THE Last Show on Earth!™
Written by Breton Lalama
Directed by Sedina Fiati
Starring Xavier Lopez, Allister MacDonald, Natasha Negovanlis and Neta J Rose
Stage directions read by Gus Monet
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“Good morning. You have 201 days til the end of the world. Have a nice day.” The world is ending, and the countdown is on. But hasn’t your world already ended? Everyday, a million times?
Content warning: this show explores transphobia, homophobia, misgendering, narcissism, racism and suicide.
Special thanks to Nightwood Innovators Rebecca Bauer, Alex Cameron, Maria Alejandra Cortes, Erin Jones, Emily Maxwell, Gus Monet and Camille Rogers.
About the playwright
Breton Lalama (he/they) is a queer, trans enbie human person who does lots of different things. They combine mediums to encourage sociopolitical dialogue and bring attention to the absurdities present in everyday “normality”. They really like tomato soup.
As a stand up, accordion playing comedian: Yuk Yuks Halifax; Comedy Bar Toronto; The Rivoli Toronto; Toronto Sketchfest.
As an actor: 2020 Merrit Award Nominee; 2018 Emerging Artist Award (Theatre Ontario); 2014 Broadway World Award; Neptune Theatre; Winter Garden Theatre; First Ontario PAC; Toronto Center for the Performing Arts; Hair National Tour. Upcoming: first transmasc human to play Riff Raff (Neptune Theatre).
Sedina Fiati (she/they)
Sedina Fiati is a Toronto based performer, producer, director, creator and activist for stage and screen. Proudly Black and queer, Sedina is deeply invested in artistic work that explores the intersection between art and activism, either in form or structure or ideally both. Sedina holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor and has been active as a theatre artist for over 15 years. Favourite and recent artistic projects: Children’s Peace Camp (Children’s Peace Theatre, director), Every Day She Rose (Nightwood Theatre, co-director), Switch: The Village (collective member, QTBIPOC street performance, Buddies in Bad Times 2018 & 2019), Feminist Fuck It Festival (multidisciplinary festival, co-creator and co-producer). Upcoming projects: Switching Queen(s) (devised street performance), Last Dance (a web series). Sedina is also a facilitator and panelist in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion. Recent work: Nightwood Theatre’s Feminist Unconference (facilitator), Toronto Fringe (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit Co-Facilitator), Stratford Symposium 2019 (panelist), Reel World Film Festival 2019 (panel moderator), Making Space for Conflict with the AFC (facilitator), CTV’s Your Morning (panelist), Woke 2.0 Social Justice Workshop series (creator and facilitator).
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Xavier Lopez (he/him)
A graduate of the University of Victoria’s Theatre Program(’12), Xavier has appeared on TV(Star Trek Discovery,Titans ,Y-The last Man) as well as streaming series(The Coroner, Designated survivor, Sort Of) and movies(Letters To Satan Claws, Fire Starter). He continues to act on stage(No Clowns Allowed, For Both Resting And Breeding) and in 2020 his portrayal of ‘Angel’ in “Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train” was nominated for Dora Moor Award.
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Allister MacDonald (he/him)
Allister (Allie) MacDonald is a Cape Breton born Queer identified Actor based in Toronto. 2020 ACTRA Award Winner for Outstanding Lead Performance for his portrayal of Drag Queen JOAN of Arkansas in the Feature Film Stage Mother (eOne/Momentum), starring alongside Lucy Liu & 2x Academy Award Nominee Jacki Weaver. Theatre Credits (Selected): The Mad Hatter in ALICE IN PANTOLAND (Neptune Theatre); Whale Riding Weather (TheatreOutre); This London Life (The Grand/Morris Panych); Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love (Neptune); Foreign Tongue the Musical (Factory/NSTF); Rope Running Out(Lemon Tree Creations); Kitsault(Price/Pucl); The Weekend Healer(Kazan Co-op)
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Natasha Negovanlis (she/her)
Natasha Negovanlis (she/her) is a Canadian Screen Award winning actor and proud bisexual based out of Toronto, who gained notoriety for playing the titular role in the hit series and feature film Carmilla. Since her portrayal of the “broody lesbian vampire” she has earned a global fanbase on social media, where she candidly writes about mental health, intersectional feminism, and positive 2SLGBTQ+ representation.
In addition to her acting and digital influence, Natasha has a background as a classically trained soprano who studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and she is the co-writer and co-producer of the 2018 NYC Web Fest Award winning dramedy series CLAIREvoyant, which she co-created with Annie Briggs and Executive Producer Shaftesbury Digital. Currently, she is working as a commercial voice actor and probably drinking too much coffee as you read this.
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Neta J. Rose (they/them)
Neta J. Rose is a proud Ashkenazi Jewish queer non-binary redheaded tomboy-femme geek. They are an actor, visual artist, poet, and theatre creator based in Toronto/Tkaronto. Neta is a founding member of Create! Youth Theatre, in Scotland, now entering its 13th year. On this side of the pond, they have toured Ontario researching, creating, and performing site-specific community-engaged multimedia works and producing documentaries, including “The Cyprus Project”, in partnership with Driftwood Theatre, as part of their tenure with FiXT POiNT Arts & Media.
Prior to COVID, Neta was last seen on Ottawa stages as in Darrah Teitel’s The Omnibus Bill, and in Odyssey Theatre’s The Bonds of Interest – and they will return to the Toronto stage in 2022 as Professor Preobazhensky in Nowadays Theatre’s new adaptation of Heart of a Dog.
Neta is a frequent audiobook narrator and voice actor appearing in radio plays. Most recently they narrated the novel What’s The Matter With Mary Jane, a new mystery by Candas Jane Dorsey from ECW Press, and featured in the “podplay” production of Henry G20: an ambitious new work by Christine Brubaker, set in Toronto during the G20 protests and mass arrests of 2010. Henry G20 had its world premiere as part of the Luminato Toronto International Festival of the Arts.
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