The Carousel

**** ”...perfection…” -Toronto Star
Directed by Megan Follows
Starring Allegra Fulton

March 11 to 30, 2014

Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs

26 Berkeley Street

Previews March 11-12, Opens March 13

Performances Tues -Sat at 8:00 pm, Sat/Sun at 2:00pm
Running Time: 75 minutes, no intermission


Preview performances: $25-$39

Regular performances: $25-$45 (for seating chart click on tab above)

Call the Berkeley Street Theatre Box Office at 416-368-3110 or click the button on the right.

PWYC March 16, 2:00pm

Pay-what-you-can tickets available at the box office starting at 10:00am on March 16. Cash only, limit of two tickets per person.

A 20% discount is available for bookings of 8 or more tickets. Dinner packages and pre-show receptions are also available for group bookings. For group sales, please contact Madeline Ritchie at 416-944-1740 ext 6 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Nightwood Theatre presents the English language premiere

From Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Jennifer Tremblay comes the sequel to The List. Told through a series of carousel rides, a woman drives along the north shore of Quebec to be with her dying mother, and is thrust into a maze of memories, launching her quest to reconcile the unresolved relationships of three generations of women.


Talkbacks with actor Allegra Fulton will follow the Wednesday evening performances.
There will be an additional talkback with director Megan Follows on Saturday, March 22.

Saturday, March 22 at 3:15pm (following the 2pm performance)
CBC’s Gillian Deacon (Here and Now) hosts an intimate discussion with actress and first-time director Megan Follows (REIGN, The Penelopiad, Anne of Green Gables).

Critical acclaim for Nightwood Theatre’s production of The List by Jennifer Tremblay:

**** “Fulton Triumphs”- Toronto Star
***1.2 “Superb…Allegra Fulton is brilliant”- The Globe and Mail
NNNN “Amazing”– NOW Magazine
****1/2 “Must-See” – Toronto Sun

Picture: Allegra Fulton, Actor

Starring Allegra Fulton

Allegra Fulton // Woman

Nightwood The List.

Recently Fargo (FX/MGM), Degrassi: The Next Generation (recurring, Epitome Pictures), Maps to the Stars (eOne, David Cronenberg).

Elsewhere Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel/ Luminato), Maxine Faulk in Night of the Iguana (Hart House Theatre), Goneril in King Lear (The Antaeus Company, L.A.-Critics award nomination), Mrs. Moreen in Geometry in Venice (Crow’s Theatre/Segal Centre, Montreal). Kate in The Taming of The Shrew (A Noise Within, L.A.- Falstaff Award nomination), Scorched (Tarragon Theatre), The Comedy of Errors, The Odyssey (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), The Play’s The Thing (Soulpepper Theatre), Les Belles Soeurs (Canadian Stage Company), Marcel Pursued by the Hounds, Counterservice (Tarragon Theatre), Frida K. (Tarragon Theatre/National Arts Centre/Off Broadway New York, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, London and Mexico City~Dora Award).

Etcetera Allegra Fulton has received multiple awards and nominations for her work on stage and on screen. She would like to thank Patsy Rodenburg, Peter Hinton and forever Gloria, America and Trinidad.



Directed by Megan Follows
Assistant Directed by Kelly Straughan
Set Design by Denyse Karn
Lighting Design by Kim Purtell
Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne
Stage Managed by Melissa Rood
Production Managed by Charissa Wilcox
Movement Coaching by Jo Leslie

Megan Follows // Director

Nightwood: The Carousel 2014; The Penelopiad 2013

Most Recently: Reign (voted Best New Series by the Peoples’ Choice Awards, CW Network), Longmire (A&E), World Without End by Ken Follett (miniseries).

Elsewhere: The Penelopiad 2012(Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble); This (Vancouver Playhouse); Cloud 9 (Mirvish); Night Mother; Three Sisters (Dora Nomination); Top Girls (Dora Nomination); The Real Thing (Soulpepper Theatre Company / NAC); Fool for Love (Aoulpepper Theatre Company); Uncle Vanya (Geffen Playhouse); The Seagull (Old Globe); Dolls House (Guthrie Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival).

