The Gig - by Mark Crawford

The Gig

Rolling World Première 

Written by Mark Crawford

Directed by Morris Panych
March 8 – 25, 2023 

Three drag queens have been hired to perform at a private function. The catch? Tonight’s event is a campaign fundraiser for a Conservative politician. As the queens struggle to agree on how to proceed, the campaign manager and rookie candidate attempt to send a message of inclusivity and hope to their voters. Throw in an unimpressed venue technician and a long-standing MP who’s been forced into retirement and, honey, this gig will have you “gagging!” Politics! Sibling rivalry! Wigs! 

The Gig is a contemporary comedy that asks: what do we do when we don’t see eye-to-eye? 

Artwork by Felix Vlasak

The Gig March 8 – 25, 2023 Written By Mark Crawford Rolling World Première

Get your Tickets to The Gig

On the mainstage at Theatre Aquarius March 8 – 25, 2023. Opening Night March 10, 2023. 

Meet the Cast 

Neil Barclay

Neil Barclay

Fonda DeBehrs

Neils' Bio

Aquarius: Santa in Elf: The Musical

Other theatre: Neil has been a member of the Shaw Festival Ensemble since 1990 and has appeared in over 65 productions, most recently The Importance of Being Earnest and Too True To Be Good; productions with APA Montreal, Les Productions de la Lune Verte, Geordie Productions, Toronto Free Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Geva Theatre Center, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre North West, Grand Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Persephone Theatre. Following The Gig, Neil will be returning to Shaw for his 33rd season appearing in The Apple Cart and The Shadow of a Doubt.

Philippa Domville

Philippa Domville

Laura Nelson

Philippa's bio

Aquarius: Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman

Other theatre:  (Selected) Cottagers and Indians (GCTC, Magnus) Orphan Song, Within the Glass, Trouble with Mr Adams, If We Were Birds, Chimera, Gravity Calling (Tarragon) Macbeth, Lucy, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage ) Penelopiad, (NAC, Stratford UK) Top Girls (MTC), Time after Time (TPM), Uncle Vanya, (Shaw) Comedy of Errors, Fair Liberty’s Call (Stratford)

FilmTV: Damnation, In the Shadow of the Moon ( Netflix)

Training: National Theatre School, Christopher Plumber Globe Theatre Fellowship

Etc: Philippa also works as a theatre choreographer, most notably for The Tempest at Stratford and Penelopiad for The Grand Theatre. She has taught movement/ bodywork at TMU for twenty years. She is an active member of Artists for real Climate Action.





Steven Gallagher

Steven Gallagher

Terri Tucker

Steven's Bio

Aquarius: The Sound of Music

Other theatre: : Stealing Sam (Alberta Theatre Projects), Buyer and Cellar (ATP),

Oliver (Drayton), The Immigrant (Harold Green Theatre), Elegies, A New Brain (Musical

Stage Co), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rocky Horror Show, Urinetown (Canadian Stage Co), Cabaret (Stage West)

Film/TV: Orphan Black, Degrassi, Queer as Folk, Nikita

Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC)

Etc: Steven is also a playwright. His play Stealing Sam was awarded Best

Drama at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC. His musical Blackout premiered in

2021 at Toronto’s High Park, and was invited to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre in NYC.



Natascha Girgis

Natascha Girgis

Dani Rodriguez

Natascha's Bio

Aquarius: Debut. Other Theatre (selected): Becoming Dr. Ruth, Dracula: The Bloody Truth (TNW)  In Wonderland, Drowning Girls (Cross Canada Tour), Around the World in 80 Days, Blue Light, Oliver Twist, Oleanna, Stone Angel (ATP);  Sherlock Holmes, Ends of the Earth, Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vertigo); Nine Dragons (RMTC, Gateway, Vertigo); The Coyotes, Abundance, Beggar’s Opera (Caravan Farm); Thousand Splendid Suns (Grand); Titus Andronicus, Richard III (Shakespeare Co.); What You’re Missing (Chutzpah Festival); Communion, Palace of the End, Life Skills (Network); Heroine, Love (Northern Light); Humble Boy (Citadel/T.C.); Speaking in Tongues (Shadow); Trespassers (Belfry, Vancouver Playhouse); Lion in the Streets (Sage); Counsellor-At-Law (T.C.); Blues in the Night, Complete Works Abridged (LBT); Suite Surrender, Unnecessary Farce, Fiddler on the Roof, 39 Steps (Stage West); Amadeus, Macbeth, Constant Wife (ATF); Speak (Globe); Barber of Seville (Persephone); Lend Me a Tenor (Arts Club).



