A fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.
green light arts presents
The Amish Project
a Canadian premiere
Sept 24 - Oct 5, 2014
Written by Jessica Dickey
Directed by Matt White
Starring Amy Keating
Lighting Design by Andre du Toit
Stage Managed by Amber Archbell
Production Management by Alex Boxall
Produced by Carin Lowerison
Wed. Sept 24, 2014 @ 8pm
Thur. Sept 25, 2014 @ 8pm
Fri. Sept 26, 2014 @ 8pm
Sat. Sept 27, 2014 @ 8pm
Sun. Sept 28, 2014 @ 4pm
Tue. Sept 30, 2014 @ 8pm
Wed. Oct 1, 2014 @ 8pm
Thur. Oct 2, 2014 @ 8pm
Fri. Oct 3, 2014 @ 8pm
Sat. Oct 4, 2014 @ 8pm
Sun. Oct 5, 2014 @ 4pm
Studio 180 @ Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo ON N2L 3G1
$6.00 credit card parking in LOT C
$5.00 coin only parking in LOT H (this lot is in front of Hagey Hall)
$20 General Admission | $15 Student Admission
$15 Preview Performance (Sept 24)
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Carole Stuckey is trying to figure out how to put her life back together after her husband Eddie opens fire on a schoolhouse full of Amish girls – killing five and paralyzing one – before taking his own life. She feels her “whole being is a rotting grave” until a remarkable thing happens: the Amish community reaches out to her. They forgive her late husband. They bring her food and sit with her. Together they work to find the strength to carry on.
Playwright Jessica Dickey offers a focused meditation on the quality of mercy as it impacts an imagined cross-section of the Pennsylvania town. This work helps guide an audience to understand, even slightly, how the choice to forgive is possible.
This is the CANADIAN PREMIERE and features one performer playing multiple roles including the gunman, his widow, two of the young victims and a pregnant Hispanic girl.
AMY KEATING - Performer
Amy is absolutely thrilled to be working on this beautiful play with Green Light Arts. She is a Dora-nominated actor based in Toronto, and producer and associate artist of Outside the March. Outside the March most recently produced Passion Play (a tri-production between Outside the March, Convergence Theatre, Sheep No Wool) and Amy played the Village Idiot/Violet. She also starred in the Dora-award winning Mr. Marmalade (Outstanding Production), Murderers Confess at Christmastime (SummerWorks), and the Canadian premiere of Oh the Humanity and Other Good Intentions with Outside the March. Other favourite credits include New Jerusalem (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); After Miss Julie (RedOne Theatre); Loyal Ronin: The Working Girls' Version (Spotlight Japan, Canadian Stage); Water Under the Bridge and The Forest in My Room (Carousel Players); Proud (Workshop Production, Talk is Free Theatre); Inside (Appledor Productions), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Capitol Theatre). Upcoming: I, Claudia (Talk is Free Theatre) and Mr. Burns: a post-electric play (Outside the March). Thanks to Matt and Carin, and love to Mitchell.
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: 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)
ANDRE DU TOIT - Lighting Designer
André is a Dora award winning lighting designer for theatre and live music based in Toronto. His selected theatre lighting designs include The Double (Bad New Days) for which he won a Dora Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre), As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour), SPENT (Theatre Smith Gilmour, Why Not Theatre, TheatreRUN) which has toured to New York, UK and India, Ralph and Lina, Death Married My Daugher, and Business as Usual (Independent Creators Cooperative) Dirty Butterfly (Bound to Create Theatre), Dear Liar (Why Not Theatre) with Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah, The Rez Sisters (Factory Theatre), Catalpa (Blood in the Alley), and the award winning Tomasso’s Party (Rooftop Creations) which he also produced. He has lit live music for The Elastocitizens, Dirty Magazines, Maylee Todd and Gurpreet Chana in venues around Toronto.
AMBER ARCHBELL - Stage Manager
Amber is thrilled to be working with green light arts on The Amish Project. Some past favourite credits include Run For Your Wife, Weekend Comedy, Annie, Guys & Dolls, Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions, The Drawer Boy, Cinderella, High School Musical, Moon Over Buffalo, The Heiress, Peter Pan (Drayton Entertainment), Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Queen Milli of Galt, Educating Rita (Theatre Aquarius), My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mirvish), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdand Theatre), Robin Hood (Ross Petty Productions), Rhubarb Festival (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre), Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly, Half Life, Stones in his Pockets, The Syringa Tree (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Thanks to Tara for your love and constant support!
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
[Courtesy of the Samuel French website:]
Jessica Dickey, a native of Pennsylvania, began her research on Amish culture in order to write her play The Amish Project, which was praised by audiences and critics alike during its Off-Broadway run at the prestigious Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the tragic events of the Nickel Mines shooting, when the local milkman walked into an Amish schoolhouse and shot all the girls and then himself. The Amish responded to this crime by forgiving the gunman and embracing his family as fellow victims. Honoring the redemptive aspects of this incredible story, The Amish Project is published by Samuel French, continues to be produced all over America and the world, and was listed by nytheatre.com as a play that should have been nominated for the Pulitzer. The Amish Project won the CAPPIE Award for Best Play. Ms. Dickey has since gone on to write two more plays, which both have a world premiere coming up in 2013— Row After Row (a comedy about Civil War re-enactors) will premiere in Tuscon, Arizona in April 2013; and Charles Ives Take Me Home (a poignant play about a father and daughter) was nominated for the prestigious Susan Blackburn Prize and will premiere in New York City in May 2013. She was also nominated for the PONY Award in 2011. Ms. Dickey is also an actor; her work can be found on both stage and screen. www.jessicadickey.com