3-13 MAR 2022
EVER FALLING FLIGHT
by MATTHEW HEITI
directed by JOHN McHENRY
starring RUTHIE NKUT
with KEVIN MORRIS
A comic fantasy tale!
A dark, comic fantasy tale inspired by the final, mysterious flight of Amelia Earhart and her famous 1937 record-breaking round-the-world trip. Dashing through increasingly strange ports-of-call the famous pilot races against time and the spectre of a demonic red plane.
Ruthie is an actor/musician from Sudbury and is thrilled to be making her Sudbury Theatre Centre debut after many years of performing on its stage with YES Theatre. Select Theatre: The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre); Live From the Grotto, The Sound of Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Jesus Christ Superstar (YES Theatre); Beauty and the Beast: In Concert (Angelwalk Theatre). T.V.: Barbie (T.V. and Online Series). Upcoming: April Fools at Montreal’s Segal Centre. Training: George Brown Theatre School, Broadway Dance Centre. Love and thanks to Fauny and Thomas!
This is Kevin’s first appearance at STC. Theatre credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins (Toronto Musical Concerts); Alex: The Artist (Toronto Fringe Kids); The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz (Drayton Entertainment). He has also worked in film and television, doing voice work on kids shows like Presto: School of Magic, CBC’s Fuzzy Tales, as well as appearing on screen in A Witches Ball (Netflix) and Ponysitters Club: Fun at the Fair (Amazon Prime). As well as being a writer and an accomplished cabaret performer, Kevin is the creator and voice of the YouTube series Staged Right, dedicated to the history of musical theatre. Special thanks to the Talent House and to John McHenry for his mentorship and friendship. For Russ, with love.
Matthew Heiti is a writer, actor, director and teacher born on Wembley Drive and now living one street away. He holds a BFA in Acting from X (Ryerson) University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. With STC, he has written Black Dog: 4 vs. The wrld and Mucking in the Drift. Also at STC, he has served as playwright-in-residence, directed productions of There’s a Mouse in My House and #TheWaterTower, was associate director on The Romeo Initiative, and for five years led the Playwrights’ Junction workshop. Ever Falling Flight will also be presented this spring in French at Le TNO, as Aéroportée (translation by Miriam Cusson). This one is for you, Mom.
John is STC’s Artistic Director. For STC: Quiet! I’m Talking, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Plaid Tidings, Here on the Flight Path, The Birds and The Bees and A Christmas Story. He has also directed and/or choreographed for Huron Country Playhouse, Garden City Productions, Music Theatre Etobicoke, Thistle Theatre, St. Marys Community Players and Hamilton Theatre Inc. As a performer, his favourite roles include Tinman in The Wizard of Oz, The Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof, Francis in La Cage aux Folles, and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl (four times!). His marketing and communications expertise has benefited STC, Huron Country Playhouse, Theatre Aquarius, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Presentation House Theatre and Blyth Festival. For Mum.
Bob is a highly successful theatre designer whose company R+I Design is in high demand. For over 15 years he was scenic designer at STC with founding artistic director Tony Lloyd. His history dates back to the years when STC worked out of the Canada Bread building on King Street and performed at Laurentian University. He transitioned into STC’s new home in 1982 creating spectacular sets until 1990. His impressive career includes teaching in the Technical Theatre Studies program at Cambrian College for over two decades. STC is delighted to welcome Bob home.
Having spent more than 25 years as a performer, scenic artist and prop builder and part-time college professor for film, TV and theatre across Canada, Anita feels most relaxed with her hands involved in building a show and feels as though she can finally begin to breathe again, walking the backstage hallway at STC. Some of her most memorable moments in theatre include Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad, Sweeney Todd (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Tommy, Evita (Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton); Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables (YES Theatre in concert); and Jesus Christ Superstar (twice, with Theatre Cambrian).
Previously for STC: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Here on the Flight Path, Plaid Tidings, The Invention of Romance, A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life. Designs elsewhere include the Shaw Festival, Drayton Entertainment, the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Neptune Theatre, Watermark Theatre, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Magnus Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Carousel Players, Hart House Theatre, George Brown Theatre, Theatre Sheridan, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor and Concordia University. Kirsten studied theatre at the University of Alberta and lighting at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Ben is Happy to be designing for STC again. Other design credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Romeo Initiative, In Piazza San Domenico and Mourning Dove also with Sudbury Theatre Centre, where he has been working as the Technical Director and Sound Engineer for the past seven years. Ben would like to thank his wife and kids for their constant and unfailing support; he would be lost without them.
BARBARA McLEAN WRIGHT
Barb is excited to be back! For STC, Barb stage managed A Guide to Mourning, Criminal Genius, Some Assembly Required, An Inspector Calls, Love Letters, Wingfield’s Progress, Driving Miss Daisy, Treasure Island and Death and the Maiden. Other companies worked for include The Grand Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Theatre Aquarius, Drayton Entertainment, Classic Theatre Festival, Theatre Orangeville, Ross Petty Productions, The Foster Festival, Lighthouse Festival and Centaur Theatre. Many thanks to John for the opportunity to be here again and to be a part of the 50th Anniversary Season. As always, Barb thanks her family and friends for their constant love and support.
Apprentice Stage Manager
(She/Her; Oji-Cree; North Caribou Lake First Nation) Morgan is an Indigenous bilingual stage manager from Sudbury. A graduate of the Technical Theatre Production program at Cambrian College, she is currently finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from Laurentian University. Recent stage management credits include Quiet! I’m Talking (STC); Bed & Breakfast (YES Theatre/STC); Live at the Grotto Summer Concert Series, Mary Poppins, James and the Giant Peach, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, Violet, Merrily We Roll Along (YES Theatre); Aéroportée (Le Théâtre Nouvel Ontario); Quoi si moi si j’viens du nord, ‘stie (co-production between Le Théâtre Nouvel Ontario and l’Université Laurentienne); The Shape of Things, Road (Thorneloe University); St. Ella of the Camino (Text-Me Productions).
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EverFallingFlight bio sheet
CATCH THE FRENCH PRODUCTION!
Our friends at Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario are producing Aéroportée, Miriam Cusson’s French transposition of Matthew Heiti’s original English play, Ever Falling Flight.
Learn more at letno.ca/en/shows/aeroportee