WORLD PREMIERE • Produced with November Theatre and Touchstone Theatre
Adapted by Michael Scholar, Jr. • Based on the book by Michael Turner, film by Bruce McDonald, and screenplay by Noel S. Baker • Original Music by Joe “Shithead” Keithley of D.O.A. • Lyrics by Michael Turner
Meet Joe Dick, the fast talking, hard rocking, gutter punk idealist who had his moment of glory fronting the legendary but now defunct Vancouver band Hard Core Logo. Living somewhere between East Hastings and a dream, Joe decides it’s time to drag the band back together for one last, ill-fated tour. It’s the story we know, the book we worshiped, the movie that rocked us all – a punk-ass Canadian cult classic adapted to the stage for the first time ever. With original music by Punk Legend Joe “Shithead” Keithley.
Previews: November 16 & 17 • Opens: November 18 • Runs Through: December 5 • 2-For-1 Tuesday: November 23 & 30
Starring: Toby Berner, Clinton Carew, Telly James, Rachael Johnston, Michael Scholar, Jr.
Director: Bradley Moss
Musical Directors: Joe “Shithead” Keithley & Corinne Kessel
Set Design: Cory Sincennes
Lighting Design: Scott Peters
Costume Design: Sheena Haug
Sound Design: Dave Clarke
Projection Design: Jamie Nesbitt
Stage Manager: Jenn Best
Production Manager: Scott Peters
Photography/Punk Consultant: Bev Davies
Band Logo Design: David Lester
Punk Graphic Design: Scott Beadle for Laura Gallaway Design
Short Film Director: Jason Margolis
*Images by Ian Jackson/EPIC and Bev Davies
READ: History of Hard Core Logo
READ: Interview with Michael Scholar Jr.
READ: Interview with Joe Keithley
CAST & CREW
Toby is very excited to be working with Theatre Network for the first time. Toby has been a professional performer in Vancouver since he was 16 years old. Highlights include: The Dishwashers (Canadian Premiere); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Arts Club Theatre); Design For Living, Lifeskills, Gutenberg! The Musical! (PH Theatre), Blankety Blank: The Musical, A Twisted Christmas Carol (Belfry Theatre). Toby won the Canadian Comedy Award in 2008 for Best Sketch Troupe with Canadian Content. That group went on to perform at the Leicester Square Theatre in London, England. Toby is a graduate of Studio 58.
Clinton is beside himself to be working on this project with Human Loser Theatre and Morgan Smith. Previously, he directed Morgan’s play Electra at the Edmonton Fringe. In 2013, he directed and translated Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters for Broken Toys Theatre. This is his first time directing for the Roxy stage, but not his first time integrating cheer routines into a theatre show.
Telly is an actor/playwright born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He is a graduate from Mount Royal University’s Theatre Arts Program. This is Telly’s debut with November Theatre, Theatre Network, and Touchstone Theatre. He is beyond thrilled to be part of such great companies. As an actor, Telly has been seen in Beyond Eden (Theatre Calgary/Vancouver Playhouse); The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (National Arts Centre/Western Canada Theatre); The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Alberta Theatre Projects); The Tempest and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in the Park, Calgary). In his spare time, he is writing plays or making music with his band, Mia’s Matic.
BUCKY AND OTHERS
Rachael has worked with Michael Scholar and November Theatre for many years now and each experience has been an honour and a privilege. It has afforded her the opportunity to travel and perform across the country and do theatre that leaves her truly inspired. Rachael is so happy to be back with this fantastic company and back amongst dear friends creating once again! Most recent credits include: playing Ali in Quest Theatre’s production of The Invisible Girl and Rosalind in As You Like It at the Citadel Theatre.
MICHAEL SCHOLAR JR.
Michael was born in Regina, trained at the University of Alberta, but he now calls Vancouver home. As Artistic Producer of November Theatre, Michael toured The Black Rider across North America from 1998-2008. He produced and performed in this labour of love, which was the only show to ever win “Best Production” at the Sterling Awards (Edmonton), the Betty Mitchell Awards (Calgary) and the Jessie Awards (Vancouver); while also being nominated for “Best Touring Production” at the Dora Awards (Toronto). Favourite acting credits include: Refugee Hotel (Theatre Passe Muraille); Little Mercy’s First Murder, Life After God (Touchstone Theatre); Tideline (Neworld Theatre/Touchstone); Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo & Juliet (Bard on the Beach); Cloud Tectonics (Vancouver Playhouse/Pi Theatre); Twelfth Night and Merchant of Venice (Free Will Players); The Blue Orphan (Catalyst Theatre); The Edible Woman (Theatre Junction); and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Theatre Network). Michael has won the Sterling for “Best Lead Actor” and has been nominated for 3 Jessie Awards for “Best Supporting Actor” (Large Theatre), a Betty for “Best Performance in a Musical”, an Ovation Award for “Best Lead Performance” and he received the 2004 Equity’s Emerging Artist Award. As a writer, Michael wrote Ana for “Hive 3”, Killing Konundrum for Caravan Farm Theatre’s Everyone, and the Fringe hit Barbie Screams. Michael used to play in Regina punk bands Tree Frog Discharge and The Labeled.
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.
Joe is best known as leader of Canada’s most influential punk band D.O.A. and as the Canadian godfather of punk. Legendary punk pioneers D.O.A. have barnstormed the world for the last 30 years with their unique combo of activism, humour and ear splitting rock. Joe has a lot of other talents. Firstoff, Arsenal Pulp Press of Vancouver published Joe’s 1st book “I, Shithead: A Life in Punk.” Joe is also a spoken word artist; his style is somewhat akin to the performances of his pals Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins, but there is an extra dimension to it. At his solo/spoken word show, you can expect to hear stories about D.O.A. as well as Joe’s take on current political events around the world. He also works some of his stories into songs, which he performs solo with his trusty old SG electric guitar.
Shithead’s gut instincts and street savvy have always placed him in the forefront of punk activism. His people power oriented politics have had him and D.O.A. raising money, through concerts and benefit records, for worthy, radical causes over the years. Joe and D.O.A. have spoken out for groups and organizations that work for; anti-globalization, rape relief, rock against radiation, rock against racism, union rights and environmental groups, to name a few. Joe has also run for the Green Party three times in the suburbs of Vancouver, finishing with 15% of the popular vote last time out. Throughout his career, Joe has influenced everyone from Green Day and Sonic Youth to The Offspring and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. In late December 2002, Mayor Larry Campbell of Vancouver, in his 1st official act of office, named December 21st “D.O.A. Day in Vancouver.” Shithead has also worked as an actor and a talk show host on The Joe Show.
Corinne received her BMus and MA in Music from the University of Alberta. Corinne has worked as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and musical director across Western Canada. Favorite theatrical productions include The Black Rider (November Theatre), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Theatre Network), An Eye for an Eye (Ghost River Theatre) and Ilsa, Queen of the Nazi Love Camp (Workshop West). Outside of theatre, you can see Corinne rocking the trombone with the Vancouver ska/reggae band, Los Furios, which just came back from their second tour of Mexico and included TV appearances in over 50 Latin American countries.
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 POPPINS, NEXT 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). www.corysincennes.com