Ignorance is a puppet documentary about the evolution of happiness. The Old Trouts seek the origin of bliss amongst the ignorant – our prehistoric ancestors, who stamped the stones with grubby feet and howled in common joy. The Old Trouts will try to explain where we went wrong, and how we might find our way once again. Not only that: it’s the first attempt at what we’re calling Open Creation – the entire show has been written on the web for all to see and for all to comment, criticize, or contribute. Visit www.theoldtrouts.org/ignorance to tell us what you think.
Starring: Peter Balkwill, Pityu Kenderes, Trevor Leigh • Directed by: The Old Trout Puppet Workshop • Video Designer: Jamie Nesbitt • Lighting Designer: Cimmeron Meyer • Sound Designer: Trevor Leigh • Costume Designer: Jen Gareau
“Mind-blowing originality… [The Trouts] are boldly reshaping puppet theatre into sophisticated adult entertainment.” – Fast Forward Weekly
*Photos by Jason Stang Photography
CAST & CREW
Ignorance marks Trevor’s first production with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Selected theatre credits include: Richard III (The Shakespeare Company), Speed the Plow, The Pillowman, American Buffalo, Trout Stanley (Ground Zero Theatre), Becky’s New Car (Theatre North West), Rebecca, Columbo 02 & 08, Wait Until Dark, Strangers on a Train (Vertigo Theatre), PlayRites 02,04,05,06,07,08, Peter Pan, Zadie’s Shoes, Who Has Seen The Wind, Billy the Kid, Keely & Du (Alberta Theatre Projects), Doubt: A Parable (co-production with the Manitoba Theatre Centre & Theatre Calgary), All My Sons, Counsellor at Law, Sherlock Holmes (Theatre Calgary), The Wars (co-production with the Vancouver Playhouse & Theatre Calgary), GLENN, Apple (Director), Lawrence & Holloman, Being at Home with Claude (Blacklist Theatre Project), Lion in the Streets, Bent (Sage Theatre), The Hobbit, A Streetcar Named Desire (Atlantic Theatre Festival), over 20 productions with Theatre Junction including: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Henry IV, Possible Worlds, 10 productions with Shakespeare in the Park including: Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, As You Like It. Film and TV: Hell on Wheels, Green, Everest, Trouble, North of 60, Lonesome Dove. In 2011, Trevor was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for his interpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. He has been nominated three times for Betty Mitchell Awards in the past and has twice been awarded the Most Outstanding Supporting Actor Award. Trevor studied with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC and completed his BFA at The University of Calgary. www.trevorleigh.ca
Jamie Nesbitt designs across North America and Europe. His resume includes: The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, The Canadian Stage, the NAC, Soulpepper, The Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Bard on the Beach, The Arts Club, The Electric Company, Kidd Pivot, Pi Theatre, Why Not, Neptune, The Belfry, The Actors Repertory Company, Cahoots, Touchstone, Theatre Network, Company 14, Birdland Theatre, The Yukon Arts Centre, and many more. A graduate of Studio 58, he is the recipient of seven Jessie Richardson Award Nominations and one Jessie Richardson Award, the 2008 Mayor Arts award, the 2007 Sam Payne award, and the 2006 Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship. www.jamienesbitt.ca.
Cimmeron is alumna of the National Theatre School of Canada and an award-winning theatre designer. Selected designs include: for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Famous Puppet Death Scenes, The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, Ignorance, for One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, Dream Machine, Featherland, A History of Wild Theatre, for Ghost River Theatre, Sailor Boy, The Alan Parkinson’s project, Confessions of a Paper Boy, for Ground Zero Theatre Closer, Reasons to be Pretty, Urinetown, the Musical, Writer’s Block and The Full Monty, for Vertigo Theatre, Travels with My Aunt, Snake in the Grass, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Shear Madness.
Jen Gareau is happy to still be making ridiculously small clothing for Old Trout puppets. Her first show with the Trouts was The Tooth Fairy, and Jen has designed for and costumed puppets for every Old Trout show since.