Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre-Media Centre
Red-stars-125w.png“Played brilliantly by Keenan and Blais, with both Winnipeg actors at the top of their game” – Free Press

In 10 years, Al Purdy and Milton Acorn will become celebrated Canadian poets, but for now, they're just two broke men drinking whiskey and fighting with a wood-fire stove. On the precipice of greatness, and a hangover, the poets struggle to build an A-frame cottage while exploring what it means to be an artist.

We're thrilled to partner with Theatre Projects Manitoba on this electric work by David Yee, who was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in 2023.
 

Click on the image to download the digital program:

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Warnings: 
Strong language, mature themes, sexual content; simulated dynamite explosion (loud sound, flashing lights); haze

 

Running time: 
Approx. 1 hour, 40 minutes



Cast & Crew

Production
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David Yee

Playwright

Playwright David Yee
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David Yee

David Yee is a mixed race (half Chinese, half Scottish) playwright and actor, born and raised in Toronto. He is the co-founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre Company, Canada’s premiere professional Asian Canadian theatre company. A Dora Mavor Moore Award-nominated actor and playwright, his work has been produced internationally and at home. He is a two-time Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for his plays lady in the red dress and carried away on the crest of a wave, which won the award in 2015 along with the Carol Bolt Award in 2013. He has worked extensively in the Asian Canadian community as an artist and an advocate. outlawpoet.ca

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Suzie Martin

Director

Director Suzie Martin
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Suzie Martin

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Director: Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel). Apprentice Stage Manager: Hirsch.

OTHER THEATRE Selected Directing: Oh The Humanity! (U of W, spring 2024); God’s Ear; Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (U of A Studio Theatre); Baba Yaga (Alberta Musical Theatre Co.); Tragedy: A Tragedy (Blarney Productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Young Co.); Over Her Dead Body (Small Matters/Fringe Theatre Adventures); Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Manitoba Underground Opera); The Cherry Orchard (TBTR/little ECHO theatre).

TRAINING/TEACHING Suzie holds an MFA in Directing and a teaching award from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Dept of Theatre & Film.

ET CETERA Suzie is proud to be the Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba – the company where she took some of her first directing steps over a decade ago! (Much love to my endlessly supportive mum.)

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Adam Parboosingh

Set Designer

Set Designer Adam Parboosingh
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Adam Parboosingh

ROYAL MTC Yaga, Bang Bang (with Belfry), Buying the Farm (tour).

OTHER THEATRE Scenery and Lighting Design: Stupid Fucking Bird (U of W); Scenery Design: Pals, or Scenes from a Friendship (WJT); Scenery Design: Twelfth Night (SIR); Scenery Design: The Prom (Dry Cold); Lighting Design: Narrow Bridge (WJT); Lighting Design: Antigone (Sick + Twisted); Scenery and Lighting Design: Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Dry Cold); Scenery Design: Shakespeare’s Will (SIR); Lighting Design: Salt Baby and Lunenburg (Magnus Theatre).

TEACHING Associate Professor in Theatre Design 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.

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Daina Leitold

Costume Designer

Costume Designer Daina Leitold
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Daina Leitold

ROYAL MTC Set & Props Designer: Mix Tapes From My Mom (regional tour). Assistant Costume Designer: The Three Musketeers.

OTHER THEATRE Costume Designer: Narrow Bridge, Bar Mitzvah Boy (WJT); Awaken (SIR/zone41). Set, Props and Costume Designer: Fame (WST); Hamlet, Timon of Athens (SIR); Glad to Be Here, Meet Me at Dawn, Constellations, Edward II, Cock, Bull, The Cherry Orchard (TBTR); Bike and Circuses, Wild Wild Wilderness, Unplugged, Ebb & Flo (Green Kids Inc.); Red Earth (One Trunk/TPM). Set & Props Designer: The Dark Lady (SIR); Plé (MTYP).

ET CETERA Evie Award for Outstanding Production Design – Red Earth (One Trunk/TPM).

