Last year's high-scoring hit returns! This award winning play, developed with Fleury himself, tells the inspiring and honest story of how a 5’6” Metis kid from Manitoba beat all challenges to become an NHL star. Playing in over 1,000 games and scoring over 1,000 points, Fleury won a Stanley Cup in his rookie year and an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada. Performed entirely on hockey skates and synthetic ice, Playing with Fire is a triumph of one man’s spirit. Starring Shaun Smyth as Theo Fleury.
Shaun is delighted to return to Persephone and is so happy that more folks get to experience Theo’s story. Shaun works across Canada in both Theatre and Film. Selected Theatre: Playing With Fire (ATP/Citadel/PTE/Persephone/Globe/Aquarius); The Galileo Project (Tafelmusik); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Theatre Calgary/ RMTC); The Glass Menagerie (Citadel Theatre); Rock n Roll, Of Mice and Men and Trainspotting (Canadian Stage); The Pillowman and The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre); Stones In His Pockets (ATP/ Grand); Moby Dick, The Country Wife, Amadeus and Macbeth (Stratford Festival). Selected Film and TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Arrow, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, FRINGE, Witches of East End, Almost Human, The Killing, Supernatural, Four Minutes, Proteus, Snakes and Ladders, Pit Pony. Shaun was born in Glasgow, raised in Calgary and received a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. He would like to thank His wife Jennie and his two daughters Margaret and Iona for all their love and support and Theo for sharing his story. This one’s for you Dad.
Ron Jenkins is an Edmonton based director and playwright. Selected credits include: Chasing Champions (Ship’s Company); Hair, Turn of the Screw (Vertigo); Romeo and Juliet (TSC); Playing With Fire (Citadel/PTE/Persephone/Aquarius/Globe); The Great Gatsby (STC); Othello (TSC); High Life (GZT); ENRON (NAC); The Motherfucker With The Hat (ATP); Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); Diligent River Daughter (Ship’s Theatre Co.); 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company); Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary/ Citadel); Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (ATP); Chicago (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); The Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel Theatre); Extinction Song (Citadel Theatre); The Trespassers (Belfry/Vancouver Playhouse); Nisei Blue (ATP); Bash’d (Off Broadway); 17 Dogs, Mary’s Wedding, Apple, Mesa (Workshop West); and Respectable, Confessions Of A Paper Boy (Ghost River Theatre); The Black Rider (November Theatre Co.); The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) and The Blue Light (Alberta Theatre Projects); What the Butler Saw (Studio Theatre); Steel Kiss, Eureka, and The Horror, The Horror (Skid); Liars (MTYP); and Burt (Shadow Theatre). Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and two Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire. Last year he was honored with a CCA award in Ottawa for his direction of ENRON. Ron is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation and a Critter Award Winner for Playing With Fire. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in theatre for Direction.
Kirstie McLellan Day is considered the most successful hockey book writer in the world today thanks to five national bestsellers, Theo Fleury’s #1 bestselling memoir Playing with Fire, Bob Probert’s Tough Guy, and two books with Ron MacLean— Cornered, and Hockey Towns. Her most recent work, Wayne Gretzky’s 99: Stories of the Game was named Canada’s top selling book of 2016. Right now, she’s working with hockey great Kelly Hrudey on a book due out fall 2017. Kirstie is a mother of five, grandmother of three. She lives with her husband, producer Larry Day, in Calgary. Together they own one of Canada’s most successful television companies, Pyramidproductions.tv. Twitter@kmclellanday
David is a Calgary-based artist that works extensively across the country in theatre, dance and opera. His designs have been seen nationally from the Vancouver Opera, to the National Arts Centre, and internationally his work has been presented with choreographers Tania Alvarado, and Pamela Tzeng. He has been the Production Manager with Alberta Theatre Projects for five years and he was also the Director of Production and Lighting Designer for the English Canadian Exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design. This all Canadian team would go on to receive the Award for Technical Merit by the Canadian Institute for Theatrical Technology (CITT) in August of 2015 for its international artistic contribution. David has been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award, three Betty Mitchell Awards, a SATA Award and 13 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, and he has been the recipient thrice for his designs.
Corwin works across Canada primarily as a video and projection designer and holds multiple award nominations for his designs. He has studied animation, is a co-founder/ artistic associate of Awkward Stage Productions, a storyteller with Forbidden Vancouver Historic Walking Tours and an urban game designer/operator with Vancouver Mysteries. Corwin is a Studio 58 acting graduate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Capilano University. Alberta Theatre Projects, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Calgary Opera, Charlottetown Festival, Citadel Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Ruby Slippers, Ship’s Company Theatre, Saint John Theatre Company, Studio 58, Théâtre la Seizième, Vancouver Opera. For all things Corwin visit: www.corwinferguson.com
Matthew Skopyk is an Edmonton based Sound Designer and Composer. Recent Design/Composition credits include: Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre/ Alberta Theatre Projects), Romeo & Juliet (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Or The Whale (Wishbone Theatre), Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre), Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (Citadel Theatre/ Persephone Theatre/ Alberta Theatre Projects), ENRON (National Arts Centre), Whisper (Studio Theatre/ Catalyst Theatre). Michelle et Ti Jean, Palace of the End (Theatre Network). Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Othello (Freewill Shakespeare Festival). Matthew also currently resides as the Sound Supervisor for the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta.
Dean has been the resident lighting designer for the company Le Cercle Moliere since 2004, as well as the resident lighting designer for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers since 2006. Dean has designed the lighting for various companies in Winnipeg as well as Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. In addition to his lighting design work, he has also designed sets and costumes for various companies in Winnipeg. Dean graduated from the National Theatre School’s Lighting Specialization program in 2004, and from the University of Victoria in 1995 for Set Design. Enjoy the show.
Michael is thrilled to be back at Persephone Theatre working on Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story. He has been a part of the team since
it’s premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2012 and is looking forward to this production in Hamilton. Recent credits include Slipper: A Distinctively Calgarian Cinderella Story at ATP, The Crucible at Theatre Calgary and The Big Sleep at Vertigo Theatre. Go Flames Go!
Melanie proudly hails from Moose Jaw and now lives and works full time in Saskatoon. Selected stage management credits include: Bang., Dear Johnny Deere, It’s AWonderful Life, Hedda Gabler, Edward the Crazy Man, Head à Tête, Between the Sheet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, (Persephone Theatre); Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Sexy Laundry, Copenhagen, The 39 Steps (Globe Theatre); J. Caesar, A Midsummer Nights Dream; Macbeth; Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing; Othello (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Chickens, Hilda’s Yard (Rosthern Station Arts Centre). She is a graduate of the University of Regina Stage Management program and also holds a BEd in Arts Education from the same institution. Love to Dan, Xavier, & the PWF team.