BIOS

Donald margulies, Playwright

Donald Margulies has won a Lucille Lortel Award, two American Theatre Critics New Play Citations, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards (for Sight Unseen and The Model Apartment), one Tony Award nomination (for Time Stands Still), one L.A. Ovation Award (for The Country House), two Dramatists’ Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, five Burns Mantle Best Play citations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations (for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories), and one Pulitzer Prize (for Dinner with Friends). His other plays include Brooklyn Boy, The Loman Family Picnic, What's Wrong With This Picture?, Found a Peanut, God of Vengeance, Coney Island Christmas and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself). His work has been produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre Company, the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre and Theatre for the New City; at theatres across America including South Coast Repertory, the Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Long Wharf Theatre; and in theatres around the world. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2005 he was honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature, and he was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright and the 2014 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater American Playwright in Mid-Career Award. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University. The film of his screenplay, The End of the Tour, will be released in 2015.

Jordan merkur, director

Jordan is the founder and Artistic Director of Eclectic Theatre, a company dedicated to socially relevant theatre.  He has directed all twenty-four productions and co-productions including Creeps, The Dolly, Bloody Poetry, Walking the Dead, My Mother Said I Never Should, Bent, Passion, ‘Night Mother and Weldon Rising. Eclectic Theatre has been nominated for twelve Dora awards, winning five, including Best Musical for Assassins.

Jordan has also served as Artistic Director of The Red Barn Theatre for eight seasons, directing twenty productions including The Glass Menagerie starring Fiona Reid, The Dishwashers, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Fallen Angels, Lend Me a Tenor, Goodbye Piccadilly, The Melville Boys, Having Hope at Home and Private Lives.

Other directorial credits include The Dinner (Upstage Productions @ The Toronto Fringe), Just East of Broadway (Next Stage Festival) Warm Wind in China (The Grand Theatre), Bitter Friends (Leah Posluns Theatre) and Lost in Yonkers (Stage West). Jordan has assistant directed at Stratford, Shaw, Canadian Stage, Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club and Soulpepper Theatre. 

Kirstin rae hinton as sarah

Kirstin worked professionally in Toronto for several years before making a four-year sojourn to Los Angeles beginning in 2007. Toronto theatre credits include Jake's Women (Tribal Productions), Able (Mad Craft Productions/Summerworks), The Dirty/Beautiful (Crow's Theatre), The Dumbwaiter (Stratical Theatre), The Dinner (Upstage Productions/Fringe), Time Stands Still (Eclectic Theatre/Fringe), and Marion Bridge (The Theatre Machine).  While in L.A., Kirstin trained with Academy Award winner Tim Robbins's acclaimed theatre company THE ACTORS GANG,  and performed in two company productions: The Trial of The Catonsville Nine, and Cymbaline The Puppet King.  She also had the honour of being directed by Chicago theatre legend Joyce Piven in the U.S. premier of Suffragette Koans.  Recent film/tv credits include Murdoch Mysteries, Silent Witness, InSecurity and Casino Jack.   Kirstin is incredibly happy to be back with this wonderful gang for the remount of Time Stands Still.

jason jazrawy as james

A graduate of York University’s acting program and based in Toronto, Jason has worked extensively in Ontario and other parts of Canada.  Prior to performing in Time Stands Still this past summer, Jason was most recently seen as Said in the one-man show Khalida (Next Company Theatre).  Other theatre credits include Dating By the Book (Lighthouse Theatre), Treasure Island (Theatre New Brunswick), The Melville Boys (Red Barn Theatre), Conservatives in Love (New Stages of Peterborough), Helen’s Necklace (Great Canadian Theatre Co.), Orpheus Descending (Manitoba Theatre Centre and Royal Alexandra Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre By The Bay), Remnants (Tarragon Theatre), Merlin (Young People’s Theatre), Peter Pan and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Shaw Festival).  Jason has also performed numerous times in Toronto’s Fringe, Summerworks and Rhubarb festivals, including writing, producing and acting in his one-man show Joint Account (Fringe).  Screen credits include The Lottery, Killjoys, Haven, Covert Affairs, Copper, Flashpoint, Alphas, 54, Path to 9/11 and The Border.  Upcoming, Jason will be appearing as a methamphetamine cooker hosting a cooking show in a highly dramatized public safety announcement by Crimestoppers.

