The Cottage Poster

The Cottage

World Premiere
By Jake MacDonald
Directed by Robb Paterson

April 24 - May 18
Preview: April 24

John Hirsch Mainstage

"Charming and crowd-pleasing…marvellous comic performances– CBC

Randall is a commitment-averse dreamer. Middle-aged Bennet longs for his teenage years, and it shows. Matty won some money and has been riding the freedom highway. One thing they have in common is their love for the family cottage. Their ailing mother has asked them to decide what to do with it after she’s gone, but they’re determined to drink beer, argue and avoid making any decisions. Will they ever solve the puzzle of their inheritance and sort out their lives?

Running time: Approx. 2 hours (incl. intermission). Please give yourself plenty of time to get downtown and find parking so we can start the show on time. Thanks!

Warnings: Strong language, mature content

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Eleanor Jane Burpee

Jane Burpee

ROYAL MTC The Humans, Humble Boy, Pride and Prejudice.

OTHER THEATRE Hedda Gabler (IbsenFest); Mary Barnes, Tartuffe (Black Hole Theatre); Oedipus, Slag, Eleemosynary, Suddenly, Last Summer, A Phoenix Too Frequent (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); Fen (Sarasvàti); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (BrechtFest); Mary Rose (Snakeskin Jacket); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in the Park); Durang Durang (Scattergood Theatre); Nellie McLung (Equal Voice).

FILM Alternating Current, Unsolved Mysteries, The Diviners.

ET CETERA Jane is delighted to spend time at the cottage with her wonderful “family”. What great company!

Brad Adam Hurtig

Adam Hurtig

ROYAL MTC First appearance.


FILM/TV Select credits include: Cult of Chucky, Supernatural (TV), Trench 11, Snowmance.

ET CETERA Adam has two ACTRA Award nominations for best actor and an award for best supporting actor at the Irish International Theatre Festival. Adam would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support. Much love to Mom, Dad, Katie, Steve, Lucas, Elena and fam, and to his favourite Aunt.


Matty Tom Keenan

Tom Keenan

ROYAL MTC Selected: Sense and Sensibility, The Humans, Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, Hand to God, Unnecessary Farce, The Seagull, Gone With the Wind, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Christmas Carol.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Hedda Gabler (Echo Theatre); Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II, Three Sisters (zone41); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (PTE); Dear Johnny Deere (Persephone); Ring of Fire (Rainbow); The Power of Harriet T, New Canadian Kid (MTYP); White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (TPM); One Man, Two Guvnors (TC); The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV (SIR).

FILM/TV Selected: Burden of Truth, Men with Brooms (CBC); Love, of Course (Hallmark); Channel Zero (NBC/Universal); Nomis (PalmStar); The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gal/Rosetta Media); The Exorcism of Molly Hartley (20th Century Fox); Bunks! (Disney); Zooey and Adam (Bedbugs Films); Less Than Kind (HBO Canada); House Party (Comedy Network); Something Beneath (Peace Arch); The Crooked E (CBS).

ET CETERA Find his music at and

Randall Jennifer Lyon

Jennifer Lyon

ROYAL MTC A Doll’s House, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Myth of the Ostrich, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Secret Annex, A Christmas Story, The Penelopiad, Next to Normal, White Christmas, Pride and Prejudice, Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel), My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol – The Musical, Steel Magnolias (1993). Assistant Director: The Fighting Days.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Little Thing, Big Thing (PTE); Spamalot (TA/Drayton); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Darling of the Day, The Wakowski Brothers, Guys and Dolls (TiFT); The Road to Hell, Communicating Doors (Persephone); My Fair Lady (Arts Club); The Comedy of Errors (SIR); The Father (WJT); Skylight (TNB); Comet in Moominland (MTYP, YPT, Montreal, NYC); 19 shows at Rainbow Stage (Wall of Fame inductee); Camelot, Man of La Mancha (Stratford); The Who’s Tommy (Mirvish).

Fob Doug McKeag

Doug McKeag

ROYAL MTC Chimerica (with CS), Late Company, True West, Evita (with TC),
Little Shop of Horrors (with TC).


