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Bang Bang

By Kat Sandler
Directed by Kelly Thornton 
A co-production with Belfry Theatre





October 2 - October 19
Preview: October 2

Tom Hendry Warehouse

“Explosive drama with lots of laughs” NOW Magazine

When a Black female police officer shoots an unarmed young Black man, a white playwright uses this event as inspiration for his hit play soon to be adapted into a movie. As Hollywood comes knocking, he decides to make a surprise visit to the officer to avoid media backlash. Filled with tension and suspense, Kat Sandler’s thought-provoking take on race and culture will have you questioning the meaning behind the phrase “based on a true story.”
Bang Bang is a fresh contemporary drama riddled with dark humour.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours, 25 minutes (incl. 1 intermission)
Warnings: Flashing lights, simulated gunshots, strong language, mature content
Production ID: 26795
Start Date: 10/3/2019 3:15:23 PM
End Date: 10/19/2019 3:15:34 PM
Title: Bang Bang
Playwright: By Kat Sandler
Directed by Kelly Thornton 
A co-production with Belfry Theatre


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Synopsis: “Explosive drama with lots of laughs” NOW Magazine

When a Black female police officer shoots an unarmed young Black man, a white playwright uses this event as inspiration for his hit play soon to be adapted into a movie. As Hollywood comes knocking, he decides to make a surprise visit to the officer to avoid media backlash. Filled with tension and suspense, Kat Sandler’s thought-provoking take on race and culture will have you questioning the meaning behind the phrase “based on a true story.”
Bang Bang is a fresh contemporary drama riddled with dark humour.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours, 25 minutes (incl. 1 intermission)
Warnings: Flashing lights, simulated gunshots, strong language, mature content
Facility: Tom Hendry Warehouse
Alternate URL: http://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/Bang-Bang.aspx
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Word Mark: 385bf20d-3476-4e88-a6d5-b1d1ab9da807
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Display Rotator To: 10/19/2019 11:59:59 PM

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Actors

Jackie Savage Sébastien Heins

Sébastien Heins

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Wedding at Aulis (Soulpepper); The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption (Stratford); Bang Bang (Factory); Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera (b current & Sébastien Heins); Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Outside the March/Crow’s/Starvox).

FILM/TV Selected: Stratford HD’s: The Tempest, Timon of Athens (Cineplex/CBC); The Drip (Suntola); The Listener (CTV); Her Chance to Dream (ESC & Listening Duck); Darknet (Superchannel); Cracked (CBC).

TRAINING National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA Sébastien is thrilled to return to the world of Bang Bang. He wishes to thank his incredible wife for her loving support while he is away from home, and to thank his family and friends for their continuous care.

Tim Bernbaum Tom Keenan

Tom Keenan

ROYAL MTC Selected: The Cottage, 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); How My Light Is Spent (Play It Again); Am I Not King?, 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: Welcome to Sudden Death (Universal); Christmas Club, Love, of Course (Hallmark); Burden of Truth (CBC); Nikola Tesla and the End of the World (Zoot Pictures); Channel Zero (NBC/Universal); Nomis (PalmStar); The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gal/Rosetta Media); House Party (Comedy Network); Something Beneath (Peace Arch); The Crooked E (CBS).

ET CETERA Find his music at tommydouglaskeenan.com and heavybellmusic.com.

Lila Hines Beverly Ndukwu

Beverly Ndukwu

ROYAL MTC The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Intimate Apparel (WJT); Danny, King of the Basement (MTYP).

FILM/TV Tales from the Loop, Love in Design, Breakthrough, Night Hunter (Nomis) etc.

ET CETERA Thank you to everyone who has supported me during the course of my career. I’m constantly learning and evolving as an actor, and open to where this passion will take me. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

Tony Cappello Alex Poch-Goldin

Alex Poch-Goldin

ROYAL MTC My Name is Asher Lev (Meta Award/Evie Nomination), Scorched, King Lear, Quills, Broadway Bound.

OTHER THEATRE Oslo, Disgraced (Mirvish); The Dybbuk, Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper – Dora Award); Our Class (Studio 180 – Dora Nomination); Amadeus (TiFT); King Lear (Groundling); Wit (VP – Jessie Nomination); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Harper Regan, The Comedy of Errors, Angels in America, The Tempest, Intimate Apparel (Canadian Stage); Belle (NAC). Playwriting: Cringeworthy, This Hotel (Dora Nominations); Yahrzeit (Jewish Playwriting Award/German tour); The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, The Right Road To Pontypool (4th Line). Opera Libretti: The Shadow, Against Nature.

