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We're excited to offer brand-new audio plays in our 2021–2022 Listen to This: Audio Play Series. Each entertaining, thought-provoking work is created by a Western Canadian playwright who is affiliated with our Emerging Playwrights' Unit or Silver Commissions Project. To enjoy Listen to This for free, subscribe to Spotify and Apple Podcasts and receive short weekly episodes of each show.

The Cull


By Michele Riml & Michael St. John Smith
A Biting New Drama

Streaming November 4, 2021–July 4, 2022

Emily and Lewis are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with their best friends. While a forest fire rages out of control in the local mountains, the conversation around the dinner table turns many corners: catching up on family events, reminiscing about their teenage years, and debating about what it means to be a "good person." But when an unexpected gift turns the seemingly civil conversation about the local wolf cull into a fierce personal argument, a secret is revealed that threatens the stability of the “pack," turning this particular dinner party into a night of eat or be eaten.


Jasmine Chen

Jasmine Chen (Lynne)
For the Arts Club Someone Like You, The Wedding Party
Other Jasmine is a recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Prize, the Jean Gascon Award, a Toronto Harold Award, and is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee. Jasmine is the Artistic and Community Producer at Gateway Theatre.

Meghan Gardiner

Meghan Gardiner (Nicole)
For the Arts Club The Sound of Music, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Story: The Musical, Blood Brothers, Paradise Garden, Evita
Other Theatre The Boy in the Moon (Neworld Theatre); Dead Metaphor, Urinetown (Firehall Arts Centre); I Lost My Husband, The Music Man (Gateway Theatre); The Last Five Years (Western Canada Theatre); Office Hours (Drayton Theatre Festival); My Fair Lady (Chemainus Theatre Festival)
Other Meghan has been nominated for three Jessie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. She was the recipient of the Sydney Risk Award for Emerging Playwright at the 2012 Jessie Awards. Meghan is very grateful to be delving deep into a rich and complex script with such incredible artists, and thanks the Arts Club for the opportunity.

Stephen Lobo

Stephen Lobo (Lewis)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Stephen has received multiple awards and nominations for his work in TV and film. Selected screen credits include Snowpiercer (TBS), Travelers (Showcase), Continuum (SyFy), Arctic Air (CBC), Little Mosque (CBC), Godiva’s (CityTV). He is now appearing on Nancy Drew (CW). Stephen is a graduate of Drama Centre London.

Andrew McNee

Andrew McNee (Paul)
For the Arts Club Buffoon, Mustard, Noises Off, Misery, One Man, Two Guvnors, Boeing-Boeing
Other Theatre Bard on the Beach, Solo Collective, Theatre Replacement, Electric Company, NeWorld, The Belfry, The Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary
Other You may recognize Andrew as that guy who was murdered and blown up in all sorts of locally filmed shows and movies. Your kids may have heard him as some pony, robot, or alien in one of their cartoons. Andrew is a graduate of Studio 58 and lives with his wonderful wife, Karen, and his rascal kids, Finn and Thomas.

Dawn Petten

Dawn Petten (Emily)
For the Arts Club Tear the Curtain!, The Birds and the Bees, The Penelopiad, A Flea in Her Ear, Shear Madness, Our Turquoise Years, A Christmas Story, All My Sons (debut)
Other Theatre Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Comedy of Errors (Bard on the Beach); five seasons of East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); Every Brilliant Thing (Belfry Theatre); Hedda Gabler, The Pavilion, Our Town (Osimous Theatre, a company that Dawn co-founded and co-ran); Studies in Motion (Electric Company Theatre); A Doll’s House (Chemainus Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Caravan Farm Theatre)
Other Multiple Jessie Award nominee and winner; graduate of UBC BFA. Upcoming: East Van Panto this holiday season. Dawn is holding her breath for the time we can gather onstage in person to do this amazing play, with you alive in the audience across from us—that longed-for and much-missed "wholly communion" of theatre.

