Shows

Kill Me Now

By Brad Fraser

In partnership with Canada's National Arts Centre




Tom Hendry Warehouse

"...compelling and oddly life-affirming..."- CBC

"...it is really a profound testament to the value of family..."
- Winnipeg Free Press

Widower Jake has been unwavering in his commitment to taking care of his disabled son Joey. As Joey enters adolescence, Jake finds himself in a morally ambiguous position when it comes to charting his son's passage from puberty-ravaged teenager to self-assured young man.

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR, 40 MINS WITH NO INTERMISSION
WARNING: MATURE CONTENT, STRONG LANGUAGE, NUDITY, SEXUALITY, SIMULATED SMOKING

Please join us for informal talkbacks in the lobby after these performances:

Monday, April 3, Wednesday, April 5, Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7, Monday, April 10, Wednesday, April 12, Thursday, April 13 (matinee & evening), Friday, April 14

PRODUCTION SPONSOR

TOM HENDRY WAREHOUSE SEASON SPONSOR

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Actors

Robyn Dartona Sharon Bajer

Sharon Bajer

ROYAL MTC Hand to God, Late Company, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Seagull, A Christmas Story, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Top Girls, Steel Magnolias, Humble Boy, Of Mice and Men (with Citadel), Six Degrees of Separation (with CS), Angels in America, Les Belles-Soeurs, Our Country’s Good, Romeo and Juliet.
 

OTHER THEATRE Over 25 years of performing and directing at PTE, MTYP, Rainbow Stage, Adhere and Deny, Winnipeg Fringe and Masterworks Festivals, as well as across Canada, Europe and Israel.
 

TRAINING Studio 58, Michael Langham Workshop in Classical Direction (2 seasons, Stratford Festival). Director-in-Residence (Rainbow Stage 2014). Stratford Festival International Directing Master Class 2016.
 

ET CETERA Sharon is the playwright of Molly’s Veil, Burnin’ Love and Hersteria and a member of the PTE Playwrights Unit. She would like to thank CancerCare Manitoba, the AFC, Yoga Public and all of her family and friends for helping get her through this year and back on stage! sharonbajer.com.

Twyla Sturdy Andrea del Campo

Andrea del Campo

ROYAL MTC The Glass Menagerie, The Penelopiad.
 

OTHER THEATRE Beautiful Man (TPM); Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play (District Theatre Collective); Sunday in the Park with George (Gallery Works); Les Misérables (Rainbow); James and the Giant Peach, Rich (MTYP); Bad Jews (WJT); Munsch Ado About Nothing (PTE); Stripped-Down A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SIR); Strike! (Danny Schur Productions).
 

FILM/TV My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Open Window (Official Selections, TIFF); Blood Pressure; Stegman Is Dead; Radius; The Pinkertons; Wingin’ It (Family Channel); Men with Brooms (CBC TV).
 

ET CETERA Andrea is a proud member of local musical improv company, Outside Joke.

Rowdy Akers Braiden Houle

Braiden Houle

ROYAL MTC First appearance.
 

OTHER THEATRE Romeo and Juliet; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; No Offense, Diss (High School Tour); Little Red Riding Hood, Wings of Darkness, The Moving Gallery (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); Redpatch.
 

FILM Juliana and the Medicine Fish - short film - 2006.
 

TRAINING Studio 58 - Langara College, Manitoba Theatre for Young People Aboriginal Arts Training and Mentorship Program.
 

Et CETERA Carol Chrisjohn Scholarship for students who express passion for the art of the theatre and joy in the work (Studio 58). Touchstone Theatre Scholarship to a student who has shown exceptional progress in his/her work (Studio 58).

 

Joey Myles A. Taylor

Myles A. Taylor

ROYAL MTC First appearance.
 

TV Life In The Wheel World (web series). 
 

TRAINING B.A. in Theatre & Film from the University of Winnipeg.
 

ET CETERA Thanks to my Mom & Dad, family and the team at The Collective. With a very special thank you to Christopher Brauer.

 

Jake Sturdy Cory Wojcik

Cory Wojcik

ROYAL MTC Black Coffee, Hand to God, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, Harvey, Miracle on South Division Street, August: Osage County.
 

OTHER THEATRE Butcher (PTE); West Side Story, The Producers, The Wizard of Oz (Rainbow); Jungle Book, Jabber, The Big League (MTYP); Another Way Home (WJT); Strike! The Musical (Danny Schur); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit Productions). Director: Mr. Burns (DTC). 
 