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Hugh Conacher

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher
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Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC (selected) Lighting & Video Designer: The Mountaintop, Vietgone, Venus in Fur. Video Designer: Network. Lighting Designer: The Secret to Good Tea, Into the Woods, New, Orlando, Women of the Fur Trade, Fun Home, The Color Purple (with Citadel), Kill Me Now (with NAC), Seminar (with Mirvish), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing and many other productions since the ‘80s. 

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has designed sets, lighting and video for 27 productions with Theatre Projects Manitoba since 2006. He collaborates with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide. 

ET CETERA Hugh’s photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec. www.pellucid.me

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Ashley Au

Sound Designer

Sound Designer Ashley Au
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Ashley Au

ROYAL MTC Burning Mom, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, Trouble in Mind, Orlando. 2022/23 National Mentorship Program.

TRAINING B.Mus (Jazz Performance) Brandon University, School of Music.

ET CETERA Ashley Au (she/they) is a Winnipeg-based bassist, composer, sound artist, arranger and queer creative. A multifaceted musician, Ashley specializes in the upright and electric basses – performing, touring and recording extensively. As a composer and sound artist, Ashley’s work can be found behind various theatre and dance productions in the city. Current and past projects include work with Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson; composer/trumpeter Chuck Copanace; and Polaris Prize-nominated hip-hop outfit Super Duty Tough Work. Ashley is the Artistic Director of Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival and programs the Pride Winnipeg Festival. She recently scored her first opera, Inertia (libretto by Christene Brown), commissioned by Loose Tea Music Theatre (TO).

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Rick Skene

Fight Director

Fight Director Rick Skene
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Rick Skene

ROYAL MTC The Three Musketeers, Venus in Fur, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Oleanna, Macbeth, Burn This, Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Noises Off, Burn This, The Miracle Worker, The Lonesome West, Shakespeare’s Dog, The Boys in the Photograph, Wait until Dark, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

OTHER THEATRE PTE, MTYP, TPM, MB Opera, Rainbow Stage, RWB and Théâtre Cercle Molière. Rick was co-founder and associate artistic director of TPM.

FILM/TV 35 years of over 200 credits as a stunt coordinator, 2nd unit director, stunt driver and stunt performer.

TEACHING 35 years teaching Acting, Stage Combat, Filmmaking, Mime and Improvisation at the U of W Department of Theatre and Film.

ET CETERA As always, Rick would like to give a big thank you shout out to his wife Jan who, as he is quick to point out, holds his universe together.

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Tom Soares

Dialect Coach

Dialect Coach Tom Soares
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Tom Soares

ROYAL MTC Coaching: Trouble in Mind (with Citadel), The Rez Sisters, Jane Eyre. Acting: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III. 

OTHER THEATRE Coaching: The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, Richard III (SIR); Iceland, Mary’s Wedding (TPM); Little Thing, Big Thing (PTE); Shrek (Rainbow). Acting: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Little Women, Urinetown (Dry Cold); Hamlet (Bunchback’d Toads); Passion (Red Hen Productions); Annie (Rainbow); The Odyssey (SIR); Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure (Tom-Tom Theatre). 

FILM/TV Coaching: The Porter, Esther, Incident in a Ghostland. Acting: The Spencer Sisters, Love in the Alps, Burden of Truth, Nobody.

TRAINING/TEACHING MFA in Acting with a Voice Specialization from York University. Tom regularly teaches courses on voice and performance for the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA I’m so glad to be back at Royal MTC supporting another fantastic group of artists!

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Christine Leslie

Assistant Director

Assistant Director Christine Leslie
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Christine Leslie

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Director: Yaga.

OTHER THEATRE Assistant Director: Arcadia (U of W). Director/Creator/Actor: Balloon Girl (U of W). Acting: Love’s Labour’s Lost, We are (t)here, Middletown, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frankenstein (U of W); School of Rock (WST); Miracle on 34th Street a Radio Play (Dalnavert Museum).

TRAINING B.A.H. Acting – Theatre & Film, The University of Winnipeg. Current studies: Graphic Design and Interactive Media Diploma – Toronto Film School.

ET CETERA Christine is a past Jean Murray – Moray Sinclair Theatre Scholarship recipient and is thrilled to be collaborating with Royal MTC this season. A huge thank you to her family and friends for their constant support and generosity.

