the red light district’s department of political agitation presents:
the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI
(in association with karfiol kollektiv)
by bertolt brecht
translated by jennifer wise
directed by ted witzel
playing at the great hall black box (1087 queen st. w)
november 21 – december 7, 2014
sponsored by: steamwhistle, NOW magazine, and the york university department of theatre.
MURDER! EXTORTION! TYRANNY AND THEFT!
chicago in the 1930s. something is rotten in the cauliflower industry. a financial crisis and a corruption scandal allow the city’s most notorious gangster to use brute force and intimidation to manhandle his way to the top of the city’s vegetable racket, leaving behind him a trail of corpses.
brecht’s parable play about the rise of hitler and the people who elected him was written in exile in finland in 1941, in the early years of the second world war, with no end to the nazi terror in sight. fast paced, funny, and shakespearean in scope, ARTURO UI is about the politicians who play dirty and the people who let them.
daniela pagliarello – ui
rodrigo trigueros – roma
mishka thébaud – givola
josh johnston – giri
alexandra augustine – dockdaisy
tyler hagemann – dogsborough
tina jung – ragg / betty dullfeet / carrots
tiana asperjan – clark / doctor
kayla childs – butcher / gangster / judge / amazonian slut / singer
rose tuong – flake / gangster / prosecution / orator
olivia clarke – mulberry / fish / church slut / gunman
fiorella pennano – carruther / jicama / young dogsborough / jailbait slut / gunman
eric rich – dullfeet / bowl / hook / token queer slut / gunman
sheri godda – sheet / french maid (who moonlights as a hooker) / o’casey (auditor-general) / mahoney (a washed up actor) / james greenwool (baritone and gangster) / defense / gunman / mourner
director – ted witzel
assistant directors & stage managers – nicole de angelis & maite jacobson
set, lights, and video – scott spidell
costumes, makeup and props – michelle tracey & amanda wong
production manager – christopher ross
producers – kerry freek & ted witzel
graphic design – richard jacobson
clark / doctor
tiana is a toronto-based actor and recent graduate of york university’s acting program. she is currently self-represented. recent credits include lucentia in the taming of the shrew, directed by ted witzel, and donalbaine in macbeth, directed by ker wells, both part of canadian stage’s shakespeare in high park 2013. favourite roles include dictator in howard barker’s wounds to the face, directed by geoffery hyland (theatre@york), and mustardseed in a midsummer night’s dream, directed by alison humphrey (theatre@york). it is with great pleasure that tiana reunites with her classmates to bring ui to life once again!
alexandra is ecstatic to be putting on those heels and be back at it with the cast and crew of the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI. she is tremendously grateful for the talent, generosity and hilarity that came with the rehearsals and remount of this production and she has many thanks to send to her peers, ted witzel and bertolt brecht for the stunning results. theatre @ york credits: kate (taming of the shrew), hippolyta (a midsummer night’s dream), surgeon (wounds to the face). other credits: lilith/producer of adam preformed in fringe alley plays, musician/producer/vocalist on musical album this leaves this room.
butcher / gangster / judge / amazonian slut / singer
kayla, co-founder of red bedroom theatre, is a toronto-based actor, dancer, choreographer, and recent graduate of york university’s acting conservatory. most recently kayla wrote, produced, and performed (as the character of eve) in the play (adam) in this past year’s toronto fringe festival alley plays. her york credits include: the woman at the mirror (wounds to the face) directed by geoffrey hyland, and philostrate (a midsummer night’s dream), junius brutus (coriolanus) directed by alison humphrey. kayla, stoked to be back with cigar in hand, thanks all of the donors and supporters who have helped make this exciting remount possible.
mulberry / fish / church slut / gunman
olivia clarke is a recent graduate of york university. her past credits include: the bride and double in wounds to the face by howard barker, fish and mulberry in the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI by bertolt brecht, and moth in a midsummer night’s dream. olivia is so very excited to be working with this bunch of crazy kooks again, this show is a wonderful adventure but working with the various artists involved makes it something unforgettable. thanks to all those who have supported my love of beets during this process and pushed me to look further into my love of vegetables.