sam rosenthal as richard

Sam returns to play Richard, first appearing in the role at Theatre Passe Muarille in The Toronto Fringe Festival this past summer. Other selected credits include On the Other Side of the World (Next Stage Festival), The Chosen (Teatron Theatre), Too Many Cooks (Drayton Entertainment), Hilda’s Yard, Skin Flick (Theatre New Brunswick), When the Reaper Calls, Perfect Pitch (Lighthouse Festival ), BBQ King (Globus Theatre), Cherry Docs (Richmond Hill Centre), Same Time Next Year, The Last Resort, Jasper Station (Red Barn Theatre), Of Mice and Men, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Forever Plaid (Tribal Productions ). Selected TV and Film credits include The Riftwood Chronicles (First Love Films), Man Seeking Woman (101 Broadway Video), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Copper (BBC America), The Listener (Shaftsbury Entertainment), and The Firm (Entertainment One). Sam is grateful to be part of this production and thanks his fellow cast mates and Jordy Merkur for the drive and dedication in getting this show remounted. Love and thanks to his one and only, Michelle, Pop, and the Kiz.

carleigh beverly as mandy

Carleigh is a born and raised Torontonian, making her way to the stage first through dance with the National Ballet of Canada, landing the lead Marie in their renowned production of The Nutcracker two years in a row.  Her first real lead in theatre was a Fringe production directed by Angela Besharah where she was noted as "the future of theatre". Carleigh has gone on to act in a number of TV and film productions including Rookie Blue, Flashpoint, King and landing the leads in Mudpit and the TV movie, Reviving Ophelia. She studied in New York at Circle in the Square and with her mentor in Toronto, Sophie Ann Rooney. 

Carleigh could not be more excited to be a part of this production. It has been an absolute pleasure working with these gorgeous people. 

melissa convery, stage manager

Theatre Credits: Her2 (Nightwood Theatre), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Theatre Aquarius), The Addams Family, Calendar Girls (The Grand Theatre), Time Stands Still (Eclectic Theatre -Toronto Fringe Festival), Menopositive! The Musical (Theatre Orangeville), Here to Hear (Carousel Players), Educating Rita (Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects),  Animal Farm, Our Town (Lyndesfarne Young Company), InspiraTO Festival (Alumnae Mainstage), Commotion (Gyllian Raby and Carousel Players).

Melissa is a graduate of Brock University’s BA Theatre Program.

She would like to thank her husband Rob, as well as family and friends for their on-going support.

paul humphrey, sound designer

For Soulpepper: Composer/Sound Designer for The Gigli ConcertTrue West, Farther West, High Life. 

Other Theatre -- Composer: Yankee Tavern at The Grand Theatre, London, Ontario. Composer/Musical Director for Briefcase Productions (Old King Cole, Hunter's Moon, Savage Heat, Reversing Falls, Dads).

For Theatre Rusticle: Dinner at 7:30 at Buddies in Bad Times, The FieldWaiting for Lewis (Theatre Direct Canada). 

OTHER: Lead singer for the 80s new wave band, Blue Peter; U-Know Award winner (Best Male Vocalist, Best New Artist); singer/songwriter for Broken Arrow. Paul is currently working on the follow-up to his solo CD, "A Rumour of Angels" and enjoying the occasional reunion show with Blue Peter.

david wootton, set designer

David began his pursuit of a dream to design and tell stories fifteen years ago. Since then he has worked on several outstanding Toronto theatre productions.  For three of those productions, David received Dora Theatre Award nominations for his design.

In addition, he has designed for film and television programming. This past summer, he had the pleasure of working with the National Theatre of the World and CBC’s Punchline in presenting “Doing It with Brian and Darla”.

David is pleased to be working again with Director Jordan Merkur after collaborating with him on several shows at the Red Barn Theatre in Jackson’s Point, Ontario.  During his five seasons there, he designed sets and props for productions of The Glass Menagerie, Fallen Angels, Broadway Treasures, More Broadway Treasures, Having Hope at Home and Jasper Station.

Most recently, David designed set, props and costumes for George Brown College’s production of A Fond Husband presented at Soulpepper Theatre. 

David also spends his time working as an event manager and designer for various Toronto creative agencies and producers.  Up until February 2014, he was the Executive Director of Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village’s Business Improvement Area.

karen bayer, lighting

Karen's career in theatre has spanned from coast to coast – and North to Whitehorse. She spent several years at the Stratford Festival and especially enjoyed designing for their cancer benefit concerts. She is delighted to be working with this cast and crew, many of whom she met as resident lighting designer at the Red Barn Theatre. In recent years, she has branched out to working in the film and TV industry working on such films as Pompeii, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as well as shows like Reign, Man Seeking Woman and The Strain

alex & carmen amini, costumes

From wigs to wing-tips; from concept to construction. With a lifetime of experience in the arts, Alex still finds excitement in bringing characters to life through costume.

Select theatre credits include A Light in the Piazza and Caroline or Change (Acting Upstage), The Glass Menagerie and The Fantasticks (Red Barn Theatre), Man of LaMancha, Elizabeth Rex, 12 Angry Men, and The 39 Steps (Brampton ACT Productions). As always, thanks to Carmen for saving my life.