MAINSTAGE New World

About the Play

By Jason Sherman, adapted from the novel by Aldous Huxley
Directed by Richard Rose*

This morning, there was a news report about employers monitoring workers on their computers (at work and home). Legislation is in process to both permit this workplace oversight and protect the workers’ privacy. The Virtual World is where Corporatist interests endeavour to control the individual and for the individual to resist. Of course, we have been in this ever since the emergence of the digital age, and the news report is late. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World certainly predicted this corporatist control through the hedonism of unlimited pleasure, the promotion of unrestrained materialism and the supply of mind-controlling drugs. The capper is the Corporatist’s state’s complete takeover of reproduction to produce a caste system of human beings to run a better world. Sound familiar? We are in the New World now.

Time and time again, we have seen governing bodies, from tribes to capitalist democracies to fascism to churches, ideologies, movements - while advocating for a better world - attempt to control and deny the individual’s Eros. For the “greater good,” the totalitarian controls sexuality, sex lives, desire, reproduction, and the right to love who you love. The new technology from Instagram to “work from home” to CRISPR etc. etc., conspire to make the individual less and less, as they make the world better. The Virtual World will be even more necessary as climate change becomes more impactful.

The right and fight to love who we love may be our only freedom in the near future. This play gives us hope that you can’t take the love out of the human no matter how hard “they” try.

Performance Schedule

DATES

  • November 9, 7:30 PM​
  • November 10, 7:30 PM​
  • November 11, 7:30 PM
  • ​​November 12, 1:30 PM
  • November 12, 7:30 PM
  • November 15, 7:30 PM
  • November 16, 1:30 PM
  • November 16, 7:30 PM
  • November 17, 7:30 PM
  • November 18, 7:30 PM
  • November 19, 1:30 PM
  • November 19, 7:30 PM

LOCATION​

Tank House Theatre

RUNNING TIME​

2 hours​​

COST​

Regular Admission: $25

Seniors (65+ - ID required): $20

Students (ID required): $10

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Directed by Richard Rose*

Richard Rose, Director

Mr. Rose has had a long affiliation with George Brown College Theatre, having directed Yerma by Lorca in the 2000s, sitting on the Theatre Advisory Committee for nearly two decades, teaching a yearly course on the actor’s role in new play development and now very happily directing the world premiere of New World, adapted by Jason Sherman from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World - a new play specifically developed for George Brown College Theatre. From long ago, he has had high regard for this conservatory training program that puts the actor first and surrounds them with professional instruction.

Mr. Rose’s directing experience is extensive internationally, nationally and locally. He has recently retired from Tarragon Theatre as Artistic Director from 2002, was an Associate Director and Director of the Young Company at the Stratford Festival, Associate Director at Canadian Stage Company and founded Necessary Angel Theatre in 1978, which he led until 2002. He is passionate about new Canadian plays, Shakespearean plays, the classics, and about theatrical experiences that envelop an audience. His productions have ranged from large proscenium theatres to Los Angeles villas, to Queen Street West’s black box studios, to the coastline of Newfoundland. Additionally, he has taught and directed at a number of North American theatre schools. Mr. Rose has been honoured with a number of awards, including the Canada Council’s Walter Carsen Award for Excellence in the Arts and an Honourary Doctorate from Thorneloe University, Sudbury.

Written by Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is one of Canada’s most influential and prolific playwrights, with a multi-award winning body of work that has been produced around the world, including the US, UK and China. Among his plays are Reading Hebron, Patience, It’s All True, and Three in the Back, Two in the Head, which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama. Jason recently wrote, directed and produced the feature documentary My Tree about his search for the tree that was planted in his name in Israel; it premiered at the 2021 Hot Docs Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Canadian Screen Awards. (It can be seen on CBC Gem.) 

He also wrote the documentary We Were Children, about Canada’s residential school system, as well as numerous one-hour dramas for network and cable television, including two shows he executive-produced: Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures and The Listener. He also created and wrote a number of radio dramas for the CBC, including two long-running series: National Affairs and Afghanada.

Jason also leads a writing course in George Brown’s Acting For Media program.

Creatives

Stephan Ermel
Music Composed by Stephan Ermel

Stephan Ermel is the vocal music instructor for George Brown and a music director, musician, actor and educator. He is the Resident Music Director of YES Theatre in Sudbury, a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, and holds an Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

George Brown: Planet Munsch; Talk is Free: Mahagonny Songspiel; Hart House: Legally Blonde; YES Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Violet, Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot

Hannah MacMillan, Stage Manager
Hannah MacMillan, Stage Manager

Hannah MacMillan is a stage manager for musicals, dance and theatre. She also has a passion for great customer service and can often be found working Front of House. In her spare time, she loves board games, ultimate frisbee and eating great food!