Lisa Horner

Lisa Horner

Karyn Sloane

Lisa's Bio

Other theatre: ; Come From Away, Les Miserables, The Wizard of Oz, Kinky Boots, world premiere of My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mirvish Productions), Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore (Stratford Festival), Wonderful Town,  After the Dance, High Society, Gypsy (Shaw Festival). Productions with Drayton Entertainment, RMTC, National Arts Centre.

Film/TV: Hanukkah on Rye, Tallboyz, Kim’s Convenience, Odd Squad, Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Etc: A thirty year acting veteran, Lisa is a two-time Dora award winner, director and teacher who has helped students and professionals find their voice and audition technique for the past fifteen years. During the pandemic Lisa trained as a personal support worker where she became licensed and worked professionally for two years.

Jaime ‘Lucinda Mui’ Lujan

Jaime ‘Lucinda Mui’ Lujan

Miss XXXBox

Jaime's Bio

Aquarius: Debut

Film/TV: Gladys Claus, The Christmas Set-Up  (Lifetime), Co-Host, Mentor, and Judge, Sew Fierce (OUTtv), Design Mentor, Call Me Mother Seasons 1 and 2 (OUTtv), Minnie, QUEENS (CBC Gem).

TRAINING: Trained at the UTM/Sheridan joint Theatre and Drama Studies program.

Etc: Outside the Actress’ Studio – Theatre Direct submission for the NAC National Transformation Project.

Social: @lucindamiu, @jaimeintheradiator

 

Jim Mezon

Jim Mezon

Jim Wright

Jim's bio

Jim Mezon has been an actor/director/teacher for almost 50 years in Canada and the United States, including 33 years at the Shaw Festival. He has taught and directed students at The University of Alberta, The National Theatre School, The University of Toronto and The University of Northern Colorado and The Shaw Festival among others. At the Shaw Festival he directed and acted in over 60 productions. He is a son of the prairies.

 

Meet the Creative Team

Mark Crawford

Mark Crawford

Playwright

Mark's Bio

This is Mark’s Theatre Aquarius playwriting debut. As an actor, Mark appeared at Theatre Aquarius in Opening Night and See How They Run. Other Theatre: One of Canada’s most popular playwrights, Mark’s work has been produced across the country and internationally. He is the author of Stag and Doe, Bed and Breakfast, The Birds and the Bees, The New Canadian Curling Club, and others. He has been nominated for the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada Comedy Award and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. His work is published by Scirocco Drama. As an actor, Mark has performed on stages across Canada. He is currently appearing in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre. Mark is a graduate of Theatre and Drama Studies at University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram @markjdcrawford

Morris Panych

Morris Panych

Director

Morris' Bio

Actor in fifty professional stage productions in Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto (including leads in Amadeus, Children of a Lesser God, Torch Song Trilogy, Hamlet)

Stage Director of over a hundred professional stage productions in Canada and the U.S. (including Art, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, Sweeney Todd) and operas, (including Susannah, Barber of Seville, Macbeth). 12 seasons as stage director with Shaw Festival in Canada – (including productions of Sweet Charity, Doctor’s Dilemma, You Never Can Tell)

3 seasons as stage director at Stratford Festival in Canada – (directing productions of his own work, Moby Dick, The Trespassers, Wanderlust) Director of T.V. (CBC’s DaVinci’s Inquest and Prix Italia finalist for The Overcoat). Writer of 40 stage plays, including adaptations of Ibsen’s Ghosts, Feydeau’s L’Hotel du libre echange, Gogol’s The Overcoat, and original works including Vigil (to date with 75 productions worldwide and translated into 25 languages) 7 Stories, The Ends of the Earth, Earshot, The Dishwashers.

Awards and Honours Jessie Richardson Theatre Award, Vancouver – fourteen-time recipient in writing, acting and directing. Dora Mavor Moore Award, Toronto – four-time recipient in writing and directing. Governor General Literary Award – Drama, Canada – twice recipient for The Ends of the Earth (1994), and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (2004). Honourary Lifetime Member – Playwrights Guild of Canada (2017)



Kelly Boudreau

Kelly Boudreau

Assistant Stage Manager

Kelly's Bio

For Theatre Aquarius: Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Belly Full

Other Theatre: Grand Ghosts, Silence (Grand Theatre); Innocence Lost (Soulpepper); Jerusalem, John (The Company Theatre); Mamma Mia!, Twelve Angry Men, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the… (Drayton Entertainment); Dry Powder (Evermore Theatre Company);  The Melville Boys (Bluewater Summer Playhouse); Off Balance (National Play Festival); On Golden Pond (Rose Theatre Brampton).

