Love Bites – An Oral History

Love Bites – An Oral History

By Eileen Sproule

March 11–23,1997

Two wrongs don’t make a right… Ok, you hurt me this much, so I get to hurt you this much, and then we’re even. Keeping score. Everybody hated math in school - why drag it into bed with you?
Love Bites – An Oral History

Based on a remarkably honest collection of anecdotes, Eileen Sproule once again has managed to delve with a remarkable humor and frankness into the far too recognizable world of love, sex, laundry, sex, cohabitation, sex… the whole spectrum of the personal lives of any one who has not taken a solemn vow to live alone for eternity.

Playwright: Eileen Sproule
Director: Ben Henderson
Cast: Kate Ryan, Michael Spencer-Davis, John Ullyat and Audrey Webb Songs: Dave Clarke and Eileen Sproule Sound Designer: Dave Clarke Production Designer: Robert Shannon Production Manager: Bruce Hennel Slide Images: Eileen Sproule Wardrobe: Bev Oliwa Carpenter: Colin Page Scenic Painting and Props Designer: Charlotte Hunt Stage Manager: Betty-Lou Hushlak Production Assistants: Gina Puntil and Jan Machalka


March 11–23,1997

Opening March 11




Kate is thrilled to be back at Theatre Network and a part of this production. She last appeared here, a long time ago, in Love Bites. Other stage credits include A Christmas Carol, Metamorphoses, Measure For Measure, Hello Dolly! (Citadel Theatre); Dial M for Murder, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! (The Mayfield Theatre); The Ambassador’s Wives, The Equisite Hour (Teatro La Quindicina); Water’s Daughter (Northern Light Theatre); The V.I.P. Kids Show (Varscona Theatre) and Ankles Aweigh, The Swingin’ Sisters Club, Sweet Mysteries of Life and The Ugly Duckling (Fringe Festival). She has received two Sterling Awards for stage and an Ampia for the film, 1132 Pleasant Street. Kate is also an instructor and develops shows with her company, Kaybridge Productions (



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).



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).