In On It

In On It

by Daniel MacIvor

May 3–20, 2012

The electric charge of Daniel MacIvor's complex and powerful play goes directly for your heart. - Edmonton Journal
In On It

“There are things that happen out of careful planning… and then there are the things that happen over which we have no control.”


Lives collide and intertwine in unintended and unexpected ways as three stories are intricately entangled: the dying man who discovers his world is not what he had thought; the two lovers on the brink of collapse and the two men creating the play – interpreting and re-interpreting it right in front of our eyes, evoking a beautiful world of love and loss. Bitingly funny and wildly imaginative, this award-winning play is a thrilling and ingenious puzzle.

Starring: Nathan Cuckow and Frank Zotter
Director: Bradley Moss
Lighting Designer: Scott Peters
Sound Designer: Dave Clarke
Costume Designer: Sheena Haug
Stage Manager: Cheryl Millikin

“a cerebral and technical tour-de-force, bristling with sharp-edged energy and uncompromising intelligence.” – Times Colonist

READ: Interview with Nathan Cuckow

READ: Interview with Frank Zotter

READ: Director’s Note

WATCH: Trailer for In On It

May 3–20, 2012

Previews May 1
Opening May 3




Nathan is an Edmonton-based actor, producer, and playwright. He has worked with several local companies, including: Shadow Theatre, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Teatro La Quindicina, Northern Light Theatre, Concrete Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, and was most recently seen in Wishbone Theatre’s independent production of WAITING FOR GODOT. His work has been presented in Edmonton, as well as several other Canadian cities, including: Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Whitehorse, Victoria, and Vancouver (as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad). His musical, BASH’d! (co-written with Chris Craddock, music by Aaron Macri) was presented internationally in Dublin, Ireland, and in the United States (Los Angeles and New York City), where it ran for three months Off-Broadway, and received a 2007 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre. Nathan is the proud recipient of several awards, including an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Kill Your Television’s production of Daniel MacIvor’s one-man show, MONSTER.



Previously at Theatre Network: POSTER BOYS; for the Citadel Theatre: JULIUS CEASAR, STUDIES IN MOTION, and TRUE LOVE LIES; for Workshop West: STUCK, DRY THE RAIN, AN ALMOST PERFECT THING, and BEOWOLF; for Shadow Theatre: GRACE (Sterling Award), THE DAZZLE and LOVE SONG; the title role in THE ELEPHANT MAN (U of A/Studio Series); BLOOD ORANGES for Northern Light Theatre; THE GOOD THIEF and MOLLY SWEENEY for Blarney and TOUGH! for Phoenix Theatre. Frank has received four Sterling Award nominations and five Betty Mitchell Award nominations, receiving one for FILTH (Sage Theatre). A National Theatre School graduate, highlights include joining the acting ensemble at the Court Theatre in Chicago, working at the Abingdon Theatre in New York, playing Puck at Stratford and spending a summer at Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. For Film and TV: Mikey in TWICE IN A LIFETIME (CTV), the features EVERY SECOND TUESDAY, TOKE ABOUT IT, and DEVILS FOOD. Watch for him in PSYCHED, FAIRLY LEGAL and ALCATRAZ. He received the Best Actor Award at the Vancouver Short Film Festival for NOT ANOTHER DAMN MUSICAL.



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.



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.



“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.”



Dave is a musician, actor and writer.  He has composed music and produced sound designs for theatre, film, dance and multi-media for three decades. Recent designs include MOVING ALONG (Theatre Network), 6.0 HEAP & PEBBLE (Northern Light Theatre) and EVIE’S WALTZ (Shadow Theatre). Other projects include THE MISSIONARY POSITION (University of Alberta),  a soundtrack for the feature film THE PHARMACIST and a family musical about a profoundly deaf mother with a hearing son based on his own experience entitled SONGS MY MOTHER NEVER SUNG ME. Dave is the co-writer and composer for the animated cartoons at He is also the sound guy for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW. Dave has won several awards for his work, including Sterling Awards for Outstanding Score (DOG, Surreal SoReal Theatre), Musical Direction (ILSA, QUEEN OF THE NAZI LOVE CAMP) and Sound (SHAKESPEARE’S WILL, VIMY, THE ECSTATICS).



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).



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.