Palace of the End

Palace of the End

by Judith Thompson

October 30– November 16, 2008

Palace of the End raises the bar…beautifully specific writing…packs a mean punch…as quietly unforgettable as it is purposely rending. - LA Times Critics Choice
Palace of the End

“I’m beginning to think that it’s the greatest sin of our time. Knowing and pretending we don’t know…”

Recently nominated for the Governor General’s Award, Judith Thompson’s arresting new play gives a face to three key figures whose lives were transformed by the Iraq War crisis: Lynndie England, the U.S. soldier convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib; Dr. David Kelly, the British weapons inspector who allegedly committed suicide after involvement in a government scandal, and Nehrjas Al Saffarh, a member of the Communist Party of Iraq who suffered under Saddam Hussein’s regime. Courageous, hard-hitting and utterly compelling, Palace of the End is winner of the prestigious 2008 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Starring: Nadien Chu, Natascha Girgis, John Wright
Director: Marianne Copithorne
Set and Lighting Designer: David Fraser
Costume Designer: Lisa Hancharek
Sound Designer: Matthew Skopyk

READ: Director’s Note

WATCH: Trailer for Palace of the End

October 30– November 16, 2008

Previews October 28
Opening October 30




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.



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!



Matthew Skopyk is an Edmonton based Sound Designer and Composer. Recent Design/Composition credits include: PALACE OF THE END, Theatre Network; RICHARD III, Free Will Players; SPREEPARK THE MUSICAL, Mischief and Mayhem and SOMETHING RED, Vault. A past graduate of the U of A Technical Threatre Production program (B.F.A Graduate 2006 With Distinction), Matthew excels at software/hardware manipulation, allowing for new realms of possibility in the theatre through manipulation of data. New works include: wireless performer-worn sensors; allowing for performer control over technical aspects of a production, a glove-based three-dimensional-panner for Sound Designers and a MIDI Cello. Matthew has worked as a FOH mixer for companies such as Free Will Players and the Catalyst Theatre. Matthew currently resides as the Head of Audio for the Drama Department at the University of Alberta.



Anna Davidson is inspired and honoured to be a part of this work. Previously, Anna has Stage Managed the wild independent spectacular Wilkommen in Spreepark; Le Cadeau d’Einstein, Fort Mac and La Caravane for L’Uni Theatre, and Apprentice Stage Managed The December Man (Citadel Theatre) and, Carmen (Edmonton Opera). Other credits include The Sound of Stars Reflecting (Nextfest ’07), The Crossroads of Fifth and Madison (Nextfest ’06), Crazy For You and On The Town (MacEwan College). Anna is also a freelance lighting technician, and loves to play frisbee!