In an interrogation room, two New York policemen interview a foreigner who has put them in a compromising situation. Dancing around their questions, he insists he’s late delivering a package of the utmost importance. As the cops become desperate for answers, and their detainee becomes desperate for escape, the unexplainable starts to happen. A combination of prime Samuel Beckett and classic Tarantino, Alias Godot is a darkly funny and clever look at the anxieties that exist in the world and the insanity inside and outside the interrogation room. Written by Canada’s celebrated new playwright Brendan Gall.
Starring: Julien Arnold, Brian Dooley, Collin Doyle, James Hamilton, Christopher Schulz
Director: Bradley Moss
Set and Costume Designer: Lisa Hancharek
Lighting Designer: Scott Peters
Stage Manager: Cheryl Millikin
READ: Interview with Brendan Gall
CAST & CREW
Julien has been acting, directing, and teaching professionally here in Edmonton for about 20 years. He has worked with many of city’s theatres, including The Citadel Theatre, Teatro La Quindicina, Workshop West, Theatre Network, Leave It To Jane, and Northern Light Theatre. His recent acting credits include Happy Toes at this year’s fringe, as well as As You Like It and Richard III with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in July. His last two shows at Network (as an actor) were Closer and Closer Apart, and the popular Irish comedy A Skull in Connemara. Julien also directed the sequel to that play The Lonesome West as a part of last season’s Roxy Performance Series, featuring two of his present classmates, Collin and James. Look for Julien later this season in the Citadel’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, as well as The Wizard of Oz. Julien would like to thank Brad Moss for his great generosity of spirit, and for all his great advice and encouragement over the last several years.
Brian Dooley is an award winning actor and producer. Currently Director of Play Development at the Citadel Theatre and formerly Vice President, Creative for Alliance Atlantis, Edmonton, Brian continues to embrace his first love – the stage. For over thirty years, Brian has worked throughout the country and abroad. His skills include directing, writing, producing and performing in a variety of media including radio, animation, film, television and the theatre. Trained and educated at the National Theatre School and Bishop’s University, Brian Dooley continues a long-standing relationship with the National Theatre School of Canada where he teaches neutral and character mask. Brian believes passionately in the development of new work and always welcomes the opportunity to lend his support and skills to new plays and playwrights. Brian draws inspiration from the Mexican playwright Victor Hugo Rascon Banda’s fervent message: “The theatre moves, illuminates, disquiets, disturbs, lifts the spirit, reveals, provokes and violates conventions. It is a conversation shared with society. Theatre is the first art to confront emptiness, shadows and silence to make words, movement, lights and life surge forth.”
Collin Doyle is an Edmonton based writer. His play THE MIGHTY CARLINS premiered at Workshop West in January of 2008. Nakai Theatre in Whitehorse produced a second production in the spring of 2009. Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon produced a third production in February of 2012. THE MIGHTY CARLINS was the winner of the Discovery Category of the Alberta Playwriting Competition in 2004, and received the Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008. His play for teens ROUTES premiered in the fall of 2009. Concrete Theatre toured ROUTES to high school audiences in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. ROUTES received a Sterling Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences; it also received a Dora Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences. His fringe play NIGHTHAWK RULES (with James Hamilton) received two Sterling Awards for Outstanding Fringe Production and Outstanding New Fringe Work. In his spare time, Collin works as a control room director for Global TV. Collin is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
James is thrilled to be a making his Theatre Network debut with such a fantastic gang! A co-founder of the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes award-winning theatre company, the Bedlam Theatre Concern, James has appeared in shows like the Fringe hit, Nighthawk Rules, Northern Light Theatre’s Silence, and Workshop West’s The Mighty Carlins for both of which he received a Sterling nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor. Other notable onstage appearances include; Diamond Dog (Panties Republic), The Lonesome West (Atlas Theatre), God’s Favoured Child- A Rant (Azimuth Theatre), White Mice (E&EO Productions), The Play I Did At Last Year’s Fringe (Schnook Productions). James is also a playwright whose works include: The Amaze-o-nauts Must Die, Center of Attention, The Hole in My Head (all for Bedlam Theatre Concern). He is also a frequent contributor to Northern Light Theatre’s Urban Tales reading series.
Christopher was most recently seen in last season’s Northern Light Theatre production of WISH (Sterling Nomination for Outstanding Actor) and NIGHTHAWK RULES (What It Is Productions) at the 2016 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Other credits include, MOTE (Blarney Productions), THE GLASS MENAGERIE and EQUUS (Citadel Theatre), MACBETH (National Arts Centre/Citadel Theatre), SOME GIRL(S) (Northern Light Theatre), LIGATURE MARKS (What It Is Productions), THE NEO-NANCIES (Guys In Disguise), LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN (Image Theatre), AMADEUS and RICHARD III (Centre Stage Theatre), PROOF and THE SHAPE OF THINGS (Ignition Theatre). Previously for Theatre Network: ALIAS GODOT. Christopher is a graduate of both the Theatre Studies and Motion Picture Arts programs at Red Deer College. What a pleasure it’s been working on this play, for this company, and with this team. Enjoy the show and get ‘er done.