Etcetera: Film and Television credits include: House; Lie to Me; Brothers and Sisters; Heartland; The Booky Trilogy; Shania; Open Heart; CSI; CSI Miami; ER; Law and Order; Plainsong; Anne of Green Gables (1,2,3). She is the recipient of two Gemini awards, six Gemini Nominations, a Genie nomination and an ACTRA award nomination. Megan is very pleased to have her Directorial debut in this season’s production of The Carousel.

Kelly Straughan // Assistant Director

Nightwood: Director: Stockholm (Seventh Stage in Association with Nightwood); Assistant Director: The List; Co-Director: As You Like It, The Lawyer Show
Most Recently: Witches and Bitches for Theatre Erindale; 9 Parts of Desire for Seventh Stage;
Elsewhere: Kelly is currently the Executive Director at the Toronto Fringe and Artistic Director of Seventh Stage Theatre Productions. She previously held the position of Associate Artistic Director at Nightwood Theatre (funded through Metcalf and Canada Council) and was the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre from 2007-2010.
Etcetera: Kelly was shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson Prize, The Pauline McGibbon Award and she holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the University of British Columbia..

Denyse Karn // Set, Costume, and Projection Designer Nightwood: The List, The Penelopiad, Happy Woman, The Lawyer Show 2010-14, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Premier Production).
Most Recently: Stop Heart (Factory Theatre); Winter’s Tale (Canadian Stage Company); The Oracle Of Gros Morne (Gros Morne Theatre Festival); Top Girls (Manitoba Theatre Centre).
Elsewhere: Denyse has also worked with Eastern Front Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, The Charlottetown Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Ship’s Company Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Two Planks and A Passion Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and Cahoots Theatre Projects.
Etcetera: Denyse has been working in Canadian theatre for over 30 years as a producer and designer. She is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and has her BFA from NSCAD University. She has been nominated for seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards and received a Dora for her design of Phoenix Cabaret (Cahoots Theatre). She has received five Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards for various Outstanding Designs and was nominated for the Siminovitch Award in Theatre in 2006 and 2012.

Denyse for web

Kim Purtell // Lighting Designer
Nightwood: The Peneopiad, The Happy Woman, The List, That Face, Wild Dogs, Age of Arousal, Crave.
Most Recently: Ariadne Auf Naxos (Pacific Opera Victoria), Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata (Acting Up Stage, ATP, Citadel), Jane Eyre (MTC), God of Carnage (Studio 180/Mirvish), The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Crash (TPM), Waiting for Godot (Stratford Festival).
Etcetera: Three Dora Awards, Pauline McGibbon Award.

Thomas Ryder Payne // Sound Desiger
Nightwood: The Peneopiad, The Happy Woman, The List, That Face, Wild Dogs, Age of Arousal, Crave.
Most Recently: Ariadne Auf Naxos (Pacific Opera Victoria), Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata (Acting Up Stage, ATP, Citadel), Jane Eyre (MTC), God of Carnage (Studio 180/Mirvish), The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Crash (TPM), Waiting for Godot (Stratford Festival).
Etcetera: Three Dora Awards, Pauline McGibbon Award.

Melissa Rood // Stage Manager
Nightwood: The Danish Play, The Penelopiad - Directors’ Lab, The Penelopiad (2013)
Most Recently: Christopher Plummer’s one-man show A Word or Two (Centre Theater Group, Los Angeles); The Little Mermaid (Ross Petty Productions).
Elsewhere: 14 Seasons with the Stratford Festival (including seven rounds of tech rehearsals with Des McAnuff on A Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, and As You Like It), 10 Winters at the Canadian Opera Company, and classics to new works to stadium shows from the Middle East to north of the Arctic Circle.
Etcetera: Proud graduate of Sheridan College (Technical Production) & University of Waterloo (Social Work); Recipient of the K.P.Hay Award; high-performance paddler and Festival City Rollergirl; Rood digs her gigs.

Charissa Wilcox // Production Manager
Nightwood: Charissa first joined Nightwood Theatre in the 2002 production of The Danish Play. Since then she has had a variety of collaborations with this company through Buddies In Bad Times Theatre.
Elsewhere: Charissa has worked at Buddies (BIBT) for the past fifteen years. She has been the Head of Production for this Queer Canadian Theatre since 2005 and currently holds the same position. Additional Production Management credits include; Studio 180, Theatre Rusticle, Native Earth of Performing Arts, Summerworks’ Theatre Festival, Outspoke Productions, Cartier Dance, Circus Orange and Operation Snatch.
Etcetera: She would like to thank Nightwood for this long overdue reunion.