Recent credits include: Assistant Stage Manager – 9-5: The Musical (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope); Stage Manager – Storybook Search Workshop (Bad Hats Theatre); Stage Manager – The Antipodes (Coal Mine Theatre); Apprentice Stage Manager – Gloria (ARC); Stage Manager – Nona’s Malaika (Shakespeare in Action); Apprentice Stage Manager – Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre); Production Stage Manager – Matilda (Mainstage Theatre Company); Apprentice Stage Manager – Reprint (Musical Stage Company); Stage Manager – A Merry Munsch PJ Party (Solar Stage); Apprentice Stage Manager – The Philosophers Wife (Paradigm Productions); Apprentice Stage Manager – The Wolves (Howland Company/Crows Theatre); Stage Manager – Dry Land (Cue 6); Stage Manager - PunkRock (Howland Company)

Erin Gerofsky, Set and Costume Design
Erin Gerofsky, Set & Costume Design

Erin Gerofsky is a Toronto-based set and costume designer and theatre craftsperson. A graduate of York University’s Theatre Production and Design program, Erin was The Shaw Festival’s resident Design Assistant for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Recent design credits include: Set Design: The Importance of Being Earnest (Guild Festival Theatre). Set and Costume Design: Rifles (Dir. Michael Wheeler, Praxis Theatre at Next Stage Fest), The Bear (Dir. Rose Plotek, Directors Projects at Shaw Festival), FourPlay (Dir. Krista Jackson, Directors Projects at Shaw Festival). Costume Design: The Container (Dir. Zachary Florence, SummerWorks Festival), The Speedy (Dir. Chris Hanratty, UnSpun Theatre at World Stage), What I Learned From a Decade of Fear (Aluna Theatre, Tour: Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Bogota). When not designing for theatre, Erin can be found hunting vintage drinking glasses at thrift stores for sport.

Photo of Siobahn Sleath
SIOBHÁN SLEATH, LIGHTING DESIGN

Siobhan is happy to be back at George Brown Theatre to design New World. She’s also worked with the School on Per Gint, Engaged, Witch of Edmonton, Corsican Complaint, Cymbeline, Blood Wedding, The Learned Ladies, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Machinal, Cavalcade, Lady Windermere’s Fan and 4 Munsch Shows. Other recent shows include The Hobbit (Adirondack Theatre Festival); Ring of Fire (Theatre Aquarius); Ann (Arkansas Rep Theatre); The Horse and His Boy, Wilde Tales (Shaw Festival); Miracle on 34th Street, A Year with Frog and Toad, Shrek and The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre)

More information can be found on her website: www.siobhansleathdesign.com

Scott Banks
Scott Banks, Sound Design

Scott is a freelance production manager, technical director, and sound designer in the GTA. Scott attended the University of Waterloo, earning a Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre. Since those days, he has been around the world and back, working on cruise ships for 7 years in the production department. He has worked in the corporate and music sectors with companies such as PSAV, Freeman AV, Snap Hoek and PRG. His real love is theatre, though, and he has been involved with various theatres around the country, from Watermark Theatre in PEI (Production Manager, Canada 300 national tour), to Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg, MB (Interim Production Manager, 2013-2014 season) to 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook, ON (Production Manager).  This is Scott’s 7th season with George Brown Theatre School, and he is happy to be back to help these young theatre artists as they grow and learn.

Cast

Tia Baum
Tia Baum - BBL3259

Tia is a German-born theatre artist raised in Mississauga. She grew up going to the Shaw Festival with her mom, where her love for live performance first sprouted.

When she moved to Toronto a few years ago to attend George Brown, she was immediately struck by the innovative shows being developed in the city. Throughout her time here, she’s developed a passion for movement-based theatre and dialect work. She seeks to continue exploring and developing the unconventional work of other emerging artists.

You can often find Tia in a coffee shop, pretending to read a book (her cover for people watching). In her free time, she tests bizarre vegan recipes in her tiny kitchen and strives to start every day with a sun salutation.