nicole de angelis
assistant director & stage manager
nicole is a director, playwright, stage manager and deviser. she recently graduated from york university’s devised theatre and playwriting program. recent credits include writer/deviser/director in hack, performer and deviser in naked eye assistant director in the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI; stage manager for east of the sun, west of the moon and purgatory in ingleton. she is extremely excited to be a part of the remount of ui. you can see her upcoming work with mixed company theatre’s the boomerang project.
sheet / french maid (who moonlights as a hooker) / o’casey (auditor-general) / mahoney (a washed up actor) / james greenwool (baritone and gangster) / defense / gunman / mourner
sheri godda recently graduated with her bachelor of fine arts in acting from york university. she is currently represented by margaret thompson at parent management. given the variety of different roles entrusted to her in this play, she takes great pride in the process of exploring the comedic and tragic sides of herself with each of them. sheri feels extremely lucky to have such a talented group of castmates and friends to run this marathon of a play again together. recent credits include: titania (a midsummer nights dream / alison humphrey), tullus afudius (coriolanus / alison humphrey), st.joan / hockey player (the death of the spirit), the mother (wounds to the face / geoffrey hyland). film/tv: terrifried (nutjobs), the escape (ted belton).
tyler hagemann is a recent graduate of york university’s acting conservatory, and thrilled to be back with his colleagues for another round of the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI. tyler can’t wait to break further into the toronto theatre scene, and see all of the art that this city has to offer. big thanks to ted witzel, for his willingness to remount, and his always stirring imagery.
assistant director & stage manager
born and raised in the core of toronto, maite jacobson combines her background in choreography, visual arts, writing and design to generate new work and supplement the projects of others. recently completing york university’s devised theatre program, her credits include: director /deviser/choreographer for kata (theatre parallax) in this past year’s world stage design festival in cardiff, wales, assistant director for taming of the shrew in high park (canadian stage 2013), co-director/set designer/video-op for xyz (penumbra collective) in last year’s devised theatre festival @ york. maite is thrilled to be working with this talented cast and crew to finally remount the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI.
ragg / betty dullfeet / carrots
tina is a toronto-based actor and a recent graduate of york university holding a BFA degree in theatre. she is extremely proud and grateful to be part of this remount with her fellow peers and crew. she is the recipient of the jean gascon award in acting, imasco performing arts award and the sandra oh acting award. recent performances: shakespeare in the ruff with the guerrilla ruffian shakespeare squad, breakdown (upcoming youtube series) and summer lawn nights, a promo ad for cystic fibrosis canada. theatre@york credits: cominius (coriolanus), cobweb (a midsummer night’s dream), and woman with parasol (wounds to the face).
josh johnston is an actor, deviser and musician operating out of the GTA. having just graduated from york university, holding a BFA in theatre, josh’s theatre@york credits include troilus (troilus and cressida), narcissus (wounds to the face) and lysander (a midsummer night’s dream). other credits include writer/deviser/performer in hack (theatre sentinel), and thespis in something is wrong (naught, a theatre company). josh is a member of the experimental collaboration other families with whom he sings, plays bass and organizes theatrics. josh is thrilled to be working with this group of innovative and hilarious artists again.
daniela pagliarello // bfa honours, actor, choreographer, writer // was born in ottawa.
recharged from a lengthy junket in europe, she’s honored to be working on this scintillating play once again with the entire original cast, the champion crew and herr direktor witzel.
she lives for collaborating, digs jack white, likes free night at the ago, and loves being around inspiring people.
