The Lonesome West

The Lonesome West

by Martin McDonagh

March 13–23, 2008

The Lonesome West

By the same playwright who penned the recent Theatre Network hit, A Skull in Connemara and last year’s The Pillowman at the Citadel Theatre, this uproarious dark comedy gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘sibling rivalry’ as two Irish brothers battle over the rights to their late father’s inheritance. Rounding out the colourful cast of characters are the village’s alcoholic but well-meaning priest, and the local moonshine supplier, a young girl of seventeen with a vocabulary that would make a sailor blush. McDonagh’s blistering humour and razor sharp wit are everywhere in this surprise-filled, emotional roller coaster of a play. Featuring four of Edmonton’s most gifted professional actors, and directed by local stage veteran Julien Arnold, this production promises to be a riotous evening at the theatre.

Starring: Chris Bullough, Collin Doyle, Clarice Eckford, James Hamilton
Director: Julien Arnold
Set, Light & Costume Design: Lisa Hanchareck

March 13–23, 2008

Previews March 11
Opening March 13




Clarice Eckford was last seen at the 2014 Edmonton Fringe Festival in Whizzgiggling Productions’ HER MARK – a play based on the poetry of Michael Crummey. Other credits include DOUBT at the Citadel Theatre; 448 PSYCHOSIS as part of the Indy Five Theatre Festival; THE LONESOME WEST with the Atlas Theatre Co-op; LOVE/HATE/KILL and POPTART at the Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals; KINGFISHER DAYS with Covenant Theatre; and, THE LOVE COURSE with SPIRIT Theatre. Clarice received Sterling nominations for her work in KINGFISHER DAYS, THE LOVE COURSE and THE LONESOME WEST. She is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program, and she is a co-founder of Pony Productions, an award-winning independent company, known for its anthology plays.



James is thrilled to be a making his Theatre Network debut with such a fantastic gang! A co-founder of the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes award-winning theatre company, the Bedlam Theatre Concern, James has appeared in shows like the Fringe hit, Nighthawk Rules, Northern Light Theatre’s Silence, and Workshop West’s The Mighty Carlins for both of which he received a Sterling nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor. Other notable onstage appearances include; Diamond Dog (Panties Republic), The Lonesome West (Atlas Theatre), God’s Favoured Child- A Rant (Azimuth Theatre), White Mice (E&EO Productions), The Play I Did At Last Year’s Fringe (Schnook Productions). James is also a playwright whose works include: The Amaze-o-nauts Must Die, Center of Attention, The Hole in My Head (all for Bedlam Theatre Concern). He is also a frequent contributor to Northern Light Theatre’s Urban Tales reading series.



Julien has been acting, directing, and teaching professionally here in Edmonton for about 20 years. He has worked with many of city’s theatres, including The Citadel Theatre, Teatro La Quindicina, Workshop West, Theatre Network, Leave It To Jane, and Northern Light Theatre. His recent acting credits include Happy Toes at this year’s fringe, as well as As You Like It and Richard III with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in July. His last two shows at Network (as an actor) were Closer and Closer Apart, and the popular Irish comedy A Skull in Connemara. Julien also directed the sequel to that play The Lonesome West as a part of last season’s Roxy Performance Series, featuring two of his present classmates, Collin and James. Look for Julien later this season in the Citadel’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, as well as The Wizard of Oz. Julien would like to thank Brad Moss for his great generosity of spirit, and for all his great advice and encouragement over the last several years.



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!