Shelayna Christante
Shelayna Christante - Sarojini/AV3871/Soothing Voice

Shelayna Christante is an actor, singer, and artist born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. She moved to Toronto to embark on pursuing her passion for Theatre Performance and is now in her third and final year at George Brown Theatre School. Shelayna is delighted to be part of the New World premiere and hopes to invigorate audiences with Jason Sherman’s modern, refreshing adaptation of the Aldous Huxley novel. She has enjoyed the rigour and discipline of training in her time at theatre school and is looking forward to hitting the ground running and plunging into the industry post-graduation, delving into the worlds of theatre and film and television.

Ari Crooks
Ari Crooks - Fifi/Nurse/N7-961

Ari Crooks is an actor, dancer, singer, writer, and artist born and raised in Toronto. It’s important to Ari that she gives an authentic and compelling story to the audience, whether on film or on the stage. Ari wants the audience to feel that, while she is performing, it is safe to feel throughout the performance and embrace the catharsis. She wants to tell the truth of the story in her performance and make sure the audience understands every beat.

During her time at George Brown, Ari has worked with many talented theatre practitioners, guiding her on this journey. Jimmy Simon directed her as Joan in Saint Joan, and Ali Momen directed her as Janine in Scorched.

Ari is eager to embark on the journey that is acting. Ari always finds new things to love about theatre and acting as a whole and is excited to challenge herself more as her career progresses. “Isn’t fascinating what the human mind and body can do with words on a page and a stage? Let me show you”.

Keren Edelist
Keren Edelist - Morgana/AI Voice

Keren Edelist grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, and is an actor and creator. She believes that art shows us truths about ourselves and about the world; theatre makes her feel seen, and she hopes she can share that with others as well.

During her time at George Brown, Keren has had the privilege of working with many talented directors and instructors that have pushed her and helped her grow. Through scene study at George Brown, she’s had the pleasure of portraying Irina in Three Sisters, Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Paulina in The Winter’s Tale and Nawal in Scorched.

Keren is trained both in Theatre and Film/TV and is passionate about movement-based work. She knows this industry is ever-changing and is excited to be a part of it and to keep on learning and growing in whatever way she can.

Hannah Ireland
Hannah Ireland - C-7

Hannah is an actor, singer and dancer who grew up in Newfoundland listening to her parents’ favourite music as a baby, thanks to her dad, who decided it wasn’t his kid if she couldn’t fall asleep to Led Zeppelin, Green Day or Electric Light Orchestra blaring at the highest volume. This kind of music has consumed her so much that she truly believes it is a personality trait at this point.

Hannah has been entertaining since the ripe age of two when she became the hired act for all the family parties. As she grew up, her passion for performing grew more and more. When she was 16, she went to NYC to perform on the Broadway Stage at The New Amsterdam Theatre and promised herself that one day she would be back.

Hannah has always said that if she wasn’t an actor, she would be a therapist, so her goal is to incorporate that into her journey as an artist and find creative ways to help people feel heard and seen through her art, and hopefully find peace and healing in it too.

Gibum Lim
Gibum D. Lim - Tom /AN1038

Gibum D. Lim is a Korean-Canadian actor born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Toronto, Canada. One half here, and the other half there. He loves telling stories on stage with fellow creators. He enjoys mask work and movement theatre, along with all the drama of humanity that theatre delivers. He wants to make a home in the theatre. Will he? We shall see! You will find him on the street talking to people, at a park playing chess or walking on a slackline, or on stage like we have here for New World. Feel free to say ‘Hi’ when you find him.

Aly MacFarlane
Aly MacFarlane - Clara/N7-301

Aly is so excited to be back performing amidst her colleagues here at George Brown Theatre School. Past credits include It’s Munsch Time!; George Brown Theatre School, Fiddler on the Roof; Etobicoke School of the Arts, Christmas Carol; Soulpepper (2010), and Time of our Lives; Soulpepper (2010). Aly wants to thank her parents for inspiring and supporting her unconditionally in this journey and hopes that you all enjoy the performance! Follow her on Instagram! @aly.macfarlane

Sydney Newediuk
Sydney Newediuk - AP4312

My time here at GBTS has given me the opportunity to learn, grow, and play as an actor. It has challenged my understanding of what it means to be an artist today; to make us feel less alone. Paul Aikins was the first drama teacher I ever had and was the one who inspired me to attend GBTS. Since then and over the past three years, I have been so lucky to have worked with the teachers and guest artists that have all come through the Young Centre doors. You all have fostered a deep desire to keep learning and exploring as an actor and human, so I want to thank all of you, teachers. You do not go unnoticed.

