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Red Sandcastle Theatre
Toronto, ON
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Friday Sep 08, 2017 8:00 PM - Saturday Sep 16, 2017 8:00 PM | CA$15.00 - CA$20.00


INpulse Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of MOCKINGBIRD CLOSE, by award-winning playwright and director, Trevor Schmidt, at The Red Sandcastle Theatre Sept. 8-16, 2017. This will be the Toronto premiere of any play by Schmidt, who is a prominent figure in Canadian theatre.


Meet the perfect family: Iris, Hank, and their small son. They live in a nice home in a nice, crime-free gated neighborhood: Mockingbird Estates. Then something happens and their little boy disappears.

There's a panic that happens, even in a grown man, when his son disappears.

The frantic parents rush out into the night and begin to scour their cul-de-sac for clues. They knock on doors, but their neighbors are not forthcoming. Even Iris and Hanks memories are unreliable witnesses. Instead, we learn the street holds many untold, buried secrets. And throughout it all, "the witch" watches "from the dark black mouth that is the entrance to Mockingbird Close"...

Fairy tale combines with cautionary fable; truth collides with fiction; and no one is quite who he or she seems.

**** Edmonton Journal, Vue Weekly and See Magazine, (2009)

"...a haunting hour of theatre" (2009); "a tightly written, dark poetic tale (2008) - Vue Weekly

"Schmidt has an uncanny knack for giving each brief little character snippet unexpected depth ... (It's) one of the most gripping one acts Ive ever seen." (2008) Vue Weekly

Starring: Tiana Leonty and David MacInnis
Directed by: Ryan F. Hughes
Produced by: Tiana Leonty and Tracey Beltrano
Stage Managed by: Justine Cargo
Original Promo Photography by: Jackie Brown
Graphic Design by: Lumir Hladik
Makeup for Photos by: Ashley Vieira

60 min.
September 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 @ 8PM
September 10, 16 @ 2PM

*Photography by Jackie Brown; Poster design by Lumir Hladik


Tiana Leonty- Producer/Actor

Tiana is a Toronto-based actor, producer, teacher, and co-founder of INpulse Theatre Co. with Tracey Beltrano. She is very excited to be bringing MOCKINGBIRD CLOSE to Toronto, having performed in two of its productions when she lived in Edmonton (including the world premiere), which were both received with wide acclaim. She is passionate about bringing lesser-known Canadian voices to Toronto, and believes this play deserves to be heard by more audiences. She is excited to be collaborating with two fellow former Edmontonians - director Ryan Hughes, and actor David MacInnis - who both saw her in one of the afore-mentioned productions. As producer, Tiana has mounted four Fringe shows, and this is her first venture into the Toronto Indie theatre scene - she is looking forward to performing in the Red Sandcastle! As actor, she has performed in numerous plays in and around Edmonton where she went to theatre school, and has appeared in some plays, commercials, and shorts filmed in Toronto, where she came to complete her MFA in Acting at York University. More info at tianaleonty.workbooklive.com

David MacInnis- Actor

David was born and raised in Edmonton and has also called both Vancouver and now Toronto, home. This is Davids first time treading the boards in Toronto and hes ecstatic to be doing so alongside a contingent of fellow prairie-folk. David is a graduate of the University of Albertas BFA Acting Program (2003) and the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Training Program (2011). Favourite theatre credits include: Fool for Love (Shadow Theatre/Sage Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Citadel Theatre), and i google myself (Northern Light Theatre). David has also written and performed two one-man shows which premiered at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival in 2010 and 2011 respectively: Secondhand Sneakers and the Hundred-Mile Hump and The Sandkeeper Canto. Some of Davids film and tv credits include A Louder Silence, Ginger Snaps III, Make It Pop!, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Heartland, Stargate: Atlantis, The 4400, and Dead Like Me.

Ryan F. Hughes- Director/Artistic Associate

Ryan F. Hughes is a director, writer and actor based out of Toronto. He is a member of INpulse Theatre, and the co-founder of Human Loser Theatre (Edmonton/Toronto), where he directed and dramaturged critically acclaimed and Sterling Award nominated original plays Game Face, Pulling Down, Breaking Face, and Cheerleader. Other directing credits include the Alberta premiere of Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby, Darren O'Donnell's White Mice, Larry Shue's The Nerd and many short plays, workshops and staged readings for the Nextfest theatre festival. Ryan trained at the National Theatre School, The Second City, and MacEwan University.

Trevor Schmidt- Playwright

Trevor Schmidt has been the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre (NLT) in Edmonton for the past 14 years, and has been involved with NLT for the past 18 years as a performer, director, designer, and playwright, as well as being a multiple Sterling award winner. He has been awarded three times for playwrighting ( FLORA & FAWNAS FIELD TRIP!, THE WATERMELON GIRLS, and CHANGE ROOM), twice for directing (the Canadian premieres of THE 4TH PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE and Carol Anne Duffys THE WORLDS WIFE). He received the Outstanding Fringe Performance award for the one-man show COFFEE DAD, CHICKEN MOM, AND THE FABULOUS BUDDHA BOI, penned by Nick Green which toured to New York as part of the FRIGID FESTIVAL. As an actor, he has been seen in ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 1: Millennium Approaches, LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION!, WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED (Outstanding Male Lead Actor nomination) and created the role of Bette Davis in the international touring success BITCHSLAP!. He has recently been nominated for a Betty Mitchell Theatre Award for his role as Fawna Beckett in FLORA & FAWNAS FIELD TRIP!- which also received a Critics Theatre Award (Critter) for Outstanding Touring Production in Calgary at Lunchbox Theatre. His plays have been produced across Canada and far away as Australia (MABEL STARK!). He has created and choreographed a one-woman dance piece entitled MARKED for the Expanse Dance Festival that was extended and nominated for a Sterling Award for Outstanding New Work. Most recently, he was awarded the DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction as part of the Mayor's Evening for the Arts. He sits on the advisory boards of the Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts and Red Deer College Theatre Performance and Creation programme and is an Artistic Associate of GUYS IN DISGUISE Theatre company- for whom he has created the roles of Bette Davis, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbells, Queen Elizabeth 1st, Bridgitte Bardot, Virginia Hymen, Chief Head Nurse Vivian Wax, and Rose Thorne- the prettiest girl in the whole of Prince Edward Island- and also the most EVIL!.

Tracey Beltrano- Assistant Producer

Tracey was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, studied acting in NYC and currently resides in Toronto. Favourite past theatre credits include Mafalda in Piazza San Domenico (Sudbury Theatre Centre) and Barbra in Night of The Living Dead Live (Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay). Tracey is Co-Artistic Director of Beer In A Glass Productions where she successfully produced "SLUT", a one woman show at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival. "Slut" was a hot ticket and played to sold out audiences it's entire run. As a result, Beer In A Glass Productions won the Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship for achieving the highest sales of any show at the Fringe that year. @traceybeltrano


Red Sandcastle Theatre (View)
922 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1J5


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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