Timon of Athens
June 26 – September 9 · Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre
Colleen Wheeler stars as Timon, a privileged modern woman whose generosity has no limits. When she loses her entire fortune, will her community still stand by her? Shakespeare’s powerful exploration of capitalism and greed is a parable for our times. Timon invites us to think about our place in a shallow world and to look beyond the wealth of the pocketbook towards the wealth of the heart.
Directed by Meg Roe (The Tempest, Bard 2014; Middletown, Shaw Festival 2017).
Please note: Timon of Athens is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Children under 6 are not admitted to Bard performances.
Photo Credit: Colleen Wheeler as Timon Photo: David Cooper
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Critics & Patrons Say
“…a visionary success.”Georgia Straight
“Wheeler is astounding as she tears the place apart.”Jo Ledingham, theatre critic
“Timon is a bravura piece of theatre, both forceful and economical. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to witness the always astonishing Colleen Wheeler tear up the stage.”Anne Giardini, Chancellor of Simon Fraser University
“You know a play is good when you buy a ticket to come back the second you get home from seeing it. The women of Timon of Athens @bardonthebeach are all so spectacular and I’m so glad my introduction to this play was through such an incredible production!!”Sarah Forrer , @forrersarah
“My favourite thing in the world is going to see a @bardonthebeach production of a Shakespeare play I’ve never seen or read and having it blow me entirely away. Happened with King John in 2012, and happened tonight with Timon of Athens. Congratulations to everyone involved.”Leila Raye-Crofton, @leilaraye
It’s 2018, in a city much like Vancouver. Timon, a very wealthy and generous woman, entertains guests at her home. Timon’s friend Ventidius appeals to her for a loan, promising to quickly repay it. As her other friends Lucius and Sempronius leave the party, Timon offers them expensive gifts.
A REQUEST FOR HELP
Later, Timon’s assistant Flavius receives demands from multiple creditors, who insist that Timon immediately pay her outstanding bills and debts. Flavius tries to get Timon to understand that she is out of money. But Timon is confident that she can obtain a loan to see her through. She sends her assistants to ask Ventidius, Lucius and Sempronius for help. Each of them denies Timon any assistance.
As more and more people call in their debts, Timon realizes the true gravity of her financial situation. With nowhere left to turn, she plans a final dinner party for her friends.
Timon graciously welcomes everyone to the feast. When the meal is served, it is nothing but bowls of warm water. Timon curses her guests’ false friendship and further denounces all humanity. She turns her back on society.
THE ULTIMATE DECISION
Timon heads off into the unknown. Hungry, she digs for roots in the ground, where she finds a cache of gold. One by one, Timon’s friends and acquaintances turn up to petition her to return to her place in their community. They apologize for their actions or they flatter her; some of them are eager to get their hands on the gold she has found. Timon sends them all away. Flavius makes a last effort to bring her employer back to her old life. But Timon is resolute in her decision to extricate herself from society.
Cast & Creative Team
Patti is thrilled to be returning to the 2018 Bard on the Beach Season with Meg, and the wonderful creative team of Timon of Athens. Patti was last seen on the Bard stage in The Merry Wives of Windsor and King John and for four prior seasons. Patti is a four-time Jessie Award recipient with numerous nominations and has performed in theatre, film and TV locally and across the country. She is passionate about teaching theatre and is committed to volunteer endeavours when time permits.
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Actor, playwright, Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions, BFA graduate (UVic). Jessie Award nominations: Supporting Actor (The Pipeline Project and Killer Joe); Original Script (The Competition is Fierce). Selected theatre: The Lonesome West (Pacific); How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone); Hamlin (Axis); Brighton Beach Memoirs and Of Mice and Men (Blue Bridge Repertory); Clybourne Park (Arts Club). Selected film/TV: The Man in the High Castle (Amazon); Arrow (CW); Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story (Crazy8s Film Society – Leo Award nominee).
Previously at Bard: The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice. Thank you for coming to see theatre!
A member of Canada’s theatrical community for over forty years, Michelle has performed on stages across the country, from studios to regional main stages to the major festivals including Shaw, Blyth, Charlottetown and 10 seasons at the Stratford Festival. She has been on the faculty of University of Waterloo, as well as George Brown, St. Clair and Fanshawe colleges. Born and raised in Burnaby, trained at UBC, Michelle is beyond thrilled to be returning home for her debut at Bard on the Beach.
