Canada’s king of eccentric dark comedy brings together two unlikely “best friends”: a hapless, ever optimistic nudnik, and a loquacious, self-absorbed egomaniac. They’re two characters you might expect to see on Jerry Springer – best friends with absolutely nothing in common. This is a world in which Camus meets Dali, and Goya meets Disney: think of it as theatre of the absurd settling on a whoopee cushion.
Starring: Jeff Page and John Ullyatt
Directed by: Bradley Moss
Set, Properties and Costume Designer: Narda McCarroll
Lighting and Project Designer: E. Cherie Hoyles
Orgininal Music and Sound Designer: Darrin Hagen
Stage Manager: Betty Hushlak
Production Manager: Gina Puntil
Head Electrician and Coyote Operator: Kate Bagnall
Audio Technician: Bobby Smale
Carpenter and Stage Manager: Mike Ford
Scenic Painters: Narda McCarroll, Warren Pullen, Terry-Lynn White
” The dramatic universe of …Morris Panych is an exquisitely well ordered place. Genuinely funny…smart…carefully crafted and neatly delivered.” – The Globe and Mail
“Lawrence and Holloman can make nihilism seem like a party.” – The Sacramento Bee
CAST & CREW
Jeff returns to Theatre Network for his seventh collaboration with Bradley Moss. They have previously worked together on HOSANNA, EXCAVATIONS, FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN, LAWRENCE AND HOLLOMAN, PILEDRIVER, and A GUIDE TO MOURNING. For the past three seasons, Jeff has worked at the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, where he played Torvald Helmer in A DOLL’S HOUSE, Mr. Dussel in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and Caliban in THE TEMPEST. Locally, he has recently appeared in SEE HOW THEY RUN at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and TWELFTH NIGHT with the River City Shakespeare Festival, and will be seen later this spring in PRIVATE LIVES at Northern Light Theatre.
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.
Narda is very happy to be back working with the great Theatre Network team. Past designs for Network include: set design for GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL and EYE FOR AND EYE, lighting design for The Leisure Society, and set/costume design for FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN, and LAWRENCE AND HOLLOMAN (Sterling award for set). Narda was the resident designer for Workshop West Theatre for six seasons where she designed MARY’S WEDDING, MY ONE AND ONLY, APPLE,17 DOGS, MESA, RESPECTABLE, and ILSA, QUEEN OF THE NAZI LOVE CAMP. Other recent design credits include: costume design for THE PILLOWMAN and production design for FULLY COMMITTED, THE SYRINGA TREE, and BLUE/ORANGE (Citadel Theatre), set/costumes for VINCENT IN BRIXTON and STONES IN HIS POCKETS (ATP, Calgary), and costume design for the past seven summers for The River City Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton.
Darrin Hagen is the Artistic Director of Guys In Disguise, which is celebrating over three decades of creating drag comedies that have toured across North America. He has received 7 Sterling awards for his work in the Edmonton theatre scene, and over 40 Sterling nominations. His writing debut in 1996 was the award-winning THE EDMONTON QUEEN (transformed into book length and published by Brindle & Glass Publishing). Other plays by Darrin include WITCH HUNT AT THE STRAND (nominated for Outstanding New Play); BUDDY (nominated for Outstanding New Play); With Bells On (nominated for Outstanding New Play); BITCHSLAP!; THE NEO-NANCIES: HITLER’S KICKLINE!; TORNADO MAGNET: A SALUTE TO TRAILER COURT WOMEN (published by Brindle & Glass); as well as TYPHOON JUDY (co-written with Christopher Peterson); and PILEDRIVER! (co-written with Wes Borg). His plays have been produced across Canada, in the U.S. and as far away as Ireland.
With his creative partner Trevor Schmidt, he has co-created the hit musical KLONDYKES (nominated for 5 Sterling awards); FLORA & FAWNA’S FIELD TRIP (Sterling Award for Outstanding New Fringe Work); PREPARE FOR THE WORST! (Sterling Nominee for Outstanding New Fringe Work); PUCK BUNNIES (Sterling Nominee for Outstanding New Fringe Work); DON’T FROWN AT THE GOWN; PSYCHOBABBLE; DRAGULA and the children’s musical MY OTHER MOTHER.
He has been inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada and the Edmonton Queer Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century, and last year was named one of Alberta’s 25 Most Influential Artists in the last 25 years. To the best of his knowledge, he’s the only drag queen on that list. He was one of the official Cultural Ambassadors of Canada’s 150 Celebrations, and was appointed as the Writer In Residence for Edmonton Public Libraries for 2018. Most recently, he was one of the recipients of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund.
Betty is very pleased to be part of the company of WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW. Betty has stage managed Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre’s production of CAFE DAUGHTER in Belgrade, Serbia, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, at the sPARK Festival/ Belfry Theatre, Victoria, BC, the National Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, and at CANADA SCENE at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON. Other credits include: producer; WiLDLIFE — a video installation at River Valley Crossing in Edmonton, assistant stage manager; DON GIOVANNI, Edmonton Opera, stage manager for the Alberta Ballet. She goes onto co-produce and stage manage Conni Massing’s, OH! CHRISTMAS TREE, as part of the Roxy Performance Series this December.
This is Gina’s second season back out in the freelance world of stage management. She is delighted to be on familiar territory for her first official apprenticing gig – a full circle moment. Gina was Theatre Network’s production manager from 2000 to 2004 giving her some of her favorite productions under her belt (A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, VINCENT AND BRIXTON, FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN, LAWRENCE AND HOLLOMAN, …). She has also been the production manager for NEXTFEST for the past five years – a festival that takes place in June right where you are sitting. Other Select credits include BITCHSLAP! and the Tranny Trilogy, TRANNY GET YOUR GUN, L’IL ORPHAN TRANNY and TRANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Guys in Disguise) THE BLACK RIDER: THE CASTING OF THE MAGIC BULLETS (November Theatre), THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF MARY JANE MOSQUITO (Concrete Theatre) and looks forward to THE ANGER OF ERNEST AND ERNESTINE with George and Sharla and DRUNKEN F*CKER (Ground Zero, April 2006).
As a freelance Technician/Technical Director he has been able to work on such projects as building puppets for the IAAF World Championships Opening Ceremonies, Special FX for Fringe Theatre Adventures’ production of THE HOBBIT, and be the Sound and Multimedia Operator for Theatre Network’s production of EXCAVATIONS. He also enjoyed working as a rigger on Fire Fly Theatres PRIMORDIAL BLUES and touring as a technician for METIS MUTT and THE BLUE ORPHAN. Bobby has studied at the Victoria School and Grant MacEwan College. His most recent work is on THE SECRET SPACES BUS SHOW for Workshop West Theatre.