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Fail Better Theatre and green light arts
in-association with Night\Shift
bring you...

Andy Warhol presents: Valerie

Written by Ben Hayward & Ali Richardson

Performed by Ben Hayward, Ali Richardson, Nicholas Potter and The Chorus

Directed by Matt White

Sound Design by Nicholas Potter

Photo by Neil Silcox

Photo by Neil Silcox



(downtown Kitchener’s nuit blanche-style festival of art, culture and nocturnal adventure)
Venue: 54 Queen St. S., 2nd floor


Saturday, November 1, 2014
Limited capacity (70 people), 45-minute performances begin at 11pm and 1am.

How Much


Photo by Neil Silcox

Photo by Neil Silcox


Valerie Solanas is best known for her SCUM Manifesto, a ferocious satire that calls for the eradication of all men in order to end sexism. While trying to get Andy to produce her play Up Your Ass, Val became part of his offbeat gang at the Factory in NYC. After a misfit friendship with the prince of pop, Valerie shot Andy 4 times in the summer of ’68.

Andy Warhol presents: Valerie premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July 2014 to acclaimed reviews and sold-out shows



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Read the July 2014 review in NOW Magazine here

Read the July 2014 review in Daily Xtra here

Ben Hayward as Andy Warhol (Photo: Neil Silcox)

Ben Hayward as Andy Warhol (Photo: Neil Silcox)

Creative Team


Ali is an actor and director from Nova Scotia, now based in Toronto. In Halifax, she trained with DaPoPo Theatre and performed with the independent company in Berlin’s “Just Say It!” festival. She recently performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a Singaporean/Canadian feminist collective. This past fall, she directed the premiere of A False Face, a new aboriginal play, for the Vancouver Fringe (now being remounted in Toronto this spring). She has acted and directed for Solar Stage Children’s Theatre and toured with Education Arts Canada. In Ontario, she has directed, acted and written for the Beck Festival and the UofT Drama Festival where her work received the President’s Award for Best Production and the Robert Gill Award for Best Direction. She recently Assistant Directed Melee Hutton’s production of The Rover at Theatre Erindale. Her writing has appeared in anthologies by the Poetry Institute of Canada and won their 2010 nation-wide poetry contest. Last spring, Ali produced the Halifax tour-remount of her class’s original play, December 1917: The Halifax Explosion

BEN HAYWARD - Andy Warhol

Ben is a Toronto-based actor and writer. He has appeared in The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia (ATIC Productions); Marianne, Are You Asleep (Beck Festival). He is a founding member of Well Fought Theatre and a co-creator of the touring production; December 1917: The Halifax Explosion. He is the author of the plays Faith, Pathetic, Sometimes and Think Tank. He is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto. 



Nicholas is a trained actor from the Theatre and Drama Studies joint program between Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga, completing his fourth year. In addition to this, he is also a playwright and sound designer, composer and video game enthusiast. He is the co-founder of the writing collective Vertebrae, Undone, which had its Toronto debut at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival with the Alleyplay Don’t Splash (Shelley Rae), which made it onto In The GreenRoom’s top picks for the Fringe that year. His writing has also appeared on the Hart House stage for the 2013 and 2014 U of T Drama Festival, winning the President’s award for Best Production for his play Marianne, Are You Asleep?, and most recently the Robertson Davies Playwriting Award for his play Pur.Gat.Ory. His sound and composing work appeared in the 2013 Vancouver Fringe for A False Face, and even more recently at the 2013 Erindale Fringe, which debuted his original music and lyrics for the surreal horror musical Catatonia.

MATT WHITE - Director

Matt is the founding Artistic Producer of green light arts, a part-time faculty member in the Theatre & Drama Studies joint program between Sheridan College and the University of Toronto at Mississauga, sits on the Board of Directors for fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and is the General Manager of Necessary Angel Theatre Company where he recently produced What Makes a Man, created by Jennifer Tarver and Justin Ellington, based on the songs of Charles Aznavour; Stay (A)Wake workshop by Jordan Tannehill and company, in-association with blue mouth inc. for the upcoming 2015 Pan-Am Games; and Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis. Through Necessary Angel, he also created and runs an at-risk-youth theatre program in Toronto's Weston-Mt. Dennis neighbourhood. Recent directing credits include: The Amish Project (green light arts), Andy Warhol presents: Valerie (Fail Better Theatre, Toronto Fringe); Bone Cage (Hart House Theatre), and Eirlys and Eckhart (Cart/Horse Theatre). As dramaturg: Two Toonies (Douglas Campbell); Red Rouge (Laura Anne Harris); Concessions (Brianna Brown); Frame (Julia Lederer); Wong’s Garden (Donald Woo) and Giving Birth to a Squid (David Levine). Upcoming directing project for green light arts: The Ashley Smith project (in-development)