The Stone Angel

The Stone Angel

by James W. Nichol, Based on the Novel by Margaret Laurence

October 1–13, 1996

Shaped by the raging energy and insights of Bakker's performance, the production has real momentum and psychological clarity. - Edmonton Journal
The Stone Angel

“How anxious I was to be neat and orderly too, imagining life had been created only to celebrate tidiness.”

A wonderfully theatrical and yet faithful adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s remarkable book, produced across Canada to packed houses and excited acclaim, The Stone Angel chronicles the life of Hagar Shipley in all of her ornery, spirited and fierce glory. From birth to death she charges through her times with a stubborn determination to forge her own destiny. A co-production with Workshop West Theatre.

Cast: Sharon Bakker, John B. Lowe, Roman Pfob, David Mann, James MacDonald, Greg Lawson, Marina Stephenson-Kerr, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Rita Wong

Director: Ben Henderson Set/Costume/Props/Projection Designer: Robert Shannon Lighting Designer: Judith Bowden Sound Designer: Darrin Hagen Stage Manager: Gina Moe Production Manager: Bruce Hennel


October 1–13, 1996

Opening October 1




James is pleased to return to Theatre Network for the first time since appearing in The Stone Angel in 1996. His recent appearances include Omnium Gatherum (CanStage), Amadeus (CanStage/Citadel Theatre), Measure for Measure (Citadel Theatre) and the title role in Henry V (River City Shakespeare Festival). As a director, his recent credits include Much Ado about Nothing and As You Like It (CanStage), The Myth of Summer (Alberta Theatre Projects), and Stones in his Pockets (Citadel Theatre). James is the former artistic director of the Free Will Players/River City Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. In January, he will direct I Am My Own Wife at the Citadel Theatre.



Darrin Hagen is the Artistic Director of Guys In Disguise, which is celebrating over three decades of creating drag comedies that have toured across North America. He has received 7 Sterling awards for his work in the Edmonton theatre scene, and over 40 Sterling nominations. His writing debut in 1996 was the award-winning THE EDMONTON QUEEN (transformed into book length and published by Brindle & Glass Publishing). Other plays by Darrin include WITCH HUNT AT THE STRAND (nominated for Outstanding New Play); BUDDY (nominated for Outstanding New Play); With Bells On (nominated for Outstanding New Play); BITCHSLAP!; THE NEO-NANCIES: HITLER’S KICKLINE!; TORNADO MAGNET: A SALUTE TO TRAILER COURT WOMEN (published by Brindle & Glass); as well as TYPHOON JUDY (co-written with Christopher Peterson); and PILEDRIVER! (co-written with Wes Borg). His plays have been produced across Canada, in the U.S. and as far away as Ireland.

With his creative partner Trevor Schmidt, he has co-created the hit musical KLONDYKES (nominated for 5 Sterling awards); FLORA & FAWNA’S FIELD TRIP (Sterling Award for Outstanding New Fringe Work); PREPARE FOR THE WORST! (Sterling Nominee for Outstanding New Fringe Work); PUCK BUNNIES (Sterling Nominee for Outstanding New Fringe Work); DON’T FROWN AT THE GOWN; PSYCHOBABBLE; DRAGULA and the children’s musical MY OTHER MOTHER.

He has been inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada and the Edmonton Queer Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century, and last year was named one of Alberta’s 25 Most Influential Artists in the last 25 years. To the best of his knowledge, he’s the only drag queen on that list. He was one of the official Cultural Ambassadors of Canada’s 150 Celebrations, and was appointed as the Writer In Residence for Edmonton Public Libraries for 2018. Most recently, he was one of the recipients of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund.



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.