Directed by Dean Paul Gibson • June 8 – September 22 • BMO Mainstage

A husband’s fierce jealousy is the trigger for a magical and moving tale, set in Sicily and Bohemia, which begins with a cruel punishment and ends with a miracle. King Leontes believes his wife, Queen Hermione, has been unfaithful to him with his best friend, so he puts her in prison and orders that their newborn baby be abandoned in the wilderness. Sixteen years later, across the sea, two young people fall in love and their union becomes the catalyst for reunion, redemption and a family’s healing.

The Winter’s Tale is approximately 2hrs 45mins including intermission.

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The Story

Polixenes, King of Bohemia, has spent the past nine months visiting his childhood friend, Leontes, King of Sicilia. Eager to return home, he says no to an invitation from Leontes to stay longer, but is persuaded by Hermione, Leontes’ wife, to change his mind.

Leontes grows suspicious of their relationship and believes his wife and old friend are having an affair. Overcome with jealousy, he orders Camillo, a trusted friend, to poison Polixenes. Camillo says she will but instead, convinced that Hermione is innocent, she warns Polixenes about Leontes’ intentions. Camillo and Polixenes flee to Bohemia, which further fuels Leontes’ mistrust.

Hermione, who is pregnant, is arrested and imprisoned. Leontes ignores the counsel of his lords and seeks direction from the Oracle of Delphi regarding Hermione’s fate. While in prison, Hermione gives birth to a daughter. Lord Antigonus’ wife, Paulina, presents the baby to Leontes. She hopes the sight of his new child will soften his heart, but the king rejects the infant. He orders Antigonus to take the baby to a far-off land and leave her there to die.

As Hermione is put on trial, Leontes receives the Oracle’s judgment: Hermione is innocent and furthermore, the king will have no heir until his banished daughter is found. Leontes nonetheless orders the trial to proceed, only to learn that his son, Prince Mamillius, has died. Hermione faints and is carried out of the court. Paulina later brings word that the queen is dead. Filled with remorse, Leontes vows to dedicate himself to a life of mourning.

Meanwhile, Antigonus travels to the Bohemian coast, where he abandons the baby, Perdita, along with gold tokens and documents that detail her royal heritage. On his way back to Sicilia, Antigonus is killed by a bear. The Old Shepherd and his son discover the baby and decide to raise her as their own.

Sixteen years later…In Bohemia, Prince Florizel, Polixenes’ son, and Perdita, the Old Shepherd’s daughter, have fallen in love. Polixenes and Camillo attend a local sheep shearing festival in disguise and discover the young lovers are betrothed. Appalled, the king reveals his identity and bans his son from ever again seeing the humble shepherdess. He then reprimands the Old Shepherd for encouraging the relationship.

Camillo persuades Florizel and Perdita to sail away with her to Sicilia, and they escape with the aid of a local pickpocket, Autolycus. Polixenes follows in pursuit. When the Old Shepherd explains that he wants to set things right with Polixenes, Autolycus helps him and his son make their way to Sicilia as well.

In Sicilia, Leontes is anxious to make amends for the past and he warmly welcomes Camillo, Perdita and Florizel. Truths are uncovered when the other travellers from Bohemia arrive, and all that was lost is once again found.

Cast & Creative Team

David M. AdamsShepherd

David M. Adams

Shepherd

David last appeared with Bard in 1994, and is very happy to return! Recent favourite roles: Prospero, The Tempest and Shylock, The Merchant of Venice (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Theatre); The Editor, Tear the Curtain (Stanley Theatre/Can Stage); Leonato, Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre); Birbal, Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre); Bryan, Elbow Room Café: The Musical (The Cultch); and Abraam/Playwright, Valley Song (Pacific Theatre).

Lois AndersonPaulina (June 8 - August 12)

Lois Anderson

Paulina (June 8 - August 12)

Bard roles include Viola, Twelfth Night; Kate, The Taming of the Shrew; Helena, All’s Well that Ends Well; Rosalind, As You Like It; and Mistress Overdone, Measure For Measure. She is a UBC graduate and has directed for Bard (Pericles), Arts Club Theatre, Rough House Productions, Leaky Heaven, SFU and UBC. She was a co-creator of Cirque Poule and Flying Blind. Lois has received seven Jessie Awards, a Betty Mitchell Award, and the Sydney Risk Emerging Director Award.