OTHER THEATRE Blow Wind, High Water, The Secret Garden, Twelfth Night, God of Carnage, One Man, Two Guvnors, Enron, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TC); Arcadia, The Optimists, Glengarry Glen Ross (Theatre Junction); Toad of Toad Hall (ATP); A Man of No Importance, Follies (Dry Cold); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit); Footloose (Rainbow); The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Little Mercy’s First Murder (Vertigo Theatre); Into the Woods (Citadel).

ET CETERA Doug won a Betty Mitchell Award for his portrayal of an early-onset Parkinson’s patient in The Alan Parkinson’s Project. He produces concerts for Young Symphony Audiences that appear around the globe.


Bennet Chris Sigurdson

Chris Sigurdson

ROYAL MTC It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Over the Tavern, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, My Fair Lady, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Threepenny Opera, Waiting for Godot, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

OTHER THEATRE Lumière in Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, How it Works, Chimera.

TV Burden of Truth, The Pinkertons, Cashing In.

Kris / Young Eleanor RobYn Slade

RobYn Slade

ROYAL MTC Steel Magnolias, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (understudy).

OTHER THEATRE Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (The Keep Theatre); MunschBusters!, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, The Brink, How It Works (PTE); New Canadian Kid, IMPROVident (MTYP); 204FM (One Trunk Theatre); Evil Dead: The Musical (Wasteland Productions); The Big Comfy Couch, Franklin’s Family Christmas Concert (KOBA).

ET CETERA RobYn is a member of musical improv company Outside Joke (experience it at the 2019 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival) and the voice of Tayo the Little Bus on Netflix.

Brucester / Joe Cory Wojcik

Cory Wojcik

ROYAL MTC Actor: A Doll’s House, Once (with Grand), Kill Me Now (with NAC), Black Coffee, Hand to God, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, Harvey, Miracle on South Division Street, August: Osage County. Assistant Director: Morning After Grace.

OTHER THEATRE Actor: Butcher (PTE); Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, The Wizard of Oz (Rainbow); The Jungle Book, Jabber, The Big League (MTYP); Another Way Home (WJT); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit Productions). Director: Mr. Burns (DTC); various productions with Celebrations Dinner Theatre and Winnipeg Fringe.

FILM/TV Actor: Breakthrough, NOMIS, A Dog’s Purpose, Radius and The Pinkertons.

ET CETERA Watch for Cory this summer in Strike: The Musical with Rainbow Stage and in a Winnipeg Fringe show he is writing and performing called Mix Tapes From My Mom.

Voices of offstage children Cooper Vint and Isaac Vint

Cooper Vint and Isaac Vint


Artistic Team

Playwright Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald works in a variety of literary media, including fiction, journalism, and documentary film. He has written 10 books, including the award-winning non-fiction memoir Houseboat Chronicles – which recounts his formative years living in the backwoods of northern Ontario – and many short stories and articles examining our relationship to the natural world. He and his partner Petra live in Winnipeg and maintain hideouts in Mexico and Minaki. The Cottage is his first stage play.

Director Robb Paterson

Robb Paterson

ROYAL MTC This is Robb’s 85th production at Royal MTC. Director: (selected) Next to Normal, Our Town, Guys and Dolls (with Citadel/TC), Trying, My Fair Lady, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, White Christmas, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Woman in Black, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Retreat from Moscow, Steel Magnolias, Fully Committed. Actor: (selected) Clarence, Uncle Billy in It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Reverend Peters in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Billy Bishop, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol – The Musical and many others.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Men’s Room (Crow’s Theatre); Crazy for You, 42nd Street, Big The Musical, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast (twice) (Rainbow); Rick: The Rick Hansen Story, Seussical the Musical, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (MTYP); Oliver! (Centaur); The Affections of May (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Recent acting: Prairie Nurse, The Birds and the Bees (PTE); Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow).

ET CETERA Robb was the Associate Artistic Director at Royal MTC from 2003 to 2015. Love to Heather, Alex and Tara.

