The Canadians
​by ​​Adam Bock
directed by Jaime Castañeda
WORLD PREMIERE
JULIANNE ARGYROS STAGE
September 29, 2019 - October 20, 2019

300x300TheCanadiansLife is good in Port Alison, Manitoba—Thursday night hockey, beers at The Peg, nice people. But lately Gordy’s interests lean more toward The Magic Flute and pottery classes. When his pal, Brendan, is gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a gay cruise, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime—to experience life far from Canada! In this quick-change comedy where five actors play a ship-load of characters, small chances might lead to big changes. But can Gordy step out of his comfort zone?

Previews: September 29 – October 3, 2019
First Night:​​​ October 4, 2019
Regular Performances: October 5-20, 2019

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains adult language​, sexuality and strobe lighting effects.

Running Time: Approximately ​one hour and ​​​2​0 ​minutes, ​with no intermission.

Adam Bock is best known for Before the Meeting, A Life, A Small Fire, The Receptionist, The Drunken City, The Thugs and Swimming in the Shallows. He writes both comedy and drama, blending whimsical surrealism with dark and painful explorations of character. Jesse Green, co-chief theatre critic for The New York Times, says Bock’s Before the Meeting  is a  “knockout premiere … [with character stories that] balance heart and humor.” Bock has had more than 15 plays produced at prestigious theatres including Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., Second Stage Uptown, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Yale Repertory Theatre, Tricycle Theatre (London) and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has received an Obie Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, Clauder Prize, Will Glickman Award, Heideman Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship; and he has been nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists and an artistic associate at Shotgun Players and Encore Theatre.

Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.

Cast
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Corey Brill ( Bobby/Trish/Andy/White Rabbit/A Man on Deck Nine) appeared at SCR previously as Kit Marlowe in Shakespeare in Love, David in Office Hour, Josh in Of Good Stock, Rufus in Five Mile Lake, a fetus in Noah Haidle’s Smokefall and as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He is always thrilled to be back. His Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (understudy) and the first national tour of the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall production of Cabaret. He has performed at regional theatres around the country including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and Antaeus Theatre Company. His television and film appearances include “Chicago P.D.,” “You’re the Worst,” “Scorpion,” “The Walking Dead,” “Perception,” “CSI: Miami” and HBO’s The Normal Heart. He earned his BFA from Otterbein College and MFA from UC-San Diego.


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Daniel Chung (Brendan) returns to SCR and The Canadians after appearing in the play’s NewSCRipts and Pacific Playwrights Festival readings. He was in the co-production of Office Hour at Long Wharf Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, directed by Lisa Peterson. He is a UCLA alumnus with a BA in psychology. He is a member of Faultline Theater in San Francisco.


Dorris,-Corey

Corey Dorris ( Beth/Little Harry/Wally/A Man on Deck Nine<) is making his first appearance in an SCR production; he was in the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Unlikable Heroine by Melissa Ross. This is his first stage play since Rogue Machine Theatre’s Dutch Masters (2016), for which he won a Stage Raw Award for Best Two-Person Performance with Josh Zuckerman; and received an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nomination for Best Production in the 2016-17 theatre season. He is a member of the digital theatre company, TeamStarkid (StarKid Productions), which just celebrated its 10th anniversary and whose highest-rated production has 23 million views on YouTube. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Trail to Oregon and his LA theatre credits include The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals. His film and television credits include “Station 19,” “Futureman,” “The Grinder” and Disney’s “Stuck in the Middle.” He earned his MFA at The Juilliard School. 


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Linda Gehringer ( Johnny/Mayor Claudette/Oliver/Indian Princess/A Man on Deck Nine) appeared at SCR previously in The Roommate, Going to a Place where you Already Are and How to Write a New Book for the Bible, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination. She also appeared in the world premieres of The Parisian Woman; The Language Archive; The Piano Teacher; A Naked Girl on the Appian Way; Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards; Hold Please; But Not for Me; and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, a role she repeated in its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Her other SCR credits include Circle Mirror Transformation; Doubt, a parable; Hamlet; The Retreat from Moscow; A Delicate Balance; All My Sons; Relatively Speaking; The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Arcadia; and Good as New. She has played leading roles in theatres across the country, most recently in the world premiere of the one-woman show, Lady in Denmark, at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre; the world premieres of Vicuña at Kirk Douglas Theatre; The Comparables at Seattle Repertory Theatre; and I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Berkshire Theatre Festival; Surf Report at La Jolla Playhouse; The Women and Since Africa at The Old Globe; and The Crowd You’re In With (Jeff Award nomination) at Goodman Theatre. Her recent television credits include “S.W.A.T.,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Perry Mason” (HBO) and recurring roles on “Touch” and “Justified.” Her other television work includes “NCIS,” “Raising Hope,” “Weeds,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Ally McBeal,” “Frasier” and “The West Wing” and the films Into the Storm, Kreep and As Good As It Gets.