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Marci T. House
This is Marci’s Bard debut. Selected theatre: The Madness of George III and Dracula (Shaw); You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers); Intimate Apparel, Clybourne Park, and DISGRACED (Arts Club); Glengarry Glen Ross (Classic Chic); The Ladies Foursome (The Grand Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Neworld Theatre/Pacific Theatre); In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Tarragon Theatre/MTC); Ruined (Obsidian Theatre Company/Nightwood Theatre); HAMLET (The Honest Fishmongers Equity Co-op); and The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse).
Ming is thrilled to be making her Bard on the Beach debut. She is a graduate of LISPA, holds an MA from Rose Bruford College, and a BFA from UVic. Selected performing credits include East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Replacement); BlissKrieg (Atomic Vaudeville); PostSecret: The Show (Firehall); Big Bad and Fall Away Home (Boca del Lupo); and The Penelopiad (Arts Club). Ming would like to thank her mother for her support.
This will be Jennifer’s eighteenth season with Bard on the Beach. Selected credits: Forget About Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts Club); It’s a Wonderful Life, High Society, The Real Thing, Here on the Flight Path, and Sylvia (Arts Club); Anatol, A Little Night Music, and Hello Dolly (Vancouver Playhouse); King Lear, The Great Gatsby, and Beyond Eden (Theatre Calgary); and Apres Moi (Ruby Slippers). She is the recipient of two Jessie Awards and has a BFA in Acting from the University of Victoria.
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Joel D. Montgrand
Joel was born in Northern Saskatchewan and was raised on and off the reserve with his Cree family. After travelling the world and working many jobs, he moved to Vancouver in 2011 where he decided to pursue acting seriously. Since then he has been in many theatrical productions as well as TV and film roles including Altered Carbon, Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie and others. This is his first time working with the Bard family.
Adele returns for her third season at Bard. She has worked in various capacities with a number of theatre companies on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. Recent acting credits include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Carousel); The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach); Walt Whitman’s Secret (the frank); Happy Place and Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre), for which she won her first Jessie Award.
Seventh season at Bard. Ten seasons at The Shaw Festival. Select credits include Hedda Gabler; Maggie The Cat (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); Mary (Middletown); Ellida (The Lady from the Sea); Tracy Lord (The Philadelphia Story); Yelena (Uncle Vanya); Julia (The Philanderer); Vivie Warren; Portia; Ophelia; Miranda and Imogen. Upcoming: remounts of Middletown at Crow’s Theatre in Toronto and The Wedding Party at the NAC.
Quelemia is a graduate of Studio 58’s Theatre Program. Various theatre credits: The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival); The Pipeline Project (Savage Society/ITSAZOO); The Snow Queen (The Globe); Our Town (Osimous); The Edward Curtis Project (GCTC/NAC); The Penelopiad and August: Osage County (Arts Club); and Where the Blood Mixes (Playhouse/WTC). Various film/TV credits: Clouds of Autumn, Fringe, Blackstone, Cable Beach, Da Vinci’s City Hall, V, Unnatural and Accidental, and Da Vinci’s Inquest.
Colleen has been a company member at Bard on the Beach for 15 years and has performed in over 25 productions. Other recent theatre: Forget About Tomorrow and The Valley (Arts Club/Belfry); and Happy Place (Touchstone). Recent TV and film include Altered Carbon (Netflix); Tully (Feature); Mech X-4 (Disney); When We Rise (ABC); A Wish for Christmas and Bridal Wave (Hallmark). Colleen graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program and is the recipient of seven Jessie Awards.
Meg’s work has been seen at Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Junction, Citadel Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Arts Club Theatre Company, Belfry, Theatre SKAM, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Intrepid Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Western Canada Theatre, National Arts Centre, Centaur Theatre, Shaw Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Center Theater Group, and with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot.
Mara GottlerCostume Designer
Mara has been the resident Costume Designer for Bard on the Beach throughout its 29 seasons. National design credits include Coriolanus (Stratford Festival Theatre/Ex Machina); The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (COC); Jitters (Arts Club); and The King of the Yees (NAC/Gateway Theatre). Mara is the recipient of numerous Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and her work has been showcased at several World Stage Design exhibitions. She is an instructor at Studio 58.
