The Other

The Other

by Matthew MacKenzie

March 3–13, 2016


Pyretic Productions and Good Women Dance Collective production as part of the Roxy Performance Series

Sharon has a pattern.
Sharon has a weakness for a certain kind of man.
Sharon’s partners have all had one thing in common.
Sharon makes the best pickles you could imagine.

A Canadian raised in India, Sharon returned to small town Alberta as a teenager and has never felt like she belonged anywhere. This feeling of alienation has only been compounded by the fact that Sharon has never been in a ‘normal’ relationship.
From the company that brought Edmonton Bears, in association with Good Women Dance, The Other is a sexy dark comedy about longing and not belonging.

Starring: Amber Borotsik
Featuring: Alison Kause, Alida Nyquist-Schultz, Krista Posyniak, Aimee Rushton, Kate Stashko

Direction by Patrick Lundeen
Movement Design by Ainsley Hillyard
Stage Management by Rachel Dawn Woods
Production Design by Megan Koshka
Sound Design & Score by Dean Musani aka Phatcat
Artistic Producer: Lianna Makuch
Production Manager: Trent J Crosby
Head Carpenter: Kevin Green
Design Associate: Brianna Kolybaba
Production Assistants: Kieran Thomas, Shiqi Wang
Video Development Associate: Alimzhan Alan Sabir

**FREE STUDENT PREVIEWS March 1 & 2 — show your valid student ID at the door**
**Two for One Tuesday on March 8**

Dedicated to presenting exciting and progressive theatre, Pyretic Productions pushes the boundaries of contemporary theatre and challenges audiences in both form and content. We present highly relevant social and political productions, focusing on new and exciting Canadian works, engaging diverse audiences of varying backgrounds.

Good Women Dance Collective (GWDC) is a creation-based company that has been committed to helping create a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Edmonton since it was founded in 2009. The collective’s artistic focus is on creating and producing innovative new works. GWDC also dedicates a large part of its season toward offering performance, education and professional development opportunities to artists working in Edmonton.

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March 3–13, 2016

Previews March 1–2, 2016
Opening March 3

Tues-sat @ 8pm Sundays @ 2pm



Matthew MacKenzie

After a record number of failed applications, Matt was accepted to and graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he was awarded the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Award for community involvement and sticktoitiveness. After a record number of failed submissions, Matt’s play SIA won the 2010 Alberta Playwriting Competition, receiving …


Amber Borotsik

Amber is delighted and inspired to be working with The Other’s vastly talented creative team. She works in both theatre and contemporary dance as a performer, creator and educator. Amber has performed across Canada, the United States and one super magical time in Japan with wonderful artists and companies like Theatre Network, Ghost River Theatre, …


Krista Posyniak

Krista Posyniak is an Edmonton-based, contemporary dance artist. She has created and performed work for the independent stage, fringe festivals, musicals, and fundraisers. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Krista has performed across the country in works byAinsley Hillyard/Matt Mackenzie, Susie Burpee, and Tedd Robinson, among others. Select credits include: Retake (Co-producer/choreographer); …


Kate Stashko

Kate Stashko is a dance artist and writer based in Edmonton and a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has trained and worked across Canada and Europe, dancing with artists including Peggy Baker, Helen Husak, Sasha Ivanochko, Mélanie Demers, Mile Zero Dance and Heidi Strauss. She recently performed in the Prairie Dance …


Alison Kause

Alison Kause is a founding member of the Good Women Dance Collective. She works with the collective and independently. Alison is a graduate of the Grant McEwan Dance Program and the School of Contemporary Dance at SFU. She has worked with Peggy Baker, Shasha Ivanochko, Melanie Demers, Mile Zero Dance, Heidi Bunting, Brian Webb, Jen …


Alida Nyquist-Schultz

Alida Nyquist-Schultz is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and collective artist of the Good Women Dance Collective. She holds a BA with Honors from the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her choreography (Counterpart, Pod, Withheld) has been performed at numerous festivals and events across Canada. As an independent artist, Alida has performed internationally for …


