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MARCH 7TH- 20TH, SASKATOON

The BackStage Stage, 100 Spadina Crescent
Opening March 9th
$16 Previews March 7th & 8th

MARCH 29TH-31ST, REGINA

The Artesian, 13th Avenue
Opening March 30th
$16 Preview March 29th

Men Express Their Feelings

By Sunny Drake 

Directed by Joshua Beaudry

A comedy about hockey, culture, and relationships.  Two dads and their sons are sequestered to a hockey rink dressing room to sort out an incident.  Amidst a series of wild misunderstandings and ridiculous antics, these guys get to know each other and themselves a whole lot better, while redefining what it means to WIN.

The show is structured like a game of hockey, into three periods, with instant replays and characters stepping out to commentate this high-stakes game of emotions. So we hope you’re ready to cheer them on! 

Men Express Their Feelings was first produced in 2020 by Downstage Theatre (Calgary) with the generous support of Hit and Myth Productions. Sunny Drake gratefully received development support during his writing process from PTC (Vancouver) and Factory Theatre (Toronto). The original production was directed by Clare Preuss.

Men Express Their Feelings is produced by permission of the Playwright and Marquis Literary (Colin Rivers) www.MQlit.ca

 

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Show Information:

Saskatoon Show Dates:
March 9th – 20th, 2024 ($16 Previews March 7th & 8th!)

Regina Show Dates: March 30th & 31st, 2024 (Preview March 29th!)

Age Advisory:
Based on audience feedback and the mature content of this show, we recommend a viewing age of 14 and up.
However, there is no firm limit on what age range may attend.
Please use your best judgement based on the content advisories provided in the program and ticket descriptions.

PLUS:

Join us after the show on Tuesday, March 19th for a talkback with Family Service Saskatoon! Helping Saskatoon build healthy, happy family relationships since 1931.

Cast & Crew

Kody Farrow (he/him) - Brad *

Kody (he/him) is a theatre artist and educator from Saskatoon who holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a B.Ed from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is thrilled to be working with such an amazing team on a play that explores what it means to be a father, a son, an athlete, and a friend. Recent Credits include Measure for Measure (The Coterie), and Coriolanus (Shakespeare by the Sea). You can see him next on the Backstage Stage in April in Lear (Never, Never Shakespeare, GTNT, La Troupe Du Jour).

Ian Harmon (he/him) - Mr.Bacon *

Ian Harmon is an award-winning director, actor and arts educator based on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. Originally from Vancouver, Ian has appeared on stages across the country. Select acting credits: Screwball Comedy (Royal Canadian Theatre), Hamelin: A New Fable (BC Tour, National Tour, Axis Theatre), 500 Words (National Tour, Green Thumb Theatre), Dracula, The Sunshine Boys(Chemainus Theatre Festival). Select directing: And Bella Sang With Us (Fire Hall Arts Centre), Shrek Jr, Peter Pan Jr. (Kay Meek Centre), Edges (Two Monkeys), I Love You Forever…and More Munsch, The Three Munschketeers, Munsch Ado About Nothing (Beach House Theatre). Recent film and television work include, The InBetween, SIX, Imposters, and Once Upon a Time. Ian holds a BFA in acting from UBC and is a graduate of the Douglas College Theatre Program, and is a Jessie Richardson Award recipient.

Powell Nobert (he/him) - Raj *

Powell Nobert (he/him) is a Toronto/Vancouver-based performer that graduated from the Music Theatre Performance program at St. Lawrence College. His selected credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Cats, Mamma Mia, and Dr. Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Most recently, he was in The Wild Rovers at the Elgin Winter Garden T.

Munish Sharma (he/him) - Mr. Sharma *

This is Munish‘s first show with 25th Street Theatre and he’s excited to be part of the team. He is grateful for another chance to play Mr. Sharma in Men Express Their Feelings. Thank you for coming out. Let’s have some fun.  Hugs to his family, and friends. 

Recent Credits: Beauty and the Beast East Van Panto : Theatre Replacement,  Mahabharata: Whynot Theatre, Henry V: Bard on the Beach, #34: Globe Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Bard on the Beach, Himmat: Theatre Conspiracy, Men Express Their Feelings: Zee Zee Theatre,
 A Thousand Splendid Suns: Arts Club, All’s Well That Ends Well: Bard on the Beach, The Cherry Orchard: After Chekov: Arts Club, The Invisible Hand: Pi Theatre.
TRAINING: University of Regina.
Joshua Beaudry (he/him) - Director *

Joshua Beaudry (he/him) is a seasoned director, actor, and improvisor who is known for his dynamic performances and powerful storytelling. Joshua’s most recent directing credit was on Persephone Theatre’s production of Stones In His Pockets which was the recipient of the 2023 SATA for outstanding Production. Other directing credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (xstasis productions/Live Five), Comedy Of Errors (Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan), and The Aliens (Persephone Theatre) for which Joshua was honoured with a SATA for outstanding direction. In addition to acting and directing Joshua has been improvising with The Saskatoon Soaps for over twenty years. During that time he has been blessed to improv with some truly inspiring talents such as Colin Mochrie, Kevin McDonald, and Saskatoon’s own Kim Coates. Joshua is loved supported and inspired by his partner Angela and his son Beau. Special thanks to Anita Smith for this amazing opportunity!

Sunny Drake (he/him) - Playwright

Sunny’s inventive and multi-award-winning theatre works have been presented in over 60 cities across the world and translated into 6 languages. His wide range of audiences have spanned international arts festival goers, queers in underground warehouses, seniors in regional theatres and young people in drop-in centres. Sunny was commissioned by the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Playwrights Guild of Canada and ATFC to write the 2019 World Theatre Day message for Canada. He was awarded the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize 2019 for having a significant impact on performing arts in Ontario. In 2021, he won a national Tom Hendry award for EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE (the Chris Tolley & Dharini Woollcombe Comedy Award) which premiered in 2022 at the Stratford Festival.

