waiting for Godot, The Sheep and the Whale (Modern Times); China Doll (Nightwood).
FILM/TV Kim’s Convenience, Rising Suns, House of Luk.
ET CETERA John received a Dora nomination for his performance in Pu-Erh (k’Now Theatre).


Artistic Team

Playwright Jovanni Sy

Jovanni Sy

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Playwright: A Taste of Empire (Cahoots/Boca del Lupo); The Five Vengeances (Cahoots/Humber College); The Cellar Door and Haiku Moments (Tapestry New Opera). Director: Closer Than Ever, Valley Song, Harvest (Gateway); God of Carnage, Antigone, Blackbird (Theatre du Pif); 食盡天下 Sik Zeon Tin Haa (rice & beans); Stitch (Native Earth). Jovanni has acted with companies from Whitehorse to St. John’s and overseas.

ET CETERA Jovanni is the Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC ( Nine Dragons will be published by Talonbooks in Spring 2018.


Director Craig Hall

Craig Hall

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Big Sleep, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Calamity Town, The Haunting, Farewell, My Lovely, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Vintage Hitchcock, The Ends of the Earth, Double Indemnity (Vertigo Theatre); It’s a Wonderful Life (Lunchbox); Macbeth (Shakespeare Co.); Faith Healer (Shaw); Scar Tissue (Arts Club); Snowman, After the Quake, Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, Recovery (Rumble).

TRAINING Graduate of Studio 58.

ET CETERA Craig is in his sixth season as Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre. He has received several awards for his work including trophies for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Set Design and Innovation. He would like to thank his wife Anna, his daughter Olive and his son Aubrey for their love and support.



Set Designer Scott Reid

Scott Reid

ROYAL MTC Crimes of the Heart.

OTHER THEATRE The Drowning Girls, The Big Sleep, The Turn of the Screw (Vertigo); The Last Wife, 1979 (set and projection), Venus in Fur (set and lighting), 16 playRites Festivals (ATP); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Raisin in the Sun (TC); Die Tote Stadt, The Flying Dutchman (set and projections), Othello, The Inventor (projections), Little Women, Faust, Dead Man Walking (Calgary Opera); The Cunning Little Vixen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Banff Centre); Our Canada, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Songs of a Wayfarer, Requiem (Alberta Ballet); Modern Vaudevillians, Juliet and Romeo, New Universe, The Wilds, Spontaneous Combustion (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks). Scott has also designed for numerous other companies across Canada.



Costume Designer Deitra Kalyn

Deitra Kalyn

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Big Sleep, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Turn of the Screw, Calamity Town, Sherlock Holmes, The Game’s Afoot, Farewell, My Lovely, Huron Bride, Gaslight, Sweeney Todd (Vertigo); nOOb (Vertigo - Y Stage); Farewell, My Lovely, The Penelopiad (Arts Club); The Crucible, Dear Johnny Deere, King Lear, One Man, Two Guvnors, Mom’s The Word, Doubt (TC); All’s Well That Ends Well (The Shakespeare Company); As You Like It, Hamlet, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors (TC - Shakespeare by the Bow); Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TC/MRU Shakespeare in the Park); Legend Has It, playRites Festival 2013, Intimate Apparel (ATP); Jake and the Kid (Globe Theatre); A Behanding In Spokane, Reasons To Be Pretty, Evil Dead: The Musical: ’09, ’10, ’12 (Ground Zero and Hit & Myth).

FILM/TV Damnation (NBCU tv series); Assistant Designer: Lost Face, Guns of Purgatory, Money Tree.

TRAINING Graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design and Grant MacEwan University.

ET CETERA Deitra has been nominated for several awards for her costume design, recently picking up a Betty Mitchell Award for her work on All’s Well That Ends Well.


Lighting Designer Anton de Groot

Anton de Groot

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Hollow, Travels with My Aunt (Vertigo); HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island (Stratford); The Circle, Waiting for the Parade, Cockroach (ATP); The Shoplifters, Mary Poppins (TC); Crawlspace (Tarragon); Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well (The Shakespeare Company); Crime Does Not Pay, In the Wake, Sequence (Downstage); The Tall Building (Handsome Alice); It’s a Wonderful Life, Book Club (Lunchbox); Drinking Habits (Stage West).

TRAINING MFA from the University of Calgary, and a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

ET CETERA Anton has received four Betty Mitchell Awards for his design and scenography. In 2015, Anton curated the Canadian Student Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Up next: Charlotte’s Web at ATP, King Lear with The Shakespeare Company and GIANT with Ghost River Theatre. See more at


Composer & Sound Designer Andrew Blizzard

Andrew Blizzard

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Haunting, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Travels with My Aunt,
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Woman in Black (Vertigo); Blow Wind High Water, Hamlet (TC); Macbeth (The Shakespeare Company); In On It, The Surrogate (Lunchbox); The After, aWay (Anchor|Red); Shakespeare’s Dog (ATP); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (GZT/Hit & Myth); Blood: A Scientific Romance (Sage).


FILM The Money Tree (4K Film); Like Sunday Morning (Full Swing); Convos With My 2-Year-Old (CocoMilk).

ET CETERA Andrew has received two Betty Mitchell Awards (six nominations), and an AMPIA nomination for The Money Tree. So much love to my incredible wife Brieanna, my little boys and my Steakface.