Bradley is an MFA graduate in directing from the University Alberta. He joined Theatre Network in 1996 to create the multidisciplinary emerging artist festival – Nextfest. In 2014 Bradley accepted the dual role of Artistic & Executive Director for Theatre Network. Some recent productions include: BED AND BREAKFAST, THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER, MINERVA – QUEEN OF THE HANDCUFFS, INFINITY, The Sterling Award Winning Production IRMA VOTH, BUST, GORDON, RED, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, ARMSTRONG’S WAR, the Governor General Nominated THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF BERNICE TRIMBLE, the Sterling Award Winning LITTLE ONE, DRIVING MISS DAISY, the Governor General Award Winning PIG GIRL, the Sterling Award Winning LET THE LIGHT OF DAY THROUGH, WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES, IN ON IT, MOVING ALONG, TWELFTH NIGHT, PUBLIC SPEAKING, DOG, THUNDERSTICK, BUDDY, ALIAS GODOT, MISERY, CLOSER AND CLOSER APART, the Sterling Award Winning SUMMER OF MY AMAZING LUCK, TRUE WEST, GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL, HOSANNA, MARION BRIDGE, A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, the Sterling Award Winning glam rock musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and HIGH LIFE.
A graduate of George Brown Theatre School, Brendan has written three plays: Panhandled (UnSpun Theatre), A Quiet Place (Single Threat – 2007 Dora nomination: Best New Play), and Alias Godot (Tarragon Theatre – 2007 Dora nomination: Best New Play). An earlier version of Alias Godot was translated into Italian and performed in Florence as part of Teatro Della Limonaia’s 2006 Intercity Festival and subsequently remounted the following year as part of their 20th anniversary retrospective. Brendan has also collaborated on the collective creations Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Don’t Wake Me (with UnSpun Theatre), I Keep Dropping Sh*t and Dedicated to the Revolutions (with Small Wooden Shoe), contributed pieces to Convergence Theatre’s multi-playwright environmental shows The Gladstone Variations and AutoShow, and written the feature film Dakota (distributed by Mongrel Media). Brendan developed Alias Godot through the Playwrights Unit at Tarragon Theatre, where he is currently a Playwright-in-Residence. He is also an actor.
Lisa is stoked to be designing once again on the Theatre Network stage! Lisa is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg acting and design program (1999) and obtained her masters degree in design from the University of Alberta (2005). Lisa currently lives in Edmonton but designs both in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Lisa recently returned from Toronto after working at the Royal Alexandra Theatre as the Associate Set and Costume designer for BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH a new musical written and directed by Ben Elton, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Some of her most recent design credits include: set, assistant costume and lighting designer and props master on TITUS ANDRONICUS & COMEDY OF ERRORS (Freewill Players), production designer for APPLES AND ORANGES (Concrete Theatre) costume, props and puppet designs for LITTLE MUNSCH ON THE PRAIRIE (Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg) costume design for PALACE OF THE END (Theatre Network), set and costume design for ALIAS GODOT (Theatre Network).
Lisa would like to thank the wonderful people at Network, cast, crew and Bradley Moss for all their hard work and support on POSTER BOYS!
“Now is a time to storm; Why dost thou laugh? It fits not with this hour.” Recent Design credits include BED AND BREAKFAST (Theatre Network), EDAY (Serial Collective), Minerva Queen of the Handcuffs (Ghost-writer Theatre), THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER, WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW, INFINITY (Theatre Network), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THE WINTER’S TALE, HAMLET, A COMEDY OF ERRORS (Freewill Players), 9-5, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Grant MacEwan University). Scott is resident Production Manager for Theatre Network and Nextfest, and is a founding member of Edmonton band Captain Tractor. “Why, I have not another tear to shed.”
Cheryl is really happy to be working on Collin’s beautiful new play and with everyone involved in this production. Cheryl’s Stage Management credits for Theatre Network include: IN ON IT, MICHEL & TI-JEAN, THUNDERSTICK, (co-production with Persephone Theatre), BUDDY, ALIAS GODOT, CHOKE and A BEAUTIFUL VIEW. Other shows Cheryl has Stage Managed over the years include Theatre Yes’ production of RACE, Bent Out of Shape’s THE DROWNING GIRLS, Workshop West Theatre’s THE BLUE LIGHT, MARY’S WEDDING, THE RED PRIEST and APPLE. Free Will Players HENRY V and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, The Citadel Theatre’s productions of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and OF MICE AND MEN (co-productions with the Manitoba Theatre Centre) as well as EXTINCTION SONG and POPCORN. The Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s productions of SHEAR MADNESS and SEXY LAUNDRY, Alberta Theatre Projects THE LEISURE SOCIETY and GET AWAY. And Catalyst Theatre’s THE BLUE ORPHAN and CARMEN ANGEL to name a few. Cheryl also Stage Manages two annual outdoor music festivals each summer.