Behind the Truth

Your Side, My Side, and the Truth by Rebecca Auerbach is a Compass and Trying Science Co-Production.

Renata: she has a big mouth.

Rebecca Auerbach: Playwright & Performer 
Rebecca Auerbach is an award-winning actor, singer and writer based out of Toronto. She has worked extensively in theatre, film and television from coast to coast. Selected theatre credits include: Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth Festival), The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Festival Players), A Lie of the Mind (Main Street Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Calgary) East of Berlin (Alberta Theatre Projects- Betty Award Nomination), The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Charlottetown Festival, Blyth Festival, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Drayton Festival) Rabbit Hole (Arts Club-Jessie Award Nomination), Thicker Than Water (Yorick Theatre- Jessie Award Nomination), Reverend Jonah, Queen Milli of Galt, Another Season’s Harvest (Blyth Festival), Escape From Happiness (Factory Theatre), Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Loves Labours Lost (Bard on the Beach), Unity 1918 (Theatre Aquarius), The Dead Reckoning, Hello Dolly! (The Vancouver Playhouse- Jessie Award), Merlin (Carousel Theatre) Lenny and Reno (Toronto Fringe Festival).

Film & TV credits include: Reach, Alleys, The Armoire, Hard-Boiled Eggs, Sahara Sahara, Billable Hours, The Tracy Fragments, and loads of commercials.

Rebecca is a graduate of Studio 58.

Adriana Bucz: Director & Co-Producer
Adriana Bucz is a theatre artist based in Toronto, Canada with frequent excursions to other parts of the planet. She received her training at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, where she has taught as an acting instructor. She has been involved as a producer for the acclaimed and award-winning Leaky Heaven Circus and Mascall Dance in Vancouver, and is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Craning Neck Theatre, an experimental theatre and performance art company that will be premiering a new work by acclaimed playwright Erik Ehn in early 2013. In Toronto, she is active as a freelance director, dramaturge, and actor, and she recently accepted a new position at Dance Collection Danse, Canada’s national dance archive and publisher.

Her work involves a broad spectrum: performance, dramaturgy, direction, production, and includes a strong focus on community involvement and new play development. Adriana has worked with a wide variety of artists, including performance artist Maya Suess, dancer Tanya Marquardt, dance/performance group battery opera, Neworld Theatre, the Vancouver super-group Progress Lab, and playwrights Michael Springate, Tony Diamanti, and Jeremy Waller, among others. She is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Adriana has created work in an art gallery, a rock club, inside a shipping container, a warehouse, the kitchen of her friend’s ex-husband, an international performing arts festival, a busy street, a bus, a fancy clothing store, a beach, as well as various theatres.

Melanie Dowler: Co-Producer
Melanie Dowler is a dance and textile artist based in Toronto, Canada. From India to Idaho and many places in between she has had the great fortune of exploring and creating all over this fine globe. As a dancer, Melanie has worked with Marlise McCormick, Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, and, for a magical moment, Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has worked as an assistant costume designer for Leaky Heaven Circus, Studio 58, and Mortal Coil. Her love of DIY art, dance, costuming, and questions around sexuality and performance drew her into the world of burlesque. As a burlesque performer Melanie has worked with Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society on numerous productions including:The Taboo Review, Orgy of the Dead, and Melody Manglers debut production of Sex, Violence and Nursery Rhymes. She was a founding member and choreographer for The Crossed Lovers, a troupe who performed at any punk rock joint (or anywhere really) that would take them. She has been a featured performer at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival for numerous years.  As a Voodoo Doll for Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls, Melanie gleefully twirled flaming pasties and set parts of her body on fire all over North America. There is very little this woman won’t try. Most recently she is working as the co-founder and co-producer of Trying Science Productions, a new experimental performance collective. She also teaches contemporary dance to homeless and street involved youth at SKETCH and makes funny cross stitches whenever she can. She is thrilled to be co-producing this wonderful project.

Max: he’s a kissing bandit.

Jeff Gladstone: Performer
Jeff is a Vancouver-based actor who has spent most of his career working on new plays. Selected credits include Back To You: The Life and Music of Lucille Starr (Musical TheatreWorks/Firehall Arts Centre/Gateway Theatre/Prairie Theatre Exchange), The Wars (Theatre Calgary/Vancouver Playhouse), Qualities of Zero (Atomic Vaudeville) and Blanche: The Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (New York Musical Theatre Festival/High Performance Rodeo ’13). Other theatre credits include Saint Joan, South Pacific, Charlie’s Aunt (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Move Over Mrs Markham (Stage West), Buddy (Arts Club Theatre Company) and Whale Riding Weather (Zee Zee Theatre). Jeff is an Artistic Associate at Monster Theatre and founded the Here Be Monsters Festival, which presented over 60 new 15-minute plays from 2006 – 2011. He is also a performer and teacher with the Vancouver TheatreSports League, and Co-Artistic Director with Veena Sood of The Life Game. Jeff just finished shooting the feature length pilot for Mighty Mighty Monsters, an animated children’s series where he plays Frankie, a teenage Frankenstein. He also recently wrapped the American Indie feature Drawing Home where he plays John D Rockefeller III, set for release in 2013. Jeff is honoured to be bringing Becca’s powerful debut to the stage, and looks forward to his first Summerworks Festival.

