Chronicles of Sarnia
For Blyth Festival, Mark has appeared in Vimy, Bed and Breakfast, and Chase the Ace. Blyth has premiered three of his plays as a writer: Stag and Doe, The Birds and the Bees, and The New Canadian Curling Club, and has also produced Bed and Breakfast and Chase the Ace. His newest play, The Gig, premiered at Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius in March. His plays have been produced extensively in Canada and around the world in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, England, and the United States. Closer to home, The New Canadian Curling Club is on stage this summer at Drayton Festival Theatre and Huron Country Playhouse, and Bed and Breakfast plays at Lighthouse Festival Theatre and Orillia Opera House. As an actor, Mark has performed at theatres from coast to coast. Most recently, he spent over a year performing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with Mirvish Productions in Toronto. Mark grew up on his family’s beef farm near Glencoe and now lives in Stratford. He’s happy to be back at Blyth, working on Matt’s play with Miles and this great cast and creative team.
Murray (he/him) is thrilled to be making his Blyth debut.
Originally from North Bay, Ontario, he has performed in over 80 plays. Some favourites include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Festival of Classics, Oakville), Pumbaa in The Lion King (Mirvish, Toronto), and Danny M1 in last years smash hit The Antipodes (Coal Mine Theatre, Toronto). On tv, he did four seasons as Dr. Lasky in 12 Monkeys, one season as Syd in The Umbrella Academy, and will next be seen as a guest star on season 4 of The Boys. As a playwright, Murray had his first play, Our House, debut at the Port Stanley Festival last summer.
Amy (she/her) is a Toronto-based actor originally hailing from Treaty 6 territory in the Prairies. She works in both theatre and film and is a three-time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actor. She is a founding member and associate artist of Outside the March. OtM credits include: The Flick; Mr. Burns; TomorrowLove; Passion Play; Mr. Marmalade. Other fave theatre credits: Cathleen in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Stratford Festival); Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Grand Theatre); Jessica in Hand to God (Coal Mine Theatre); Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Capitol Theatre). Fave Film/TV credits: Reacher (Amazon); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC); Ginny & Georgia (Netflix); Killjoys (SyFy); P!GS (short film); SUCCULENT (short film which she wrote and produced). Follow her online: @lil_keats.
The year was 1979 the place was Blyth ON when Sam Malkin had one of his first gigs and appeared on the Blyth stage in Child and This Foreign Land. It was such a success that the festival had to have Sam back in 2010 for Pearl Gidley and The Killing Snow. Between those dates Sam has appeared on stages from Vancouver to Montreal, from Winnipeg to Regina. Doing a variety of shows from Greek tragedy to Canadian comedy. Shows of note were Jitters, La Cumunion Victoria Station, Eternal Hydra. Sam has also been in TV and film, ranging from: VideoDrome, Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Murdoch Mysteries, Killer Instinct, People of Earth and Foxfire.
Severn is an actor, director, theatre creator and associate artistic director for the Blyth Festival. She began acting with the Blyth young company and has since worked in theatres across the country as well as in a variety of tv/films. Acting credits include Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille & tour), Seeds (Blyth Festival), and several seasons at the Shaw and Stratford Festival. Blyth directing credits include: Fair Play, Pigeon King, and Wing Night at the Boot.
Laura is a Toronto-based costume designer, seamstress and all-around wardrobe person. Recent design credits include Gem of the Ocean (Shaw Festival), Into The Woods (YES Theatre Sudbury), Prodigal (Howland Company), La Bete, Sweeney Todd, The Judas Kiss, Into the Woods (Talk is Free Theatre). Laura spent four seasons as an assistant costume designer at the Stratford Festival, and has coordinated costumes and stitched for theatre companies, dance, and operas all across Canada. This spring, Laura will be designing The Sound Inside at The Coal Mine in Toronto, and Jersey Boys with YES Theatre in Sudbury. She doesn’t use social media so don’t look for her there, but you can check out Laura’s work at lauradelchiarodesign.com.
Sean Downing is a NB based sound designer and graduate from Sheridan College. Sean is ecstatic to be a part of The Chronicles of Sarnia and The Blyth Festival’s 2023 season. Selected credits include: Ride the Cyclone, Mamma Mia!, Haunting of Hungerford House (Tweed and Co), Sense and Sensibility, Annie (Saint John Theatre Company), 99 to 1 (Badlands passion play).
For Blyth: Set, lights and projections for: Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott; The New Canadian Curling Club, Test Drive and Billy Bishop Goes to War; Set and light design for: The Drawer Boy, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Queen Milli of Galt, The Pigeon Kin, If Truth Be Told, and A Huron County Christmas Carol. Lighting design for: Pearl Gidley, Stag and Doe, The Wilberforce Hote,; Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad; Set design for: Seeds
Since 1987 Steve has designed award winning sets and lighting for more than 500 productions of theatre, dance and performance art. His work has toured extensively and has been seen in 27 countries around the world. Steve has received several awards including four Dora Awards for his designs. He has also been nominated for several of Canada’s most prestigious awards including the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and thirty three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations.