Ian ButcherPolixenes

Ian Butcher

Polixenes

A graduate of Studio 58, Ian has worked extensively throughout Europe and Canada. This year will be his ninth Bard season. Select Bard roles: Oberon, Macduff, and Angelo. Other selected theatre: Dracula (Chemainus); The Sound of Music (Gateway); Robin Hood (Carousel); and Coriolanus (Coriolanus Co-Op). Film/TV: Supergirl, Impastor, Motive, Arctic Air, Robocop, Almost Human, Once Upon A Time, The Killing Game, Supernatural, Stargate Universe, and Stargate SG-1. Thanks to the family and Kay.

Chris CochraneYoung Shepherd

Chris Cochrane

Young Shepherd

Theatre: Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Waiting Room, and She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club); The Competition is Fierce (ITSAZOO), Urinetown (Firehall), Little Brother, Little Sister (Caravan Farm), Measure for Measure and Elizabeth Rex (Bard). Film/TV: My Better Half, A Bride For Christmas and Time after Time (Hallmark); The Haunting Hour (The Hub); Supernatural (CW); Fringe (WB/FOX). Chris has been nominated for two Jessie Awards. He is a graduate of The Stella Adler Studio (NYC) and Studio 58.

Austin EckertFlorizel

Austin Eckert

Florizel

Austin is thrilled to be making his Bard debut with this wicked group. Recent credits include Mamma Mia! (WCT); Miss Understood (the frank); HAIR (Mayfield); and Spring Awakening (Belfry/CCPA). Film/TV credits: Supernatural, Untold Stories of the E.R., Generation Y (Short), The Magicians and The Flash. Austin is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Ben ElliottAutolycus

Ben Elliott

Autolycus

Ben returns for his seventh season at Bard on the Beach. Favourite Bard credits: Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; the Bear, Elizabeth Rex and the composer for Cymbeline. Ben is a multi- Jessie Award nominee and won for his Musical Direction for The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ben is a recipient of the Edmund Kean Sword Award and this year named Bard’s Music Advisor. Ben is a graduate of Studio 58.

Julien GalipeauCleomenes

Julien Galipeau

Cleomenes

After playing Young Lucious in the 2008 Bard production of Titus Andronicus, Julien finished high school and went on to further his acting training at Studio 58, graduating this year. Previous credits include Billy Lawlor, 42nd Street and Prior Walter, Angels in America (Studio 58); and Claude, Hair (Renegade Productions). Julien thanks his family and instructors for all their guidance and support, as well as his grad class. He wouldn’t have made it here without them.

Amber LewisEmilia | Dion | Dorcus

Amber Lewis

Emilia | Dion | Dorcus

Amber returns for her sixth season at Bard. Highlights include Mistress Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor; Constance, King John; Katherine, Henry V and Lady Percy, Falstaff. Selected stage: Baskerville and Don’t Dress for Dinner (Mayfield); Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actors Theatre); Gideon’s Knot (SkirtsaFire); The End of Civilization and Adult Entertainment (Punctuate! Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest and The Philanderer (Arts Club); and Saint Joan (Chemainus). Amber was born and raised in Barbados and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

Jennifer LinesPaulina (August 16 - September 22)

Jennifer Lines

Paulina (August 16 - September 22)

This is Jennifer’s sixteenth season with Bard. Favourite past credits: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus. Other select credits: It’s a Wonderful Life, High Society, The Real Thing (Arts Club); Anatol, A Little Night Music, Hello Dolly (Playhouse); King Lear, The Great Gatsby, Beyond Eden (Theatre Calgary), Après Moi (Ruby Slippers). The two-time Jessie Award–winner received her BFA in Acting from UVIC. Upcoming: Jill Daum’s new play Forget about Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts Club).

Kevin MacDonaldLeontes

Kevin MacDonald

Leontes

Kevin recently returned to Vancouver after eight years in Toronto. Some recent credits include Ladvenu, Saint Joan (Arts Club); Prince Myshkin, The Idiot (Neworld/PuSh); Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew; Banquo, MacBeth; and Denis, The Flood Thereafter (CanStage in Toronto). Kevin was a member of the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and the inaugural Soulpepper Academy. He has performed at theatres across the country and is a graduate of Studio 58. www.kevinmacdonald.ca

Sereana MalaniHermione

Sereana Malani

Hermione

Born in the Fiji Islands, Sereana now calls Vancouver home. This is her fifth season at Bard. Bard credits: Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Othello and Pericles. Other theatre: You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Good People (Arts Club); Valley Song (Gateway); Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel); Whisper (Catalyst); Ride (Northern Light); and The Ghost Sonata (Studio Theatre). She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta.

