Down in the boiler room of an old hotel, Aggie Rose (Diana-Marie Stolz) has made her makeshift home. Sprugg (Eric Pettifor) visits and turns it into a venue for the imagination. They envision and embody those above them in the hotel, while Pete the Janitor (Gordo Blakhart) spies on them for his amusement.
This magical play was inspired by people playwright Rex Deverell met while living as a young theology student in a halfway house. The wealth of their stories is condensed into an opus where whimsy defies physical decay in a bitter sweet comedy of imagination transcendent.
Artists' Collective Theatre (ACT) has decided in the spirit of the play that a portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to thedropin.ca. "We felt that it was important to enage in that kindness which Deverell so emphasizes in his writing," says director Amanda Liz Cutting.
Boiler Room Suite Artists:
Gordo Blakhart is a locally born and raised talent. Mr. Blakhart has worked with several theatre groups in Calgary, including (but not limited to) Scorpio Theatre, Broad Minds Theatre, and Vision Theatre. He has also been cast in various local film, television and video productions. Mr. Blakhart is thankful to Amanda Cutting of Artist’s Collective Theatre for inviting him to play the role of Pete in this wonderful, thought provoking play, Boiler Room Suite. He is also honoured to be acting alongside the very talented Diana-Marie Korbisser/Stolz and the equally talented Eric Pettifor. Gordo played the role of Pete.
Amanda Liz Cutting is thrilled to be a part of Boiler Room Suite. Selected credits include Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Macbeth (1st Witch), Rumors (Chris), Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Under Milk Wood (9 Characters), Until the Glass Stops Working (Gillian) and a Poker Girls webisode. Recently she finished portraying Clair in Rel8Shun. She recently had the honour of directing a bunch of talented artists in Morpheus Theater's production of The Diary of Anne Frank as well as in ACT's last production, The Shape of a Girl. She is a Mount Royal University Graduate in Theatre Arts. Amanda held the position of Director.
Kat Fullerton is thrilled to be joining the cast and crew of Boiler Room Suite as their illustrious Stage Manager! Kat has a diploma in Theatre Arts from MRU, one from SAIT in TV Production and a lifelong passion for storytelling. Thank you to Amanda and everyone from ACT Theatre for welcoming her so warmly into the fold. She hopes you enjoy the show and have a great night. Kat held the position of Stage Manager.
Tyler Millar is pleased to be producing ACT's production of Boiler Room Suite. He wishes to thank friends and family for their support. Tyler held the position of Producer.
Aidan Lytton is a musician/sound artist residing here in Calgary. He graduated from the U of C with a multidisciplinary BA in spring 2012, and is currently pursuing sound design within the Calgary arts scene. Some of Aidan's previous projects include: a spot as the official sound designer for the 2013 Ignite! festival, sound design for Morpheus Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank (for which he won the 2013 CAT award Outstanding Soundscape in a Play) and sound design & composition for A Spark Extinguished by Steven Evanik. Most recently he did sound design for Sage Theatre's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His interests include improvisation, finding new sonic textures from unexpected sources, and original composition. Aidan held the position of Sound Designer.
Eric Pettifor directed ACT's inaugural production The Lonely Soldier Monologues in October of 2012, as well as ACT's The Apple Kingdom which won outstanding play at the Calgary One Act Festival (as well as outstanding director, and outstanding actress (Madelaine Suddaby)), and went on to the Calgary Fringe and Fort MacMurray Interplay Festivals. He is delighted to be acting once again under the direction of Amanda Liz (first time was as Otto Frank in Morpheus Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank), and for the first time with Diana-Marie and Gordo. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School. Eric played the role of Sprugg.
Brenda Spénard (née Goyetche) is a graduate from John Abbott College's Professional Theatre Program, Brenda has been very active in the Toronto and Calgary theatre scene over the past 18 years. Most recently Brenda designed and built the costumes for Morpheus Theatre's Gilbert and Sullivan Theatre School production of The Gondoliers. Other shows Brenda costumed include: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Under Milk Wood; and her CAT award winning design for Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This is Brenda's second production with ACT and she is thrilled to be part of this wonderful team of talented artists. Brenda held the position of Costume Designer.
Diana-Marie Stolz is a graduate of Rosebud School of the Arts' four year Performing Arts Programme, this is Diana-Marie's first opportunity to work with Artists' Collective Theatre. She is proud to play Aggie in this touching story. Past roles have included Sylvia in Heterophobia (Ignite!), Alice in First Church of Texaco (Fire Exit) and Goody Putnam in The Crucible (Rosebud). Much gratitude to husband Tom, her # 1 fan and the exuberant support of her four children and their loves. Diana-Marie played the role of Aggie Rose.