Lisa and her brilliantly analytical mind are having trouble understanding why we spend so much time celebrating painful emotions like love. Will attending her childhood best friend’s wedding at her old high school help clear things up? Maybe she should just hide upstairs.
White Wedding is a new site specific play written and directed by Taylor Marie Graham which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Fringe. This bizarre comedy explores those inevitable life questions that come up after all the anticipation of a wedding is over. Who are we really? And what is the point of it all?
“White Wedding was such an uncommonly cool theatrical experience. Playing in the upstairs hallway of the Artscape Youngplace, this Toronto Fringe show is a site specific piece that used its space to its advantage. The show explores unrequited love, the ways in which nostalgia can affect our choices and memories, and whether or not love actually conquers all . . . If you’re looking for a unique, lively evening, please come check out this show — its sure to get a wonderful reception.” – Jackie Mahoney, Mooney on Theatre. See full review at: https://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2017/07/08/white-wedding-port-albert-productions-toronto-fringe-festival-2017/
Cast & Crew:
KAYLA WHELAN – “Lisa”
Kayla has been kicking around the acting industry for 23 years now. She holds a B.F.A in Acting from the University of Windsor, and is a member of ACTRA and CAEA. In Toronto, she has studied with Tom Todoroff, Gloria Mann, Shawn Lawrence, and Debra Toffan. She has also been coached by Janine Pearson and Ian Watson of the Stratford Festival of Canada. Currently, Kayla spends her weekends dressed as various Disney Princesses in order to entertain children at their birthday gatherings. Wigs, manicures, singing with her animal friends, driving her Toyota Corolla in a ball gown…it’s all in a day’s work! Selected theatre: Toronto, Mississippi (Jhana), Doubt (Sister James), The Woolgatherer (2015 Toronto Fringe Festival – Rose), Goldilocks: Beyond the Bears (Goldilocks), Red (Rose/Red), That Summer (Maggie), The Dining Room (3rd Actress), and The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor). Upcoming: Kayla’s voice is featured in The Shuyan Saga, a graphic novel series slated for release on Steam later this year.
CASS VAN WYCK – “Heather”
Cass Van Wyck is a Toronto based actress/producer who splits her time between her position as volunteer co-oridnator at the Storefront Theatre and producing the new works festival “OPEN OPEN OPEN”. In addition to her BA in performance from Brock University, Cass has worked with many notable directors including Soheil Parsa, Sonia Norris & Daniel MacIvor. Her latest credits include Hildy Johnson in ‘His Girl Friday’ (Bygone Theatre) and Bridget in Broken Soil Theatre’s ‘#dirtygirl’ (2016 Audience Choice Award winner at the Hamilton Fringe Festival). Originally from the small town of Fenwick, Ontario, Cass currently lives in Toronto and can normally be found baking chocolate chip cookies and cheering on the blue jays. She is so excited to be working with the team can’t wait to share the work with everyone!
DAVE MARTIN – “Dave”
A graduate from the Theatre program at Claude Watson School for the Arts, Dave has since worked in the film and music industries in various capacities for over 20 years. Dave has had the great pleasure of working with Taylor Graham in the role of Gordon in her play “Cottage Radio” performed at the Alumnae Theatre in 2015 and is very much looking forward to working again with Taylor and the very talented cast of “White Wedding” for this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.
ERMINA PÉREZ – “Gabrielle”
Ermina studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City where she has performed notable roles in plays such as Anna in the Tropics, House of Bernarda Alba and La Ronde. Recent theatre credits include a production of G.K. Chesterton’s The Surprise with the much loved and revered Storm Theatre Company in NYC and touring Toronto and the GTA in Shakespeare-in-Hospitals with the wonderful and inspiring Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective. She is delighted to take part in this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival with a brilliant team dressed to the nines!
NABIL TRABOULSI – “Jason”
Nabil Traboulsi is a Canadian film, television and stage actor based in Toronto. Nabil is a Meisner-trained actor and a graduate of the 2-year conservatory program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City and has appeared in numerous short films. Recent stage credits include Silas in Sinners on a Southbound Bus Off-broadway at the New York International Fringe Festival, and Picot in Vanishing State at the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and the Kaaitheater in Brussels.
LAUREN WOLANSKI – “Michelle”
Lauren is a recent graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College (2017). Here, she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, graduating with High Distinction, and a diploma in Acting. Past theatre credits include Katrina- Fermata (OPIA Theatre Collective), Thea- Hedda Gabler, Dionyza- Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Mother- The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Theatre Erindale), Chava- Fiddler On The Roof, Agnes- Gypsy (Steppin’ Out Productions), and Margot- Legally Blonde The Musical (Wavestage Productions). Lauren has enjoyed fusing her passion for theatre and teaching as the Artistic Director at the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre’s Musical Theatre Program. Her directing credits include Footloose, Legally Blonde The Musical, Annie, Shrek The Musical (RHCPA) and Death Knocks (Erindale Fringe Festival). Lauren is thrilled to be apart of White Wedding!
