by Daniel MacIvor

February 3–20, 2011

...wonderfully human and ultimately hopeful... - Calgary Herald

“It’s not the darkness we fear; it’s the light behind the door. It’s not the answer we can’t hear, it’s the question we won’t ask.”

Tormented by an estranged daughter and a haunting secret, wisecracking Leda turns to a therapist for relief. Each of the three women is at a turning point; each is full of surprises. A poignant and relatable story about motherhood, reconnection, and our search for meaning. Filled with rich dialogue and compelling characters, Communion is a riveting new play from Canada’s award-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor.

Starring: Natascha Girgis, Kate Ryan, Sarah Sharkey 
Directed by:
Marianne Copithorne
Set & Lighting Designer:
Cory Sincennes
Costume Designer: Sheena Haug
Sound Designer:
Matthew Skopyk
Stage Manager: Dawn Friesen

READ: Interview with Cory Sincennes

READ: Interview with Matthew Skopyk

READ: Interview with Sheena Haug

READ: Director’s Note

WATCH: Trailer for Communion


February 3–20, 2011

Previews February 1
Opening February 3




Other Theatre Network credits include: Palace of the End and Life Skills. Selected Theatre: Drowning Girls tour, (Tarragon, Gateway, Persephone, Belfry, Citadel, Catalyst, ATP); Speaking in Tongues, Between Yourself and Me (Shadow); Love (Northern Light); Humble Boy (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Gypsy, Evita, Dads (Mayfield); NiX (Only Animal); Trespassers (Belfry); Seussical, Blue Light, Picking Up Chekhov, Oliver Twist, Stone Angel, Scary Stories, Mad Boy Chronicle, Oleanna, Two Weeks with the Queen (Alberta Theatre Projects); Lion in the Streets (Sage); Counsellor-At-Law, Dangerous Corner (Theatre Calgary); Art of Murder, Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vertigo); Blues in the Night, Complete Works Abridged (Lunchbox); Fallen Angels (Okanagan Stage); Abundance, Beggar’s Opera (Caravan Farm); Amadeus, Macbeth, Constant Wife (Atlantic Theatre Festival); Beautiful Lake Winnipeg (Pleiades); Speak (Globe); Lend Me a Tenor (Arts Club); Last Resort, Nunsense II (Stage West-Calgary); Man of La Mancha (Royal Alex); Possible Worlds, Philanthropist (Junction). For Bob, Heywood and Traute, who had the courage to ask the question and the strength to open the door.



Kate is thrilled to be back at Theatre Network and a part of this production. She last appeared here, a long time ago, in Love Bites. Other stage credits include A Christmas Carol, Metamorphoses, Measure For Measure, Hello Dolly! (Citadel Theatre); Dial M for Murder, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! (The Mayfield Theatre); The Ambassador’s Wives, The Equisite Hour (Teatro La Quindicina); Water’s Daughter (Northern Light Theatre); The V.I.P. Kids Show (Varscona Theatre) and Ankles Aweigh, The Swingin’ Sisters Club, Sweet Mysteries of Life and The Ugly Duckling (Fringe Festival). She has received two Sterling Awards for stage and an Ampia for the film, 1132 Pleasant Street. Kate is also an instructor and develops shows with her company, Kaybridge Productions (



Sarah is a recent grad from the University of Alberta. Selected credits: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Spine, Good Woman of Setzuan (Studio Theatre); Tornado! A Musical Prairie Tragicomedy (Mischief and Mayhem); The Author’s Voice (Surreal SoReal). Upcoming credits: Dog (Surreal SoReal), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Studio Theatre).



Marianne is delighted to be able to return to Theatre Network and collaborate with this fabulous team of creative artists on Hannah Moscovitch’s WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW. Previous directing credits with Theatre Network include COMMUNION by Daniel MacIvor, CHOKE by Cathleen Rootsaert, THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Stephen Mallatratt, and PERFECT PIE, PALACE OF THE END and HABITAT by Judith Thompson. Marianne is currently Artistic Director of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and will celebrate her eleventh year in that position this coming summer. She is a graduate of the BFA Acting and MFA Directing programs at the University of Alberta, and teaches Theatre Arts students acting at Grant MacEwan University. Much love and thanks to Bradley Moss.