Judah Parris
Judah Parris - Herbert

Judah Parris is a Trini-Canadian actor extraordinaire! He's a talented actor, singer, and gifted dancer. He aspires towards having a successful voice-over career as well as being a prominent actor in theatre and film. To push himself is his real test; to train him is their cause: Deborah Joy, Diana Reis, Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, Stephan Ermel, Suzanne Liska, and many more have all had a hand in his magnificent rise! He believes theatre and art hold the potential to bring the best out of people and aspires to become an artist who can truly touch people's hearts. Understanding and unity are things he strives to sow within himself through his work and others through his performances. Also, I've heard from a friend that he's 6'5" and has an 8-pack, but you didn't hear that from me…

Sarah Schmidt-McQuillan
Sarah Schmidt-McQuillan - Alex - DDL8609

Sarah is an actor, singer, and artist from Guelph, Ontario. Despite deciding to pursue acting she is classically trained in voice and piano and is really excited to see how she can merge these art forms in her future. She is excited by how theatre has continued to grow and change throughout history and by what she can add to today's theatre in order to tell stories as authentically and honestly as she can.

During her time at George Brown, Sarah has had the opportunity to play roles such as Masha in Three Sisters, Isolda in Leo, and Ch’ien Nu in The Soul of Ch’ien Nu Leaves Her Body. Sarah has also had the privilege of learning from and working alongside many incredible artists and teachers but most notably, she has had the honour of working with the ensemble that is her graduating class.

The thing that excites Sarah most about this upcoming season and for the industry that she is about to enter into is there will always be something to learn. Sarah feels that embarking on this ever-changing and challenging career path will be a never-ending lesson, and she is excited to share what she finds out along the way

Alex Vantour
Alex Vautour - Linda - BL55327

Alex is from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and has been a performer and storyteller for as long as she can remember. Her career started at the age of 3 when she sang “Tomorrow” on her Fisher-Price microphone to her parents. Growing up, Alex was a competitive gymnast. She eventually quit gymnastics and traded it for dance and singing lessons. Plot twist! Alex’s passion for storytelling outweighed her passion for performing and led her to pursue journalism. First at King’s College in Halifax and eventually at St. Thomas University, where she graduated with honours. Alex enjoyed a successful career as a freelancer and wrote for many companies and national publications, including Maclean’s and BuzzFeed. Despite her growing journalism career, something was missing. That 3-year-old girl who sang “Tomorrow” was dying to be heard. Storytelling was her passion, but she wanted to do it through a different medium. When she discovered acting after moving to Toronto in 2017, everything clicked. Alex's goal is to be the best storyteller/performer she can be and to create work that will inspire, entertain, and incite meaningful change. On a less serious note, her favourite dessert is New York-style cheesecake, with Tiramisu coming in at a close second.

Credits & Acknowledgements

  • Properties Master: David Hoekstra​
  • Set Carpenter: Andy DeVries​
  • Set Painter: Paul Boddum​
  • Musical Director/Vocal Coach: Stephan Ermel​
  • Choreographer: Jack Rennie
  • Fight/Intimacy Director: Jack Rennie​​
  • Voice Coach: Alison Deon
  • Speech Coach: Geoffrey Pounsett​​
  • Alexander Technique Coach: Victoria Heart​
  • Movement/Intimacy/Fight Captain: Aly MacFarlane
  • Social Media Coordinator:​​ Shelayna Christante

Staff for George Brown Theatre

  • Chair: Trent Scherer​​​
  • Program Coordinator: Sue Miner​​​
  • Support Coordinator: Michael Longstaff​​​
  • Production Manager/Technical Director: Scott Banks​​
  • Assistant Technical Director: Andrei Mamal​
  • Head of Wardrobe: Ina Kerklaan​

Special thanks to our generous donors​

  • The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation  ​
  • Sonja Koerner and the Women’s Art Association  ​
  • Loretta Bogert-O’Brien  ​
  • Esther Farlinger  ​
  • Larry LaForet  ​
  • Audrey J. Murdoch  ​
  • Ray Wares  ​
  • Lu-Ju Chou​
  • George Brown Seniors’ Association  ​
  • Cindy Larable​
  • Debbie Read

Thank you to our friends in the community​

  • Jasmine Knox, Julia Carrano, Corey MacVicar, and Soulpepper Theatre Company, Steafan Hannigan, Sean Baker, Jay Davis

*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance.Opera.Theatre Policy (DOT).​