Set & Costume Designer Brian Perchaluk

Brian Perchaluk

ROYAL MTC Recent and favourites: John, A Doll’s House, The Humans, Di and Viv and Rose, Once (with Grand), Sarah Ballenden, Black Coffee, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, A Christmas Story, Harvey, August: Osage County, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Lonesome West, Patience, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC), M. Butterfly (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Brian’s work has been featured at theatres across the country, including two seasons each at the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Selected recent credits include: Falsettos (WJT/Dry Cold); The Whipping Man (WJT); Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables (Rainbow); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Vimy (NAC/GCTC); New Magic Valley Fun Town, Prairie Nurse, Gracie, The Flats (PTE); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); King Lear, Fidelio (Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada); Proud (TPM).

TRAINING Graduate of U of W and NTS.

ET CETERA Recipient of Gemini, Jessie Richardson, Prix Rideau and Evie Awards.

Lighting Designer Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson

ROYAL MTC Over 50 productions since 1995, including John, Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, A Christmas Carol (2017, 2005), Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, The Audience (with Mirvish), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish), Next to Normal, Red (with Belfry), The Seagull, Top Girls.

OTHER THEATRE Scott has designed lighting for opera, dance and theatre companies in Winnipeg and across Canada, including the Shaw and Stratford festivals.

TRAINING Scott is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

ET CETERA Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for love and support.

Sound Designer Michael Wright

Michael Wright

ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including A Doll’s House, Part 2, Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, The Humans, Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot the Musical, Seminar (with Mirvish), Late Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.

OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).

FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust. 

ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.


Choreographer Catherine Wreford

Catherine Wreford

ROYAL MTC Choreographer: A Doll’s House, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Heisenberg. Assistant Director: Million Dollar Quartet.

OTHER THEATRE Selected acting credits: West Side Story (Stratford); Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street (US Broadway Tour); 42nd Street, Oklahoma! (Broadway); The Music Man (Pittsburgh CLO); The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); A Chorus Line (WSO/Rainbow); Romeo and Juliet (RWB).

ET CETERA Catherine is originally from Winnipeg and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. In the summer of 2013, Catherine was diagnosed with brain cancer. She had an awake craniotomy, radiation, four kinds of chemotherapy for a year and was given two to six years to live. She is happy to be home and doing what she loves best. She has two amazing kids and an awesome husband.

Fight Director Jacqueline Loewen

Jacqueline Loewen

ROYAL MTC Fight Director: Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (with Arts Club/Citadel), Vietgone, Black Coffee, Hand to God, 23.5 Hours, Unnecessary Farce, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Private Lives, A Christmas Story, Gone With the Wind, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer. Actor: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Top Girls. Assistant Director: Other People’s Money.

OTHER THEATRE Selected fight directing: Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); Indigenous Playwrights New Works Workshop (Playwrights Theatre Centre – Vancouver); Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); The Flood Thereafter (CS); Don Giovanni (Manitoba Opera); Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR); Prairie Nurse (PTE).

TEACHING Jacqueline has taught at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Trinity Western University and Simon Fraser University.

ET CETERA Jacqueline would like to thank her mother, who always reads this section of the program and always comments that she never gets thanked. Thanks, Mom.

Fight Director Rick Skene

Rick Skene

Dramaturg Tricia Cooper

Tricia Cooper

ROYAL MTC Actor: Myth of the Ostrich, Miracle on South Division Street.

OTHER THEATRE Playwright: Social Studies (produced at PTE, Centaur, Firehall Theatre). Dramaturg: Lame Is (Sick + Twisted Theatre). Upcoming – Dramaturgy and directing Cory Wojcik’s Mix Tapes From My Mom at the 2019 Fringe. As an actor, she has performed at PTE, WJT and TPM and done several Fringe shows including anything with the sketch comedy troupe the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company.

FILM/TV Actor: The Perfect Match, Barbara Blackwood Story, A Fable About Beauty, Book of Vaudeville, Less Than Kind. Writer and actor: WindCity.

TRAINING University of Winnipeg, Honours Theatre.

ET CETERA Thank you to Krista Jackson and Steven Schipper for inviting me along on this ride and to Jake MacDonald for being such a gracious and generous writer. Love to my awesome family!


