Playing Bare

Playing Bare

by Dominic Champagne

September 26– October 15, 2020

This is a damn good play about theatre life and it is side-splittingly funny. - The Montreal Mirror
Playing Bare

Witty, prickly and fresh, Playing Bare is a mordant satire on the relationship between theatre and life. An accomplished actress is on the verge of a nervous break down as she directs Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. In her deranged effort to expose the emptiness of playing fictional characters, she casts the lead roles with a pair of non-actors whose lives mirror those of the characters they play. Her search for the ultimate theatrical experience – life becoming art –­ takes the action in hilarious and insightful directions.

Starring: Steve Pirot, Cathleen Rootsaert, Marina Stephenson Kerr, Keath Thome and Simon Webb
Translated by: Shelly Tepperman
Directed by: Bradley Moss
Set, Properties and Lighting Designer: David Fraser
Costume Designer: E. Cherie Hoyles
Music and Sound Design by: Roger Admiral
Stage Manager: Gina Moe
Production Manager: Gina Puntil
Head Technician : Kate Bagnall
Carpenter: Ryan Roby

” For all its comedy the play is an eloquent, passionate tribute to actors and it celebrates theatre by paying tribute to Godot, one of its most brilliant gems.” – Allan Fletcher


September 26– October 15, 2020

Opening September 26




Steve is an Edmonton based theatre artist and administrator. As either an actor, director, or playwright, or he has worked for most every professional theatre company in Edmonton. He began his career with Rapid Fire Theatre’s sketch comedy shenanigans THE 11:02 SHOW with which he was a performer and writer for four years. His formal education includes a BA Drama and a BFA Acting both from the University of Alberta. One of his BFA classmates was his brother-in-arms Christopher Craddock with whom he fought constantly and forged the bitter bitter combative relationship that continues to this day. He also trained in Winnipeg with Primus Theatre for a brief time. He is not a suspicious character but often plays one on stage. He has been nominated for some awards. His written work has been presented by Azimuth Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, interFear Arts Festival, and the Edgewise Ensemble. He has been Festival Director for NextFest: Syncrude Next Generation Arts Festival since 2001 and co-Artistic Producer for Azimuth Theatre since 2004. He hopes you enjoy the show and thanks you for your attention to work by local creators.



Cathleen is a multi-tasking playwright, actor, director and improvisor. Her plays include: MIMI AMOK, AFTER YOU, LEGACY (as part of The Bus Project), MAKE ME and MAMA MIA! ME A MAMA? which received a Sterling Award for Outstanding New Work. Her play ABIGAIL IN TWILIGHT was the recipient of the Alberta Playwriting Award in 2005. Last February HOUSE OF CATS premiered at Teatro La Quindicina, directed by Stewart Lemoine. She continues to perform her own work and was seen doing just that on Ken Finkleman’s THE NEWSROOM and on the Winnipeg Comedy Festival special I’M BECOMING MY MOTHER. Cathleen continues to make things up every Monday night as a core member of the improvised soap opera, DIE-NASTY.



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.

STAGE MANAGER Recent Stage Manag


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.



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).