In the spirit of community and of reconciliation, Persephone Theatre offers a powerful and timely new documentary play reflecting on race relations in our province.
In 2015, playwright and journalist Joel Bernbaum was commissioned by Persephone Theatre to gather interviews with local citizens for the purposes of writing a documentary play on race relations in our province. Then, in 2016, Colten Boushie, was fatally shot on Gerald Stanley’s farm near Biggar, SK. His death and the controversial court decision at Stanley’s trial shook Saskatchewan and the country. The interviews changed dramatically and the need for us to reconcile as a community became undeniable. Joel began collaborating with director/dramaturg Yvette Nolan and musician Lancelot Knight to create a new work.
One of the responsibilities of our theatre is to provide an opportunity for people to gather together safely and consider their shared experience through the works on our stage. Created from actual interviews and woven with transcripts from Gerald Stanley’s trial, REASONABLE DOUBT is a documentary play with live music that offers an opening for honest dialogue and a step towards shared healing.
Following each performance, audience members will be invited to participate in a 15 minute conversation about their experience of the play, hosted by Persephone’s Community Liaison Coordinator Lyndon J. Linklater and with support from leaders in our community.
Persephone Theatre is pleased to partner with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to present two COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS moderated by Chief Commissioner David Arnot and featuring invited guest panelists. Presented at Persephone Theatre on February 4 & 11 prior to the 8:00 pm performances.
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Kris Alvarez is a theatre artist and a Regina monologue. Creating with all ages (Globe Theatre School, Fadadance, Artesian), she recently completed an artist residency with Common Weal Community Arts’ Respond to Racism. Kris is passionate about Curtain Razors: as a performer (Bad Blood, Carmen Angel) and as an Artistic Associate. After the success of What Kind of Brown Are You, her project inspired by ‘growing up brown’ in 1980s Regina, its current instalment, Burnt Sienna with Kris Alvarez, a variety show “with more colour”, was presented by Curtain Razors’ Moveable Feast 2018-19 series and continues in 2019-20.
Nathan (he/him) was born in Saskatoon, Treaty 6, grew up on Brunst Cres and went to Eggnatoff, Aden Bowman, and got his BFA at The University of Saskatchewan. His Mom, Irene, grew up on Ave L S; her Dad, Mike, was born and raised in Saskatoon, and her Mom, Tilly, grew up in Mistatim. His Dad, Bob, grew up on Clarence Ave S. Bob’s Dad, Gerry, was born in Arcola and grew up in Wolseley, and his Mom, Muriel was born in Unity and grew up in Saskatoon. Nathan now lives in Toronto. He is excited to be home with Persephone Theatre after appearing in Fiddler On The Roof, Treasure Island (actor/sound designer), A Christmas Carol, Matchstick (actor/playwright), It’s A Wonderful Life, and Equivocation.
Lancelot Knight is an actor/musician from Muskoday,SK. Lancelot is a Juno award nominee for his guitar work on The Blackstar Album and currently his artistic resume consists of playing guitar for his father Chester Knight, and Joey Stylez, front man for the band Nightswitch, as well as musician in residence for Saskatoon’s Sum Theatre. Currently Lancelot Knight is involved with renowned playwright Tomson Highway and his new project, Lynx Lamour, goes to Nashville.
Krystle Pederson is a Cree/Metis singer, dancer, actor and musician with an outstanding career. Krystle is a recipient of CBC Future 40 Award, Shorted listed for the Saskatchewan Arts Awards for Emerging artist as well as a nomination in the YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards. Krystle’s list of acting credits includes a supporting role in a Saskatchewan film Run: Broken Yet Brave; Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s The (Post) Mistress, Sum Theatre’s Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, National Arts Centre’s “Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show.” Red Sky Theatre: Mistatim. Currently Krystle is the lead vocalist for “Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville” a brand-new one-woman Cree musical written and composed by Tomson Highway. Krystle has had the great pleasure of taking this musical to New Zealand and has been touring Canada over the past two year.
A recent grad of The National Theatre School of Canada acting program, Tara Sky is no stranger to the stage as she grew up backstage in most theatres across Canada thanks to her mom. Tara is also a Singer/Songwriter and is proud of her Haisla/Metis ancestry. Theatre: Think of the Children, We came from dust, and Macbeth (NTS), Nativity (NAC) Holy Mothers (Summerworks). Film/TV; Delivery, The River You Step In, Ruby Sky PI. Her next step is a full season at the Stratford festival.
Colin Wolf (BFA Theatre ULeth) is a Metis performer, Theatre Maker, and activist born and raised in Moh’kins’tsis on Treaty 7 Territory. His theatre work has focused on the development of new, Indigenous, and politically relevant theatre. As an activist, Colin works towards subsistence, art, and most importantly: safety for all marginalised folx. A Co-Founder of Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre, he has recently transitioned to Whitehorse as the new Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre. If Colin isn’t Theatre-Making he is in the garden, or baking bread. Saskatoon holds a special place in his heart and he is so glad to be back on Treaty 6 territory.
Joel Bernbaum is an actor, director, playwright, journalist and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Carleton University, where he did his Master’s Thesis on Verbatim Theatre’s Relationship to Journalism. Produced plays include Operation Big Rock, My Rabbi and Home Is A Beautiful Word. Joel is currently a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, investigating the potential of theatre to strengthen cities. Much gratitude to collaborators Yvette & Lancelot, our courageous actors & design team, and the citizens of our province who spoke this play.