Assistant Director Simon Miron

Simon Miron

ROYAL MTC The Dresser.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Pippin, American Idiot, Young Frankenstein (ViC/WST); Freestyle Fantastique, Songs for a New World (White Rabbit Productions); The Last 48 (ArtLaunch); 7 Stories (TBTR). Acting: The House at Pooh Corner, James and the Giant Peach, Honk! (MTYP); Butcher, Le Père, Heyderabad (Cercle Molière); Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek The Musical, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The Producers, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Forever Plaid, The Buddy Holly Story, The Sound of Music (Rainbow).

TRAINING/TEACHING Simon is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is also a founder of the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre.

ET CETERA Special thanks to Robbie and Karyn for their mentorship.

Apprentice Set & Costume Designer Megumi Hari

Megumi Hari


OTHER THEATRE Megumi has been a Scenic Artist for the past seven years and painted well over 50 productions for theatres across Ontario including Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Théâtre Français de Toronto, Second City, Shaw, Capitol Theatre Port Hope, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Canadian Stage, etc. She is a proud member of IATSE Local 828.

TRAINING Advanced Diploma in Entertainment Technology from St. Clair College (Windsor, ON); Cobalt Studios (White Lake, NY); MFA Design/Technical student at University of Calgary (Calgary, AB).

ET CETERA Pauline McGibbon Award nominee for Craftsperson category (2016). Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council and the Chalmers Family Fund who made this apprenticeship opportunity possible. A very BIG thank you to Brian Perchaluk for being a wonderful mentor and human.

Apprentice Lighting Designer Hayley Mummery

Hayley Mummery

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Resident Stage Manager of ART HOLM Series; Winnipeg Theatre Awards; The Threepenny Opera; Middletown.

TRAINING The University of Winnipeg’s theatrical production and design program.

ET CETERA Hayley is a local lighting technician/designer and Stage Manager. They’re incredibly pleased to be assisting Scott Henderson on The Cottage to finish off the Royal MTC season!

Stage Manager Karyn Kumhyr

Karyn Kumhyr

ROYAL MTC Heisenberg, A Christmas Carol, Sarah Ballenden, Chimerica (with CS), The Woman in Black, A Christmas Story, Ed’s Garage, Next to Normal, The Shunning, Steel Magnolias, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bleeding Hearts, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town, The Tempest, Driving Miss Daisy, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes. Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, The Foreigner, Doc. Crew: My Name is Asher Lev, The Gin Game, Thimblerig, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Tempest, Side by Side by Sondheim.

OTHER THEATRE Pippin (ViC/WST); Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); The 39 Steps (Harbourfront, PEI); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand); Anne & Gilbert (The Guild, PEI); The Jungle Book, James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); Rick: The Rick Hansen Story (MTYP, Arts Club, Citadel); Happy Place, Small Things, The Secret Mask (PTE); Molière, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (ATP); The Gin Game (Valley Summer Theatre); Bump, Snow Dance (Ship’s Company Theatre); The Addams Family, Urinetown (Dry Cold);
The Drawer Boy (ATF).


FILM/TV JT (The JT Leroy Story), Burden of Truth (CBC TV series), Into Invisible Light (Frantic Films).

Assistant Stage Manager Christopher Brackett

Christopher Brackett

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Sense and Sensibility.

OTHER THEATRE Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish); Jukebox Hero (Mirvish/Annerin Productions); The Hockey Sweater (Segal/NAC); Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, A Musical (Disney Cruise Line); Othello, Richard III (Shakespeare BASH’d); A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); The Virgin Trial, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford); Matilda The Musical (1st US National Tour/Mirvish); Rufus Does Judy, Contemporary Color, If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway (Luminato). Other credits include work with Disney Theatrical Group, the Toronto International Film Festival and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

TRAINING Graduate of Ryerson Theatre School.

ET CETERA As always, much love to mom and dad.

Apprentice Stage Manager Katie Schmidt

Katie Schmidt

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: A Doll’s House, Sense and Sensibility. Apprentice Costumer: Sarah Ballenden.

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Fem Fest Bake-Off and Cabaret (Sarasvàti). Costumer: Mary’s Wedding (TPM). Props and Set Coordinator: Timon of Athens (SIR).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Theatre and Film.

ET CETERA Katie is excited to be working on another Royal MTC production. Thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Raya and Moosie. She hopes you enjoy the show!