Written and Directed by Karen Hines
Starring Amanda Cordner, Belinda Corpuz, Lucy Hill, Amy Rutherford and Zorana Sadiq
Stage Management by Ken James Stewart
Assistant Direction by Teiya Kasahara
Governor General Award-nominated, powerhouse playwright Karen Hines (The Pochsy Plays; Crawlspace) serves up a biting meditation on capitalism, consumption, precarity and hope in her latest dark comedy. Set in the extraordinarily modern bistro of an all-women’s condominium, All The Little Animals I Have Eaten follows a tender-hearted young server on the most harrowing shift of her life. With a stellar cast of comedic performers, this timely play examines the commodification of feminism, neo-liberalism, and the increasingly unattainable dream of snatching a piece of the real estate pie.
“Hines is an inimitable creator in Canadian theatre, an incredibly visual writer with a singular sense of humour that’s insightful and twisted. Alarms should go off whenever she has a new work in town, especially after the harrowing real-estate horror story of her solo show Crawlspace.”
– Toronto Star
“Karen Hines’ wild mind shines”
– The Half Step
Approximate run time: 90 minutes, no intermission (subject to change)
Written and Directed by Karen Hines
Starring Amanda Cordner, Belinda Corpuz, Lucy Hill, Amy Rutherford and Zorana Sadiq
Set and Costume Design by Gillian Gallow
Lighting Design by Bonnie Beecher
Music & Sound Design by Richard Feren *roughly adapted for streamed experience
Choreography by Tracey Power
Production Dramaturgy by Guillermo Verdecchia
Stage Management by Ken James Stewart
Assistant Direction by Teiya Kasahara*
Associate Sound Design by Maddie Bautista
Head of Wardrobe Joyce Padua
Co-Production Managers Pip Bradford and Ellen Brooker
Accessibility Consultant Jessica Watkin
Song: Melody & Lyrics by Karen Hines; Arrangement by Richard Feren; Additional Harmonies by the Cast.
*Made possible through the Canada Council for the Arts
Row 1 L-R: Amanda Cordner, Belinda Corpuz, Lucy Hill, Amy Rutherford, Zorana Sadiq
Row 2 L-R: Karen Hines, Tracy Power, Guillermo Verdecchia, Teiya Kasahara, Ken James Stewart
Row 3 L-R: Bonnie Beecher, Gillian Gallow, Joyce Padua, Richard Feren, Maddie Bautista
Row 4 L-R: Pip Bradford, Ellen Brooker, Jessica Watkin
Maddie Bautista | Associate Sound Design
Maddie Bautista is a Bi, Saudi Arabia-born Filipinx sound designer and theatre artist. Maddie has been nominated for a Dora Award for her music in Eraser at RISER 2019, and also nominated for the 2020 Pauline McGibbon Award. Selected sound credits: bug (Theatre Passe Muraille), Wah Wah Wah (Wildside 2020), Private Eyes (lemonTree creations), The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers, and Little Brothers (b current). Her performance art duo xLq has received the Nightswimming’s 5×25 2017 Commission and NOW Magazine’s Audience Choice Award 2018 for co-creating 4inXchange, which is currently touring across Canada. She is the recipient of fu-GEN Theatre’s inaugural Walk the Walk Commission for emerging femme Asian-Canadian playwrights for her play Kersey Kamayan Gets Woke. http://www.maddiebautista.com
Bonnie Beecher | Lighting Design
Bonnie has designed over 350 productions for theatre, opera and dance across Canada and internationally.
Recent productions include SEX (shaw festival), The Crucible (Stratford), Rigoletto (Edmonton Opera), Seid Umschlangen (Karlsruhe Ballet, Germany), Jacqueline (Tapestry Opera), Paradise Lost (Centaur theatre), and Mary Poppins, and ROOM (The Grand ).
Upcoming projects include Maria Stuart (Karlsruhe Ballet, Germany), The Devils Disciple (Shaw), and Swan Lake (National Ballet of Canada).
Pip Bradford | Co-Production Manager
Pip Bradford is a production manager and stage manager for many companies in Toronto, including Anandam DanceTheatre, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, ProArte Danza, 7a*11d Performance Art Festival, SummerWorks Performance Festival, Red Sky Performance, Nightwood Theatre, Ahuri Theatre, and The Theatre Centre. Pip also creates installation art with Rebecca Vandevelde as Art is Hard Productions and is one of the founders of The Bellows, a monthly mixer aimed at bringing artists and production staff together.