FILM/TV A Dog’s Purpose, Radius, The Pinkertons, Mad Ship.
 

ET CETERA Cory wants to send extra love out to his wife, Heather and two boys Mackenzie and Logan (the latter will not be seeing this play!). Come see Cory this summer in a new play he wrote, “Joe Job” at the Winnipeg Fringe Fest. A story about a teacher who quits teaching to work at a coffee shop.
 

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Artistic Team

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Playwright Brad Fraser

Brad Fraser

Brad Fraser is an award-winning writer/director/host who has worked extensively in various media. Credits include plays; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man, True Love Lies, Kill Me Now, and others produced worldwide, film; Love and Human Remains, writer and Leaving Metropolis, writer director, and television; Queer as Folk, writer, story editor and associate producer and Jawbreaker which he hosted for two seasons on Out TV. He has written a number of projects for radio, CBC and BBC, as well as regular columns and stories for Xtra, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and others. He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and has just finished his Masters degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Brad’s most recent play Kill Me Now was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2016. Check out Bradfraser.net.

 

Director Sarah Garton Stanley

Sarah Garton Stanley

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
 

OTHER THEATRE Bunny (Stratford); The December Man (L’homme de décembre) (NAC); Caught (Theatre Passe Muraille); Helen Lawrence (Arts Club, CS, BAM, Kammerspiele etc.,); We Keep Coming Back (Jewish Culture Fest, Krakow, Ashkenaz, Toronto). Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre & Interim Facilitator Idigenous Theatre NAC, Creative Catalyst SpiderWebShow Performance.
 

TRAINING BA, MA Queen’s University, Graduate VFS, trained at École Jacques Lecoq.
 

ET CETERA Various awards and nominations including The Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy (LMDA), four Dora nominations for directing (Toronto). Sarah is co-curating The Cycle: an in-depth look at Deaf, disabled and Mad arts in Canada https://nac-cna.ca/en/cycle/inclusion and is curator for The Collaborations https://nac-cna.ca/en/englishtheatre/collaboration.

Set & Costume Designer Amy Keith

Amy Keith

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
 

OTHER THEATRE The December Man (L’homme de décembre) (NAC); Beatrice and Virgil (Factory); Beethoven Lives Upstairs, The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions); On This Day, Michel et Ti-Jean (Centaur); Love U Lovecraft, Macbeth (The Other Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Repercussion Theatre).

FILM/TV Art direction for film and TV.
 

TEACHING Currently teaching at Concordia University, regularly teaches at the National Theatre School. 
 

ET CETERA A wonderful company and a phenomenal play - thank you for the opportunity Royal MTC!

Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev (with Segal), Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.
 

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 30 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, Theatre Projects Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People, to name a few.
 

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.pellucid.me.

Sound Designer Chris Coyne

Chris Coyne

ROYAL MTC The Hound of the Baskervilles 2016 (Tour).
 

OTHER THEATRE Chris has had the pleasure of working with many local and international theatre groups. Credits include Routes 2016/17 Tour (MTYP); The Hound of the Baskervilles Mar. 2015, Little Thing Big Thing Sept. 2015 (PTE); EDEN 2013 (Sarasvàti); Bashir Lazhar Mar. 2013 (TPM); Angels in America 2012, Peristroika 2014 (WJT); Three Sisters 2011 (zone41).
 

TRAINING Chris is a graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology.
 

ET CETERA Chris has been involved in the theatre industry in Winnipeg for many years. Currently working for the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg.

Fight Director Paul Essiembre

Paul Essiembre

ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish), Unnecessary Farce, Things We Do For Love, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Heart of Robin Hood (with Mirvish), Other People’s Money, A Few Good Men (with Citadel).
 

OTHER THEATRE Four seasons at the Stratford Festival, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Comedy of Errors, The Odyssey, The Duchess of Malfi, Don Juan, Macbeth, Othello, Amadeus. Elsewhere: A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Butcher, The Best Brothers (PTE); Romeo and Juliet (Citadel); The Normal Heart, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (Studio 180); L’Emmerdeur, Le Dîner de cons, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Art (Théâtre français de Toronto); Othello (ATF); Tillsonburg (CS); Zadie’s Shoes, Oui (Factory); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Centaur).
 

FILM/TV More than 50 film and television appearances and extensive work in documentary narration, animation and commercial voice-overs.

Assistant Director Debbie Patterson

Debbie Patterson

ROYAL MTC Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera.
 

