One year ago, the CBC asked the Trolls to write 10 half hour scripts for a possible second shot at their television show… The CBC paid for the scripts, received them, allegedly read them, decided they were better than anything the Trolls had sent them previously, and promptly rejected them. The Trolls, stunned but not vanquished, decided to make the damn things anyway, which is why the Roxy Theatre is being converted into a replica of a real CBC studio, complete with coffee machines and applause signs. The Trolls figure that you’ve already paid $60 grand for this show, you might as well cough up another $12-15 bucks to actually see the thing.
Playwrights: Cathleen Rootsaert, Dana Andersen, Wes Borg, Joe Bird, Neil Grahn, Paul Mather and Jan Derbysire
Director: Bruce Pirrie
Cast: Cathleen Rootsaert, Dana Andersen, Wes Borg, Joe Bird, Marcia Hildebrand, Joel Finnestad, Frank Bessai, Jeff Haslam, Mark Meer, Jeff Page, Bruce Pirrie, Wayne Rootsaert, Neil Grahn, Troy Lissoway, Howard Fix (Guitar) and Jason Kody (Keyboards) Stage Manager/Sound Designer: Sher Horvath Lighting Designer: Kali Roy Stage Designer: Taylor Roy Video Operator: Steve Roy Assistant Stage Manager: Anil Naidoo
CAST & CREW
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.
Jeff returns to Theatre Network for his seventh collaboration with Bradley Moss. They have previously worked together on HOSANNA, EXCAVATIONS, FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN, LAWRENCE AND HOLLOMAN, PILEDRIVER, and A GUIDE TO MOURNING. For the past three seasons, Jeff has worked at the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, where he played Torvald Helmer in A DOLL’S HOUSE, Mr. Dussel in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and Caliban in THE TEMPEST. Locally, he has recently appeared in SEE HOW THEY RUN at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and TWELFTH NIGHT with the River City Shakespeare Festival, and will be seen later this spring in PRIVATE LIVES at Northern Light Theatre.
Cathleen is a multi-tasking playwright, actor, director and improvisor. Her plays include: MIMI AMOK, AFTER YOU, LEGACY (as part of The Bus Project), MAKE ME and MAMA MIA! ME A MAMA? which received a Sterling Award for Outstanding New Work. Her play ABIGAIL IN TWILIGHT was the recipient of the Alberta Playwriting Award in 2005. Last February HOUSE OF CATS premiered at Teatro La Quindicina, directed by Stewart Lemoine. She continues to perform her own work and was seen doing just that on Ken Finkleman’s THE NEWSROOM and on the Winnipeg Comedy Festival special I’M BECOMING MY MOTHER. Cathleen continues to make things up every Monday night as a core member of the improvised soap opera, DIE-NASTY.