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Recent work includes The Young Ones (writer, Sum Theatre in the Park) Shanawdithit (libretto, co-director with Michael Mori, Tapestry Opera), The Penelopaid (director, Ferre Play Theatre), Bearing (co-creator, director with Michael Greyeyes, Signal Theatre/ Luminato Festival). Upcoming, The Tempest (director, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan) and Tapwewin – Her Inquiry (with Maria Campbell, Marilyn Poitras and Cheryl Troupe). Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
Katey Wattam is an emerging director of mixed settler and Anishinaabe ancestry based in Montreal. Her work interconnects and interweaves personal narratives, fragments of memory, vivid images, and text to create complex emotional, cultural, and political tapestries. In 2017-2018 with the support of the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), she directed Jovette Marchessault’s Night Cows that debuted at the MAI in May 2018. Night Cows has since been a part of short feminist works festival Revolution They Wrote in Montreal, and at Factory Theatre in Toronto. She is an alum of Black Theatre Workshop’s 2018/2019 Artist Mentorship program with a specialization in directing and creation. Katey is currently an artist-in-residence with Imago Theatre working on a new creation. Selected directing credits include: The Penelopiad (AD, Ferre Play Theatre), The December Man (AD, Imago Theatre), Persephone Bound (AD, Imago Theatre), Reaching for Starlight (AD, Geordie Theatre), Cherry Docs (Beige Theatre Co.), Clean Slate (AD, Talisman Theatre), Her Side of the Story Festival (Festival AD, Imago Theatre), Richard III (Moyse Hall), Never Swim Alone (Beige Theatre Co.).
Carla is the resident Set and Lighting Designer at University of Saskatchewan (Greystone Theatre) where she teaches Technical Theatre and Design. Select theatre design credits include: Dear Johnny Deere, The Walnut Tree, Little Women, Bite The Hand, A Christmas Carol, Evita (Persephone Theatre); Top Girls, Fen, Accidental Death of An Anarchist (University of Victoria); Hamlet, MacBeth, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Julius Ceasar (Shakepeare on the Sask.) Cabaret, The Beaux Stratagem, Henry V, All Through The Night (Greytstone Theatre). Carla is also member of ADC, CITT, and IATSE Local 300.
Assistant Set Designer
Jensine is a stage manager and theatre designer from Saskatoon, SK. They were educated at the U of S in Theatre Design. Stage management credits include: With Glowing Hearts, Blow Wind, and Journey of the 4th Wise Man (Dancing Sky Theatre), and Blow Wind (Station Arts Center). Recent costume designs include: With Glowing Hearts (DST), The Penelopiad (Ferre Play), and Girl in the Box (Scantily Glad/Live Five). They were nominated in 2019 for a Saskatoon & Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Costume Design for DST’s production of With Glowing Hearts. They are endlessly grateful to be able to work in theatre in and around Saskatoon.
Locally grown, SATAward winning lighting designer, Byron received his BFA in Design from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. He is delighted to be back at Persephone Theatre to tell this important story. Recent works include: lighting design for the annual Elim Church Christmas Celebration, Pimohtewak (City of Saskatoon Winter City Project, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan) A Soldier’s War (Strikes Twice Productions), Quick Bright Things (Persephone Theatre), and lighting design for The (Post) Mistress (Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre). Byron is thankful to live and work on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree and the Homeland of the Métis.
Costume and Projection Designer
Taegan O’Bertos is an emerging artist from Saskatoon. Recently, she’s designed sets for I Lost My Husband! (Persephone Backstage Theatre, 2019), Goodbye, My Fancy (The Persephone Young Company, 2019), and Havre ( La Troupe du Jour, 2018). Her assistant design work includes Twelfth Night/Richard III (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, 2017), Boeing Boeing (Persephone Theatre, 2019) and As You Like It (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, 2019). Beyond set design, Taegan has found artistic outlets as a Projection Designer, Shadow Puppet Builder, commissioned poster artist, and body painting artist. Currently, she is designing with Persephone Theatre as well as Live Five Independent Theatre.
Laura has been involved in Theatre for 40 years and has stage managed over 200 Productions. The first 10 years of her career were spent in Ontario. She studied Theatre at the University of Waterloo, then worked for the National Arts Centre, Upper Canada Playhouse and The Great Canadian Theatre Company, who enabled her to take a show to Expo 86 in Vancouver. The last 30 years Laura has been based in Saskatoon, where the first couple of years were spent with Twenty-Fifth Street Theatre. She then did the Ontario tour of Romeo & Juliette for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and continued working with them for over 20 years. Laura also started with Persephone Theatre around the same time and has stayed for over 25 years. She received the Henry Woolf Award for lifetime achievement in 2012.
Assistant Stage Manager
Ricardo Alvarado is a local theatre artist, and proud to be a part of Saskatoon’s vibrant theatre scene! He is the co-founder of ‘Ppl r Ppl Productions’, an avid member of Artists Against Hunger, and spends his spare time playing with paint and pretending to be a grown up. Recent credits: WROL, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Boeing Boeing, Fiddler on the Roof (ASM, Persephone Theatre) / The Young Ones (SM, SUM Theatre) / Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show (Director, Ppl r Ppl Productions) / Annie, Cabaret (Director, Saskatoon Summer Players).