Jo Leslie // Movement Coach
Nightwood: The List
Recent: Shelter (choreographer, Tapestry New Opera/Edmonton Opera) and Sunya (Sinha Danse and Constantinople music, co-director/ dramaturge, Place des Arts, Montreal). 
Elsewhere: The Elephant Man (assistant director/choreographer, Norrlandsoperan, Sweden).
Etcetera: Last year Jo was awarded a Dora for Cinderella, a retelling (YPT).

Playwright Jennifer Tremblay on The Carousel (translated by Shelley Tepperman)

Becoming a better person – that is, someone who suffers less and less until they don’t suffer at all—can be a lifelong quest.

That should be the quest of every human life.

Despite our yearning to be happy, we seem to constantly get it wrong.  When we forget that we need to accept what we cannot control—even for an instant—we fall back into negative patterns and get stuck in deeper and deeper ruts.

We are so often pathetic.

You will witness the second movement in the quest of this unnamed woman (perhaps you met her previously, in her home in the country, repeatedly listing the events that led to—and might even have even caused—her neighbour’s death).

It seemed to me that The List, a work born of a mind, a memory, of suffering that was organized, measured, dissected, analyzed, studied, categorized, should be followed by the beating of a heart in love.

In The Carousel I wanted to hear the pulsing of flesh that was deeply alive. The quivering of human tissue.
This woman then leaves her house, gets into her car, escapes the fields and crosses an unforgiving icy landscape.

Then she returns home. She walks under the blazing sun, without bread or water, under the benign gaze of her grandmother, Marie.
She seeks and confronts the truth with the courage we know her to be capable of.

From her female ancestors, she has learned to hold, withhold, protect, care for and keep. From her male ancestors, she has learned the excitement of spectacular departures towards unknown horizons.

The Carousel is a carousel… you aren’t imagining it, the same figures appear and reappear, determined to repeat themselves ad inifinitum. I haven’t found a way to stop this movement of destinies, seasons, actions, gestures, impulses.

Jennifer Tremblay // Playwright
Nightwood The List
Most Recently Recent works include La Délivrance (a play for two characters) and De la Ville, Il ne me Reste que Toi (a book of illustrated poetry).
Elsewhere In 1990, Jennifer published a book of poetry entitled Histoires de foudre. She has written nearly a hundred episodes for the children’s television show Les Chatouilees (CBC) . In 2004, she co-founded the publishing house Éditions de la Bagnole with Martin Larocque . She published her first novel, Tout ce qui Brille, and several children’s books. In 2007, she published La Liste (The List), the play that won the Governor General’s Award (2008) and was premiered in French by Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (2010). The production won the Michel Tremblay Award and the Laurentian Bank Award. Translated into several languages, published in English and staged in several cities around the world , La Liste continues on its way.
Etcetera Jennifer is the editor and literary director of Éditions de la Bagnole.

Shelley Tepperman // Translator
Nightwood The List
Most Recently Recent play translations produced in Toronto include Pacamambo by Wajdi Mouawad (Canadian Rep Theatre, 2013), The List by Jennifer Tremblay (Nightwood, 2010) Moliere by Sabina Berman (Tarragon Theatre, 2008).
Elsewhere Shelley is a translator and dramaturg with a long history in Canadian theatre specializing in script development, project development and translation for the stage. Her 30 translations—three of which were nominated for the Governor General’s award—have been produced at CBC radio and on stages from coast to coast. Shelley translates from Spanish and Italian as well as from French, and one of her specialties is intercultural dramaturgy—helping cultural works travel to new contexts.
Etcetera Shelley is thrilled to be working with Nightwood and Allegra for a second time. Shelley also works in documentary film and television as a writer, story editor and director in both English and French.

Preview Articles

Megan Follows Directs Allegra Fulton - The Toronto Star

Megan Follows, making directorial debut, pushes the boundaries - Post City Magazine

The Carousel, Stage Preview - NOW Magazine

Review Articles

**** “Perfection” - The Toronto Star

“Tremblay’s writing is rich, delicate, muscular, sensual, even erotic” - Lynn Slotkin

“Allegra Fulton is an absurdly talented person” - Theatre Isn’t Dead

“Pure magic” - Mooney on Theatre

NNNN “a focused, powerful performance” - NOW Magazine

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