Ashley O'ConnellRogero

Ashley O'Connell

Rogero

Ashley is from Dublin, Ireland and has a BFA from UBC. Credits include Flare Path (Slamming Door); The Romans in Britain and The Country Wife (ETC); Spamalot, Blood Brothers and The Graduate (Arts Club); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dancing Monkey); A Few Good Men (Citadel); Of Mice And Men (Blue Bridge); The Full Monty (Persephone); Richard II and All’s Well That Ends Well (Bard). Film/TV credits: Watchmen, Zoo, Dirk Gently, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supernatural. Love to Mai.

Laara SadiqCamillo

Laara Sadiq

Camillo

Laara is delighted to join Bard this season. Recently: Brothel #9 and Eternal Hydra (Touchstone); Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre); Cake and Dirt (Tarragon); The Penelopiad (Arts Club); Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); and No Exit (ACT). Guest starring roles: Arrow, The Arrangement, Eyewitness, The Strain, Rogue, Remedy, Killjoys, Hemlock Grove, and Heartland. Laara also works extensively in voice-over. Recipient of Jessie and Leo Awards. Proud mama to her daughter Lotus. www.laarasadiq.com

Parmiss SehatMamillius | Mopsa

Parmiss Sehat

Mamillius | Mopsa

Parmiss graduated from UBC’s BFA Acting program in the spring of 2016. She is thrilled and incredibly grateful to be making her Bard debut with such an exciting season! Theatre credits include Sultans of the Street (Carousel Theatre); Love, Lust & Lace (Fringe); and The Arabian Nights (UBC Theatre). Film/TV: Hammer of the Gods, Love, Approximately, and Untold Stories of the E.R.

Andrew WheelerAntigonus

Andrew Wheeler

Antigonus

Andrew is delighted to return to Bard for his tenth season. Favourite roles include Mark Antony, Malvolio, Macbeth and Benedick. Other recent credits include Footloose and Les Misérables (Chemainus); A Good Way Out and The Rainmaker (Pacific), The Day Before Christmas and Onegin (Arts Club), and Ebenezer (Jericho). Recent TV episodes include iZombie, Gracepoint, and The Killing. Look for Andrew on tour with Onegin beginning this fall, and coming to a town near you.

Kaitlin WilliamsPerdita

Kaitlin Williams

Perdita

Kaitlin is a local theatre artist and is making her Bard debut this season. Recent credits include Pride and Prejudice, The Foreigner (Arts Club); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, It’s a Wonderful Life (Pacific Theatre); Corleone (Classic Chic); and A Lovely Sunday (Chemainus). She is a graduate of UVic’s BFA Acting program. Up next, she is directing Almost, Maine at Pacific Theatre. Love and gratitude to Mom and Dad (especially for taking her to Bard when when she was young). www.kaitlinwilliams.com

Dean Paul GibsonDirector

Dean Paul Gibson

Director

Dean is celebrating his twenty-sixth season with Bard, having served as an actor, director and Associate Artistic Director. Bard credits include, acting: Sir John Falstaff, Falstaff; directing: Dream, King John, Much Ado, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Dream, Hamlet, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pericles, Twelfth Night and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Selected directing credits include The Flick, Spamalot, She Stoops to Conquer, Xanadu, 39 Steps, Black Comedy, History Boys, and It’s a Wonderful Life (Arts Club); Habib’s Unforgettable All Night House Party (RCA/ WCT); One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Calgary); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and 7 Stories (TC/CanStage); Toronto, Mississippi, True West, No Great Mischief, and Noises Off (Playhouse).

Carmen AlatorreCostume Designer

Carmen Alatorre

Costume Designer

Originally from Mexico City, Carmen earned her MFA degree in Theatre Design at UBC and has worked as a theatre designer in Vancouver since 2006. Some of her recent design credits include Pericles (Bard on the Beach); The Music Man (Gateway Theatre); Bittergirl (Arts Club Theatre); and Stickboy (Vancouver Opera). Carmen is the recipient of a Jessie Award for Outstanding Costume Design for Crazy for You (Gateway Theatre, 2014). www.carmenalatorre.com

Pam JohnsonScenery Designer

Pam Johnson

Scenery Designer

Pam started with Bard in 1998 and was instrumental in designing the Bard Village and entranceway. Bard credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King John, Richard II, Titus, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and Richard III. Pam has received several Jessie Awards, as well as a Career Achievement Award.