Aimee Rushton

Aimee Rushton is an independent contemporary dance artist who has worked significantly throughout Canada since 2008. After completing the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, Rushton immediately became a company member with Ruth Cansfield Dance. Working with Cansfield established Rushton as a tenacious contemporary dancer. Since returning to Edmonton in 2014, …


Patrick Lundeen

Patrick is thrilled to have had the opportunity to direct Pyretic Production’s The Other, as part of the Roxy Performance Series. This production marks his professional theatre directorial debut. Past directing experience includes three festival renditions of Matthew Mackenzie’s hit The Particulars, he was a directing consultant on last season’s production of Bears, he programmed …



Megan Koshka is a freelance Canadian theatre designer, based in Edmonton Alberta. She is a part of the Associated Designers of Canada and is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a degree in set, costume and lighting design (BFA). Select credits include set and costume design for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Citadel Theatre), GORDON …



Ainsley Hillyard is an Edmonton-based choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. She has been a collective artist with the Good Women Dance Collective since 2009. Ainsley’s choreography credits include; Bears, (Pyretic Productions) Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography; Beckett’s Shorts, Genius Code (Surreal SoReal Theatre); and Snout, Ursa Major, Runcible Riddle …


Dean Musani

This will be Dean’s third scoring project for Pyretic productions, garnering an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes award for his work on Matt MacKenzie’s “BEARS”. Performing since 1998, under his recording/stage name Phatcat, he is known as much for his lively DJ performances as his tireless work behind the scenes of western Canada’s electronic music community. As …


Trent Crosby

Trent is an emerging Production Manager, Stage Manager, Theatre Technician, & Lighting Designer based in Edmonton Alberta. He is excited to be making his debut with Pyretic Productions on this beautiful show. When Trent isn’t doing any of the above he is coordinating entertainment for Edmonton festivals and events. Trent would like to thank Erin …


Kieran Thomas

Kieran, originally from BC came to Edmonton to pursue his love of theatre. Kieran is currently in his last year of theatre production at Macewan university. Kieran started out learning to be a welder, but, disliking the field, moved over to carpentry and theatre where he wants to build sets for theatre and film. Kieran …


Shiqi Wang

Shiq is currently a 2nd year theatre production student at MacEwan university. She was part of production team for 5 musical shows, which were presented at MacEwan University. Her previous work experiences were wardrobe head of Curtains, designer assistant of Nice Work if You Can Get It and technician of Catch Me if You Can, Big Fish, Sondheim …



Brianna, a sprouting designer, is a student in the U of A’s BFA Theatre Design Program. Recent credits include The Wolves, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Spring Awakening, (Un)Known Stories, Yeomen and the Guard, Our Town, Oklahoma, and Dead Man Walking. She has a passion for fashion, is an avid yogi and a chickpea enthusiast.



Rachel is an Edmonton based stage manager and technician. She is a proud Maritimer and graduate of the National Theatre School and St. Thomas University. Select stage management credits include AH, ROMANCE! (Plain Jane Theatre); ANNAPURNA (Shadow Theatre); THE BULLY PROJECT (Concrete Theatre), I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, TRAVESTIES, THE GRADUATE, GUYS AND DOLLS (Segal Centre); THE OTHER, BEARS (Pyretic Productions); THE MERRY WIDOW (Edmonton Opera); A CHRISTMAS CAROL, GIFTS OF THE MAGI (Theatre New Brunswick); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Opera on the Avalon); BLIND (Scapegoat Carnivale); SEDNA: GODDESS OF THE SEA (Tableau D’Hôte); DEAR JOHNNY DEERE (Blyth Festival, Lighthouse Festival); FALSETTOS (Acting Upstage); DON GIOVANNI (Glenn Gould School); ED’S GARAGE, FOOTLOOSE (Grand Theatre); ROMEO AND JULIET (National Arts Centre).



Lianna Makuch is thrilled to have worked alongside the amazing collaborators of The Other! Lianna is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. In addition to acting, she is a producer, administrator, and educator. Lianna has produced two other productions with Pyretic, including Bears (2015) and Sia (2013), and has …