Marion Bridge

Marion Bridge

by Daniel MacIvor

November 16– December 5, 2004

A compelling and strikingly original theatrical text… MacIvor’s finest work yet. - Halifax Daily News
Marion Bridge

On the peaceful and idyllic island of Cape Breton, three sisters face a crisis that is anything but tranquil. Wave after wave of laughter, bitterness, shock and outrage is about to crash upon their shores.

A country-lovin’ nun, a TV-lovin’ recluse, and a liquor-lovin’ actress are finally forced together for a tumultuous reunion that will test their limits, their compassion and their convictions.

More shocking than the truth about each other, more surprising than the truth about themselves, is the discovery of hope within pain, of laughter within grief, and of the human ability to heal even the deepest of scars.

Director: Bradley Moss

Coralie Cairns
Caroline Livinstone
and Davina Stewart

Set Designer: Marissa Kochanski
Costume Designer: Leona Brausen
Lighting Designer: Scott Peters
Sound Designer: Dave Clarke
Stage Manager: Gina Moe

“MacIvor plumbs the moving and often funny contradictions of the human heart.” – The Halifax Chronicle

READ: Director’s Note

WATCH: Trailer for Marion Bridge

November 16– December 5, 2004

Opening November 16




Coralie is an artistic associate with Shadow Theatre. Her many performances with the company include GLACE BAY MINERS’ MUSEUM, HONOR, THE WEIR, FULL GALLOP, and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (all of which garnered her Sterling Award Nominations) and SUMMER AND SMOKE for which she won the Outstanding Performance by an Actress Sterling Award. Other Shadow Theatre productions include UNEXPECTED MAN, BALTIMORE WALTZ, MEMORY OF WATER, SYLVIA, BLITHE SPIRIT and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Credits also include SISTER MARY IGNATIUS and A CHRISTMAS CAROL for the Citadel Theatre, APPLE for Workshop West Theatre, BLOOD ORANGES for Northern Light Theatre, THE ODD COUPLE for the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and THE MAIDS for Poor Man’s Co-op at the Fringe. Last season Coralie appeared with Shadow Theatre in THE LAST TRAIN and toured Canada and Australia with Catalyst Theatre’s production of THE BLUE ORPHAN. She recently appeared in THE CREDEAUX CANVAS for Northern Light Theatre and BOSTON MARRIAGE for Shadow Theatre.



Caroline’s favourite credits include A DYBBUK FOR TWO, HOUSE OF SACRED COWS (Northern Light Theatre), STOP KISS (Kill Your Television), MARION BRIDGE, EXCAVATIONS, MOM DAD I’M LIVING WITH A WHITE GIRL (Theatre Network), CRUEL TEARS , COSI, WIZARD OF OZ (Globe Theatre), MAMA MIA! ME A MAMA? (Big Mama Productions) and ELEKTRA, THE ABUNDANCE TRILOGY,SONGS FOR SINNERS (Catalyst Theatre) ROUGH CROSSING (Theatre Calgary ). When Caroline is not acting she directs, most recently voice overs for Jade Empire a game produced and created by BioWare, an Edmonton based video game company . Enjoy the show



A Sterling Award winning Actress and an Artistic Associate of Teatro La Quindicina Davina spent this past August in New York performing in Stewart Lemoine’s award winning production of PITH! and directing SILLY SOUP for the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Among her other favourite roles have been Hedda in HEDDA GABLER, Agnes in DANCING AT LUGHNASA, Cecily Pigeon In THE ODD COUPLE, Pam in COCKTAIL AT PAM’S, Nina in EVELYN STRANGE, and Theresa in MARION BRIDGE. Davina is also a core company member of the improvised soap opera Die-Nasty which was recently honored with a Canadian Comedy Award. She recently finished work on Peter Wunstorf’s short film, PATIENCES. Upcoming projects include Cathleen Rootsaert’s new play HOUSE OF CATS and the remount of the Guys in Disguise production of BITCHSLAP! Davina’s love of gourmet food grew out of her first job as a clerk on Woodward’s food floor.



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.



David is happy to be returning to Theatre Network after helping out with dialects on the wonderful productions of MARION BRIDGE and VINCENT IN BRIXTON. David is an Associate Professor in the Drama department at the University of Alberta. He has spent eight seasons as an Associate Voice Coach at the Stratford Festival and has also been featured as a dialect coach in two CBC documentaries on Canadian speech. David worked as an actor last summer in Quebec doing STONES IN HIS POCKETS for Theatre Lac Brome and was last seen in Edmonton in SPEAKING IN TONGUES for Shadow Theatre.



Marissa has worked in Edmonton as a freelance set/costume designer for the past twelve years, with over ninety theatrical productions to her credit.  She won a 2004 Sterling Award for her set design of Theatre Network’s Marion Bridge, and a 2004 Bettie Mitchell Award (Calgary) for her costume design of November Theatre’s The Black RiderThunderstick marked her first design for the Persephone stage and she is now thrilled to be back at Theatre Network!



In the past few seasons Leona has designed costumes for Theatre Network’s productions of EXCAVATIONS, PERFECT PIE and ALL CLEAR. Other recent credits include HONOUR, THE ODD COUPLE, THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST, THE GLACE BAY MINERS’ MUSEUM and THE LAST TRAIN, all for Shadow Theatre,The Citadel Theatre’s HOMEWARD BOUND; THE MARGIN OF THE SKY, SKIRTS ON FIRE, THE VILE GOVERNESS and PITH for Teatro la Quindicina; Leona recently returned from performing in Winnipeg and New York in PITH and she will design and perform in that companies upcoming production of FEVERLAND. Leona is a regular cast member of Edmonton’s on-going weekly soap opera DIE-NASTY.



“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).



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.