Daniel was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1962. He is a stalwart of the Canadian theatre scene, having written and directed numerous award-winning productions including SEE BOB RUN, WILD ABANDON, 2-2-TANGO, THIS IS A PLAY, THE SOLDIER DREAMS, YOU ARE HERE, HOW IT WORKS, A BEAUTIFUL VIEW, COMMUNION, BINGO! and his work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. From 1987 to 2007 with Sherrie Johnson he ran da da kamera, a respected international touring company which brought his work to Australia, the UK and extensively throughout the US and Canada. With long time collaborator Daniel Brooks, he created the solo performances HOUSE, HERE LIES HENRY, MONSTER, CUL-DE-SAC and THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

Daniel won a GLAAD Award and a Village Voice Obie Award in 2002 for IN ON IT, presented at PS 122 in New York. His play MARION BRIDGE received its Off-Broadway premiere in New York in October of 2005. In 2006, Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I STILL LOVE YOU. In 2007, his play HIS GREATNESS won the Jessie Richardson Award for Best New Play in Vancouver. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch prize in Theatre.

Also a filmmaker, Daniel has written and directed the feature films PAST PERFECT, WILBY WONDERFUL and the short films PERMISSION and UNTIL I HEAR FROM YOU, and he is the writer of the feature films TRIGGER, MARION BRIDGE and co-writer (with Amnon Buchbinder) of WHOLE NEW THING.

Currently, Daniel divides his time between Toronto and Avondale, Nova Scotia and he is playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.



Cory is an award winning designer, currently residing in Charlottetown, PEI. His set, costume and lighting designs have received both national and international recognition. His work has been seen throughout Canada, as well as throughout Europe and Russia. Cory earned a degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University before studying design at Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Recent Designs: EVANANGELINE, BITTERGIRL THE MUSICAL (Charlottetown Festival) LIBERATION DAYS (Theatre Calgary/WCT), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, LES MISERABLES (WCT); MARY POPPINSNEXT TO NORMAL, (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre); MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, VENUS IN FUR, ROMEO AND JULIET, SPAMALOT, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Citadel); LAST 5 YEARS, MICHEL AND TI-JEAN, and LET THE LIGHT OF DAY THROUGH (Theatre Network).



Sheena is a freelance artist who loves to play dress up. Recent designs include: Co-Production Design for BEOWULF THE KING (with Daniela Maselis, Workshop West), Costumes for BOEING BOEING (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) and TOAD OF TOAD HALL (Red Deer College). Sheena is the Costume Associate for FRANKENSTEIN, NEVERMORE and HUNCHBACK (Catalyst Theatre). She has also acted as Wardrobe Assistant for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival (2007-2011). Other credits include head scenic painter for SEEDSAVERS (Workshop West) and production design for FAITH HEALER (Onion Theatre). Sheena holds a BFA in Theatre Design (U of A, 2008) and certificates for Costume Cutting and Construction (RDC, 2003, 2004).



Matthew Skopyk is an Edmonton based Sound Designer and Composer. Recent Design/Composition credits include: PALACE OF THE END, Theatre Network; RICHARD III, Free Will Players; SPREEPARK THE MUSICAL, Mischief and Mayhem and SOMETHING RED, Vault. A past graduate of the U of A Technical Threatre Production program (B.F.A Graduate 2006 With Distinction), Matthew excels at software/hardware manipulation, allowing for new realms of possibility in the theatre through manipulation of data. New works include: wireless performer-worn sensors; allowing for performer control over technical aspects of a production, a glove-based three-dimensional-panner for Sound Designers and a MIDI Cello. Matthew has worked as a FOH mixer for companies such as Free Will Players and the Catalyst Theatre. Matthew currently resides as the Head of Audio for the Drama Department at the University of Alberta.



Dawn Friesen is very excited to be back at Theatre Network and with such a fantastic team! She was last here as the Production Assistant for Misery in 2008. The following year she completed her BFA Stage Management degree at the University of Alberta and has been working as a Stage Manager ever since.  Selected Stage Management credits include: Macbeth (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Super Power (ATCO Energy Theatre); Hansel and Gretel (Alberta Opera); The Science of Disconnection (Shadow Theatre); Assassins, Major Barbara, Largo Desolato (Studio Theatre). She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support! Enjoy the show!