adapted from Shakespeare by Bronwyn Steinberg
With Mary Ellis, Tamara Freeman, Teri Loretto, Margo Macdonald and Kate Smith
Composition and sound design by Angela Schleihauf
Design consultation by Vanessa Imeson
Dramaturgical consultation by Janet Irwin
Mad Margaret follows the story of Margaret of Anjou from Shakespeare’s first tetralogy of history plays. Her journey—from flirting princess to powerful queen on the battlefield to cruel, unheeded prophetess—is the longest and most complex of any woman in Shakespeare. This new adaptation repurposes Shakespeare’s text to create a new portrait of this fascinating character and explore how those who control the popular narrative can distort and undermine the perception of women in power.
Saturday April 13 at 5pm — Arts Court Theatre
Stick around after the presentation for a short play development talkback and be a part of the development of a new Canadian (and Shakespearean) play! Mad Margaret was part of the 2018 TACTICS Workshop Series and returns for a second phase of development, now with added sound and design elements.
Bronwyn Steinberg is an Ottawa-based director and creator. Favourite directing credits include The Drowning Girls (GCTC), Raising Stanley / Life with Tulia (undercurrents festival, Next Stage Theatre Festival, GCTC Studio); Miss Shakespeare (Three Sisters Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (A Company of Fools), In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Prix Rideau Award nomination for Outstanding Direction and winner for Outstanding Production) and Darrah Teitel’s Corpus. At the Stratford Festival, she was the assistant director to Antoni Cimolino for Hamlet in 2015 and to Weyni Mengesha for Breath of Kings: Rebellion in 2016.
Angela Schleihauf is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and sound creator. She performs in a wide range of genres and cross-discipline collaborations, offering artistic experiences that facilitate moments of reflection in a world where it is often difficult to dream. She is the recipient of the Shannon Reynolds Memorial Endowment Fund Internship at GCTC to train in sound design.
Mary Ellis has worked extensively as a director, actor and teacher for many years. Her directing and acting work has encompassed everything from Shakespeare to brand new works. Most recently, she was seen in Coach of the Year at undercurrents. She teaches at St. Lawrence College, Carleton University, and The Acting Company.
Tamara Freeman is extremely excited to be part of TACTICS workshops of Mad Margaret and Maupin. Selected theatre credits: A Christmas Carol (Soup Can Theatre), Hamlet(s) (Skipping Stones Theatre), Twelfth Night & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (A Company of Fools), Miss Shakespeare (Three Sisters Company), and Sense & Sensibility (Amicus Productions).
Margo MacDonald is a multi-award winning actor and playwright who’ll be familiar to Ottawa audiences from her work with A Company of Fools, The Gladstone, undercurrents, and GCTC. For the past three years she has been touring her solo play, The Elephant Girls, to sold out audiences both nationally and internationally.
Kate Smith is Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre, an Ottawa-based independent theatre company that creates immersive theatrical experiences. Kate has performed on stages across the country. She is also an award-winning theatre creator whose focus in recent years has been on devising theatre in the landscape. Her work with Skeleton Key has been presented at local, national and international festivals across Ontario.
Vanessa Imeson is an award-winning Métis Theatre Artist holding a combined BA Honours degree in Dramatic Art and English from the University of Windsor, MFA in Theatre Design from the University of British Columbia and diploma for Makeup Design for Film and Television from Vancouver Film School. She designs costumes, make-up, wigs and puppets for a variety of collegiate programs and professional theatre companies across Canada while simultaneously acting as Head of Wardrobe for the GCTC. Vanessa is also a Core Artist and resident Designer with Ottawa’s original Shakespeare in the park troupe A Company of Fools.
Jan Irwin is a director, a playwright, a librettist and a dramaturg, a Life Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada, and a former President of Theatre Ontario. As director, Janet Irwin has mounted productions for National Arts Centre English Theatre and Orchestra, Great Canadian Theatre Company and many others.