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Bright Burning

by Colleen Murphy 
World Premiere
March 30 - April 8 | Timms Centre for the Arts

cast of bright burning

When a group of young people break into a mansion to steal stuff to pay off a drug debt, they unexpectedly confront their own ambition and sense of futility. Full of dark comedy and wild abandon, Bright Burning dramatizes the emotional cost of economic disparity to reveal the bottomless rage that often fuels the working poor.

This play contains strong language, violence, sex and substance abuse.

Show Date and Time Details:
Opening Night: Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
No performance Sunday, April 2
2-for-1 Admission: Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee: Thursday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m.

cast of bright burning

  • 1. Cast
    Lou -  Alex Dawkins
    Deon - Marc Ludwig
    Jocelyn - Sarah Culkin
    Emily - Sarah Ormandy
    Darnel - Jake Tkaczyk
    Ari - Jordan Buhat
    Fleur - Jaimi Reese
    J (Jarvis) - Jacob Holloway
    Larkin - Chayla Day
    Zak - Philip Geller
    Ruby - Emily Howard
    Samantha - Emma Houghton
  • 2. Creative Team

    Director - Jan Selman
    Set / Lighting Designer -  LLARS Design, Lee Livingstone, Robert Shannon
    Costume Designer -  Hannah Matiachuk
    Sound Designer -  Aidan Ware 

    Assistant Directors -  Brenley Charkow, Stuart McDougall
    Assistant to the Set Designer -  Sofia Lukie
    Assistant to the Costume Designer -  Caro Varensburg
    Assistant Lighting Designers -  Kai Villneff,Reza Basirzadeh 

    Fight Director - Jade Elliott
    Voice, Speech and Text Coach - David Ley
    Movement Coach - Lin Snelling

    Graduate Research Assistants -  Alexander Donovan, John Musyoki, Maryam Zarei, 

    Stage Management:
    Stage Manager - Ira Tuzlukova 
    Assistant Stage Managers - Nyssa Beairsto, Jake Blakely

    Faculty Advisors:
    Lighting Advisor - Jeff Osterlin
    Sound Advisor -  Matt Skopyk
    Stage Management Advisor -  Oliver Armstrong
    Technical Director Advisor  - Larry Clark

  • 3. Production Team
    Production Team:
    Production Manager - James R. Boudreau
    Technical Director - Larry Clark
    Assistant Technical Director/Stage Carpenter - Noriko Marumo
    Pre-Production Stage Carpenter - Tom Purse

    Master Carpenter -  Darrell Cooksey
    Scenic Builders - Barbara Haggensen, Dan Menard. Andre La France

    Lead Scenic Painter - Cindy Zuby
    Scenic Painters TBA

    Properties Master - Jane Kline
    Props Builder  - Jacinda Maxwell
    Assistant to Props - Zoe Rod

    Lighting Supervisor - Jeff Osterlin 
    Head of Lighting - Tiffany Martineau
    Lighting Technicians - Jacinda Maxwell, Matt Koyata, Liza Xenzova, Kai Villneff, Zoe Rod, Rebecca Antonakis, Nicholas Juba

    Sound Supervisor - Matthew Skopyk
    Sound Assistant - Jesse Cheung 

    Wardrobe Manager - Joanna Johnston
    Cutter - Julie Davie
    Wardrobe Assistant - Kathleen Mulder

    Running Crew:
    Lighting Operator  - Beyata Hackborn
    Sound Operator -  Jesse Cheung
    Stagehands -  Roxanne Cote, Samantha Kennedy, Kurtis Nawrot
  • 4. About the Playwright

    Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and raised in Northern Ontario.

    Her play, Pig Girl, which had its world premiere at Theatre Network directed by Bradley Moss, won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, as well as the 2014 Carol Bolt Award. The December Man / L’homme de décembre won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Playwrights Award. Other plays include Armstrong’s War (staged in 2015 in Edmonton by Theatre Network), The Goodnight Bird, Beating Heart Cadaver (shortlisted for a 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling and All Other Destinations are Cancelled. Twice she won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for Fire-Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters.

    Libretti include Oksana G., composed by Aaron Gervais for Tapestry Opera, and My Mouth On Your Heart, composed by August Murphy-King for Toy Piano Composers and Bicycle Opera. Her distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. They include Girl with Dog, Shoemaker and The Feeler.

    In 2010 and 2011, Colleen was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, U.K. She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Necessary Angel Theatre and Factory Theatre in Toronto, as well Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Regina in 2006/7, the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University in 2010, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in 2011, the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. In 2010, Colleen worked with Brian Dooley to create and facilitate the Playwrights Forum at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, which runs every June. The monthlong intensive gives six playwrights time to write, think, argue and hone their plays.  

    Colleen was married to the acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Allan King, until his death in 2009. She has one son, August, and currently resides in Toronto. Her hobbies are reading, walking her dog, reading, walking her dog, reading, watching films, reading and walking her dog.   

    Upcoming: World Premiere of The Breathing Hole, Stratford Theatre Festival, August 2017, and The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, Rumble Theatre, November 2017.  
  • 5. Media