Drew FaceySet Designer
Drew has been production designing theatre and opera for the past 10 years. Recent highlights include Me and My Girl (Shaw Festival); The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Bard); The Marriage of Figaro (Vancouver Opera); Bonjour, là, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième); The Humans and Onegin (Arts Club); and Das Ding (Can Stage). Drew is the recipient of 14 Jessie Awards for Outstanding Design and 28 nominations. He is a graduate of Studio 58. www.drewfacey.com
John WebberLighting Designer
John is honoured to be back with Bard on the Beach. He has been designing both sets and lighting since the early 1990s and has had the privilege of working with some of Western Canada’s most talented and adventurous artists along the way. John has received many Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and an Ovation Award. In Ottawa, he received a Critics’ Circle Award and a Prix Rideau Award, all for Outstanding Design.
Alessandro JulianiSound Designer/Composer
AJ currently makes his living as an actor, singer, composer and sound-designer. He is frequently disemboweled, dismembered, crucified and/or air-locked on your favourite locally-shot television programs and films. He often lends his voice to the animated programs which your kids/grand-kids/socially-awkward uncles currently binge. He has contributed to/detracted from recent productions of Onegin (Arts Club); Betroffenheit (Kidd Pivot/Electric Company); Middletown (Shaw Festival); and To Kill a Mockingbird (Stratford Festival).
Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach
Head Voice & Text Coach
Alison has been the Voice & Text Coach at Bard since 2009. She is Interim Program Director for the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program and on faculty at 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 an MFA (specializing in Voice) from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London. www.alisonmatthews.com
Amanda is a choreographer and performer based here in beautiful Vancouver. Some recent credits include performing in and choreographing The Velveteen Rabbit (Carousel Theatre), playing Belle in A Christmas Carol (Gateway), choreographing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Carousel Theatre), assistant choreographing Onegin (Arts Club/Belfry), and playing Justine in Love Bomb (shameless hussy productions). She is a graduate Studio 58. So much gratitude to Meg and the team.
Josh ReynoldsFight Director
Josh, a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting Program, is an actor, fight director, writer and artist who has worked for Bard on the Beach, Ballet BC, Cave Canem Productions, Carousel Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, Green Thumb Theatre, Rumble Theatre and Classic Chic Productions. Josh wrote and produced the two-time Jessie Award– nominated play From Parts Unknown…, and has been nominated for two Jessie Awards and one Dora Award for Performance and Fight Direction.
Joanne P.B. SmithStage Manager
Joanne P.B. Smith
This will be Joanne’s seventeenth season stage managing in the Douglas Campbell Theatre tent at Bard on the Beach. Recent shows are Butcher (Primecuts Collective) and East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Replacement). Joanne has worked for many other theatre companies, mostly in Vancouver.
Jennifer StewartAssistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Jenn trained at Studio 58 and has had the pleasure of working in a range of roles. Favourite credits include Studies in Motion (wardrobe, Electric Company); Of Mice and Men (set, Hardline); The Competition is Fierce (set, ITSAZOO); The Whipping Man (props, Pacific); Little Brother, Little Sister (props, Caravan Farm); Statu Quo (SM, Seizième) and East Van Panto (ASM, Theatre Replacement). Film credits include Edward and Adventures in Public School (Motion 58).
Zoe BellisApprentice Stage Manager
Apprentice Stage Manager
Zoe is thrilled to be a part of Bard’s twenty-ninth season! Past credits include Stage Manager: The Fabulous Lipitones (Miracle Theatre of Prince George); 2BR02B and 42nd Street (Studio 58); Production Assistant: East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Replacement); Floyd Collins and Out of a Dream (Patrick Street Productions). She would like to thank her family for their support and Christopher for being on this ride with her. Zoe is a graduate of Studio 58.
Cherissa RichardsDirecting Apprentice
Cherissa is honoured to be a part of Bard on the Beach’s Apprentice Directing Program and is thrilled to be assisting Meg Roe on Timon of Athens. Cherissa has just begun her directing career with The Power of Harriet T at Manitoba Theatre for Young People and New Beginnings at Sarasvàti Productions, both in Winnipeg. Cherissa’s last visit to Vancouver was with Touchstone Theatre’s Eternal Hydra in 2011.