Presented by Resource Centre for the Arts
Produced by PerSIStence Theatre
January 24-26, 2019 at 8pm
January 27, 2019 at 2pm
Written by Berni Stapleton
Directed by Ruth Lawrence
Starring Miranda MacDonald
Stage management by Jaimie Tait
Lighting design by Diana Daly
In prison for killing her husband – a man who has abused her for years- her journey as a wife, mother, daughter, but most of all as a woman, is revealed in her interactions with unseen cops and a parade of talk show hosts. Through dark humour, flights of fancy, and dramatic flashbacks that reveal her painful past, an unforgettable and deeply truthful portrait emerges before the audience.
Cast & Crew
Diana Daly - Lighting
Diana is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, printmaker, storyteller and songwriter with a history as a production/stage manager and designer. Diana is originally from St.John's and has spent the last ten + years living and working in BC, Montreal and Nunavik. Favourite projects that she has created include: The Fogo Island Song Share, the Lhasa de Sela Youth Stage (now in its 6th year!!) for the Montreal Folk Festival, her EP When Women Kill, being the "Femme d'Orchestre" for the puppet show Kate Crackerberry and all of the musical experiences with her students in Puvirnituq and Kangirsuk. Diana is one of three members of the Daly Family Collective with Louise Moyes and Anne Troake and together they have made the multi disciplinary stage show If A Place Could Be Made. It should be mentioned that Diana first saw Offensive to Some when she was a plucky young woman, some 20 odd years ago, and it made an indelible impact on her sensibilities as a feminist, a thinker and a creator.
Ruth Lawrence - Director
Ruth Lawrence’s work as an actor, writer, and filmmaker has taken her to Ireland, France, the US, and across Canada. She is the artistic director of White Rooster Theatre. Since 1991, she has performed lead and principal roles in over 100 professional theatre, film, television, and radio projects, mostly original productions. Ruth has performed with theatre companies including Tarragon Theatre, Sarasvati, Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre (mainstage and second space), Rising Tide Theatre, Wonderbolt Productions, She Said Yes!, White Rooster, c2c theatre, and Newfoundland Young People’s Theatre, and she has toured Newfoundland & Labrador (extensively), across Canada, and Ireland with various productions. Ruth was named the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s 2011 Artist of the Year and in 2013 was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Miranda MacDonald - Actor
Theatre credits; Trummp the Musical (PMP); Once the Musical (Theatre SJ); Offensive to Some (PerSIStence); Context (Echo); The Wedding Singer (Stage West Calgary); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Persephone); Lights, Camera, Christmas! (Upper Canada); Rob Ford the Musical (Factory Theatre); Fortunes Fools (Shakespearience Group); Back in 59 Tour (Showboat Festival); Pinkalicious the Musical (The LOT). Teaching / Directing credits; choreographer for Guys and Dolls and A Call to Arms (ALT); co-creator of Summer Youth Company, Liberty Junction Theatre (choreographer, director and music director). Currently; creator of Dynamic Fusion Show Choir, teaches at MacDonald Music Studio. Training: Sheridan College. Thank you, Jenn, Ruth and Berni for having me back to share, again, this incredible piece of work. Love to my most amazing family who supports the crap out of me and my baby girl, Mcaleigh #imnotaregularmomimacoolmom. www.mirandamacdonaldbutler.com
Berni Stapleton - Playwright
Berni Stapleton is a playwright, author and director. She is a recipient of the Rhonda Payne Award for Excellence in Theatre from Arts NL. She is a recipient of the WANL award for best work in non-fiction for her book They Let Down Baskets. Her book This is the Cat from Creative Books won rave reviews. She was recently featured in the Cuffer Anthology of short stories. She was also recently published in the new Breakwater Books Anthology of Newfoundland Plays, as well as the anthologies Voices From the Landwash, (Breakwater) Going it Alone (Nuage) and has been featured in the Capilano Review. Berni's company Girl Power Inc. produced her hit show Brazil Square to sold-out audiences this summer at the newly restored Majestic Theatre. Berni is a respected performer with such companies as Artistic Fraud, Rising Tide Theatre and Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre.
Jaimie Tait - Stage Manager
Originally from Vancouver BC, Jaimie moved to Newfoundland four years ago and is now proud to call St. John’s her home. Most recently Jaimie stage managed ...float... for Choral Canada and Tosca for Opera on the Avalon. Favourite credits include: Ours for Opera on the Avalon; Offensive to Some for PerSIStence Theatre; Betroffenheit with Kidd Pivot; Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen for The Firehall Arts Centre; and All The Way Home for The Electric Company. Up next Jaimie will be working at the St. John’s International Circus Festival. Jaimie is a graduate of Studio 58.