Shadows


Here you will find biographical information on present and past members of the Company, or seen and unseen Shadows as we like to call them.

SHADOWS – Seen

SHADOWS – Unseen

[NOTE: The compiling of this list didn’t begin until Fall 2009]



PHOTOS BY MICHAEL HOLMES-LAUDER (unless otherwise noted)



SHADOWS – SEEN

— Active Shadows in Current Productions —

ANNICK BLIZZARD

Annick Blizzard as 'Vic' & in A STORY JONES

Annick Blizzard as ‘Vic’ & in A STORY JONES

Annick Blizzard as 'Vic' in A STORY JONES

Annick Blizzard as ‘Vic’ in A STORY JONES

NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • The Dumb Waiter (2008 & 2010)
    — “the dumb waiter” operator
  • Action – ‘Lupe’
  • COMING SPRING 2020!

  • A Beautiful View – ‘L’
  • SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • A Story Jones – ‘Vic’
  • Annick Blizzard has been involved in the theatre and film community in Fredericton since 2006. While her passion for acting started at Theatre UNB as a student in productions such as Travesties (TUNB) and Doc (TUNB), she has most recently dabbled as a film actress appearing in films such as Broke (Columbus Avenue Pictures), Cabby (Steam Powered Studios), Friend Zone (Sparrowhock Productions) and Entropic (Frictive Pictures). She recently wrote and directed her first short film, When We Were Young. She is thrilled to return to the stage with Nasty Shadows having last played with the company from an unseen position as “the dumb waiter” in our 2008 & 2010 stagings of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter.

    Annick is a welcome addition our Shadow world, bringing her talents into the rehearsal room as a NEW energy was a welcome spirit — we don’t play with new Shadows often, but she proved herself invaluable during the rehearsal process for A Story Jones, and it’s great to have her back playing again this fall in something completely different as the role of ‘Lupe’. Also thrilled to have Annick playing again this Spring 2020 when the Shadows stage MacIvor’s A Beautiful View.


    GREG EVERETT

    Greg Everett (photo by Caitlin Dutt)

    Greg Everett (photo by Caitlin Dutt)


    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • Action – ‘Shooter’
  • Greg Everett is a Fredericton-based playwright, creator, and oneironaut. His plays Carrion Birds (2018) and Gullywhump (2019) were selected as winners in the one-act category of the NotaBle Acts theatre festival, and he was awarded a Creation Grant through ArtsNB to research and write Written in Marble, Buried in Earth (2019), a site-specific play set in Fredericton’s Old Burial Ground. As an actor, Greg’s recent roles include ‘Balustrade’ in Next Folding Theatre Company’s Songs of the Seer (Fredericton 2018) and ‘Curt Riley’ in Grey Rabbit Theatre Company’s The Host (Saint John 2019).

    Greg is one of a few new Shadows we’re excited to welcome into our world of play for a few reasons. Thrilled Greg and his looming stature are taking on the role of ‘Shooter’ in Sam Shepard’s Action (he is bringing a wonderful honesty to his portrayal), Scott’s also hoping to play with Greg’s writing in the future after witnessing his world of the Gullywhump during NBActs 2019.

    Find Greg online:
    www.neobrunswick.ca ; Facebook: @neobrunswick ; IG @gullywhump


    KAT HALL

    Kat Hall (photo by unknown)

    Kat Hall (photo by unknown)


    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • Action – ‘Liza’
  • COMING SPRING 2020!

  • A Beautiful View – ‘M’
  • Kat Hall is a Fredericton-raised multidisciplinary theatre artist based in the city. She started her theatre career at Theatre UNB in 2012, and has had the pleasure of working with many companies in town in the intermediary years. She’s most likely to be found on stage, but has also been known to direct, build props and set pieces, and even put her meager sewing skills to work for costuming. Most recent credits include ‘Titania’ in Bard in the Barrack’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Lady Bracknell’ in The Importance of Being Earnest, and ‘Sarah’ in The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble. She’s delighted to be joining Nasty Shadows for the first time this year.

    And Nasty Shadows is delighted Kat is joining her first Shadow adventure this fall in the role of ‘Liza’ in Sam Shepard’s Action. Kat has a wonderfully natural presence on stage breathing a full life into this current role, and that presence will work perfectly in the upcoming Spring 2020 production of Daniel MacIvor’s 2 women drama A Beautiful View.