Ellen Brooker | Co-Production Manager
Ellen Brooker is a stage manager, production manager, and production designer and builder. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries from Central St Martin’s (London, England), and has been happily applying her imagination to exciting projects in Toronto and internationally ever since. Selected credits include:
• Production Manager for Kingston-based digital arts festival, foldA 2020
• Costume and Set Design Assistant for Lucid Ludic’s Brain Storm, in Association with Why Not Theatre
• Stage Management for Morro & Jasp: Save the Date at Red Pearl Womxn international clown festival, Helsinki 2020
• Stage Management for Soup Can Theatre and Three Ships Collective’s 2019 remount of A Christmas Carol at Campbell House Museum
Find her next in development with comedic mastermind Kat Letwin’s creepy Fringe 2020 show, and with CorpOLuz Theatre’s Siranoush, an excerpt of which was well received at the 2019 Caminos Festival.
Amanda Cordner | Performer
Amanda Cordner is a creator and performer currently creating and performing in Toronto.
Belinda Corpuz | Performer
Belinda Corpuz is a Filipina-Canadian actor, singer/songwriter, musician, and creator. Her EP, All I Am, has garnered national radio-play, including features on CBC Radio. Belinda is a core member of Filipina multi-award-winning group, Tita Collective. She holds a BMus in Performance – Jazz Voice from the University of Toronto-Faculty of Music. Selected Theatre: Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre), Tita Jokes (Tita Collective), Hilot Means Healer (Cahoots), Prairie Nurse (Factory Theatre/Thousand Islands Playhouse) Film: Lola’s Wake (Canadian Film Centre), Jezebel (Reel Asian International Film Festival), Clown Killer (Wattpad/Cinecoup). http://www.belindacorpuz.com
Richard Feren | Composer/Sound Designer *roughly adapted for streamed experience
Richard has been creating music & sound designs for theatre, dance & film since 1992.
For Nightwood: A Blow In The Face, Asking For It, Unholy, Refuge.
Recent theatre: The Flick, Jerusalem, Dr. Silver (Outside The March); Betrayal, Copenhagen, Sisters, Animal Farm (Soulpepper); Measure For Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Every Brilliant Thing (Canadian Stage); The Father, The Nether (Coal Mine); Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre); Every Brilliant Thing, The Wars, Silence (The Grand Theatre).
Film/TV: Features: It’s Hard To Be Human; The Anniversary; Burning, Burning; A Trip to the Island; Past Perfect; Possible Worlds. Numerous short films.
Awards: 1999 Pauline McGibbon Award, seven Dora Awards, shortlisted for 2012 Siminovitch Prize.
Gillian Gallow | Set and Costume Designer
Selected Design Credits: Hadrian and Louis Riel (costumes, Canadian Opera Company); An Octoroon, Stage Kiss and The Russian Play (set/costumes, Shaw Festival); Art (set/costumes, Soulpepper) August: Osage County, Idomeneus, Orlando, Testament of Mary and Incident at Vichy (costumes, Soulpepper), King Lear and Stuff Happens (set/costumes; NAC); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Million Dollar Quartet and Hand to God (set/costumes, RMTC) A Christmas Carol (set, RMTC), and The Runner (set/costume, Human Cargo/TPM). Upcoming: Costumes for Wolf Hall (Stratford) and costumes for The Devil’s Disciple (Shaw). Awards: Gillian has been nominated for eight Dora Mavor Moore awards receiving four and is the recipient of the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.
Lucy Hill | Performer
Lucy is delighted to be making her Nightwood Theatre/Crow’s Theatre debut with All the Little Animals I Have Eaten. Select theatre: Cake Walk (The Blyth Festival); Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre); I, Claudia (Neptune Theatre, Imperial Theatre, Globe Theatre); The Cure for Death by Lightning (Western Canada Theatre); Tails from the City (Common Boots Theatre); The Night’s Mare, The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy (Caravan Farm Theatre); That Summer, The Clockmaker (Theatre North West); Gracie, Romeo & Juliet (Globe Theatre). Select improv: Toronto, I Love You, La Grande Jatte, The Curator, and Pushpins (Bad Dog Theatre). Select film/TV: Shut Up (written by and starring Lucy), Band Ladies, The Baroness von Sketch Show, Soul Decision Comedy.
http://www.lucyadelehill.com & @lucyadelehill
Karen Hines | Playwright and Director
Karen began as a performer on the fringes and emerged as an award-winning author, director and a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama (The Pochsy Plays; Drama: Pilot Episode). She is also a Dora Award-winning director and performer. She has directed premiere productions of Linda Griffiths’ Age of Arousal (ATP), Michelle Thrush’s Inner Elder (One Yellow Rabbit, Nightwood) as well as adult horror clowns Mump & Smoot with whom she has toured across North America. A Second City alumna, Karen has performed extensively in Canadian stage, television and film. She is a Gemini nominee, and spent three seasons on CBC’s Emmy Award-winning Newsroom; her own prize-winning short films featuring her darkly comedic persona ‘Pochsy’ have screened on six continents. Karen is a National Magazine Award-winning writer, and her solo stage adaption Crawlspace has toured across Canada and is being adapted through Telefilm as a feature-length horror. Currently, All the Little Animals I Have Eaten is being translated into French, and will be staged at the Jamais Lu Festival in Montreal this May.
Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 | Assistant Director
Teiya (they/them) is a queer, gender non-binary, multi-disciplinary performer/creator, and first-generation Nikkei-Canadian settler proud to make Tkarón:to their home. Most recently praised as “a force of nature” (Toronto Star) and “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail), Teiya combines opera, theatre, and taiko in their artistic practice and recently co-founded Amplified Opera, a new initiative which is bringing Toronto an “injection of […] creativity & politics of inclusivity” (barczablog) to the opera community. Current: Intern Artistic Director/Artist in Residence at Nightwood Theatre; Performer Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Discord and Din/Buddies), and soloist Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Kingston Symphony). Next season Teiya will premiere their original work The Queen In Me in Toronto. Teiya is a co-founder of Queer AF Collective, founder of the Vocal Dojo, and is a graduate of Generator’s Artist Producer Training. More info visit: http://www.teiyakasahara.com
Joyce Padua | Head of Wardrobe
Joyce Padua is a Toronto-based costume designer, cutter, and head of wardrobe. A recent BFA graduate of York University, her work as a cutter and head of wardrobe has been featured in several productions including shows with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, and Young People’s Theatre. Previous theatre credits include: Costume design: The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Rendezvous With Madness Festival), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Crescent School), Orlando (Theatre@York), Wardrobe assistant: Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage), Sweat (Canadian Stage) Head of Wardrobe: Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre), Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre), Marjorie Prime (Coal Mine Theatre).
Tracey Power | Choreographer
Tracey has worked across Canada and internationally as a director, choreographer, actor and writer. Most recently she choreographed and wrote GLORY, inspired by the true story of the women’s hockey team the Preston Rivulettes, which, just finished a twenty-four week Cross-Canada tour, the musical Miss Shakespeare, and Chelsea Hotel, The Songs of Leonard Cohen. She also directed/choreographed Elf, The Musical for Western Canada Theatre, choreographed La Traviata for Vancouver Opera, Onegin for the Arts Club, three seasons of the East Van Panto and The Winter’s Tale for Bard on the Beach. She will direct/choreograph Hello Dolly! for TUTS this summer and direct the premiere of Hey Viola! The Viola Desmond Project in September at WCT starring Krystle Dos Santos. She is the recipient of the Jessie Richardson, Elizabeth Sterling and Betty Mitchel Awards for her work. http://www.traceypower.ca
Amy Rutherford | Performer
Amy Rutherford trained at The National Theatre School and Stratford Conservatory. Selected theatre credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (Soulpepper Theatre) As You Like It (Canadian Stage) Our Class (Studio 180) The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary) Divisadero (Necessary Angel) and Goodness (Volcano Theatre) Amy has also written several plays including Mortified (Studio 58, Touchstone) which recently won The PGC’s Carol Bolt Award for best play of 2018.
Zorana Sadiq | Performer
A Toronto-based actor and singer, Zorana has recently been seen in Bend it Like Beckham (Starvox), Towards Youth (Crow’s Theatre), Helen’s Necklace (Canadian Rep Theatre), The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots Theatre), Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel Theatre), Sultans of the Street (Young People’s Theatre- Dora Mavor Moore Award), CHILD-ISH (Summerworks), Eleven Moons, Vocalissimus (Boston Musica Viva.) Air India: Redacted (Turningpoint Ensemble), Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker (Bad New Days/Toca Loca), Dido in Dido and Aeneas: 21st Century Remix (Soulpepper Global Cabaret Festival), Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation (Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony). Television: Little Mosque on the Prairie, Designated Survivor, Kim’s Convenience.
Upcoming: The Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage), Paradise Lost (Canadian Stage).
Ken James Stewart | Stage Manager
Nightwood: Stage Manager for Lo (or Dear Mr Wells), Legally Blonde (Lawyer Show); Assistant Stage Manager for Guys and Dolls (Lawyer Show), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Lawyer Show)
Elsewhere: Stage Manager for Alice the Magnet (Theatre Animal); The Subjection of Kezia / Poof, Far Away (Shaw Festival Director’s Project); Apprentice Stage Manager for The Ladykillers, The Horse and His Boy, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Orchard (After Chekhov) (Shaw Festival); Herringbone / The Yalta Game, For Both Resting and Breeding (TIFT). Actor in productions with the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Segal Centre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Orangeville and others.
