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CENTAUR THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTSWRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY REBECCA NORTHANWithMariah Inger MargeGabe Maharjan NogAmelia Sargisson GingerCreative TeamJames LavoieAndrea LundyBruce HorakMurdoch SchonMerissa TordjmanLuciana BurcheriRobert MontcalmSet and Costume DesignerLighting DesignerSound DesignerAssistant DirectorStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerFight DirectorAll I Want for Christmas was originally commissioned in 2020by Wesley Colford and the Highland Arts Theatre Companyin Cape Breton, NS.#AllIWantForChristmas CentaurTheatreRUNNING TIME 80 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSIONPRODUCTION PARTNERPARTNER SINCE 1999GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTORWELCOME BACK!It’s hard to imagine that it is finally possible to welcome you,our precious audience, back into the building and yet here youare! You stood by us in so many ways over the last 19 months– as generous donors, viewers of our various online offerings orvisitors to the Portico Projects – and we are so very grateful foryour steadfast support. Last March we were able to see a fewof you for the socially distanced remount of Mob, CatherineAnne Toupin’s searing thriller, and some of you joined us forBrave New Looks this September, when we proudly presentedOkinum, Emilie Monet’s moving elegy to her Anishnaabe heritage.Now you are here to enjoy our very first new production since Covidshut us down and it’s a doozy! I am thrilled to welcome RebeccaNorthan and her exquisitely eccentric comic talent back to Centaurwith her new play, All I Want for Christmas. Rebecca wowed uswith her inventive ‘spontaneous theatre’ offering, Blind Date, backin pre-pandemic 2019. Now she is working with a brilliant creativeteam and some of the most gifted and generous actors in town tohook up a delirious holiday call-out from some seriously overworkedelves in Santa’s workshop.Photo: Andrée LanthierWe have more theatre lined up for you in the coming monthsincluding the English language world premiere of Michel MarcBouchard’s new play, Kisses Deep, which comes to Centaurfollowing its sold-out run in French at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde,which co-produced the show with us. I directed both productionsand it has been a dream come true to work on both sides ofMontreal’s language divide. The Wildside Festival will celebrate 25years in January and in the spring we look forward to bringing you APlay for the Living in a Time of Extinction, a provocative new playabout the world we are living in right now. Directed by our AssociateArtist, Rose Plotek, and written by the prolific American playwrightMiranda Rose Hall, it is one woman’s big-hearted journey into whatwe lose when a species becomes extinct – even one as lowly asthe little brown bat.We are overjoyed to have you back in your seat and we look forwardto seeing you all year long, so sit back and prepare to be delighted!Eda Holmes
I N D I G E N O U S S T O R I E S @ C E N TA U RWhile we hunkered down to ride out the pandemic storm, weused the time to take a long hard look at our place in Montreal’scultural landscape by creating the Artistic Diversity [email protected] Centaur, which has generated a number of new initiativesincluding our inaugural Indigenous Artist Residency. Thisresidency supports the interdisciplinary artist, Ange Loft, andher project Talking Treaties: Tiotià:ke - an in depth theatricalexploration of the history of the land that we are on. Ange isgathering stories from a variety of sources in the area includingKahnawake elders and Catholic Church archives. I look forwardto sharing more about this potent production as the work evolvesover the year.The Honorable Murray Sinclair, leader of the original Truthand Reconciliation Commission, says the path to healing therelationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous peopleof Canada is through respect, education and positive action. Inplace of a land acknowledgement, I encourage you to visit thewebsite of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation atnctr.ca. We all have so much to learn from one another.The Talking Treaties Tiohtià:ke Collective, with (top tobottom) Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Iehente Foote and AngeLoft, inaugurates Centaur Theatre’s first Indigenous ArtistResidency.
P L AY W R I G H T & D I R E C T O RREBECCA NORTHANI love the holiday season: I love the music, I love the snow, I lovegiving gifts—and I have thoroughly enjoyed adding to North Polemythology.In the summer of 2020, during second lockdown, my friendWesley Colford, Artistic Director of the Highland Arts Theatrein Cape Breton, put out a call on social media asking forrecommendations of “holiday shows for three actors, preferablya comedy, preferably Canadian, preferably written by a woman.”I messaged them immediately and offered to write something.Wesley’s only other request was that Santa not appear on stage.By the end of our first phone call, the nugget of the show hadalready formed in my mind.The holidays can be a challenging time filled with familialpressures, expectations, unspoken needs secrets. I wanted towrite something full of ribbons and bows, good cheer and tinsel,while staying tapped into an undercurrent of human truths. All IWant for Christmas is about a couple of exceptional elves and aholiday surprise, but it is also about loneliness and transition, andfinding the courage to speak your needs and your truths out loud- while giving others the space to do the same.It’s also about LAUGHS! And LOVE! After the last two years Icouldn’t think of a better gift to offer audiences returning to thetheatre!Learn more about Rebecca and her innovative creativeprocess in our blog: Serious Comedy.