FILM/TV Suits, Nurses, Burden of Truth, Cardinal, The Calling, Nero Wolfe, Good God, The Kennedys, Flashpoint. 

ET CETERA Alex has recently moved to Winnipeg and is thrilled to open the 2019 season at Royal MTC. Upcoming: Indecent for Mirvish. For directing, teaching and audition coaching, visit alexpochgoldin.com. Love to Chloe Babette!

Karen Hines Warona Setshwaelo

Warona Setshwaelo

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Stori Ya (Black Theatre Workshop); Pinocchio, Reaching for Starlight (Geordie Theatre); If We Were Birds, Intractable Woman (Imago Theatre); Julius Caesar (Repercussion).

FILM/TV White House Down, Quantico, The Disappeared, Northpole (Hallmark). Video games: Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

TRAINING/TEACHING B.A. in Virginia Tech’s Theatre Arts program (2000). Coordinator of the Artist Mentorship Program at Black Theatre Workshop.

ET CETERA Warona is an artist, mother, storyteller, community builder and activist. Originally from Gaborone, Botswana and Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal) for 12 years.

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Artistic Team

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Playwright Kat Sandler

Kat Sandler

Kat Sandler is a playwright, director, screenwriter and Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha in Toronto. She has staged 16 of her original plays in the last eight years, including the concurrent double bill of The Party and The Candidate this past April, where the same cast raced back and forth between spaces at the Citadel Theatre to perform in two simultaneous plays each night. Her play Mustard (Tarragon Theatre) won the Dora Award for Best New Play, and Bang Bang was nominated for the same award. She was the recipient of NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Awards for Best Director and Best Playwright, the SummerWorks Spotlight Award, and was the winner of the Austin Film Fest Award for Best Fiction Podcast for How to Build a Fire. Kat is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program.

Director Kelly Thornton

Kelly Thornton

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Eighteen years as Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre in Toronto, where she directed Unholy, Refuge, Free Outgoing, The Penelopiad, Between the Sheets, The Happy Woman; as well as The List, That Face and Wild Dogs (all in association with CS); The Danish Play (NAC, Aveny-Teatret, Copenhagen; Magnetic North Theatre Festival); Bear With Me (Magnetic North); Finding Regina (Globe); Mathilde and China Doll. Other select credits include: Vigil (TiFT); The Comedy of Errors (CS); This Hotel (Theatre Passe Muraille); and nine seasons of Nightwood’s Lawyer Show, staging Shakespeare’s comedies and Broadway musicals.

TEACHING Associate Director of the Directing Program at the National Theatre School of Canada 2010-2013. Guest Instructor at the University of Toronto Graduate Centre for Drama, and at Sheridan College and Theatre Erindale (U of T) Theatre and Drama Studies Program.

ET CETERA Kelly is Royal MTC’s Artistic Director and has been honoured with the Pauline McGibbon Award, multiple Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, a Harold Award, as well as being named a YWCA Woman of Distinction. She wishes to thank her incredible family for all their love and support.

Set Designer Adam Parboosingh

Adam Parboosingh

ROYAL MTC Buying the Farm (tour).

OTHER THEATRE Scenery Design: Kiss of the Spider Woman (Dry Cold). Lighting Design: Intimate Apparel (WJT). Scenery and Costume Design: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (U of W). Lighting Design: Mary’s Wedding (TPM) and Miracle on 34th Street (Magnus Theatre). Projection Design: Boundary Avenue (One Trunk Theatre).

TV Assistant Art Director for CBC’s Burden of Truth.

TEACHING Assistant Professor at University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Adam’s ongoing support comes from his wife Tamara and three kids (Mackenzie, Keaton and Harrison) and dog Coco. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. adamparboosingh.com

Costume Designer Joseph Abetria

Joseph Abetria

ROYAL MTC Costume Designer: Last Train to Nibroc (tour). Apprentice Costume Designer: Billy Elliot the Musical.

OTHER THEATRE (selected) Costume Designer: Women of the Fur Trade (Vault Projects); Mary’s Wedding, Iceland (TPM); Concord Floral, Vinegar Tom, The Cassilis Engagement, The Laramie Project (U of W). Set Designer: Richard III (SIR). Production Designer: The Game, Two Indians, The Seduction Theory (Sarasvàti Productions). Assistant Costume Designer: Othello, The Neverending Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg. 

ET CETERA Much love to my family and friends! Hope you enjoy the show.