OTHER THEATRE Directing: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR); Saint Joan (Theatre by the River); Festen, Antigone (PTE@PTE).
Acting: Richard III, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet (SIR); Jillian in Sargent & Victor & Me (Sick + Twisted/TPM). Playwrighting: Head (SIR); Molotov Circus (SummerWorks); Sargent & Victor & Me (TPM); Munsch Busters (PTE). Currently a member of the PTE Playwrights Unit.

 

ET CETERA Coming up for Sick + Twisted Theatre: Lame Is… in June and How it Ends in 2018. Debbie was awarded the United Nations Platform for Action Committee’s Activist Award for 2014.

Apprentice Director Liam Zarrillo

Liam Zarrillo

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
 

OTHER THEATRE TASTE (One Trunk Theatre); The December Man (L’homme de décembre), Mission: Munschpossible! (PTE); Village Ax, Iceland (TPM); Danny, King of the Basement (MTYP); No Exit (Company Link); The Laramie Project (U of W).
 

TRAINING B.A. Hons. Directing - Dept. of Theatre & Film (University of Winnipeg).
 

ET CETERA Liam is a founding member of local theatre company Make/Shift Theatre, having a hand in the development, production and performance of the shows Quickies with Chekhov, The Samovar, The Way We Felt: Searching for Remy, Lantern Town and the upcoming The Party: A Scientific Romance.

Apprentice Designer Darryl Audette

Darryl Audette

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Set & Costume Designer: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Seminar. Props 1983/84 season: The Duchess of Malfi, Much Ado About Nothing, Clearances.
 

OTHER THEATRE Set & Lighting Designer: Raising Roger, WTA, Jonno (Winnipeg Fringe). 25 years of community theatre including I Do, I Do (Stage West); currently Technical Director at Merlyn Productions.
 

TRAINING Set, costume, lighting, prop design and construction in community theatre. Darryl is currently studying design in Theatre at the U of W, is a member of Associated Designers of Canada.
 

ET CETERA Darryl is grateful for this amazing opportunity, and wishes to thank Amy Keith and everyone at Royal MTC.

Stage Manager Leslie Watson

Leslie Watson

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Black Coffee, My Name is Asher Lev, Myth of the Ostrich, Late Company, Cabaret, Venus in Fur, The Melville Boys (tour), Wingfield On Ice (tour), Looking Back – West, Bad Dates (tour). Assistant Stage Manager: Billy Elliot the Musical, Jane Eyre, Gone With the Wind, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Educating Rita (tour), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel).
 

OTHER THEATRE Over 50 productions at theatres around Winnipeg, including: Rainbow Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Shakespeare in the Ruins and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
 

TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College and member of CAEA.
 

ET CETERA Love to Mr. Watson – I’ll see you in Ottawa.
 

Assistant Stage Manager Alison Fulmyk

Alison Fulmyk

ROYAL MTC Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Private Lives, Jane Eyre, Other People’s Money.
 

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: American Idiot (WST), Another Way Home (WJT). Assistant Stage Manager: Sister Act (Drayton); Shrek: The Musical, Sister Act (Rainbow). Apprentice Stage Manager: Fidelio, La Bohème, Don Pasquale (Manitoba Opera); The Miser of Middlegate (zone41/TPM); The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Mary Poppins (Rainbow); A Man of No Importance (Dry Cold).
 

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film, with a Theatre honours degree.
 

ET CETERA This one is for Tom.

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"...compelling and oddly life-affirming...." -CBC
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"Lead actor in controversial Brad Fraser play wants audiences to acknowledge disability exists" -CBC
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"...it is really a profound testament to the value of family...." -Winnipeg Free Press
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"Beyond the comfort zone." -Winnipeg Free Press
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"...a remarkable piece which will definitely tug at the heartstrings." -West End Frame
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"Kill Me Now is a rare treat where ordinary human experiences and needs are powerfully reflected." -Rev Stan's theatre blog
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"Fraser taking us close to the edge of our comfort zones before rescuing the moment with a line that makes us laugh."- WhatsOnStage
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"Yes, it’s funny and brutal and honest. But it is also moving, deeply emotional, and ultimately harrowing."-Stage Review
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"Bittersweet, fast-paced, ricocheting between the comedy and tragedy of disability, Kill Me Now is a funny and moving play about how we care for the people we love."-Park Theatre 
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"...brilliantly theatrical, and utterly engaging."- filmnews.co.uk
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