BIOGRAPHIESREBECCA NORTHAN PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTORRebecca Northan is a Calgary-born actor, director, improvisor, andplaywright. Centaur audiences will remember her hit show, BlindDate, which has been touring for over 10 years, and has playedacross Canada, the US, and the UK. Rebecca has pioneered the‘Spontaneous Theatre’ genre where an audience member is castin the lead role of a live performance. Aside from Blind Date, thisincludes: Legend Has It (Alberta Theatre Projects, Magnetic NorthFestival, Brooklyn Academy of Music), Undercover (TarragonTheatre, Vertigo Theatre, Citadel Theatre), and An UndiscoveredShakespeare (Stratford Festival, Grand Theatre). She has alsopenned several more traditional scripts including: ZORRO FamilyCode, SLIPPER: A Cinderella Story, Kung Fu Panties, and mostrecently, All I Want for Christmas. Rebecca is thrilled to bereturning to the Centaur Theatre.MARIAH INGER MARGEMariah Inger has been acting for over 25 years. She works intheatre, film/TV, voice, video games (performance capture) andradio. She is gratefulto have had the chance to work with someof the best in the business, both infront and behind the camera.She is also a director, producer, content creator, the VP of BlackWealth Media,a teacher and mentor to emerging marginalizedartists, and the Co-coordinator of Black Theatre Workshop’s AMP(Artist Mentorship Program).She is a member of multiple committees- helping to implement better diversity/inclusion policies throughoutthe industry - such as Vice Chair of the current Montreal ACTRA DEIB Committee (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging).“I hope to continue to shed light on those that have been cloakedin darkness for far too long. May all art and creators shine equallyone day.”Film/TV credits include: Recurring role of Rhoda on CTV’s/NBC’sTransplant, Home, Seasoned with Love, Skal, 19-2, The Art ofMore, Fatal Vows, Broken Trust, The Bold Type. Theatre acting& directing: L’Histoire du Soldat (English version), Rejoindre lesÉtoiles, Black Is the Warmest Color, LSDFH, The WestWoods,Under the Influence, and Black Media.
BIOGRAPHIESGABE MAHARJAN NOGAfter spending this long year working digitally and in personacross the country, Gabe’s thrilled to be returning to the Centaurstage. As a co-founder of bigT collective, Gabe creates sociallyengaged work centering trans/GNC narratives; they have focusedon community advocacy and currently serve as co-president ofthe Quebec Drama Federation (QDF) board of directors.Stage credits include Theaturtle’s touring solo-show Alphonsein the Park, Sermo Scomber’s award-winning bouffon clownshow Don’t Read the Comments, and Cabal’s fully immersive LaSomnambule (META nominated – Outstanding Lead Performance).You can catch them in Mattias Graham’s new film, Bleach, andtheir voice can be heard on Netflix and Ubisoft projects.Gabe co-created E-TRANSFERS as part of the Buddies ECU;their play, Eva in Rio, was shortlisted for the 2020 PGC EmergingPlaywright Award; and they recently published Our Tree as partof Centaur/Boca del Lupo’s [email protected] series. This spring, GeordieTheatre will be premiering Gabe’s adaptation of Kai ChengThom’s popular Canadian children’s book From the Stars in theSky to the Fish in the Sea.gabemaharjan.comAMELIA SARGISSON GINGERAmelia is a theatre monster born and raised in Montréal. She’sdelighted to be back at Centaur, where she made her professionalacting début at 14 and appeared most recently as Eve in ParadiseLost. She’s performed on stages and in festivals across thecountry including Stratford, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre,SummerWorks, Crow’s Theatre, Talk Is Free Theatre, CarouselPlayers, Usine C, Porte Parole, CORPUS, Imago Theatre, TalismanTheatre, and Repercussion Theatre, with whom she recentlyco-created and toured Summer of Sonnets.Recent TV credits include: See (Apple TV /Anders Egstrom) andMurdoch Mysteries (CBC/Sharon Lewis). Amelia has narratedseveral audiobooks for Penguin Random House, and is currentlywriting two new plays: Bloodshot and Fer Shame.
