Nick travels home to his family with his adopted teenage son Gerome to meet Gerome’s birth mother. No one quite knows how to handle Gerome’s recent schizophrenia diagnosis, but they don’t let that stop them from trying. This touching, honest and humour tinged drama gives a deeply authentic picture of mental illness, at the same time reveling in the ‘ordinary craziness’ and intimacy of family.
Samuel is thrilled to be returning to Persephone Theatre, having previously appeared in A Christmas Carol. He has participated in Persephone School of Theatre classes and camps from a very young age and loves all things acting. Besides writing and making short films with his friends, he also enjoys swimming and parkour. Samuel is very excited to be performing in the world premiere of Quick Bright Things and would like to thank everyone who is a part of this production for making this such an amazing experience!
Jordan Harvey is a local actor and playwright having produced his work with the Floyd Theatre Festival and his high schools. Having just graduated from Tommy Douglas Collegiate, Jordan has been a part of the school’s musical productions (Sebastian/The Little Mermaid, Shaw/Footloose), as well as competing for TDC Dragon Improv in the Canadian Improv Games. Recently, Jordan has been elected President of the Floyd Theatre Festival, and will be attending the U of S in the winter. Gerome is Jordan’s first role with Persephone, he’s ecstatic to be given the opportunity.
Originally from Shaunavon, and a graduate of the U of S Drama Department, Rick is very thankful to be back at Persephone working on a World Premiere! Previously for Persephone: Biloxi Blues, At the End of Her Rope. Elsewhere, STC: Tuesdays With Morrie, How It Works, Real Estate; MTC: Hamlet; Charlottetown: Full Monty, the Buddy Holly Story, Anne of Green Gables; Drayton: the Affections of May; Globe: Twelfth Night, Fire. Selected Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Bloodletting, Hemlock Grove, RoboCop. Rick also studied at the National Theatre School of Canada, and now lives in Toronto with his outrageously talented wife, Donna Garner. For Cody, best dog ever.
Based in Saskatoon, Aaron is an actor, director, producer and technician. Acting credits include: The Full Monty, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Persephone Theatre); Dying City, The December Man, Reasons to Be Pretty, Lungs (Fire in the Hole Productions); A Christmas Carol, Arcadia (Citadel Theatre, Edmonton); Ash Rizin (ATP/Green Thumb Theatre, Calgary); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Roving Show, Antony & Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare on the SK); Salt-Water Moon (Station Arts Centre); Dogbarked, The Selkie Wife, The Alchemist (Dancing Sky Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre, Regina); and The Pillowman (Wild Geese Equity Co-op, Vancouver). Aaron trained at the University of Saskatchewan and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
Heather Morrison has a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Conservatory. She is the Artistic Producer of Sum Theatre and works to build strong communities through exciting theatrical experiences. A budding playwright, her first play, Thicker than Water, toured Saskatchewan in 2016. Recent acting credits include: The Drowning Girls (Theatre Northwest); J.Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Between the Sheets (Persephone Theatre). Many thanks go to her partner Joel for his undying support and to their son Judah for teaching her everything she knows about love. You can catch Heather later in Persephone Theatre’s season as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Enjoy the show!
Anita is a local actor and director as well as the General Manager of Saskatoon Summer Players. You may have seen her perform in Trout Stanley (Persephone Theatre) or in The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan) or in Pillars and Echoes (Artist in Residence – Saskatchewan Legislative Building). She is a member of the Artistic Advisory Committee at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan where she directed the all-female J. Caesar. Anita is a mother of two, a passionate feminist, and very thankful for the support she has received from her “village” so she could be a part of this fun and fabulous play.
Del is a Saskatoon theatre artist, through and through. He began his professional career here after graduating from the U of S and was one of the founders of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan during its initial heyday of breakthrough productions. Like many prairie folk, he became an export for a number of years -- acting, directing and designing around the country -- and spending a decade as Artistic Director of Pi Theatre in Vancouver.
For Persephone Theatre, he has directed Dogbarked, Waiting for Godot, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, John & Beatrice, Thunderstick (and it’s national tour, co-directed with Brad Moss of Theatre Network), Champ de Mars: A Story of War, The Caretaker, Equivocation, Vigil, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, This Is War, and the World Premières of Velocity, Gordon Winter (also at The National Arts Centre), Dead Midnight and A History of Breathing.
Del has been recognized with an abundance of awards and nominations around the country and he thanks all the astounding artists that made those experiences so rich. It is with great delight that he joins this team to premiere such a smart, funny and heartfelt play by talented newcomer Christopher Cook.
Chris is thrilled to have his first professional production at Persephone Theatre. Trained as an actor, he studied at Concordia University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His writing credits include staged-readings or workshops of The Better Parts of Mourning (the frank theatre company), Strip (Staircase Theatre), and Gerty: Live! In Concert! (BC Buds Festival). Passionate about mental health, Chris is currently completing a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. He lives with his husband, actor and playwright Scott Button, in Vancouver. He wishes to thank his Mom: For bringing home a computer so I could write a sci-fi novel at thirteen – I’m still writing; and Scott: Thank you for your unwavering love and support. My heart’s yours.