Training: Graduate of Sheridan College.

Kevin Bowers

Kevin Bowers

Stage Manager

Kevin's Bio

For Theatre Aquarius: Salt Baby 

Other Theatre: Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); Follies in  Concert (Koerner Hall); Piaf/Dietrich, Strictly Ballroom, Kinky Boots, Once, Oliver!, Racing  Demon, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Crazy for You, Les Miserables National Tour  (Mirvish Productions); All is Love (Opera Atelier); Aida, Tosca, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Eugene Onegin; You’re A Good Man  Charlie Brown, Annie, Mame, Carousel, Peter Pan, Forever Plaid, Move Over Mrs Markham,  Run For Your Wife, Dee Snyder’s Rock & Roll Christmas, Obeah Opera. FILM/TV: The Aboriginal Achievement Awards 

Education: MA Theatre History – University of Essex, England

Jackie Chau

Jackie Chau

Set and Costume Designer

Jackie's Bio

For Theatre Aquarius: Sexy Laundry, The Hours That Remain, Serving Elizabeth

Other Theatre: Annie Mae’s Movement, Almighty Voice and His Wife, Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, Salt Baby, From Thine Eyes, HUFF (Native Earth Performing Arts), Gas Girls, Cake, The First Stone (New Harlem Productions), Romeo and Juliet (TD Dream in High Park/Can Stage), Zadie’s Shoes, Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre), Brown Balls (Fu-Gen), Fish Eyes Trilogy (GCTC), A Year with Frog and Toad (MTYP), Moment, Dissidents, KISS, Oil, Gloria (ARC Theatre), Cowboy Versus Samurai, 39 Steps, Oraltorio (Soulpepper), The Komagata Maru Incident (Stratford Festival).  

FILM/TV: Production Designer and Costume Designer: Inside, The Beard (Rabid Pictures), The Trip, (Un)Certainty (Etheriel Films), Awake, Bable (Expect Theatre), The Ache (Wondrous Light), Lune (Open City Works) You’re Invited (Arc Theatre), One Small Visit (Coffee Partners)

Training/Teaching: BFA – Concordia University in Theatrical Design; MFA – Northwestern University in Theatrical Design (full scholarship); Teaching Theatrical Design at the University of Toronto (UTSC)  

Et cetera; Jackie has been a resident artist with Artist Repertory Company (ARC) since 2013.  She was named in NOW magazine’s Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2009, nominated for the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design, nominated for a Saskatoon Area Theatre award, Winnipeg Theatre Award, 2 Broadway World awards and has received 9 Dora nominations for outstanding set and costume design. 

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Lighting Design

Jason's Bio

For Theatre Aquarius:  See How They Run

Other Theatre: Selected opera credits: Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Minnesota Opera, Against the Grain, Banff Centre, and Tapestry Opera.  Theatrical designs: Young People’s Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Grand Theatre, Canadian Stage, Stratford, the Shaw, Charlottetown Festival, and Soulpepper.  Immersive experiences: the Disney Animated Immersive (Toronto and 9 other North American cities), the Original Immersive Van Gogh (Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, and 13 more cities across North America), Jamie Allan’s Magic Immersive (Chicago).

Et cetera: Nine Dora Award nominations, a META for Outstanding Design, Siminovitch Prize protégé recipient.

Social Media: Instagram @JH_Lighting



Logan McNutt

Logan McNutt

Apprentice Stage Manager

Logan's Bio

For Theatre Aquarius, Logan’s credits include The Extinction Therapist, A Hamilton Holiday, Serving Elizabeth, Ring of Fire. Other theatre credits include Grow (Grand Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Guild Festival Theatre), When Wendy Grew Up (Litmus Theatre), Mary Stuart, Concord Floral (FSPA), Dido and Aeneas / Aeneas and Dido, L’Etoile (Dalhousie Opera). Logan has a BA, Honours in Stage Design and Technical Theatre from Dalhousie University.

Lyon Smith

Lyon Smith

Sound Design

Lyon's Bio

This is Lyon’s Aquarius Debut

Other selected theatre credits include 5 seasons as the sound designer for Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park as well as designing the productions Venus in Fur, Liv Stein and Game of Love and Chance. Creator and composer for the Last Donnelly Standing at Blyth in addition to designing productions of Mary’s Wedding, in the Wake of Wettlaufer andTruth be Told. Lyon designed sound for clown duo Moro and Jasp with 9 to 5 and Stupefaction, Venus’ Daughter for Obsidian theatre, and Prairie Nurse and the Waltz for Factory Theatre.