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Kyle T. Hester (Gordy) last appeared at SCR in the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of The Canadians and he is so happy to be a part of this play again! His recent theatre credits include Wild Goose Dreams (La Jolla Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), King Lear (Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (A Noise Within) and Death and Cockroaches (Chalk Repertory Theatre). He received his MFA from UC-San Diego and BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. kylehesteractor.com

Creative Team

Jaime Castañeda (Director) has directed The Luckiest by Melissa Ross, Seize the King by Will Power, At the Old Place by Rachel Bonds, Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph (La Jolla Playhouse), Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (American Conservatory Theater), The Royale by Marco Ramirez (American Theater Company), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz (Dallas Theater Center), Chimichangas and Zoloft by Fernanda Coppel (Atlantic Theater Company), The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Kitchen Dog Theater), How We Got On by Idris Goodwin (Cleveland Play House), Welcome to Arroyo’s by Kristoffer Diaz (The Old Globe), Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp (Perseverance Theatre), Tiger Style! by Mike Lew (Eugene O’Neill Theatre) and The Royal Society of Antarctica by Mat Smart (Portland Center Stage, JAW Festival). Castañeda spent four seasons at the La Jolla Playhouse as associate artistic director and five seasons with the Atlantic Theater Company as artistic associate. He is the recipient of a Drama League Fellowship and a Princess Grace Award, and holds an MFA in directing from the University of Texas, Austin.


Lauren Helpern (Scenic Design) is happy to return to SCR, where she previously designed Curve of Departure. Her work has been seen in numerous southern California productions including Seize the King, At the Old Place and Tiger Style! (La Jolla Playhouse); Skintight and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit… (Geffen Playhouse); and Always...Patsy Cline (Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles). Based in New York City, she has designed many critically acclaimed productions including 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center (Lucille Lortel Award), the Pulitzer Prize-winner Disgraced at LCT3, Bad Jews at Roundabout Theatre Company and Bug at Barrow Street (Obie Award). Regionally, she has worked at Ford’s Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Huntington Stage Company, Portland Center Stage, Bucks County Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Chautauqua Theatre Company and Anchorage Opera, among others. She designed the national tour of American Girl Live! and several productions for Blue Man Group. She is a production designer on the web series “Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter” (on WhoHaHa) and art-directed several other projects. She has designed benefits, events and installations for a diverse group of clients. Her work can be seen at laurenhelpern.com.


Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design) is happy to return to SCR, where she previously designed the costumes for The Sisters Rosensweig, Amos & Boris and Orange. Her theatre design work has been seen nationwide at venues including Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Play House, A Noise Within, Boston Court Pasadena, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Falcon Theatre. Bliznakova’s work for opera includes Carmen at Los Angeles Opera and Murder in the Cathedral at San Diego Opera. Her costume design and stylist credits for other media include films and music videos. Her work has been nominated for an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Outstanding Costume Design and a Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award. She is a professor in the School of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University and is the head of the MFA design and technology program there. Bliznakova is an alumna of Parsons School of Design and Brandeis University. Her work may be viewed at Denitsa.com.


Josh Epstein (Lighting Design) has designed lighting at many of the top regional theatres in the country. His recent productions include Little Shop of Horrors (Pasadena Playhouse), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Geffen Playhouse), Indecent (Arena Stage), Romeo and Juliet (Guthrie Theater) and The Humans (Geva Theatre Center). His work has also been seen at the Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Kansas City Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Paper Mill Playhouse. In addition, Epstein is an ensemble member at IAMA Theatre Company (Los Angeles) and on faculty at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is an LA Ovation Award winner, a Knight of Illumination nominee and a Helen Hayes Award nominee. He was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and currently serves on the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Artistic Council. Epstein received his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters. joshepsteindesign.com 


Cricket S Myers (Sound Design) is thrilled to return to SCR after designing Photograph 51; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Kings; A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Siegel; Red; Mr. Wolf; Zealot; Trudy and Max in Love; 4000 Miles; The Fantasticks; The Parisian Woman; Sight Unseen; Elemeno Pea; The Trip to Bountiful; and Three Days of Rain. On Broadway, she earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Regionally, she designed at the Ahmanson Theatre (50th Anniversary Celebration, Sunshine Boys); Mark Taper Forum (Bent, Steward of Christendom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore); La Jolla Playhouse (The Squirrels, Guards at the Taj, Sideways, The Nightingale); Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Sex with Strangers); Kirk Douglas Theatre (Mutthouse, Endgame, Twist Your Dickens); Pasadena Playhouse (Stoneface, Above the Fold); the Los Angeles Theatre (Carrie); The Montalbán Theatre (I Only Have Eyes); The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Blues in the Night); and Geffen Playhouse (The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, Play Dead, Wrecks, Some Girls). She has earned 22 Ovation Award nominations and won the Ruth Morley Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. cricketsmyers.com


