A beautiful, searing and timely new play by one of America’s most talented playwrights.
Winner of the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (2017)
Never Not Once
by Carey Crim
Oct. 23 – Nov. 9, 2019
A powerful and poignant drama about the families we choose, and the secrets that can tear them apart.
Eleanor brings her boyfriend home to meet her two moms, and lets them know that she wants to find her biological father. A journey to an unexpected and explosive answer to the question “Where do I come from?” that forces the whole family to confront the past in order to move on to a better future.
“A beautiful, searing and timely new play by one of America’s most talented playwrights.” – BroadwayWorld
AQUARIUS: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Mystery of Irma Vep. OTHER THEATRE: The Candidate/The Party, The Constant Wife, August: Osage County (Citadel Theatre); The Wars, Chariots of Fire (Grand Theatre); Sequence (Tarragon); seven seasons at The Shaw Festival, five seasons at Stratford and over 20 productions with the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Kevin recently performed as the Narrator in Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s Western Canadian tour of Circle of Creation. FILM/TV: Kim’s Convenience, Saving Hope, Designated Survivor, and the feature film Through Black Spruce. His recurring role of Vice-Principle Burley will be seen in Grand Army airing next April on Netflix.
AQUARIUS: Debut. OTHER THEATRE: Brave New World (Litmus/Theatre Passe Muraille); Hamlet (Driftwood); Romeo & Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Three Musketeers (Stratford); King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Last Wife (WAM); Is God Is (Soho Rep); KINGS (Studio Theatre, DC); SWEAT (Cleveland Play House); Our Town, Romeo & Juliet (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Proof (Trinity Rep) among other credits. FILM/TV: Equal Standard (First Born Productions/ Digital 7). TRAINING: Graduate of McGill University, Brown University MFA and Trinity Rep Conservatory, she teaches in the Theater Program at Princeton University. ET CETERA: Nehassaiu received the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for her trio of characters in the comedy Or, and was named ‘Best Performance of 2017’ by the Wall Street Journal for her work in Intimate Apparel (Shakespeare & Co.).
AQUARIUS: The Father. OTHER THEATRE: August Osage County, Wedding in Aulis, Rose, Animal Farm, The Goat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The 39 Steps, Noises Off, The Anger in Ernest an Ernestine, Tartuffe, Spoon River, Of Human Bondage, Angels in America (Parts I and II) (Soulpepper Theatre); Merchant of Venice, Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband (Stratford Festival); The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs (Tarragon Theatre). Various at Neptune Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, Festival Antigonish, Eastern Front, Theatre New Brunswick and Drayton. FILM/TV: The Complete 150 (podcast); October 1970, Dive at Clausen’s Pier, Goosebumps, Martha Inc. TRAINING: Graduate of The Soulpepper Academy, The Birmingham Conservatory, and Dalhousie University. ET CETERA: Raquel is the recipient of one Dora award, and seven nominations, as well as a Robert Merritt Award. Raquel is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre.
Stephanie Hope Lawlor
AQUARIUS: The Sound of Music, One Night Only, Treasure Island. OTHER THEATRE: Mary’s Wedding, Venus in Fur (Rook’s Theatre); Provenance, Suitcases (Berkeley Street Theatre); December Songs (CityCoast Collective); Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (Stage West); Snow White (Drayton Entertainment); The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go (Toronto Fringe & NextStage Fests); Isabella Tarantella, From Broadway With Love (Brott Music Festival). FILM/TV: Looking for Tomorrow (Canadian Film Fest). TRAINING/TEACHING: McMaster University, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Teaching artist at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. ET CETERA: www.hopelawlor.com UPCOMING: Lungs (Flat Earth Global/Rook’s Theatre)
AQUARIUS: Debut. OTHER THEATRE: The Birds and the Bee’s (Sudbury Theatre); Scott Free and Will Do (Solar Stage Theatre); Othello (Shakespeare BASH’D); Much Ado About Nothing (Dauntless City Theatre). ET CETERA: A huge thank you to the Theatre Aquarius for the opportunity and our wonderful audience for celebrating local theatre. Feel free to follow him Instagram @wilex_ly.
Artistic Director, Theatre Aquarius. Previous: Artistic Director, Neptune Theatre; Executive Director Mayfield Theatre; Artistic Director, Stage West Canada; Artistic Director Huron Country Playhouse. Shows directed: THEATRE AQUARIUS: Never Not Once, Steel City Gangster, The Father, Million Dollar Quartet, On a First Name Basis, Mamma Mia!, If I Were You, Jack of Diamonds, The Big Sleep, Mary Poppins, And Then There Were None, Cabaret, The Mousetrap, Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Last Romance, Top of The Pops, The Pitmen Painters, Poodle Skirts To Platform Shoes: A Solid Gold Review, Dinner With Friends, A Christmas Carol – The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Tuesdays with Morrie, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Oliver; Who’s Under Where. ELSEWHERE: (selected) Doubt, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Art, Cats, The Producers, Beauty and The Beast; Cabaret. Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (with Joyce DeWitt), Special Occasions (with John Neville), Love Letters (with George Segal), Rumors (with Elliot Gould).