carruther / jicama / young dogsborough / jailbait slut / gunman
fiorella pennano graduated from york’s acting conservatory in 2013. raised in lima, peru, she moved to toronto in 2009 for her training. camila’s bones was her debut role in summerworks theatre festival 2013 and she is now honoured for participating in this remount of ui with a group of people that continue to amaze her. she couldn’t be more grateful to be working with such a talented team again. theatre@york credits include: the terrorist in wounds to the face, peaseblossom in midsummer nights dream, and first citizen in coriolanus.
dullfeet / bowl / hook / token queer slut / gunman
originally from northern ontario, eric came to toronto to train in york university’s acting conservatory. with a background in physical theatre, eric enjoys creating and choreographing original works. eric has been fortunate enough to play such roles as the lover in howard barker’s wounds to the face, directed by the wonderful geoffrey hyland, arthur in the catalyst project’s premier of outlet, and beta minor in theatre parallax’s debut kata at the world stage design festival 2013 in cardiff, wales. eric also played regan in mark pariselli’s short film monster mash.
mishka was born in miami and raised in port-au-prince, haiti. he moved to canada at 19 and decided to try his luck at acting. after three years of rigorous training at york university he has come to find his ultimate passion in life. his first professional credits include defiance, republic of doyle, and played. mishka would also like to thank everyone who was involved with the production of the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI for somehow making this show possible.
costumes, makeup and props
michelle tracey is thrilled to be a part of karfiol kollektiv’s remount of ui! michelle is a designer and multidisciplinary theatre artist. she is currently working as a design intern for tarragon theatre’s 2013/14 season. she is also an avid costumer, working to expand her knowledge of period costume construction and corsetry. as a designer, her recent work includes: costume design for: tick, tick…boom! (angelwalk theatre), purgatory in ingleton (summerworks), a midsummer night’s dream (theatre@york). set design for: parade (stageworks toronto) and lips together, teeth apart (vanier college productions). upcoming: costume design for labour (coyote collective, 2014).
rodrigo trigueros is a toronto-based actor. a recent graduate of the york acting program, his theatre@york credits including the man (wounds to the face), roma (the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI),snug (a midsummer night’s dream),and diomedes (troilus and cressida). rodrigo is very excited to explore this project once more with a such a great team of talented actors and artists, bringing the fun of it to the city of toronto. enjoy.
flake / gangster / prosecution / orator
rose is a toronto-based actor, insecure autobiographer, and helpless gourmand. she graduated in 2013 with a BFA in acting from york university. past credits include coriolanus in coriolanus (dir. alison humphrey), youth/painter in wounds to the face (dir. geoffrey hyland), and cressida in troilus and cressida (dir. ted witzel). she is a recipient of the jean gascon acting award. upcoming: fortune teller in the short film strange light (dir. lauren hunter).
taedon witztl doesnt live here anymore.
a toronto based-director, writer, producer, and jack-of-many-things-theatre, ted witzel is the artistic director of the red light district. a graduate the inaugural cohort of york university and canadian stage’s MFA in stage direction, ted works as a director in canada and germany. recent credits in toronto include: yukonstyle (canadian stage), the taming of the shrew (canadian stage), and troilus and cressida (theatre@york). for the red light district, ted has directed SUDDENLY last summer, …la ronde…, the WITCH of edmonton, WOYZECK, METHUSALEM, IVONA princess of burgundia, and titus andronicus!. in 2009, ted played the title role in THE MISANTHROPE at the drake hotel.
costumes, makeup and props
upcoming: set and lighting designer labour (coyote collective) february 2014, set designer road (theatre @ york) march 2013.
past credits: assistant set designer: farther west (soulpepper theatre). assistant costume designer: the taming of the shrew (canadian stage). scenic artist: parade (stageworks toronto); macbeth, the taming of the shrew (canadian stage). costume and prop designer: purgatory in ingleton (summerworks); the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo UI (theatre@york). head of props: midsummer night’s dream (theatre@york). sound designer: like a generation, horizon (coyote collective); hippolytos (theatre@york). assistant lighting designer: fragments (no parachute theatre). lighting designer: like a generation (coyote collective); meat (playground theatre festival).