BIOGRAPHIESJAMES LAVOIE SET & COSTUME DESIGNERJames is a Montréal based set and costume designer who hasdesigned nearly 100 productions of theatre and circus. He hascollaborated with such theatre companies as Centaur Theatre,the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage Company, ProductionsJuste Pour Rire, and Buddies in Bad Times, among many others.He is also a regular collaborator for Cirque du Soleil, designingcostumes for several productions including Joya in Riviera Maya(Mexico), and Twas the Night Before at Madison Square Gardens.Through his work with Cirque du Soleil and other internationalcompanies, such as Les 7 doigts de la main, James’ work hasbeen experienced by live audiences in over 20 countries across5 continents.ANDREA LUNDY LIGHTING DESIGNERAndrea Lundy is an award-winning lighting designer andproduction manager who has worked professionally acrossCanada and internationally for 36 years. Andrea is the recipient of9 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and 2 Montreal English TheatreAwards for Outstanding Lighting Design. She has workedextensively with the National Arts Centre, the Shaw Festival,Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Canadian Stage,Necessary Angel Theatre, and Geordie Theatre, among others.For Centaur Theatre she has recently designed The 39 Steps,Choir Boy, Constellations and The Last Wife. Andrea is proud tohave been Director of the Production Design and Technical ArtsProgram at the National Theatre School of Canada for the last 10years.BRUCE HORAK SOUND DESIGNERBruce Horak is originally from Calgary, Alberta where he trainedin theatre and improvisation. He has worked as an actor, writer,musician, and composer. He will be seen in the upcoming StarTrek: Strange New Worlds for Paramount Plus in 2022. When notcreating new works and performing onstage, Bruce devotes histime to painting.His works can be seen at www.brucehorak.com.
BIOGRAPHIESMURDOCH SCHON ASSISTANT DIRECTORMurdoch Schon is a nonbinary director, dramaturg and puppeteer.Born and raised in Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg), they havebeen involved in the Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) English theatre scenefor almost a decade. Murdoch is fascinated by provocation,vulnerability, and the role of risk and failure in art making. Theybelieve that theatre rises to its true power through the practicesof ritual liminality, community and imagination. They insist onthe wondrous nature of theatre as a transformative space whererulers can fail, heroes can rise and monsters seem more familiarthan angels. Murdoch is a graduate of the Nation Theatre Schooldirecting program and has a BFA with a Specialization in Theatreand Development from Concordia University.MERISSA TORDJMAN STAGE MANAGERMerissa has been stage managing in eastern Canada for over15 years. Previous Centaur credits include: MOB; Alice and theWorld We Live In; Successions; The 39 Steps; The Game of Loveand Chance; God of Carnage; The Madonna Painter; Age ofArousal; Forever Yours, Marie-Lou; Mambo Italiano; The Crippleof Inishmaan; Moon for the Misbegotten; and The Gin Game.Other selected credits include: The Watershed and Seeds (PorteParole); The Tashme Project (Tashme Productions); Funny Girl,Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sherlock Holmes, Waiting for the Barbarians,Equus, Dangerous Liaisons, Geometry in Venice, and EducatingRita (The Segal Centre); We Are Not Alone (2b/Crow’s/Segal); andEternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre).LUCIANA BURCHERI ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERPhoto Credit VRigauxLuciana is an established Montreal stage manager whose careerexpands over two decades. Selected favourite credits (amongstJonathan LaporteConseillerto– Relationsavec Okinumle milieu – Montréaltoo manymention):(Imago Theatre/Onishka);Direction Paradise– Affaires régionalescollectivités, HydroQuébec Good People, ParadiseLost, Theet St-LeonardChronicles,RobertContestand EdaSanHolmes,by Lemoinethe RiverandWinnerIn PiazzaDomenico (Centaur Theatre);Artistic and Executive Director Centaur TheatreMythic, Once, Prom Queen: the Musical, The Secret Annex, FunnyGirl, Othello, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: the Musical,Cabaret, The Diary of Anne Frank, (The Segal Centre); Corpus,Where the Blood Mixes (Teesri Duniya) and many more. Lucianaalso translated and adapted for the stage Antoine de St-Exupéry’sfable The Little Prince, premiered by Montreal’s Geordie Theatrein 2008 and since produced in Ontario and Australia. Her Frenchtranslation of The 39 Steps toured Quebec in 2012. Directingcredits include: Better Late, Forever, Patsy Cline (Theatre LacBrome); staged readings of Once Upon a Melody and When BloodRan Red (Segal Centre’s Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre) andthe 2017 Montreal English Theatre Awards’ Ceremony.
BIOGRAPHIESROBERT MONTCALM FIGHT DIRECTORRobert is a certified fight instructor with Fight Directors Canadaas well as an advanced actor combatant. He has worked as anactor and stunt performer in feature films, video games, theatre,television, Chinese opera, and western opera. He has also workedas a fight director for Centaur Theatre, Repercussion Theatre,Geordie Theatre, Segal Centre, Persephone Productions, UrbanInk/Black Theatre Workshop, Witchboy Theatre, and severalindependent theatre companies. He owes a great debt of gratitudeto his Fight Master Jean-François Gagnon for all the knowledgethat he has passed on and for the care in which it was done.CENTAUR GRATEFULLY THANKS OURDIRECTOR’S CIRCLE DONORS WHO MAKE SO MUCHPOSSIBLE THROUGH THEIR GENEROSITY.DONATE TODAY!
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