Michele Riml

Michele Riml Playwright
For the Arts Club Under the Influence, Poster Boys, Sexy Laundry, and Henry and Alice: Into the Wild (Silver Commission)
Other Theatre souvenirs, RAGE, The Skinny Lie, The Invisible Girl, Tree Boy, The Amaryllis, The Cull
Other Various commissions from Canadian theatres, Sydney Risk Prize (for RAGE), nominated for the Siminovitch Prize

Michael St. John Smith

Michael St. John Smith Playwright (John)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre Written and co-written five produced stage plays, including Jessie-nominated Best Original Play, Slaying Dragons, The Bridge, a radio play produced by Pi Theatre and aired on CBC, and Misadventure at the Lighthouse, a Zoom play for kids produced by Green Thumb Theatre for the BC Library system in August
Other Co-wrote an original sci-fi feature with best-selling author William Gibson, adapted as a five-part graphic novel and currently in development with Copperheart Entertainment. He graduated from Harvard University with honors in English literature.

Mindy Parfitt Director
Stephen Drover Dramaturg
Owen Belton Original music and sound design
“Animal Spirits” written and performed by David Ford
Dan Paterson Technical Director
Kevin Gault Sound Engineer

Redbone Coonhound


By Amy Lee Lavoie & Omari Newton
A Hard-Hitting New Comedy

Streaming January 27–September 27, 2022

Out for a walk in their West End neighbourhood, Mike and Marissa—an interracial couple—meet a dog with an unfortunate breed name: redbone coonhound. This small detail unleashes a cascading debate between them about race and their relationship that manifests as a series of micro-plays, each satirizing contemporary perspectives on modern culture. Through its hard-hitting comedic elements, Redbone Coonhound explores the intricacies of subtle and overt polemics of race, systemic power, and privilege in remarkable, surprising, and hilarious ways.


Celia Aloma

Celia Aloma (Aisha / Harriet Tubman / Laura / Comrade Blackity Black)
For the Arts Club No Child
Other Theatre Rishi & d Douen (Carousel Theatre); Same Difference (Theatre Conspiracy); Best of Enemies, ‘da Kink in my Hair (Pacific Theatre); The Numbers Game (Storefront Theatre)
Other Celia is a Jessie Award-nominated actress. She was the recipient of the BC Arts Council Pivot grant, worked with various production companies (Apple TV, Netflix, Hallmark, Discovery, FX, Amazon Prime, Facebook TV), and is looking forward to her upcoming film release of Swan Song. Celia is excited to start her new journey by joining the Stratford Birmingham Conservatory.

Bryan Demore

Bryan Demore (Zac / Jordan / Jamal / Luke)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre My Tom, For the Record (Railtown Lab); Disco Pigs (A Lasting Dose); The Mountain (Red Sky Performance)
Film & TV Woke (Hulu); Supergirl (CW); Arrow (WB); Dead Shack (Raven Banner); The L Word (Showcase); The Life (CTV)
Other Bryan also produces for his company, A Lasting Dose Productions, which has had premieres at Cannes, Vancouver International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, and Calgary International Film Festival. He’s currently producing Anthony Shim’s next feature film, Riceboy Sleeps (CRAVE/Bell Media).

Kayla Deorksen

Kayla Deorksen (Marissa / Miss Sue / Alice)
For the Arts Club Pride and Prejudice
Other Theatre Bard on the Beach, Touchstone, Solo Collective, Seven Tyrants, Mitch and Murray, Green Thumb
Film & TV Billy the Kid, The Good Doctor, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Resident Alien, The Exorcist, Supernatural
Other Thank you to all the talented artists who have worked on this project over the years.