DANIEL CRISTOFORI – “Carl”
Daniel Cristofori is an award-winning actor. He holds a B.A. of Theatre and Performance from the University of Waterloo, and has trained at numerous institutions, including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Favourite theatre roles include Aunt Dan and Lemon (Theatre Passe Muraille), The Baby (Storefront Theatre), and Some Girl(s) (Tarragon Theatre). Selected film / TV credits include Bonne Maman (CFC), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Saving Hope (CTV), and a plethora of re-enactment docudramas for the History Channel.
JEANETTE DAGGER – “Margot”
Jeanette has graduate degrees in both music performance and theatre with a long career in opera and stage work having taught at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the University of Windsor in both the music and theatre departments. She has served as Artistic Director of Kingsville Repertory Theatre where she directed numerous musicals. She received great reviews for her direction of several musicals for the Victoria Operatic Society and also served as voice coach and assistant in directing and casting for the shows at the C.C.P.A. She last directed Betty Jane Wylie’s play Moon and Murna for the Alumnae New Ideas Festival and just finished playing a role in the Fireworks Festival production of Cottage Radio; also, in the main season of Alumnae in Stepping Out. Last autumn, she had the pleasure of playing Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music with Confidential Music Theatre Project and Marion Abbott Productions. Recently she played PM Margaret Thatcher in a new play reading called Granite Girls. She is happy to be working with Taylor Graham again in this Fringe play, The White Wedding.
ABBY WEISBROT – “Annie”
Abby is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Windsor. She is thrilled to be apart of this fabulous production and the Toronto Fringe. Previous credits include Isobel in Lion in the Streets, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sabine in The Three Musketeers, and Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa. She is excited to be a part of White Wedding this summer as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival!
TAYLOR MARIE GRAHAM – Playwright, Director, & Producer
Taylor Marie Graham is a playwright, director, producer, and educator living in Toronto. In 2016, celebrated playwright Judith Thompson named Taylor as the up and coming playwright to watch in Playwrights Guild of Canada’s The Playwright Applause campaign. Thompson described Taylor’s play Cottage Radio as, “a dynamic, complex, and very funny play with fabulous music set in beautiful and historic Goderich. Taylor Graham has written such rich and delicious characters, people who are familiar and yet presented in an utterly unique way. I am thrilled to see such a powerful play set in small town Ontario – true Canadiana, and yet, universal!” Taylor’s writing has also been described as “charmingly twisted” (John Terauds, Toronto Star), “delivering notes of comedy, irony and real feeling” (John Kaplan, NOW Magazine), “with good humour, warmth, and intelligence” (Andrea Romaldi), and “searingly written. . . a significant accomplishment!” (Bill Mandel). Taylor is the recipient of the George Ryga Award for Excellence in Playwrighting from York University and the Connie Rooke Scholarship from the University of Guelph. She has received multiple Ontario Arts Council theatre creator reserve grants for the development of her writing, and her opera The Virgin Charlie was nominated in 2008 for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera / Musical.
LINDSAY WOODS – Set & Costume Designer
Lindsay is a graduate from the University of Victoria in theatre and is a B.C. to Toronto transplant. Although she isn’t quite sure what she’s doing in Toronto for the most part, she is very excited at the prospect of working with Taylor on “White Wedding” as part the Toronto Fringe Festival. Lindsay has administrative experience in theatre as she held the position of Operations Manager at the Toronto Fringe Festival for two years. Lindsay is currently a freelance artist whose creations you can find in the Distillery’s Art Market every weekend until Christmas. To see her beautiful creations you can visit her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/constance_doesnt_care/ Her theatre costume design credits include: Brave New World (Litmus Theatre), The Harvester (FAWN Chamber Creative), Tuesdays and Sundays, The Ghost Ship, The Selkie of Kincardine (Sundown Theatre), Hansel and Gretel (Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre), The Hollow Square (kith and kin) and Birth of Frankenstein (Litmus Theatre).
SABRINA SPENCE – Producer
Sabrina graduated with Honours in Film Studies from Brock University. She has been in the television and film industry for 7 years and has had the opportunity to work both on the distribution and production sides of film and television. Currently Sabrina works as both a TV programmer for the specialty channel Rewind and as a Producer for Tiny Talent Time. In 2015 Sabrina produced a short film entitled A Brief History of the Apocalypse which was funded by the Canadian Arts Council. Going forward Sabrina hopes to develop her career as a producer and work on a variety of projects in different mediums including feature films and live productions.
SEBASTIAN BIASUCCI – Assistant Director
Sebastian Biasucci is a recent graduate of The Ryerson School of Performance’s BFA Performance Acting Program. There he trained with Perry Schneiderman, Leah Cherniak, Adam Paolozza, Brendan Healey and many others. Some of his Ryerson credits include Squire Trelawney in Treasure Island, Hansy Rilow in Spring Awakening and Polonius in Hamlet. He’s currently a part of interdisciplinary dance company Rock Bottom Movement, with an upcoming performance in the Parados Festival. He also enjoys directing and making his own theatre. He recently directed his own play for the Ryerson New Voices Festival. He’s very happy to be a part of the Fringe, assisting Taylor with White Wedding.
EMILY JENKINS – Assistant Director
Emily Jenkins is currently a student at Sheridan College working towards her degree in Film and Television. She has directed many films of her own and is currently working creating a film she co-wrote. Interning at a production studio last year, she has assisted on many sets. Emily is excited to be assisting with the production of “White Wedding”.