Life Skills

Life Skills

by Dave King

November 20–30, 1997

Above all else, Life Skills is a showpiece for actor skills. And Cooper's pair of actors has real chemistry under the pressure of instantaneous transformations. - Edmonton Journal
Life Skills

Sometimes it seems that everyday occurrences are the most overwhelming. But do we have to appear so ridiculous as we try to get by? Relax. Help is on the way… maybe. Video and theatre combine in this unique, award winning hit comedy about people simply trying to cope.

Playwright: David King
Director: John Cooper
Cast: Raul Tome and Natascha Girgis Design Concept: David Skelton Set and Lighting Designer: Mariko Heidelk Costume Designer: Deanna Finnman Video Director: Dave Cunningham Movement Coach: Linda Rubin Stage Manager: Gina Moe Assistant Stage Manager/Dresser: Erica Letchford Prod. Manager: Bruce Hennel Technical Director/Carpenter: Colin Page Head Electrician: Jan Machalka Production Assistant: Shauna Murphy, Mark Sazausky Seamstress: Cindy Burgess Scenic Painter: Brenda Inglis


November 20–30, 1997

Opening November 20




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.



Recent Stage Management credits include: THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER and THE LAST FIVE YEARS for Theatre Network; OH CHRISTMAS TREE for the Roxy Series; THE COLOR PURPLE for The Citadel Theatre; THE BAD SEED, SHOCKER’S DELIGHT and THE SALON OF THE TALKING TURK for Teatro La Quindicina; and WITCH HUNT AT THE STRAND for Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.



Shauna’s first Theatre Network show as Stage Manager was Marty Chan’s, Mom, Dad I’m living with a White Girl, and she is happy to be back working with the lovely people at Network. She gained her appreciation of theatre via the Theatre Arts program at the University of Lethbridge. After graduating in 1994, Shauna returned home to Edmonton and began work in the community as both a Stage Manager and a technician.  Since then, she is privileged to have worked with the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, St. Albert International Children’s Festival, Workshop West, Northern Light Theatre, Rapid Fire Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Kill Your Television, Guys in Disguise, Firefly Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, and on many delightful co-ops.  Shauna is also a member of both Equity and IATSE local 210.  Thanks to Chris and Brad, and special thanks to her daughter Sydney for all of the support throughout her career…Enjoy.