    MICHAEL HOLMES-LAUDER

    Michael Holmes-Lauder as 'Chael' in A STORY JONES

    Michael Holmes-Lauder as ‘Chael’ in A STORY JONES

    Michael Holmes-Lauder as ‘Chael’ in
    THE TABLE EXPERIMENTS

    Michael Holmes-Lauder is a HIDEOUS MAN

    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • House – Technical Director
  • The Dumb Waiter (2008 & 2010)
    — Technical Director
  • Orestes 2.1 – ‘Orestes’
  • Marion Bridge – Light Tech
  • This Is A Play (2010)
    — Technical Director
  • Here Lies Henry – Technical Director
  • Play – Technical Director
  • The Table Experiments – ‘Chael’
  • Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance)
    — Projection design /
    Assistant Technical Director
  • The Art of Success — ‘Oliver’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — ‘Ariel’
  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
    — Interviews #3, #36 & #40
  • In On It — ‘That One’ / Technical Director
  • House (2018)
    — Director / Technical Director
  • Ohio Impromptu
    — ‘Reader’ / Technical Director
  • Action – Technical Director
  • SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • A Story Jones – ‘Chael’
  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock – ‘Murdock’
  • Michael Holmes-Lauder became an integral part of our Nasty world when he stepped into the Shadows over 10 years ago, in 2008, lending his considerable multifarious talents both on/off-stage in the years since. Some behind-the-scenes work by Michael helped make these shows possible: This Is A Play, Here Lies Henry, Play, having begun his Nasty work with 2008’s productions of House and The Dumb Waiter. On stage, Michael was see in the spring 2009 production of Orestes 2.1 as the title character, and was part of the cast that helped create Scott Shannon‘s The Table Experiments in spring 2011. Some other highlights of his theatrical career include work with Theatre UNB, TNB, Saint John Shakespeare, Bard in the Barracks, NBActs, and others. In the fall of 2014 Michael assaulted audiences with his ‘Ariel’ in Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare, and for Movember 2015 he once again pried into the minds of the audience in the adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. In 2017 Michael created one of his most incredible performances playing ‘That One’ in Daniel MacIvor’s In On It. And in the fall of 2018 Michael took on the challenging role of ‘Reader’ in Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu as well as directing the re-staging of House (2018), the show where Michael’s Nasty work began.

    Game to try just about any theatrical thing, Michael has been invaluable in the various explorations into creating new works, from the aforementioned The Table Experiments to the current work on A Story Jones.

    Michael has proven to be a Shadow influencing the work at a fundamental level in all the theatrically Nasty areas you can imagine — the Company is lucky to exploit his talents.


    JULIE MACDONALD

    Julie MacDonald on set for A STORY JONES

    Julie MacDonald on set for A STORY JONES

    Julie MacDonald as 'Miranda 2' in ROUGHER MAGIC

    Julie MacDonald as ‘Miranda 2’
    in ROUGHER MAGIC

    Julie MacDonald as Older Female Actor in This Is A Play

    Julie MacDonald as Older Female Actor in This Is A Play


    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • This Is A Play (2007)
    — ‘Older Female Actor’
  • Marion Bridge – ‘Agnes’
  • This Is A Play (2010)
    — ‘Older Female Actor’
  • The Art of Success – ‘Mrs. Needham’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — ‘Miranda 2’
  • This Is A Play (2019)
    — ‘Older Female Actor’
  • SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • A Story Jones – ‘Liv’ / Stage Manager
  • Julie MacDonald has been in New Brunswick since 1984, and a Shadow since bringing ‘Older Female Actor’ to life in her first Nasty production, This Is A Play — staged in 2007 & again in 2010 (and now, once again in 2019!). Playing ‘Agnes’ in MacIvor’s Marion Bridge was a fitting role for her as she lived the first half of her life (thus far) in Ontario and was born in Toronto. Mother of 2, Scott and Monica, Julie works and lives in Fredericton. Since graduating from Arts with a Theatre Minor in 2006, where Julie performed in several shows with Theatre UNB, she has also acted with Theatre Free Radical (Free/Fall @ the 2004 Toronto Fringe; I Am Yours in Fredericton, 2006). 2012 found her as the brothel manager, ‘Mrs. Needham’, in that year’s fall production of The Art of Success. Julie’s portrayal of ‘Miranda 2’ in Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare — the first female to bring the role to the stage — offered a feminine depth heretofore unseen in this character. For last fall’s production of the Shadow grown A Story Jones, Julie stepped off the stage to help us as the show’s Stage Manager; she had a history in the development of that work as well work-shopping the role of ‘Liv’ in an early 4-character incarnation of the script, and this character eventually merged with another named ‘Viv’ to create the current part of ‘Vic’ in the show.

    The Shadows are thrilled to have Julie back on stage this fall to reprise the role of ‘Older Female Actor’ in MacIvor’s hilarious Canadian classic This Is A Play (2019); it’s so wonderful to see the fantastic portrayal she creates of this character. Julie brings an honesty on/off the stage that welcomes both the audience and Shadows alike, and the Company is happy that integrity is part of our work.