Ross is happy to be back for his second show with Persephone Theatre. His previous design was The Importance of Being Earnest. He has done more than 230 designs from coast to coast. Most recently sets and lights for The Best Brothers at Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops BC. He has taught for Douglas College’s Stagecraft program and Langara College’s Studio 58, both in Vancouver. Ross is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology. Currently he is also Production Manager for Western Canada Theatre. Thanks to the crew for their efforts on this show!
Byron is delighted to be a part of the creative team for Quick Bright Things. In 2010 Byron received a Theatre Design degree from the University of Saskatchewan and in 2016, Byron gained local recognition with the SATAward for Outstanding Achievement in lighting design for his work in GTNT’s production of The (Post) Mistress. Recent works include: Set and Lighting Design for Grounded (Pegasus Productions, Live Five Theatre), Beatrice and Virgil (Last Exit Theatre), Lighting Design for The (Post) Mistress (Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre), and Trout Stanley (Persephone Theatre). Upcoming for Byron is Lighting Design for the annual Elim Church Christmas Concert Series. Enjoy the Show!
Terri has just returned from a tour of western Canada with the production A Soldier's War. She is happy to be home and working with Persephone! Terri is a professional theatre Designer living in Saskatoon, specializing in costumes and props. Although she primarily works in theatre, she has taken on both long and short films and performance art projects. Terri is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan's BFA in Theatre Design program.
Gilles is thrilled to be working on Quick Bright Things.
Past work includes: Art, A Christmas Carol (Persephone Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan); The Secret Mask (Globe Theatre); Et Le Reflet De Notre Lune Dansera (La Troupe Du Jour),\; Ma Irma (La Troupe Du Jour),The Hound of the Baskervilles (Globe Theatre) Othello (Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan); Sans Pays (Zone Theatres, Ottawa); Farndale Avenue…Christmas Carol (Persephone Theatre); The Drowning Girls (Globe Theatre); Mary’s Wedding, Between The Sheets, Hedda Gabler, My Chernobyl, A Man A Fish, The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Persephone Theatre); Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour); Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre). Upcoming productions: Around the world in 80 days and I and You (Globe Theatre)
Johnna has acted as support, sounding-board and asker-of-questions for a number of very unique and talented Canadian writers, and holds an enormous respect for those theatre practitioners who create what directors, actors and designers will then interpret. Over 9 years with Vancouver's Solo Collective Theatre, she was a driving force behind the premiere of a number of new Canadian plays, including works by Aaron Bushkowsky, Vern Thiessen, Victoria Maxwell, David Mackay, Lucia Frangione, Meah Martin, Natalie Meisner and Alexander Ferguson. Here in Saskatchewan Johnna has had the pleasure of working with many playwrights, such as Ken Williams (Café Daughter, Gwaandak Theatre), Andréa Ledding (Dominion, GTNT), Nathan Howe (Matchstick, Persephone), and now Christopher Cook (Quick Bright Things). As Literary Manager at Persephone Theatre, Johnna reads many many scripts and gets to contribute to the development of both plays and playwrights.
An actor, playwright and producer, Jaron’s work has been seen at Persephone, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Live Five, the Station Arts Centre, the Port Stanley Festival and on the indie stages of Saskatoon. This winter, he’ll appear in Nicolas Billon’s Butcher here at Persephone and in April he’ll produce and perform in the Pulitzer-winning classic Death of a Salesman for Live Five.
After a summer putting up tents at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Jennifer is happy to be back in doors at Persephone. Jennifer has been around Persephone in many varied roles, including but not limited to Production Assistant, Lighting and Sound Operator, and Stage Management. Keeping a wide and varied skill set has allowed Jennifer to work in the Arts in Saskatchewan. Jen has work has also worked with Rosthern Arts Centre, Globe Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, RuBarb Productions and other local companies. Jennifer attended Red Deer Collage’s Technical Theatre Diploma Program. Jennifer is also a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 300 and works at many venues with her fellow union members. She will be spending more time at Prairieland Park as a member of the Technical Staff but will continue to contribute to Saskatoon's live theatre scene.
Robert is honored to be working on Treaty Six Territory, the homeland of the Metis. A Saskatoon-based theatre artist, he devotes his time to stage management, music, and acting. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan Drama Department, Robert cut his teeth stage-managing on the 2014 Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit. He teaches Improv with the Fédération des Francophone de Saskatoon, and has been nominated for two Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards. Selected credits: Music Composition/Direction Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Stage Managing Southern Dandy 75 (Live 5), The Hockey Sweater (Sum Theatre), and the 2016 Persephone Theatre Youth tour.