Projection Designer Jamie Nesbitt

Jamie Nesbitt

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Jamie designs across North America and Europe. His resume includes: Canadian Stage, NAC, Soulpepper, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Palazzo Circus (Berlin), Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, Bard on the Beach, Arts Club, Charlottetown Festival, Electric Company, Kidd Pivot (Germany/Canada), Pacific Opera, Opéra de Québec, Company 14 (New York), Vancouver Opera, Why Not, Neptune, Belfry, Old Trouts, ARC, Cahoots, PTE, Touchstone, Vertigo, Pi Theatre, Theatre Network, Birdland, Rumble Productions, Gateway, Greenthumb, Yukon Arts Centre and many more.

TRAINING Graduate of Studio 58.

ET CETERA 8 Jessie nominations, 1 Jessie Award, 3 Critter nominations, 3 Critter awards, 1 Sterling nomination, 2 Betty Mitchell awards, 2008 Mayor Arts award, 2007 Sam Payne award and the 2006 Earl Klein Memorial


Fight Director Karl Sine

Karl Sine

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Karl works as an actor, director and a certified fight director with Fight Directors Canada. Selected fight directing credits: Wait Until Dark, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, The Game’s Afoot, Farewell, My Lovely, The Huron Bride (Vertigo); Carmen, Silent Night (Calgary Opera); King Lear, Liberation Days, The Great Gatsby (TC); The Three Musketeers, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Equivocation, Othello, Titus, Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company); She Has A Name (Burnt Thicket). Selected Acting Credits: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Vertigo); Macbeth, Equivocation, Othello, Titus Andronicus, Land of the Dead (The Shakespeare Company); The Crucible, Pride and Prejudice, Enron, A Christmas Carol, Much Ado About Nothing (TC); Queen Milli Of Galt, Mary’s Wedding (Rosebud).

ET CETERA Karl has won multiple Betty Mitchell awards for his work as a fight director and as an actor. Karl wishes to thank his wife Lindsey and his three beautiful children Olivia, Charlie and Zachary.


Voice & Dialect Consultant Jane MacFarlane

Jane MacFarlane

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE 45+ productions for Theatre Calgary where Jane is the Resident Voice Coach, including The Audience, Skylight, Bad Jews, The Crucible, Liberation Days (with WCT), One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mountaintop, Pride and Prejudice, Enron, To Kill a Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, six seasons of Shakespeare by the Bow and 15 years of A Christmas Carol (TC); Voice & Dialect Consultant on Dial M for Murder, The Big Sleep, The Hollow, Wait Until Dark, Sherlock Homes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Drowning Girls (Vertigo Theatre); The Last Wife, Fortune Falls (with Catalyst Theatre), The Circle, Legend Has It, Venus in Fur, Motherf**ker with the Hat, That Elusive Spark, The Syringa Tree (ATP); Voice & Text Coach on Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Othello (The Shakespeare Company).

TEACHING She has taught at such institutions as York University, Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, MRU, UCalgary and U of A. 

ET CETERA Jane is also an actor and director.


Cantonese Translator Derek Chan

Derek Chan

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE As a translator: A Taste of Empire (rice & beans theatre in association with Gateway Theatre’s Pacific Festival). As a playwright/director: Pick a Number (FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery); Last Train In, Starstuff, Loomings (rice & beans theatre); Under Protest (Troika Collective & Ensemble Theatre Norway).

TRAINING BFA in theatre performance, Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts.

ET CETERA Derek Chan is co-Artistic Director of rice & beans theatre in Vancouver. He has also previously worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (as Apprentice Artistic Director) and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (as Associate Artistic Producer). He was part of the 2016 Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. Derek was the winner of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize.


Assistant Director Jenna Rodgers

Jenna Rodgers

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Mixie and The Halfbreeds (fu-GEN Theatre); Winners and Losers, Cowboy Versus Samurai (Chromatic Theatre); Let the Light of Day Through (Lunchbox Theatre). Assistant Directing credits include: The Big Sleep, Wait Until Dark (Vertigo); Book Club, What Gives!? (Lunchbox Theatre); A Bomb in the Heart (Downstage); Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave (Tarragon).

ET CETERA Jenna is the Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre, an arts equity advocate, and the Associate Dramaturg with the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Assistant Costume Designer: Elizabeth Wellwood

Fight Director Assistant: Zakk MacDonald

Stage Manager Michael Howard

Michael Howard

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Big Sleep, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Turn of the Screw, Shear Madness, Farewell, My Lovely, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Ends of the Earth, Noirville, An Inspector Calls, Woman in Black (Vertigo); nOOb for Vertigo Theatre’s Y Stage Theatre Series and YPT Toronto; Harvest, The Notorious Right Robert (The Festival Players of Prince Edward County); A Worthy Opponent, Second Chance, First Love (Lunchbox Theatre); The Motherf**ker with the Hat (ATP); Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (ATP/Citadel/PTE/Persephone); The Crucible, Lost: A Memoir (TC).

ET CETERA Michael would like to thank Red Dawn and Melon for everything.


Assistant Stage Manager Linsey Callaghan

Linsey Callaghan

OYAL MTC Assistant Stage Manager: The Audience (with Mirvish), Apprentice Stage Manager: Chimerica, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Seagull, A Christmas Story.

OTHER THEATRE Assistant Stage Manager: The Birds and the Bees (PTE).Production Assistant: Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice (Stratford). Apprentice Stage Manager: Danny, King of the Basement, James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); Les Misérables (Rainbow); King Lear, The Beaux’ Stratagem, All My Sons (Stratford); Gifts of the Magi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Initiation Trilogy (Electric Theatre Company).

TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School’s Production Program.