    IAN MURPHY

    Ian Murphy - BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    Ian Murphy
    BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW


    Ian Murphy as ‘Ferdinand’
    in ROUGHER MAGIC

    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • Orestes 2.1 – ‘Menelaus’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — ‘Ferdinand’ (2014)
  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
    — Interviews #30, #11 & #59
  • Action – ‘Jeep’
  • Ian Murphy is back with Nasty Shadows after a few years away, and the Company is thrilled to have him back in the Shadow world. Ian’s first performance with the Shadows was in the Company’s beautifully horrific adaptation/modification Orestes 2.1 back in 2009. During his Shadow absence Ian was seen on stage around town in a number of roles with various companies: w/NBActs: Heart Shaped Boxes (2009), Christmas Break (2010), The Pugilist (2014); w/Bard In the Barracks: Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009), Macbeth (2010); w/Theatre St. Thomas: People Are Dumb (2010); w/Next Folding: Disintegrate Me (2014). In 2014 Ian played with the Shadows again to portray a musically suave and maliciously over-confident ‘Ferdinand’ in Rougher Magic, and the next fall he expanded his performance range into the more hideous side of man’s psyche with the staged adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.

    The Shadows welcome Ian back this fall to perform the wildly absurd role of ‘Jeep’ in Sam Shepard’s Action – a difficult role which finds Ian stretching into some other performance modes that he is embracing and playing with wonderfully to deliver a ‘Jeep’ true to the script. Always great to play with Ian, and the Company always welcomes his presence in the process any time he’s game to play.


    SIMON PETERSON

    Simon Peterson on set for A STORY JONES

    Simon Peterson on set for A STORY JONES


    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • House (2018)
    — Technician
  • Ohio Impromptu
    — Technician
  • This Is A Play (This Is A Play (2019))
    — ‘Male Actor’
  • SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • A Story Jones
    — Assistant Stage Manager
    / Rehearsal stunt double for ‘Jones’
  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock – ‘Murdock’
  • Simon Peterson is another new Shadow and a fresh 20 year old guy whose biggest passion is acting. This passion began when he was in elementary school doing a show put on for the parents, and never stopped after that. Simon was part of theatre clubs and went to a few festivals all through school, even doing all the musicals the high school staged. After graduation Simon immediately found opportunity to be an extra in his first film (Glitter) and later appeared in a lead role in another film (Can You Keep A Secret). Simon also joined Branchout Productions appearing in many shows, notably Oliver and The Crucible, and as ‘Mr Bingley’ in Pride and Prejudice. Outside of the acting life Simon is no stranger to lending a hand with Tech work or stage hand work, anything from managing the props of a children’s musical to fiddling with lights.

    Fall 2018 found Simon jumping in last minute to help run lights for the Fredericton production of Ohio Impromptu and House (2018) when the Shadows needed him — and now we won’t let him go! For A Story Jones Simon was valuable through the rehearsal process as a physical double for the character ‘Jones’, allowing Scott, who is directing and playing the role in the show to also step outside a given scene’s action and watch it in motion with Simon as ‘Jones’ — an invaluable tool in the rehearsal process for this show, along with Simon’s Assistant Stage Manager work helping to make the production a Nasty success. We look forward to playing with Simon on/off stage into the future.


    SCOTT SHANNON

    Scott Shannon as 'Jones' in A STORY JONES

    Scott Shannon as ‘Jones’ in A STORY JONES

    Scott Shannon as 'Hoss' in Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance)

    Scott Shannon as ‘Hoss’
    in Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance)

    Scott Shannon in Monster

    Scott Shannon in Monster


    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • A Slight Ache – ‘Edward’
  • The Zoo Story – ‘Jerry’
  • Cowboys #2 – ‘Stu’
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
    — ‘Rosencrantz’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — ‘Caliban’ (2000)
    — Director / ‘Prospero’ (2004)
  • Endgame – ‘Clov’
  • Waiting For Godot – ‘Estragon (Gogo)’
  • This Is A Play (2007) — Director
  • Wild Abandon: The Study of Steve
    — ‘Steve’
  • Geography Of A Horse Dreamer
    — Director
  • House – ‘Victor’
  • The Dumb Waiter (2008 & 2010)
    — Director
  • This Is A Play (2010) — Director
  • Orestes 2.1 – Director
  • Marion Bridge – Director
  • Here Lies Henry – ‘Henry’
  • Play – ‘M’ / Director
  • The Table Experiments
    — Writer / Director
  • Monster – Adam (+ ALL Characters)
  • Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) – ‘Hoss’
  • Oleanna – ‘John’
  • The Art of Success – Director
  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are
    Ducky & Murdock
    (a reading)