Other: Duddy in the original cast recording of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravtiz by Alan Menken and David Spencer, available on iTunes.
“You were made for the place where your real PASSION meets COMPASSION because there lies your real PURPOSE” – Ann Voskamp
Guillermo Verdecchia | Production Dramaturge
Guillermo is a multi-award-winning Toronto-based theatre-maker fond of compound words. He recently directed The Jungle at the Tarragon Theatre, and heads new play development at Soulpepper Theatre. He is delighted to be working with Karen Hines and Nightwood.
Jessica Watkin | Accessibility Consultant
Jessica Watkin is a Blind PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies with research focus in Disability and Performance, specifically Disabled artists and Dramaturgy in Canada. She is an interdisciplinary artist and dramaturg, focusing on tactile-based storytelling and Disability Dramaturgy. Jessica is a consultant for accessibility and Blind community input and has worked with such companies as lemontree Productions, Luminato, Animacy Theatre, and many more. She is currently a Relaxed Performance trainer and facilitator for the British Council and Tangled Art + Disability. Accessibility Consulting and Disability Dramaturgy:
Live and for one night only on Friday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm! While our run of Karen Hines’ latest work All the Little Animals I Have Eaten had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, Nightwood is thrilled to present a streamed reading of this timely dark comedy directly to your living room.
Join us on Nightwood’s YouTube page Friday, April 3rd and catch our brilliant cast performing their roles from their individual homes over Zoom. Though this will undoubtedly be different and more DIY than what the full production would have delivered, we are excited to share this thought-provoking script read by some of the city’s most magnetic and hilarious performers.
This live-streamed reading is made possible by our donors, subscribers and those who purchased a ticket and requested a tax receipt. If you are planning on joining us and if you have the means, we are gratefully
accepting donations from those who tune in – please click here to donate. We are proud to be supporting our cast and creative team by honouring their contracts through to the end of the run of the show, and we greatly appreciate your support in return.
Saturday March 28 – 7:30PM – Talkback with Alexandra Cote on Affordable Housing
Alexandra Cote is a four-time Winner of the NOW Reader’s Choice Award for the Best Real Estate Agent in Toronto, as well as Chair of the Central Government Relations Sub-Committee at the Toronto Real Estate Board, and an active member of the Government Relations and Affordable Housing Committees.
Thursday April 2 – 7:30PM
Join us for a post-show talkback with the cast of All the Little Animals I Have Eaten.
Sunday April 5 – 2:00PM – Relaxed Performance
Babes in arms and access in and out of the theatre during the performance will be permitted for this matinee. The house lights stay slightly raised throughout performance and there will be no production sounds higher than 90 decibels.
Tuesday April 7 – 7:30PM – Dinner With Friends
Support Nightwood by purchasing a ticket to our Dinner With Friends fundraising event on April 7th! Your $250.00 ticket includes a beautiful meal and drinks at Gare de l’Est, where we’ll be celebrating the launch of our 2020/21 Season; a ticket that evening’s performance of All The Little Animals I Have Eaten at 7:30pm; and a charitable tax receipt of $100.00.
Wednesday April 8 – 7:30PM – Talkback with Karen Hines
Join us for a post-show talkback with All the Little Animals I Have Eaten playwright and director Karen Hines.
From all of us at Nightwood Theatre:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the run of Karen Hines’ All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, slated to run from March 24-April 11, in a commitment to the health and wellbeing of our artists, audiences, staff and the public at large.
We have pledged to support our artists through to the end of their contracts and are grateful for your support and patience in these uncertain times.
For those who purchased tickets, we will be creating a “creative documentation” of this work which we will share with you while we practice social distancing. For those seeking reimbursement, we humbly request you consider turning your ticket purchase into a tax receiptable donation. Alternatively, we can offer you a credit for the tickets you have purchased to see one of Nightwood Theatre’s future productions in the next eighteen months or refund your ticket. In any case, we hope to see everyone at the theatre in the near future.
For purchases made through Crow’s box office, and Crow’s season passholders, please contact Crow’s Theatre – https://www.crowstheatre.com/about-crows/contact-us. For Nightwood Theatre’s season passholders please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we may move to a work from home protocol.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented period. Your patronage means so much to us and we are incredibly saddened that we are unable to bring this incredible work to the stage at this time.