Yee Eun Nam (Projections) is a Los Angeles-based scenic and projection designer for opera, theatre and any form for live performances. Her recent regional theatre design works include Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse), Sweat (Mark Taper Forum), Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse) and Citizen: An American Lyric (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Fountain Theatre). Her other theatre design works include Joy Luck Club (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Hannah and The Dread Gazebo (Fountain Theatre), Mountain Top (Garry Marshall Theatre), SAPO (Getty Villa) and Mother of Henry, Members Only, Dementia, A Mexican Trilogy: An American Lyric (Latino Theater Company). Her opera and music theatre design works include Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle (LA Opera Connects), Notorious RBG in Song (Skirball Cultural Center), Venus and Adonis/Savitri (New Camerata Opera, NYC), Backwards from Winter (Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC), Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (The Soraya, LA), Lohengrin (New World Center) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tales of Hoffmann, Crucible and L’enfant et les sortilèges (Miami Music Festival, Miami). Her upcoming projects include Sisters in Law (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Aubergine (South Coast Repertory), And Then They Came For Me (MainStreet Theatre). She earned her BFA in metal craft at Seoul National University and her MFA in theatre design at UCLA. View her portfolio: yeeeunnam.com


Andy Knight (Dramaturg) is South Coast Repertory’s literary manager. At SCR, his dramaturgy credits include the world premieres of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band; Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone; Catherine Trieschmann’s Theatre for Young Audiences play, OZ 2.5; and the west coast premieres of Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire; and Sarah Burgess’ Kings. His other recent credits include the world premiere of Carla Ching’s The Two Kids That Blow Sh*t Up with Artists at Play. Before SCR, Knight worked at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.


Jenny Jacobs (Stage Manager) is from Orange, Calif., and received her BA from California State University, Long Beach, and MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her past credits include Hairspray and Three Musketeers (Palos Verde Performing Arts); Plaid Tidings (Laguna Playhouse); The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Altar Boyz and All Shook Up (3-D Theatricals); Peter Pan, Noises Off and Kings at South Coast Repertory; and Titus Andronicus, Reefer Madness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, Urinetown, The Tempest and The Cider House Rules. For the past nine years, she has been touring with Menopause the Musical across the U.S. and Canada. She teaches and mentors theatre students at East Los Angeles College and has taught at Cal State, Long Beach. She has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association for the last 10 years.


Nicki Heskin (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to join SCR for The Canadians; she previously served as ASM for Catch Me if You Can (Musical Theatre West) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Lewis Family Playhouse). Heskin’s selected production stage management credits include Into the Woods, CATS, Sondheim on Sondheim, Music Man (Lewis Family Playhouse), 33 Variations (Ophelia’s Jump Productions) and Frontier Feats of Wonder stunt show (Knott’s Berry Farm). Her theatrical directing credits include Bad Jews (Ophelia’s Jump Productions), Baby with the Bathwater (Chino Community Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation and Gidion’s Knot (Women’s Theatre Workshop). Her assistant-directing credits include Parade, 42nd Street (3-D Theatricals), In the Next Room (Ophelia’s Jump Productions), Music Man (Grove Theatre), The Underpants and Five Door Farce (Chino Community Theatre). In 2018-19, she served as interim producer for Broadway at the Gardens and Rancho Cucamonga Community Theatre at Lewis Family Playhouse and the producer of In the Heights, Seussical and Miracle  on 34th Street.


The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Corey Dorris and Linda Gehringer in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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Kyle T. Hester and Corey Dorris in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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Daniel Chung and ​Kyle T. Hester in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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Linda Gehringerl, Kyle T. Hester and Corey Dorris in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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​Daniel Chung, Kyle T. Hester, Corey Dorris, Linda Gehringer and Corey Brill in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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Daniel Chung, Corey Brill and Linda Gehringer in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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​Linda Gehringer, Kyle T. Hester,​ Daniel Chung and Corey Brill in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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​Kyle T. Hester and Daniel Chung in ​"The Canadians." Photo by ​Jordan Kubat.
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Cast and Producers of The Canadians
Party Play: The Canadians
The world premiere of The Canadians, the latest work from award-winning playwright Adam Bock, opened to an enthusiastic First Night audience​. Read more about it and watch the video.
Jaime Castaneda
The Canadians Director Jaime Castañeda
In this edition of The SCR Podcast, the show’s director, Jaime Castañeda, talks about how the play has developed over the past year, through readings and workshops, leading to its world premiere
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Live ​with The Canadians Playwright Adam Bock
Literary Manager Andy Knight and playwright Adam Bock talk about the upcoming world premiere of Bock’s comedy, The Canadians. Watch now.
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Canadian Slang, Eh?
Canadians have an “unofficial” language—that of Canadian slang. Brush up on your Canadian slang here before attending a performance of The Canadians.
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Meet the Cast: The Canadians
Five cast members bring to life Adam Bock’s new comedy, The Canadians. The actors talk about the playwright, what in the play makes them laugh and their favorite cruise drink.
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Three Questions for Playwright Adam Bock
We caught up with Bock to ask him a few questions about his early
playwriting efforts, the play that changed his life and what we should know about The Canadians.

Edgerton FoundationThis play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

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