The Play About the Baby

The Play About the Baby

by Edward Albee

January 8–18, 2009

An absurdist black comedy…with a disquieting chill. - Associated Press
The Play About the Baby

The Edmonton premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Three Tall Women).

One time, a boy and a girl had a baby, which is fairly normal. They loved this baby and were very happy, which (we are told) is also normal. Then a man and a woman came along…and things got very strange… A funny and frightening breakdown of identity, reality and the loss of innocence by one of our greatest living playwrights.

Starring: Coralie Cairns, Ava Markus, Steve Pirot, Jon Lachlan Stewart
Ryan Hughes
Production Designer: Maya Jarvis
Stage Manager: Jenn Best

January 8–18, 2009

Previews January 6
Opening January 8




Ava is super grateful to be a part of this “Extreme-Albee” adventure and for the chance to perform on The Roxy stage for the first time. Credits include: The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls  (Sage Theatre), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Twelfth Night, Antigone, While We’re Young  (Studio Theatre), Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Free Will Shakespeare Festival), Unity 1918  (Theatre MRC), Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, her first Taming of the Shrew, and Julius Caesar (Calgary’s SITP). In April, Ava will be traveling to Regina to play Sister James in The Globe Theatre’s production of Doubt, A Parable.



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.



Jon Lachlan Stewart is a playwright, performer, composer, sound designer, and director. Plays include Little Room (nominated for two Edmonton sterling awards) Grumplestock’s (co-written and published with the NextFest anthology), Twisted Thing (honorable mention, Larry Corse world-wide playwriting contest), Eleanor, The City Green (Walking Fish Festival), The Gooble Portrait (in production in 2012 with Theatre la Seizieme), The Survival of Pigeons as Studied by Human Lovers, Dog (nominated for six Edmonton Sterlings, including Best New Play, winner of Best Independent Production), and Keeping Peace. Acting credits include The Goat, or Who is Sylvia (Citadel Theatre), Guys and Dolls, Richard III (Studio 58), The Palace Grand (understudy, Electric Company), The Play About the Baby (Theatre Network), Assassins (Studio Theatre), Whale Riding Weather (Zee Zee), Ecran Fumee, Flocons Pour Alicia (Seizieme), Fraises en Janvier (LuniTheatre), and the Blue Light (Keyano), as well as many Surreal SoReal productions. Jon is currently at work on three commissions for new plays with The Citadel Theatre, Shadow Theatre, and Teatro la Quindicina, all out of Edmonton. Jon has worked under the instruction of Vern Thiessen, Chris Craddock, and Daniel MacIvor, in various workshops. This year, Jon is excited to be assistant directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Citadel Theatre, as a part of the Citadel Robbins Academy, and sound designing for Shadow Theatre’s production of The Country. Jon has also been nominated for two Vancouver Jessies for his acting, and is co-artistic director of Surreal SoReal theatre with Vincent Forcier. Jon is a graduate of Studio 58, Vancouver.



Ryan is a director based out of Edmonton.  Recent directing credits include the Canadian Fringe tour of Scott Sharplin’s Inferno Sonata, and the Edmonton premiere of Darren O’Donnell’s White Mice. Other selected directing: Breaking Face, Pulling Down, and CHEERLEADER! with his company Human Loser Theatre, Deep Fried Curried Perogies, Laughing Wild and The Marriage of Bette and Boo.  He is also an actor (Truth Factory, 25 Plays About…Love, The Trillionaires, Amaze-O-Nauts Must Die! And Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw)  And an award-winning playwright (Terribly Adult,  Devotional, Grimwag, On the Hook, The Monkeyhouse, plus the short films How To Marry a Mink and Death of Dangleberry).  Ryan trained at MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program and is a graduate of the Playwriting program at the National Theatre School.



Fresh from Europe after earning her BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta, Maya has worked on One World Song for Blue Mars productions, Night Spell at Nextfest, MiLf, The Too Tall Princess and Eleanor for the Fringe, as well as Little Red Riding Hood for Alberta Opera and Three Little Birds for Workshop West Theatre.



Jenn brings the hawtness all the way from Port Alberni BC. When she isn’t working in dark theatres, she misses tall trees, oceans and other things coastal. She does not miss her appendix. Jenn has stage managed a variety of shows including: the sexy collaborative work, Glistening, as well as 448 Psychosis for Indie5; The Good Thief, Skirmishes and The Last Train to Nibroc for Blarney Productions; A Rocky Night for His Nibs for Teatro la Quindicina; The Play About the Baby and Game Face for Human Loser; Grace for Shadow Theatre; and Mourning Dove for Kill Your Television. Last season she stage managed the gay hiphopera Bash’d on their Canadian Tour, including a week-long run at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad.