“What if Misery was a person?”
World-famous novelist Paul Sheldon loses control of his car during a blizzard, and is knocked unconscious. Rescued by his Number One Fan, Annie Wilkes, Paul gains consciousness in a filthy, dilapidated farmhouse, cut-off from the outside world. Lying in bed, legs crushed, Paul is held captive, descending into a nightmare far greater than anything he could have dreamt for his fictional characters. A prisoner dependent on painkillers, Paul fights for his sanity and his life, while his unstable “Fan” becomes more and more unhinged. A spine-tingling thriller that will leave audiences peering over their shoulder!
Starring: Nancy McAlear & David McNally
Director: Bradley Moss
Production Designer: David Fraser
Production Assistant/Property Master: Lisa Hancharek
Sound Designer: Dave Clarke
Stage Manager: Betty Hushlak
Production Assistant: Dawn Friesen
Head Painter: Paul Bezaire
Previews: April 22 & 23; Opens: April 24; Runs Through: May 11
2-For-1 Tuesdays: April 29 & May 6
CAST & CREW
David is miserable to be back at Theatre Network under Moss’s cruelty. If you think Annie is bad you should try Betty H. as a SM. The only saving grace is the sweet opportunity of working with Nancy on this well-known story. Recent Film/TV credits include, THE SECRET OF THE NUTCRACKER, BLOOD TIES, EMPTY ARMS, and THE ENGLISHMAN’S BOY. Theatre credits include, THE GOAT, TRUE WEST, ANNA IN THE TROPICS, ENIGIMA VARIATIONS and TANGO. After this show, if I survive I promise never to drink & drive in a snowstorm, in Colorado, EVER, (not even if I finish a novel) EVER!
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.
David is an Edmonton based, award-winning theatrical and dance lighting designer. He works extensively across the country and frequents theatres such as Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo Theatre (Calgary), The National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (Toronto), Workshop West Theatre, L’Uni Theatre, (Edmonton), and The Globe Theatre (Regina). Previous designs with Theatre Network include ALL CLEAR, VINCENT IN BRIXTON, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, MIDLIFE, PLAYING BARE, PILEDRIVER!, SUBURBAN MOTEL, and A GUIDE TO MOURNING. Throughout the last eight years, David has also been the resident designer with Concrete Theatre, and with the Brian Webb Dance Company, and in 2002 his design for Tania Alvarado’s AZUL ABIERTO toured throughout the country and Europe. Most recent credits include lighting for DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and the Globe Theatre, and the assistant light designer for THE CIRCLE AND THE PHILANDERER at the Shaw Festival.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT/PROPERTY MASTER
Lisa is stoked to be designing once again on the Theatre Network stage! Lisa is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg acting and design program (1999) and obtained her masters degree in design from the University of Alberta (2005). Lisa currently lives in Edmonton but designs both in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Lisa recently returned from Toronto after working at the Royal Alexandra Theatre as the Associate Set and Costume designer for BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH a new musical written and directed by Ben Elton, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Some of her most recent design credits include: set, assistant costume and lighting designer and props master on TITUS ANDRONICUS & COMEDY OF ERRORS (Freewill Players), production designer for APPLES AND ORANGES (Concrete Theatre) costume, props and puppet designs for LITTLE MUNSCH ON THE PRAIRIE (Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg) costume design for PALACE OF THE END (Theatre Network), set and costume design for ALIAS GODOT (Theatre Network).
Lisa would like to thank the wonderful people at Network, cast, crew and Bradley Moss for all their hard work and support on POSTER BOYS!
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 Rantdog.com. 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).
Dawn Friesen is very excited to be back at Theatre Network and with such a fantastic team! She was last here as the Production Assistant for Misery in 2008. The following year she completed her BFA Stage Management degree at the University of Alberta and has been working as a Stage Manager ever since. Selected Stage Management credits include: Macbeth (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Super Power (ATCO Energy Theatre); Hansel and Gretel (Alberta Opera); The Science of Disconnection (Shadow Theatre); Assassins, Major Barbara, Largo Desolato (Studio Theatre). She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support! Enjoy the show!
After 8 happy seasons as the Technical Director for Theatre Network at the (pre-fire) Roxy theatre Paul felt a need to do some touring and so, when the opportunity to Stage Manage for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s arose Paul jumped at it. Having now toured 2 shows across Canada, the US and throughout 5 countries in Europe the need to tour is really being satisfied. Theatre Network isn’t completely out of Paul’s blood stream however, so whenever the opportunity arises to come back he does. “It has been an enormous pleasure to work with this team again! Thanks Theatre Network!”
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.