Poster Boys

Poster Boys

by Michele Riml

November 26–13, 2009

Riml’s drama is smart, refreshing and somehow timeless. - The Globe and Mail
Poster Boys

This. You guys eating, sleeping, brushing your teeth. The domestic scene. Except with two guys. It’s edgy.

In a world of celebrity, botox and breast implants, Caroline, a forty-something ad executive, is losing her footing. When she’s hired to create a queer-positive ad campaign the models turn out to be her ex-fiancée Jack and his new boyfriend Carson, a devout Catholic. Sparks fly, and debate heats up as the unlikely trio suddenly find themselves in the midst of controversy, forced to confront their beliefs and motives – all in the media spotlight. A piercingly funny journey inspired by a real Canadian event. Penned by the playwright who wrote the hilarious, sold-out play Sexy Laundry.

Starring: Jesse Gervais, Jeff Haslam, Davina Stewart and Frank Zotter
Bradley Moss
Set & Costume Designer: Lisa Hancharek
Lighting Designer: Scott Peters
Sound Designer: Dave Clarke
Media Designer: Ian Jackson
Assistant Media Designer: Matt Schuurman
Stage Manager: Amy Kucharek

READ: Interview with Michele Riml

READ: Director’s Note

WATCH: Trailer for Poster Boys

November 26–13, 2009

Previews November 24
Opening November 26




Jesse Gervais is multi award winning Actor, Dancer, Street Performer and Voice over artist.  He has been very fortunate to perform with many theatre companies across Canada and is proud to call Edmonton his home.   He has appeared in ATPN’s sketch comedy series Caution May Contain Nuts, Bite TV’s E-Town, and appears as ‘Jesse’ in season one and two of TINY PLASTIC MEN on Superchannel.  He has lent his voice to videogame characters in Bioware’s MASS EFFECT, DRAGON AGE and NEVERWINTER NIGHTS.   Jesse has received a Sterling nomination for Best Actor in BUDDY, Sterling awards for Best Supporting Actor in: THE 4th GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE, and Best Actor in LET THE LIGHT OF DAY THROUGH. Jesse has a BFA in Acting from the U of A.  Namaste.



Jeff last appeared with Theatre Network in HABITAT in 2006. Among his previous credits with the company are THE LAST BUS, UNCLE JOE AGAIN, and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POLE. He’s just completed his second years as Artistic Director of Teatro La Quindicina, where in addition to recent onstage appearances in THE OCULIST’S HOLIDAY, MOTHER OF THE YEAR, CONNIE IN EGYPT, HAPPY TOES, and A ROCKY NIGHT FOR HIS NIBS, he also directed THRUBWELL’S PIES, and produced the hit musical EVERYBODY GOES TO MITZI’S. Jeff’s other recent projects include appearing in HMS PINAFORE for the Edmonton Opera, and writing and performing for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW. He’s a four-time Sterling Award winner, for performances in BURN THIS, 2-2-TANGO, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and CITIZEN PLATE. He’s also a core company member of the live improvised soap opera DIE-NASTY, and last February, he improvised for 50 straight hours in the SOAPATHON in London, England. Jeff continues to appear as Eros, god of Love on the monthly variety show OH SUSANNA at the Varscona. In December, he’ll once again appear as George Bailey in Teatro’s holiday presentation of the live radio version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and in the New Year he’ll be in DIAL M FOR MURDER at the The Mayfield Dinner Theatre.



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.



Previously at Theatre Network: POSTER BOYS; for the Citadel Theatre: JULIUS CEASAR, STUDIES IN MOTION, and TRUE LOVE LIES; for Workshop West: STUCK, DRY THE RAIN, AN ALMOST PERFECT THING, and BEOWOLF; for Shadow Theatre: GRACE (Sterling Award), THE DAZZLE and LOVE SONG; the title role in THE ELEPHANT MAN (U of A/Studio Series); BLOOD ORANGES for Northern Light Theatre; THE GOOD THIEF and MOLLY SWEENEY for Blarney and TOUGH! for Phoenix Theatre. Frank has received four Sterling Award nominations and five Betty Mitchell Award nominations, receiving one for FILTH (Sage Theatre). A National Theatre School graduate, highlights include joining the acting ensemble at the Court Theatre in Chicago, working at the Abingdon Theatre in New York, playing Puck at Stratford and spending a summer at Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. For Film and TV: Mikey in TWICE IN A LIFETIME (CTV), the features EVERY SECOND TUESDAY, TOKE ABOUT IT, and DEVILS FOOD. Watch for him in PSYCHED, FAIRLY LEGAL and ALCATRAZ. He received the Best Actor Award at the Vancouver Short Film Festival for NOT ANOTHER DAMN MUSICAL.



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.



Michele is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, BC. Her plays have been enjoyed across Canada and in the US.  She is the author of MISS TEEN, UNDER THE INFLUENCE, SEXY LAUNDRY, RAGE, POSTER BOYS and SOUVENIRS, which premiered this fall at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg. Her plays for young audiences include THE INVISIBLE GIRL, THE SKINNY LIE, and most recently, TREE BOY, produced by The Olney Theater in Portland this fall.

Also this season, the French version of RAGE, winner of the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play, will be staged in Toronto. While her popular play SEXY LAUNDRY, recently translated into German, will premiere in Berlin in January 2010 and will open in New Zealand in September 2010. Michele is currently working on a one- woman show, TAKING IT OFF, with and for Deborah Williams (of MOM’S THE WORD), as well as a new full-length play. Michele is represented by Colin Rivers of Marquis Entertainment.

Michele wishes to thank everyone at Theatre Network for putting such a great effort into this production of POSTER BOYS. She is thrilled to see it take the stage in Edmonton.



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!



“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).