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Joyce Licup

Assistant Set Designer

Assistant Set Designer Joyce Licup
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Joyce Licup

ROYAL MTC Assistant Set Designer: Burning Mom. Apprentice Set Designer: Tiny Plays, Big Ideas. 2020/21 National Mentorship Program.

OTHER THEATRE Assistant Set Designer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (U of W); Shakespeare’s Will (SIR). Set Designer: Middletown (U of W); Bastard (OFUR); None of This is Happening (TPM).

TRAINING Graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a BA in Theatre: Design.

ET CETERA Thank you to Theatre Projects Manitoba and Royal MTC for this opportunity and thanks to everyone who has been supporting me!

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Anika Binding

Assistant Lighting Designer

Assistant Lighting Designer Anika Binding
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Anika Binding

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Lighting Designer: From Up Here (U of W). Costume Designer: Stupid Fucking Bird (U of W). Stage Management: Scenes from Love and Information (U of W).
Assistant Lighting & Set Designer: The Prom (Dry Cold). Upcoming: Stage Management for Something Rotten! (MTYP).

TRAINING BA Hons. in Theatre and Film from the University of Winnipeg, with specializations in Design, Stage Management & Production, and Directing.

ET CETERA Anika would like to thank Theatre Projects Manitoba and Royal MTC for this opportunity. She also thanks her family, friends and teachers at the University of Winnipeg for their endless support.

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Dana Tanner-Kennedy

Production Dramaturg

Production Dramaturg Dana Tanner-Kennedy

Dana Tanner-Kennedy

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE The Soldier’s Tale (Carnegie Hall, NY); Hamlet (Yale Repertory Theatre, CT); Urge for Going (The Public Theater, NY); Suddenly Last Summer, Loot, Nora, Appropriate, Don Juan (Westport Country Playhouse, CT). Indecent, The Devils, Revolt. She Said. Revolt again., The Lower Depths, Iphigenia at Aulis, A Dream Play (University of Alberta Studio Theatre).

TRAINING/TEACHING Dana is a scholar, dramaturg and educator who teaches at the University of Alberta and St. Joseph’s College and serves on the faculty of the Summer Conservatory for Actors at Yale University. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where she earned her MFA and her Doctor of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.

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Jasmine Hopfe

Assistant Production Dramaturg

Assistant Production Dramaturg Jasmine Hopfe

Jasmine Hopfe

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Jasmine Hopfe (she/they) is a queer, Egyptian/European multidisciplinary theatre artist and producer. Her theatrical practice includes performance, writing, directing, producing and more. Recent credits: Ann in All My Sons (Walterdale Theatre); Cassandra in Stir-Crazy (Edmonton Fringe); Elliot in Brick Shithouse (Found Festival); Raymonde in A Flea in Her Ear (University of Alberta); Assistant Director and Stage Manager of Hacking and Slashing (Edmonton Fringe).

TRAINING Recent graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Honours) in June 2023.

ET CETERA Jasmine is thrilled to expand their theatrical experience into the wonderful world of dramaturgy. This is their first dramaturgical endeavour, and they could not be more excited to share their learning with the audience of this beautiful play, nor more grateful to Royal MTC and Theatre Projects Manitoba for this opportunity.

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Ridge Romanishen

Stage Manager

Stage Manager Ridge Romanishen
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Ridge Romanishen

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, The Three Musketeers, Calpurnia.

OTHER THEATRE Narnia (Bad Hats Theatre/MTYP); A Pickle (WJT); The Velveteen Rabbit (MTYP); The Marriage of Figaro (Manitoba Underground Opera); Dance Spectrum (RWB School); In Time (TPM); Trigger Warning: Cassandra (Sick + Twisted); Shakespeare’s Will (SIR); Narrow Bridge (WJT); The Golem’s Mighty Swing (WJT/Outside The March); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Dry Cold); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arcadia (U of W).

TRAINING Graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre and Film Program with Honours in Stage Management.

ET CETERA Ridge is thrilled to be back working with Royal MTC this season. He would like to thank all his friends, family
and “Lovey” for their support and, of course, the fabulous folks at Royal MTC and Theatre Projects Manitoba for this amazing opportunity!