This year, Sunny premiered CHILD-ish with Pacific Theatre (Vancouver), his verbatim work where adults speak children’s exact words. The previous digital adaptation of CHILD-ish was presented by Soulpepper, Stratford Festival, Oakville Centre for the Arts, the Shadbolt and Prairie Theatre Exchange. Produced in association with Why Not Theatre, his international theatrical podcast, CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK, won PACT’s Green Award (2024), several Signal Awards and was ranked in Apple Podcast’s top ten for numerous countries. You can listen to the podcast until April 2024, wherever you get your podcasts. In 2022, Downstage premiered his comedy, MEN EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS, which was described by the Calgary Herald as “an instant Canadian classic”. It had a second production in 2022 with Zee Zee theatre (Vancouver).

Sunny is also a proud trans person.

Jensine Emeline (they/she) - Costume Designer

Jensine Emeline (they/she) is a theatre designer, Equity stage manager, arts administrator, and more from Saskatoon and an alumnus from the U of S drama department. Select costume designs include The Revolutionists (Persephone Theatre, recipient – SATAward 2022), The Penelopiad (Ferre Play Theatre, recipient – SATAward 2020), and As You Like It (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, 2023). They are endlessly grateful to be able to share their passion for the arts (and hockey, go Leafs!) in and around Saskatchewan.

Avery Fehr (she/her) - Stage Manager *

Born & raised in Saskatoon, Avery is thrilled to work in her hometown, and to be a part of this 25th Street Theatre season! She attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria BC from 2016-2019, where she had her first experience stage managing The Penelopiad in 2018. Avery will be returning to CCPA in April as an alumni artist to Stage Manage Anne of Green Gables at the McPherson Playhouse. Other recent credits include; Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (CCPA), Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Cymbeline (SOTS) #34 (Globe) & GLORY (CTF).

Daniel Ford Beavis (he/him) - Fight Director *

Daniel has worked on theatrical productions from Shakespeare to modern and everything in between.  He has been teaching stage combat and stunt performing for over 25 years at the International Stunt School in Seattle, The Banff Centre, University of Saskatchewan, and various workshops all around the world.  Daniel has worked on many films in Saskatchewan including Rufus, 13 Eerie, Chained, Ferocious, Mercy, Cagefighter, A Cowboy Christmas and two upcoming movies shooting this year. Daniel is happy to be working with 25th Street Theatre again with friends both old and new!

Lauren Griffin (she/her) - Assistant Stage Manager

Lauren Griffin (she/her) is a writer and actor from Treaty Six Territory, residing in a small town outside of Saskatoon. Recently graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in Drama and minors in Psychology and English, Lauren’s love for the arts and language has led her in many directions. Recent credits include stage managing the Young Company shows The Trials and She Kills Monsters and acting in Breaking the Curse and Concord Floral. Lauren also has her poetry and flash fiction published in multiple magazines.

Natasha Martina (she/her) - Intimacy Director

Natasha’s work as an Intimacy Coordinator has been credited on several theatre, film and television projects including: The Birds and the Bees (Persephone Theatre); Totally Killer (Amazon); Escaping Captivity (Lifetime); and The Irrational (NBC). As a director of many plays and the creator of original work, Natasha was thrilled to produce Displaced (M1 Fringe Singapore/Sandbox Globe Theatre/Live Five/Fringe Tour) and Dysmorphia (Live Five) under her company, Ground Cover Theatre. Natasha is a Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of Saskatchewan specializing in Movement for Actors.

Ayesha Mohsin (she/her) - Assistant Director

Ayesha Mohsin is a Pakistani Canadian artist. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Lexeme Theatre and Media Company. Her research and work showcase multilingual and multicultural elements which depicts her immigrant background and knowledge. She is very grateful and happy to work with 25th Street Theatre for the play Men Express Their Feelings.

tBone (he/him) - Audio Designer

Brent “tBone” Blazieko is a full time audio engineer, owner of recording studio Sound Lounge by tBone LTD., and sound designer. Production sound includes TV shows Master Chef Canada, Zarqa, and the Flat Out Food series. Post production includes indie films Our Last Day As Kids and Typecastress, TV shows Treaty Road and Staying Wild, animated feature Titus Puppet Revenge, and award winning short Far From Me. Theatre sound design work includes the Short Cuts Festival (2014-2021), Annie, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Luke von Eschen (he/him) - Lighting Designer

Luke von Eschen is an emerging artist to the theatre community. He expresses the most interest in Lighting Design and has learned a lot over his time at U of S, working with Production Lighting, and working at TCU Place. His most recent works have been Romeo and Juliet from SOTS last summer and Mary of Patuanak with GTNT this past Christmas. His goal is to have the audience feel immersed with the worlds of the stories he works on. He loves the world of lighting and isn’t afraid to express it. He hopes everyone will love Men Express Their Feelings and have a good laugh! Hope to see you at the shows!

Cody Brayshaw (he/him) - Production Assistant (Set)
Stephen Wade (he/him) - Set Designer

Over the years his designs have been seen at the Greystone Theatre, U of S, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Persephone Theatre, and now back at 25th Street Theatre where he started his theatre career. Recent credits at Persephone Theatre include, Lighting for The Birds and the Bees, Set and Lighting Design for Butcher, and Lighting Designs for The Aliens and Without Rule Of Law. He is pleased to be back as Set Designer for Men Express Their Feelings. Stephen is a member of Associated Designers of Canada (IATSE ADC 659).

* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance•Opera•Theatre Policy.

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