Michael Kash: Performer
Michael appeared most recently in The Alley Theatre Workshopsʼ critically acclaimed production of Hughe by Eugene OʼNeill ; directed by David Ferry. He is the artistic director of the Alley Theatre Workshop. Other ATW productions include: Where’s My Money by John Patrick Shanley (Dora nomination) also directed by David Ferry, Harry’s Christmas by Steven Berkoff directed by Tony Winner Brian Murray, Abu Ghraib Triptych by Peter Maloney. Michael also produced Ann Randolphʼs Off Broadway hit Squeezebox and Stanley Ruherfordʼs The Chinese Art of Placement at the Alley Theatre Workshop. He also earned a Dora nomination for Eric Bogosianʼs Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead. Other theatre credits include: Hedda Gabler, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The American Dream, Sure Thing and Trout Stanley.

TV Credits include upcoming: LA Complex, Breakout Kings, The Bridge, Murdoch Mysteries, The Untitled History Project, Cinderella Man, Tilt, Sue Thomas FBI, Blue Murder. 

New York Credits include: The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Another Fine Mess (New York Theatre Workshop). Michael was also accepted as a working finalist at The Actorsʼ Studio.

Anna Plugina: Stage Manager
Anna is a freelance stage and production manager. She works on opera, theater and live performance events. Selected projects include: Children’s Crusade (Luminato Festival), La Clemenza Di Tito (Royal Conservatory of Music), Canada’s Hall of Fame 2011, Tartuffe (Village Players) and Black Corps: War of 1812 (Afro-Carribean Dance Group).

Samuel Sholdice: Music & Sound
Samuel is a sound designer/composer/musician /writer. Past credits include: Dirty Butterfly (Sound Design, Bound to Create), Restoration (Composer/Musical Director, theatre@york), Macbeth (Sound Design, Shakespeare In Action), Program (Writer/Director, Summerworks’ Musical Works in Concert 2011), The Safe Word (Sound Design, Summerworks’ 2011), Saved (Sound, Toronto Fringe Festival 2011), Utah’s Crying (Musical Director, Al Green Theatre), The Bootblack Orator (Composer, Blyth Festival), The Music Man (Percussion, Port Hope Festival), Ti Jean and His Brothers (Composer/Musical Director, theatre@York), How Coyote (Sound, Toronto Fringe Festival 2010), Marat/Sade (Musical Director, theatre@york).

Maggie: imagining her thoughts passing like clouds in the sky.

Tova Smith: Performer
Tova Smith has performed in theatres across the country including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (two seasons), the Blyth Festival (three seasons including the world premiers of Courting Johanna and Early August), Canadian Stage, Passe Muraille, Theatre Aquarius, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, The Globe. Some favorite roles: Nora in A Doll’s House (Globe Theatre), Catherine in The Heiress (Drayton Entertainment), Clare Lewis in Vimy (Blyth Festival), Sunna in Unity 1918 (Theatre Aquarius), Desdemona in Othello (Shakespeare in the Rough). Tova is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre (at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival). She is also honoured to be a recipient of the Michael Mawson award. Tova is thrilled to be originating the role of Maggie in her dear friend Rebecca Auerbach’s momentous playwriting debut. This is a labour of love.

Jill Tomac: Costume & Set Design
Jill Tomac is a Lighting, Set and Costume designer based in Toronto. Recent projects include lighting design for Huit Femmes (Les Indisciplinés de Toronto. 2012), Star-Crossed (Only Human Dance Collective, 2012); lighting and set design for Victoria Aldridge, BSc. (Quoi Quoi Quoi/Toronto Fringe Festival, 2011); and assistant lighting designer for BourcharDanse (Toronto): Histoire d’Amour (BoucharDanse/Danceworks NextSteps, 2012), Adaptation (Dancemakers, 2012) and The Normal Heart (Studio180/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Company, 2011). Jill has mentored with Kimberly Purtell (2011-present) and Camellia Koo (2009) and was the recipient of the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) award in 2009.

Hannah: she hopes one day she will suffer and in turn she will become a great artist.

Taylor Trowbridge: Performer
Taylor’s credits for the stage includeThe Drowning Girls (Thousand Islands Playhouse),The Tempest  (Canstage), Wild Dogs (Nightwood/Canstage), Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach), The Crucible and The Invisible Man (Shaw Festival), That Summer (The Georgian Theatre Festival), As You Like It (Theatre by the Bay).

For Film and Television: Copper (BBC America), The Listener (CTV), Being Erica (CBC), An Accidental Friendship (Hallmark), Slings & Arrows (TMN), Roxanna (CBC/Bravo),
Half a Person (Castle Frank), The Murdoch Mysteries (Chum/City), The Canadian Experience: The 13th Mission (CBC), The Junk Chronicles and Bloodline (CFC).

Thank You’s and Acknowledgments
We wanted to publicly thank all these fine folks for their time and support:

Katriona Auerbach
Claire Calnan
Jonas Chernick
Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Charles Ketchabaw & Fixt Point Theatre
Melanie Dowler
Tracey Erin Smith & SoulO Theatre
Shannon Garden-Smith
Jeff Gladstone
Yasser Ismail
Erica Kopyto & Nightwood Theatre
Michael Kash
Athena Karkanis
Samir Mallal
Anna Plugina
Geoff Pugen
Samuel Sholdice
Tova Smith
Andrew Templeton
Jill Tomac
Taylor Trowbridge

An extra huge thank you goes out to Fiona and Wally Auerbach, Sarah Lind and Michael Haldane for their generous support. We couldn’t have done this without you!


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