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Jazz Marcelino

Apprentice Stage Manager

Apprentice Stage Manager Jazz Marcelino
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Jazz Marcelino

ROYAL MTC Clue, Burning Mom, Assassinating Thomson (tour).

OTHER THEATRE Apprenticeships: RENT, The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, MA-BUHAY! Filipinos Singing for Their Lives – A New Musical (Rainbow); La Cenerentola (MB Opera). Stage Manager: Shrek Jr: The Musical (MTYP); Belt Fest 2 (Belt Fest/UNIT Productions); Othello (Beau/Raven/Echo); Agency (Sarasvàti); Stephen Hopwood Is Not Dead (Pengwin Production); True Blue (Cagey Productions).

FILM Second Wardrobe Assistant: Alter Boys (Farpoint Films).

TRAINING Graduate of University of Winnipeg – Bachelor of Arts in Production and Stage Management in Theatre and Film Production; Creative Manitoba Mentorship with Kathryn Ball. Quantum Arts Film & TV Acting with Ray Strachan.

ET CETERA Thanks to my family, friends and mentors for their ongoing support. 

Cast
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Eric Blais

Al Purdy

Al Purdy Eric Blais
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Eric Blais

ROYAL MTC The Three Musketeers, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, A Doll’s House, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Clever Little Lies, The Woman in Black, Private Lives, Good People, Brief Encounter, Looking Back – West.

OTHER THEATRE Previous shows for Theatre Projects Manitoba include In Time, Proud, North Main Gothic, Age of Arousal and Stretching Hide. He has also worked for various theatres including PTE, MTYP, SIR, WJT and the Vancouver Playhouse.

FILM/TV Spencer Sisters, SkyMed, Forever Christmas, Burden of Truth, Break My Heart 1000 Times, All the Light We Cannot See, The Pinkertons, Cashing in.

TRAINING Eric holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg and an MFA from York University.

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Tom Keenan

Milton Acorn

Milton Acorn Tom Keenan
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Tom Keenan

ROYAL MTC Selected: Bang Bang (with Belfry), 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: Goodnight Desdemona..., White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Beethoven Blatz (TPM); Twelfth Night, Much Ado, The Winter’s Tale, The Comedy of Errors, R & J, Henry IV (SIR); Snow White, The Velveteen Rabbit (MTYP); By Grand Central Station (PTE); Hedda Gabler (Echo Theatre); Am I Not King?, Three Sisters (zone41); Dear Johnny Deere (Persephone); Ring of Fire (Rainbow).

FILM/TV Selected: Don’t Even (Crave/APTN); Melaleuca (4Head); First Person Shooter (Cartel/Tubi); several Hallmarks; Burden of Truth (CBC); Channel Zero (NBC/Universal); Night Hunter (Palmstar); The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gal); House Party (Comedy); Something Beneath (Peace Arch); The Crooked E (CBS).

ET CETERA Find his music at tommydouglaskeenan.com.

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Production ID: 31877
Start Date: 1/24/2024 1:44:22 PM
End Date: 2/10/2024 1:44:35 PM
Title: among men
Playwright: By David Yee
Billing: Directed by Suzie Martin
A co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba
Warnings: Strong language, mature themes, sexual content; simulated dynamite explosion (loud sound, flashing lights); haze
Synopsis: Red-stars-125w.png“Played brilliantly by Keenan and Blais, with both Winnipeg actors at the top of their game” – Free Press

In 10 years, Al Purdy and Milton Acorn will become celebrated Canadian poets, but for now, they're just two broke men drinking whiskey and fighting with a wood-fire stove. On the precipice of greatness, and a hangover, the poets struggle to build an A-frame cottage while exploring what it means to be an artist.

We're thrilled to partner with Theatre Projects Manitoba on this electric work by David Yee, who was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in 2023.
 

Click on the image to download the digital program:

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Facility: Tom Hendry Warehouse
Alternate URL: https://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/among-men.aspx
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Display Rotator From: 12/24/2023 12:05:00 AM
Display Rotator To: 2/10/2024 11:59:00 PM
 

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