Lighting Designer Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson

ROYAL MTC Over 50 productions since 1995, including The Cottage, John, Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol (2017, 2005), Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, 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. Most recently he designed Strike! The Musical and Cinderella at Rainbow Stage.

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

ET CETERA In 2018 Scott received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Winnipeg Theatre Awards. He was also nominated for a Sterling Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (Shakespeare in Love – Citadel/Royal MTC). Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for the love and support.

Sound Designer Brian Linds

Brian Linds

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Full Light of Day, No Exit (The Electric Company); Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave (NAC); Mustard, The Valley, Best Brothers (Belfry); Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach); Sweeney Todd (Vancouver Opera); A Christmas Story (Chemainus Theatre); The Audience, August: Osage County, The History Boys (Arts Club); True West (VP); Of Mice and Men (Blue Bridge Theatre). Brian created a sound-performance-theatre show called Reverberations which takes place in five theatre spaces. It premiered at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival in 2017, and last March played at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver.

TEACHING Brian has been a sound design mentor and teacher at Studio 58, The Phoenix Theatre, The Belfry Theatre and SKAM Theatre.

ET CETERA Brian resides in Victoria.

Fight Director Jacquie Loewen

Jacquie Loewen

ROYAL MTC Fight Director: The Cottage, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (with Arts Club/Citadel), Vietgone (with fu-GEN/Hope and Hell), 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 was a founding member of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch group, Hot Thespian Action. In her diverse work as a theatre maker, she has recently adapted/directed several operas for site specific performances  Cosi Fan Tutte, Orpheus in the Underworld, Don Giovanni (Manitoba Underground Opera); Face on the Barroom Floor (Little Opera Company); The Medium (Flipside Opera) and is currently developing the second draft of an experiential theatre piece called Yellow Den based on the gothic horror short story, The Yellow Wallpaper. She also has amazing biological and chosen families, people who she is more and more grateful for every year.

 

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Consulting Director Audrey Dwyer

Audrey Dwyer

ROYAL MTC Upcoming Direction: Women of the Fur Trade. Actor: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish), Good People, Medea (with Mirvish), The Crucible.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Prairie Nurse (Lighthouse Theatre); Calpurnia (Nightwood Theatre/Sulong Theatre); The Apology (Rabiayshna Productions).

TRAINING National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA Audrey is a multi-disciplinary artist with over 20 years experience working as an actor, director, playwright, teacher, artistic director, facilitator and mentor. She won the Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre in 2015. She has been nominated for four Dora Awards and has won three. She has been nominated for the Pauline Gibbon Award for Direction twice. She was the Artistic Director of Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre. Most recently she was the Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence and Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre.

Apprentice Director Eric Rae

Eric Rae

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Pas Moi (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis); Anomie by Wren Brian (Downside Up); The Tempest (Knavish Hedgehogs). Actor: Riot Resist Revolt Repeat and After the Ball is Over (Vault Projects); Expressions Vives (Cercle Molière); Unplugged (Green Kids).

TRAINING Bachelor of Arts Honours from the University of Winnipeg and Master of Arts from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

ET CETERA I just got back from two years doing my Master’s in France and am thrilled that Bang Bang is my first show back. Huge thanks to everyone who supported me and kept me sane during my time away. You know who you are.

Stage Manager Kathryn Ball

Kathryn Ball

ROYAL MTC Mainstage: Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Steel Magnolias, The Shunning, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dreamgirls, Orpheus Descending. Regional tours: Last Train to Nibroc, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Armstrong’s War, Miracle on South Division Street, Ed’s Garage, The Melville Boys, Bad Dates.

OTHER THEATRE Numerous productions with Manitoba Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and the Globe Theatre (Regina).

TRAINING Theatre Production program at MacEwan University in Edmonton and Bachelor of Commerce at University of Manitoba.

Assistant Stage Manager Zahra Larche

Zahra Larche

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Buying the Farm (tour), Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Vietgone (with fu-GEN/Hope and Hell), The Humans. Assistant Production Manager (2017/18 season).

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: The Drawer Boy (Hudson Village Theatre); Ed & Ed – Trapped!, Outside Mullingar, Neddy Norris Night, Fly Me to the Moon, Newfoundland Vinyl, The Out Vigil (Gros Morne Theatre Festival); Shape of a Girl (Cart Before the Horse). Apprentice Stage Manager: Barber of Seville (Manitoba Opera); The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions); The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (A Company of Fools).

TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada – Production Program (2017).

ET CETERA A very special thanks to my Royal MTC family, my parents, my family and friends from Gatineau to Tasmania, Ilana Modulevsky, Craig Heinrich, and my graduating class at NTS.

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