It’s London of 1958, upstairs in a seedy Soho club called Ezra’s Atlantic. And a couple of high-speed low-life Cockney hustlers, pumped up on pills and pawing the ground, have opted to take the new rock-and-roll — in the marketable person of Elvis-style rocker Silver Johnny — as a personal sign that the Big Time is earmarked as their personal property. In a world where a club boss might show up not just dead, but halved and reposing in two different garbage pans, they’re labouring under the post-war misapprehension that losers can be winners. (Liz Nicholls)
Playwright: Jez Butterworth
Director: John Cooper
Cast: Ron Jenkins, Christopher Bullough, Clinton Carew, Michael Scholar Jr., Michael Wacholtz and Fred Zbryski
CAST & CREW
Ron Jenkins is an Edmonton based freelance director and playwright. Ron is thrilled to be working on Metis Mutt here at Theatre Network. Selected Credit include: THE 39 STEPS, JULIUS CAESAR (TSC) RICHARD III (TSC), SUCKER (HAT) TURN OF THE SCREW (Vertigo) ROMEO AND JULIET (TSC) CHASING CHAMPIONS (Ship’s), PLAYING WITH FIRE (Citadel/PTE) OTHELLO (TSC) HIGH LIFE (GZT) ENRON (NAC) THE MOTHERF#$#ER WITH THE HAT (ATP) GOOD NIGHT DESDEMONA, GOOD MORNING JULIET (Belfry Theatre) 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company). NEXT TO NORMAL (Theatre Calgary/Citadel) PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE THEO FLEURY STORY (ATP), CHICAGO (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) THE FORBIDDEN PHOENIX (Citadel Theatre), EXTINCTION SONG (Citadel Theatre) THE TRESPASSERS (Belfry/Vancouver Playhouse) BASH’D (Off Broadway), MARY’S WEDDING (Workshop West), MESA (Workshop West), and RESPCTABLE, CONFESSIONS OF A PAPER BOY (Ghost River Theatre), THE BLACK RIDER (November Theatre Co.), THE RED PREIST (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) and THE BLUE LIGHT (Alberta Theatre Projects), STEEL KISS, EUREKA, and THE HORROR, THE HORROR (Skid). Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and two Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for THE BLACK RIDER and PLAYING WITH FIRE. In 2013 he was honored with a CCA Award in Ottawa for his direction of ENRON. Ron is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation and a Critter Award Winner for Playing With Fire. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in theatre for Direction.
Chris is an Edmonton based actor and Playwright. Born in Thunder Bay and raised in Fort McMurray, Chris moved to Edmonton in 1995 to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) program at the U of A. Since graduating in 1998, Chris has become a familiar face on the theatre scene working with many professional and independent companies in Edmonton and across Western Canada, including: Workshop West Theatre, Theatre Calgary and Globe Theatre in Regina. Chris is delighted to be returning to Theatre Network with CHOKE. The Roxy hold’s a special place in Chris’s heart as it was here that he performed in MOJO, the first production of his professional career. Theatre Network audiences may also remember Chris from Nextfest in ’98 and ’99 and the 2000 Fringe Hold Over DANNY LOVES A GIRL, which he wrote and performed with Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull.
Clinton is beside himself to be working on this project with Human Loser Theatre and Morgan Smith. Previously, he directed Morgan’s play Electra at the Edmonton Fringe. In 2013, he directed and translated Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters for Broken Toys Theatre. This is his first time directing for the Roxy stage, but not his first time integrating cheer routines into a theatre show.
MICHAEL SCHOLAR JR.
Michael was born in Regina, trained at the University of Alberta, but he now calls Vancouver home. As Artistic Producer of November Theatre, Michael toured The Black Rider across North America from 1998-2008. He produced and performed in this labour of love, which was the only show to ever win “Best Production” at the Sterling Awards (Edmonton), the Betty Mitchell Awards (Calgary) and the Jessie Awards (Vancouver); while also being nominated for “Best Touring Production” at the Dora Awards (Toronto). Favourite acting credits include: Refugee Hotel (Theatre Passe Muraille); Little Mercy’s First Murder, Life After God (Touchstone Theatre); Tideline (Neworld Theatre/Touchstone); Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo & Juliet (Bard on the Beach); Cloud Tectonics (Vancouver Playhouse/Pi Theatre); Twelfth Night and Merchant of Venice (Free Will Players); The Blue Orphan (Catalyst Theatre); The Edible Woman (Theatre Junction); and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Theatre Network). Michael has won the Sterling for “Best Lead Actor” and has been nominated for 3 Jessie Awards for “Best Supporting Actor” (Large Theatre), a Betty for “Best Performance in a Musical”, an Ovation Award for “Best Lead Performance” and he received the 2004 Equity’s Emerging Artist Award. As a writer, Michael wrote Ana for “Hive 3”, Killing Konundrum for Caravan Farm Theatre’s Everyone, and the Fringe hit Barbie Screams. Michael used to play in Regina punk bands Tree Frog Discharge and The Labeled.