by Matt Hertendy
Directed by Katie MacNeill
Swedish Furniture takes the audience into the bedroom of a modern day, millennial couple; their frustration with each other, gender constructs and expectations, the economy, education and entering the workforce all boil to a head as they face the fiercest challenge a couple can face – assembling an IKEA bed.
Part lampoon, part pointed exploration of modern love, Swedish Furniture is a compassionate and hilarious cautionary tale with IKEA furniture assembled LIVE on stage. From award-winning playwright Matt Hertendy.
world premiere production by Allen Key Kollectiv
April 5 – 13 at Arts Court Theatre
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
Performances Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm
Preview performance April 4
Matinee on April 7 at 4pm and April 13 at 2pm
Matt Hertendy – Playwright
Katie MacNeill – Director
Megan Carty – Actor
Jon Dickey – Actor
Wes Babcock – Lighting Designer
Sasha Hayashi – Stage Manager
Wes Babcock (Lighting Design) is a theatre artist working in design and creation. He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2012. He is the co-curator of Dark Day Monday, a Toronto-based performance series featuring artists who break boundaries and defy expectation (www.darkdaymonday.com), and is himself the creator of 2 new theatrical works.
Megan Carty (Actor) is an actor, theatre artist, and drama educator compelled by the creation of new work. Her company – Cart Before the Horse Theatre – has produced multiple award-winning shows in Ottawa and developed a reputation for thought-provoking and dynamic work. Megan has performed for many A-House Theatres in Ontario including the National Arts Centre, Magnus Theatre, and Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Jon Dickey (Actor) studied theatre at the University of Ottawa with a specialization in acting. Past credits include Theatre 4.669’s Un-Countried, for which he was nominated for Emerging Artist at the Rideau Awards and Dead Unicorn Ink’s Marvellous Man IV: The Return of Marvellous Man. He’s blown away to have been given the chance to work with Megan, Katie, and Matt on Swedish Furniture.
Matt Hertendy (Playwright) is a three-time Prix Rideau Award winner, and internationally produced playwright. His work has been produced as far as Halifax and Philadelphia. He is also known as one-half of local theatre duo Two Kind Boys, and for his work in Cart Before the Horse’s Lungs.
Katie MacNeill (Director) is a formally trained actor who studied Professional Theatre at John Abbott College. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, where she majored in the Education of Theatre. Katie is excited to be making her directorial debut with the Allen Key Kollektiv.
Allen Key Kollectiv acknowledges the support of the City of Ottawa – Youth In Culture Pilot Program.