Johnny Belinda by Elmer Harris and Onceuponia by Jackie Torrens
The Montgomery Theatre will present Johnny Belinda by Elmer Harris and a new play, Onceuponia by Jackie Torrens. Meridian Farms is the 2010 season sponsor.
Island artists Jackie Torrens, Mike Ross, Alex Scott, painter Karen Gallant and Artistic Director Duncan McIntosh will create these multimedia productions. Johnny Belinda, the original play, has never been performed in Canada. Written by Island summer resident Elmer Harris in 1940, it was made into an Academy Award winning movie in 1948, NBC television show in 1967 and the famous Charlottetown Festival Musical version in 1968. Johnny Belinda is a passionate love story about a deaf girl from Kings County, PEI in 1894. This tale of murder, courage, revenge and unstoppable love is based on the real life story of Lydia Dingwell.
Duncan McIntosh directs Alex Scott as Black Macdonald, with a new musical score composed by Mike Ross.
The World Premiere of Onceuponia—A Fantasy for Adults is a full length comedy debuting this summer. Jackie Torrens, Gemini Award winning writer (The Trailer Park Boys), bases her new play on fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson, L.M. Montgomery’s earliest literary influence. This exciting multimedia production will include a combine live actors and larger-than-life sized puppets designed by Island artist, Karen Gallant.
Karen Gallant is a native of South Rustico. Her work is now part of many private collections in the Maritime Region and around the world. Inspired by elements and rhythms of the Islands landscape, people, nature and local stories, Gallant’s work seeks the mysterious spark at the heart of Island stories that have been passed down by generations of natural observers and tellers.
Duncan McIntosh has directed theatre, opera and special events around the world for 30 years. He has provided Artistic Direction for Canada’s largest theatres including The Charlottetown Festival, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Theatre Plus, Toronto and the Shaw Festival where he founded the Academy of the Shaw Festival. He founded the Prince Edward Island Conservatory where he is currently Artistic Director.
Mike Ross is an accomplished musician and actor who has combined his classical training with a pop sensibility to produce work including The Dennis Lee Project and Civil Elegies, also with poet Dennis Lee. Mike recently returned from a six week residency at The Globe Theatre, London. He received a Dora award for his composition of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre production of Under Milkwood.
Alex Scott has appeared as an actor on Broadway (Moliere’s the Misanthrope), Off Broadway where his work includes many of Tony Award winner Warren Leight’s plays. Alex has appeared in more than fifty regional theatre plays including at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His television credits include Law and Order, his independent film appearances include the work of directors Lodge Kerrigan (Kean), Amos Kollek (Bitter Glory) and Campbell Scott (Company Retreat). As a writer, Alex created The Hearth with Kevin Bacon and Dana Ivey at Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Bastard, an ensemble creation. Bastard II is now being created with an ensemble of PEI artists at Factory Atlantic in Charlottetown. As a producer, Alex created the theatre component of the First New York International Festival of the Arts.
Jackie Torrens is a writer and actor. Her critically acclaimed plays include Tales From The Glockenspiel That Is My Heart, Strange Antiques and Fables. Her play, Georama, premiered at the National Arts Center and Live! Nude! Animal!, which she also starred in, was filmed for the Bravo!. Several of her plays have been nominated for Robert Merritt awards. She has been nominated for a Gemini for her writing work on the hit series Trailer Park Boys. As she has won two Geminis for her acting work as secretary Wanda Mattice on CBC’s Made In Canada.