Amanda is a Multi-Passionate Theatre Creator, Performer and Stage Manager but overall, she is a Storyteller. Amanda tells, facilitates, and shares stories through creative approaches to bring people joy and to provide an escape from reality. She is a graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts Program which is where she found her passion for both on and off stage. She also is a Co-Founder of Lumen and Jupiter Multi-Arts Company.
Her Selected Stage Management Credits include: Lumen and Jupiter’s Mommy Shark (2022) and Mrs. Jaws at the Edge of the World (Workshop) (2023), Upper Canada Playhouse’s Wally’s Café (2022), Essential Theatre Collective’s John School (2022), various production’s with Yellow Door Theatre Projects’ since 2017 and Shaw Festival’s Child Supervisor for White Christmas (2022).
Selected Acting Credits include: Both Sides of the Curtain: Pilot (Web series) (Performer and Writer) produced bySuitcase in Point’s Nest Residency (2021), Yellow Door Theatre Project’s Red Letter Day (Film), Gillian’s Place’s The Vagina Monologues (2018) and (2020) and Garden City Productions’ Legally Blonde (2019).
Matt is a Toronto-based playwright, musical theatre book writer and lyricist.
Plays include: Myth Of The Ostrich (RMTC), Remember, Maggy? (collaboration with Carol Anne Murray), Chronicles of Sarnia (Blyth Festival).
Musicals include: Maggie – Co-creator (collaboration with acclaimed recording artist Johnny Reid), Grow – Book writer (collaboration
with Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal).Going Under – Book writer (collaboration with Colleen & Akiva). Matt wrote six Ross Petty Pantos: Peter’s Final Flight!,
Lil’ Red Robin Hood, The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol, all at Toronto’s Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, as well as two digital productions: There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays and Alice in Winterland. A Christmas Carol was recorded for broadcast by CBC/Family Channel.
Blyth Credits: The Drawer Boy (Assistant Stage Manager) The Berlin Blues and Ipperwash (Stage Manager)
Selected Credits: Orphan Song, Bunny, (Tarragon Theatre), The Fish Eyes Trilogy, Boys with Cars (Nightswimming), This, Flood Thereafter, (Canadian Stage Company), Dividing Lines, Madre, (Aluna Theatre), Public Servant, Weather the Weather, (Theatre Columbus / Common Boots), Gladstone Variations, Yichud (seclusion) (Convergence), The Silicone Diaries (Buddies in Bad Times), and 7 summers with Dream in High Park. Sandy is the great-grandson of Morley Plunkett of the almost forgotten WW1 Canadian Vaudeville Troupe, The Dumbells.
Miles has been connected to the Blyth festival since its inception. He has acted on its stage and directed such shows as Innocence Lost, Stag and Doe, and The New Canadian Curling Club among many others. He has worked at virtually every Canadian theatre including numerous shows on all of the Stratford Festivals stages. He is pleased to be back at Blyth with a few old friends and some new ones.
A veteran of live theatre, having stage managed over 170 professional productions, in theatres both grand and modest, Jennifer has toured coast to coast in Canada and the United States several times, to Dublin, Ireland, London, England, Sydney, and Perth Australia, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Most recently, she stage managed The Christie Pits Riots with The Hogtown Collective, The Land Acknowledgement with Mirvish Productions & Crow’s Theatre, As You Like It, a Radical Re-telling by Cliff Cardinal in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Peterborough, and, Ottawa, our place with Cahoots Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille, huff with Neptune/Prismatic Theatre in Halifax, Dreaming Roots with The Yukon First Nations Arctic Arts Summit, in Whitehorse. As always she sends her love to her Mom, her adventuring travelling companion.
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Chronicles of Sarnia
Written by Matt Murray; Directed by Miles Potter
Passionate, retired history teacher Erin has convinced the City of Sarnia to create a 100-year time capsule for future generations to open. She organizes a town-wide meeting for community input, with a replica of the capsule itself, ready to momentously unveil.
But in spite of homemade Nanaimo bars, only her husband, a department store employee, and a young woman who is there for… complicated reasons, show up. Oh, and the janitor.
Refusing to reschedule, Erin, undaunted, takes this tiny group in hand and sets about distilling the essence of, well, of Sarnia.
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Chronicles of Sarnia starts on Thursday, August 3 and runs until Friday, August 18, 2023.
“Matt Murray (formerly of Sarnia) has created a cracking comedy about community, in all its, err, community-ness. Unmissable!”
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|Chronicles of Sarnia - Preview||Thursday||August 3, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia - Preview||Friday||August 4, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia - Opening||Saturday||August 5, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Tuesday||August 8, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Wednesday||August 9, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Thursday||August 10, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Friday||August 11, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Saturday||August 12, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Tuesday||August 15, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Wednesday||August 16, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia||Thursday||August 17, 2023||2:00 PM|
|Chronicles of Sarnia - Closing||Friday||August 18, 2023||2:00 PM|
Chronicles of Sarnia is sponsored by David and Jennifer Palmer.