Postmortems

by Ken Ludwig

Performed March 2010
(March 23 - April 3, 2010)
at the Ron Maslin Playhouse
(10 performances: part of the regular season)

Directed by Gerry Thompson


CAST

WILLIAM GILLETTE Gordon Walls
BOBBY CARLYLE Paul Behncke
LEO BARRETT Lee Powell
MAY DISON Kristy Allen
LOUISE PARRADINE Kelly Fuoco
MARION BARRETT Larraine Gorman
LILLY WARNER Janet Rice
MACREADY Art Doyle

PRODUCTION STAFF

Production Manager Catriona Malcolmson
Assistant Producer Anna Lisa Bloom
Stage Manager Steven Truelove
Assistant Stage Manager Cindy Armstrong
Anna Lisa Bloom
Anne-Marie(Frigon) Kelly
Stage Crew Cindy Armstrong
Dorothy Beak
Anna Lisa Bloom
Margrit Cattell
Ben Laver
Set Design Susan V. Phillips
Set Construction Jim Holmes
Construction Assistant Barry Caiger
Tony Francis
Romauld Frigon
Earl McLaughlin
David Newing
Set Painter Romauld Frigon
Rosemary Keneford
Graham Paju
Katherine Williton
Set Decor Susan V. Phillips
Lighting Design Sudarsan Narasimhan
Lighting Assistant Shawn McGlashon
Dale Mulligan
Sound Design Brooke Keneford
Tim Mabey
Special Effects Roy Ballantine
Continuity Cindy Armstrong
Anna Lisa Bloom
Tracey Nash
Gwendy Tolley
Properties Alison Cameron
Properties Assistant Patrick Kay
Weapons Wench (Armourer) Tracey Nash
Furnishings Katherine Williton
Costumes Jackie Frigon
Costumes Assistant Maxime Ball
Anne-Marie(Frigon) Kelly
Heidi Roberts
Dorothy Shaw
Dorothy Storms
Marilyn Valiquette
Eufron Williams
Dresser Michèle Baddoo
Doreen Boss
Kathryn Clarke
Margaret Jones
Gwendy Tolley
Make-up Bev Brooks
Clare Flockton
Sayyed Ghobadi
Kerry Price
Hair Styling Kerry Price
Carol Walkey
Choreographer Tracey Nash
Green Room Manager Kareen Lively
House Manager Joan Ritchie
Refreshments coordinator Jane Maslin
Adèle Vickers
 
Programme
Wendy Wagner  
Director's Note

William Gillette (1853-1937) was a real person who was very influential in early American theatre. After being approached by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 1890's he wrote a play Sherlock Holmes, or The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner. He then played the part of Sherlock Holmes more than 1300 times over a 30 year period. It was Gillette who established the deerstalker hat and curved pipe which, because of this play, are forever linked to Sherlock Holmes.

Gillette's major contribution, though, was in the actual staging of a play. He was raised in the age of melodrama with its grand gestures and ultr emphasized moments. Gillette introduced realism into theatrical sets, costumes, props, sound effects and the concept of fade-in and fade-out for scene changes. Just as significantly, he introduced real characters in real situations with dramatic action achieved through character development. He wrote an essay on acting, Illusion of the First Time, which is still quoted today. I hope you enjoy this play which features one of the founders of modern theatre.