AQUARIUS: More than 90 shows for Theatre Aquarius. Favorites include: Blackbird, The Invisible Hand, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, Red, Cabaret, Pitman Painters, The Mousetrap, Dinner With Friends, The Last Romance, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Music Man, Oklahoma, Peter Pan, Dreamgirls, Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Forever Plaid, Legally Blonde and too many others to name. OTHER THEATRE: North American Tour of Saturday Night Fever (Northcore Productions); Mamma Mia (WCT); Anne & Gilbert, The Sound of Music, Oliver (NAC); Camelot North American Tour, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Spamalot, Guys & Dolls, Evita, Cats, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Oliver,Legally Blonde, Les Miserables (Drayton Entertainment); Dreamgirls, Winslow Boy (MTC); Les Miserables (Mirvish); Joseph (Livent); La Ronde, Washington Square (National Ballet); Globe Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre.
Set & Costume Designer
Aquarius: Debut. Other theatre: Titanic (Grand Theatre); Newsies, Rocky (Drayton Entertainment); Indecent, Million Dollar Quartet (Segal Centre); Jukebox Hero (Mirvish); Bad Jews (Harold Green); Boys, Girls & Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players); Orphans (Coal Mine); A Room of my Own, Hal & Bee, Unseamly, and many others (Off-Broadway); Buyer and Cellar (Weston Playhouse); Into the Woods (St. Petersburg Opera); Evita, Next to Normal (Resident Theatre Company Philadelphia). Training: Brian holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University. www.briandudkiewicz.com
Assistant Stage Manager
AQUARIUS: SM – Jack Of Diamonds. ASM – Disney’s Freaky Friday, Steel City Ganagster, The Invisible Hand, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Few Good Men, The Nether, The Ladies Foursome, And Then There Were None, Cabaret, Legally Blonde, See How They Run, The Full Monty, The Pitmen Painters, Queen Milli of Galt, Dinner With Friends, A Christmas Carol The Musical, White Christmas, Oliver!, Seussical, Over the River and Through the Woods, Peter Pan. OTHER THEATRE: (Selected) SM – Harvest (Drayton); Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth Festival Theatre); Future Folk (Passe Muraille); The Owl and the Pussycat (Showboat); Leading Ladies (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Barefoot in the Park (Theatre & Company); Wise.Woman (b current); Rum Runners (Lighthouse Festival Theatre). ASM – Race Day, Sexy Laundry, A Stranger in Our House (Lighthouse Festival Theatre). ET CETERA: Thanks to Phil, family and friends who come out to watch all her shows (even though she is never seen!).
Aquarius: Crees in the Caribbean. OTHER THEATRE: Select credits include: The Countess Maritza (Pacific Opera Victoria); Outside Mullingar (Chemainus Festival Theatre); 4000 Miles (Belfry); Annie – The Musical (Drayton Entertainment); Pride and Prejudice (Persephone Theatre); Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Bittergirl – The Musical, Romeo & Juliet, Man of La Mancha, Tuesdays With Morrie (Globe Theatre); HMS Pinafore, The Trials of Ezra Pound, Agamemnon (Stratford Festival); Dream A Little Dream, Annie – The Musical, Miracle on 34th Street (The Grand Theatre); Peter Grimes, The Handmaid’s Tale, Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Associate Lighting Designer, Canadian Opera Company). FILM/TV: A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty Productions – Assoc. Lighting Designer, CBC TV); Zombies (Disney Movie of the Week); Rocky Horror Picture Show 2016 (Fox TV). TRAINING/TEACHING: York University BFA, Honours. ET CETERA: Wendy has one Dora Mavor Award Nomination and one SATA Nomination. Upcoming: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Stratford Festival).
Apprentice Stage Manager
AQUARIUS: Debut. Other Theatre: (Selected) Matilda the Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Where You Are, A Christmas Story. Production Assistant for the Stratford Festival 2018 Season, Entertainment Technician for Carnival Cruise Line. Training: University of Windsor Honours Drama. Et Cetera: After working at a variety of venues across North America, Grace feels right at home at Theatre Aquarius in her hometown of Hamilton.
AQUARIUS: Spider’s Web, Crees in the Caribbean, The 39 steps, The Pitmen Painters. OTHER THEATRE: Frost Nixon (Canadian Stage); Tuesdays with Morrie (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company); Salt-Water Moon, Jitters, The Norman Conquests (SOULPEPPER); The Importance of Being Earnest (NAC); David Widdicombe’s Science Fiction (the play) and Rick Miller’s BOOM and BOOM X.
AQUARIUS: Steel City Gangster, Blackbird, The Big Sleep, Sherlock Holmes The Final Adventure. With over 600 professional credits in TV, Film and Stage stretching from Broadway to Stratford to Yellowknife, Simon specializes in all areas: Weaponry, Aerial Flying (NAAFED certified), Unarmed Combat (Eastern and Western). Simon has coached and performed with actors Christopher Plummer, Rachel McAdams, Martin Short, Billy Connolly, and Colm Feore to name a few. Fight Master with FDC. Executive Director and Founder of RIOT A.C.T. earning 17 nominations and 8 awards, including Simon for Male Action Performer of the Year 2009 AOF Festival – California. www.simonfon.com and www.riotact.ca
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