Nancy Kerr

Nancy Kerr (Camille / Jennifer / Mom / Karen)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre Much Ado About Nothing (The Cultch); Almost Maine (The Cultch Lab); My Tom (Railtown Actors Lab); Sight Unseen (Waterfront Theatre)
Film & TV Daughter, Suck It Up (feature); Juggernaut (short film); Supernatural (CW); Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

Kayvon Khoshkam

Kayvon Khoshkam Director
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre The After After Party (After Party Theatre); The Shipment, Gross Misconduct, 3...2...1 (SpeakEasy Theatre)
Other Eight seasons as Artistic Director at the Pull Festival

Amy Lee Lavoie

Amy Lee Lavoie Playwright
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre Rabbit Rabbit (Infinitheatre); Stopheart (Factory Theatre); Genetic Drift (Pi Theatre/Boca del Lupo); C’mon, Angie! (Touchstone Theatre); Scout’s Honour (Imago Theatre)
Other The Curiosities of Rebecca Blithely (CBC Head Digital Writer). Amy has been the Playwright-in-Residence with Factory Theatre, a member of the Playwrights Unit at Tarragon Theatre, a participant in the Playwright’s Retreat at the Stratford Festival, and is currently writing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, called Blackfly, with her husband and writing partner, Omari Newton.

Brian Markinson

Brian Markinson (Jeffrey / Dolley / Producer / Dad / Roger)
For the Arts Club Angels in America (Jessie nomination), Glengarry Glen Ross, Waiting for Godot (Jessie nomination)
Other Theatre Written and co-written five produced stage plays, including Jessie-nominated Best Original Play, Slaying Dragons, The Bridge, a radio play produced by Pi Theatre and aired on CBC, and Misadventure at the Lighthouse, a Zoom play for kids produced by Green Thumb Theatre for the BC Library system in August
Other Lost in Yonkers (Broadway); Elliot Loves (Off-Broadway); True West (Vancouver Playhouse); Speed the Plow (Belfry Theatre); The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Firehall Theatre)

Omari Newton

Omari Newton Playwright (Mike / Glib / Tom)
For the Arts Club No Child (director)
Other Theatre Blue/Orange (actor, Centaur Theatre); Sal Capone (playwright, National Arts Centre); The Shipment (actor/co-director, SpeakEasy Theatre)
Film & TV Netflix's Emmy Award–winning animated series The Dragon Prince (Corvus), and Black Panther in various Marvel Studios animated projects
Other Omari’s work in SpeakEasy Theatre's production of Young Jean Lee's The Shipment earned him a 2018 Jessie Award for Outstanding Performance, as well as a nomination for Best Direction

Tom Pickett

Tom Pickett (Narrator)
For the Arts Club The Matchmaker, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Foursome
Other Theatre Master Harold and the Boys (Pacific Theatre); Walt Whitman’s Secret (Frank Theatre); Bard on the Beach (six seasons)
Other Jessie Award recipient

Luc Roderique

Luc Roderique (Still / Mr. Jimmy / Gerald / Comrade Black)
For the Arts Club Topdog/Underdog, In the Heights, She Stoops to Conquer
Other Theatre Othello, Pericles, Henry V, Elizabeth Rex (Bard on the Beach); The Valley (Belfry); Ash Rizin (Greenthumb); Three Sisters (Only Child)
Film & TV Motherland: Fort Salem, Siren (Freeform); See (AppleTV+); The Dragon Prince, Hypnotic (Netflix); The 100, The Flash, Supernatural (CW); The Crossing (ABC); Upcoming: The Porter (CBC/BET+)
Other Luc is overjoyed to be returning to a theatre space after so long and to be working on such an engaging piece with these talented and generous artists. Luc is a Jessie Award-winning actor and a graduate of Studio 58.

Stephen Drover Dramaturg
Owen Belton Original music and sound design, with special thanks to Isaac Markinson and Chaos Club Digital
Dan Paterson Technical Director
Sebastian Finch Sound Engineer

Presenting Sponsor of New Play Development



  • The Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation
  • The River Foundation
  • Canada Council for the Arts

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