Gerald KingLighting Designer

Gerald King

Lighting Designer

Lighting designer at Bard for sixteen seasons, Gerald’s recent credits include The Cure For Death By Lightning, The 39 Steps, and Les Miserables (Western Canada Theatre); King Lear, Liberation Days, and Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary); Otello, Dead Man Walking, Evita, Die Fledermaus, and Tosca (Vancouver Opera); Madama Butterfly (Opera Omaha); Million Dollar Quartet, Educating Rita, Spamalot, and Xanadu (Arts Club); The Book of Love, Life, and A Simple Way (Kokoro Dance); and Faerie Queen (Royal Winnipeg Ballet).

Malcolm DowComposer/Sound Designer

Malcolm Dow

Composer/Sound Designer

Malcolm is an award-winning composer and sound designer, as well as a touring musician, producer, and singer-songwriter. The two-time Jessie Award–winner has produced two original scores for Bard: Comedy of Errors (2015) and Pericles (2016). Select theatre credits: Scar Tissue and The Graduate (Arts Club); Selfie and Deux Ans (Seizième); Angels in America (Studio 58); Of Mice and Men (Hardline); Equivocation (Persephone); After Jerusalem and Play With Monsters (Solo Collective); and Taking Off (Belfry).

Heidi WilkinsonPuppet Design and Construction

Heidi Wilkinson

Puppet Design and Construction

Frances HenryPuppet Design and Construction

Frances Henry

Puppet Design and Construction

Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach

Alison Matthews

Head Voice & Text Coach

Alison has been the Voice & Text Coach at Bard since 2009. She teaches at the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program and the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and adjudicates competitive speech festivals across Western Canada. A professional actor for over 20 years, Alison works in radio, television, and film. Alison holds a MFA (specializing in Voice) from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London. www.alisonmatthews.com

Tracey PowerChoreographer

Tracey Power

Choreographer

Recent Choreography: Peter and the Star Catcher (Citadel Theatre); Miss Shakespeare (Firehall Arts Centre); Onegin (Arts Club); The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); and Chelsea Hotel, The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Firehall/National Tour). Her newest play GLORY will premiere next season with Western Canada Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects. Tracey has worked across Canada and internationally as an actor, playwright, director and choreographer and is the recipient of a Jessie Award and Sterling Haynes Award. www.traceypower.ca

Wendy GorlingPhysical Theatre Choreographer

Wendy Gorling

Physical Theatre Choreographer

Wendy is an actor, director and choreographer with six Jessie Awards. Her work was seen last year in Pericles. She has choreographed/coached pieces such as Moby Dick and Trojan Women (Stratford Festival); Macbeth (Pacific Opera/Opera Quebec); Sweeny Todd (Vancouver Opera); The Waiting Room (Arts Club); and Kosmic Mambo (Studio 58). She co- created The Overcoat with Morris Panych. Wendy is an inductee in the British Columbia’s Entertainment Hall of Fame and teaches at Studio 58.

Stephen CourtenayProduction Stage Manager

Stephen Courtenay

Production Stage Manager

As he approaches 25 years and 50 productions with Bard, Stephen looks forward to assisting the two BMO Mainstage directors, as they integrate their quite different worlds amid the ethereal setting in Vanier Park. Stephen’s previous work includes projects with the Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Studio58/Green Thumb, Touchstone Theatre, the Electric Company and Vancouver Opera, amongst others. Future SM work includes a remount of Leslie Mildiner’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air.

Rebecca MulvihillAssistant Stage Manager

Rebecca Mulvihill

Assistant Stage Manager

Rebecca’s previous Bard credits include Henry VI, Richard III, King John, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Rebecca has worked as a Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for many local companies including the Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Alley Theatre, Working Spark, Théâtre la Seizième, and Boca del Lupo. Rebecca has also worked as the Artist Logistics Assistant for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria.

Tanya SchwaerzleApprentice Stage Manager

Tanya Schwaerzle

Apprentice Stage Manager

Tanya is thrilled to be making her Bard debut this season! She is a graduate of the BFA Technical Theatre Stage Management program at the University of Alberta. Selected Apprentice Stage Manaxger credits: Bittergirl, A Christmas Story, Blue Box, and Bullet Catch (Arts Club); How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone Theatre); and Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar (Firehall/Escape Artists). Tanya thanks Captain, Gordie, Adam, and the rest of her family and friends for their support.

Robinson WilsonDirecting Apprentice

Robinson Wilson

Directing Apprentice

Robinson is a graduate of the Vancouver Island University Technical Theatre program, and Langara College’s Studio 58 Film Arts program. Recent directorial work includes his adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, for Vancouver Island University, where he also teaches through the Directed Studies Program. Immeasurable thanks to Lori Mazey, for her support, patience and continual inspiration.

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