    — Writer / Director / ‘Murdock’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — Director / ‘Caliban’ (2014)
  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
    — Director / Interviews #72, #28 & #46
  • In On It — ‘This One’
  • House (2018) — ‘Victor’
  • Ohio Impromptu — ‘Listener’
  • Action – Director
  • This Is A Play (2019) — Director
  • SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • The First/Last Play
    — Writer / Director / ‘X’
  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are
    Ducky & Murdock

    — Writer / Director / ‘Murdock’
  • A Story Jones
    — Writer / Director / ‘Jones’
  • Scott Shannon has been performing and/or directing shows for Nasty Shadows since co-founding the Company in the Summer of ’99 — 20 years ago. Directing credits include: Geography Of A Horse Dreamer (2008); This Is A Play (2007 & 2010) and Marion Bridge (2009), the Company’s adaptation Orestes 2.1 (2009), Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter (2008 & 2010), and Beckett’s Play (2010), in which he also performed the part of ‘M’. April 2011 saw Nasty Shadows debut Scott’s first original work for the stage, The Table Experiments. Other on stage credits: ‘Jerry’ in The Zoo Story (1999); ‘Caliban’ in Rougher Magic (2000); ‘Clov’ in Endgame (2004); the single (or many) character(s) in the following one-man MacIvor shows: Wild Abandon (2007), House (2008); Here Lies Henry (2010); Monster (2011), and as ‘John’ in David Mamet’s Oleanna. After a year hiatus in 2013 Scott was thrilled to perform again, along with the challenge of directing, in the remount of Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare, a play which has had lasting impact on his theatrical mindset. For Movember 2014 Scott had the thrill of performing/directing again, this time the work of another writer who has had a profound impact on him with the experimental staged adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace as a series of group meeting shares, like an AA meeting.

    Next up Scott, with Matthew and Michael, like a Garage Band, continued work on A Story Jones, in tribute to a Shadow who disappeared into the light. Then the three staged In On It with Scott playing ‘This One’. Last year, with Matthew stepping away for a bit, Michael and Scott partnered with Liz to stage Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu and to revisit MacIvor’s House.

    Finally, A Story Jones makes it to the stage after many years and many versions of the script — Scott is sure his friend Andrew would approve of the play’s myth and world it creates.

    He thanks the casts/crews for all of their hard work over the years and for enduring his tangential rants, and thanks you the audience for your support of the Company.


    AMANDA THORNE

    Amanda Thorne - rehearsal for THIS IS A PLAY (2019)

    Amanda Thorne – rehearsal for THIS IS A PLAY (2019)


    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • This Is A Play (2019)
    — ‘Female Actor’
  • SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock – ‘Ducky’
  • Amanda Thorne is a 2nd year UNB student hailing from Fredericton. She has appeared in such shows as The Government Inspector (FHS) and The Gravitational Pull Of Bernice Trimble (Theatre UNB). Amanda is excited to join The Shadows for the first time in this fall’s production of This Is A Play (2019).

    Yet another new Shadow in the fall of 2019, the Company is boosted by Amanda’s natural talents on stage, creating her own hilariously charming version of the Female Actor in MacIvor’s play. Amanda was also gracious enough to agree to read a couple of scenes from a work-in progress Scott has been trying to complete that is loosely based on his grandparents.





    SHADOWS – UNSEEN

    — Hidden Shadows from Past Productions —

    JOHN BALL

    John Ball BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    John Ball
    BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • Orestes 2.1
    — ‘Forensics Expert -> Tapemouth Man’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — ‘Prospero’
  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
    — Interviews #42, #51 & #59
  • John Ball made his debut appearance with Nasty Shadows back in 2009 as ‘Forensics Expert -> Tapemouth Man’ in the Company’s production of Orestes 2.1 — an evocative performance still casting a Shadow. A regular performer with Bard in the Barracks, John has played ‘King Lear’, ‘Boyet’, ‘Gonzalo’, and ‘Polonius’ in recent years. He has also composed music for the songs in several Bard shows, including The Tempest (2013); acted in and written various short plays for NotaBle Acts; and directed Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (2013) and Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy (2012), among other productions, for Theatre UNB. John tackled the challenge of ‘Prospero’ in last year’s remount of a Nasty Co-founder’s original work, Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare. The upcoming staged adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men finds John in a HIDEOUS portrayal of 3 men openly expressing their most personal thoughts and perceptions.



    Josie Blackmore as 'Jane Hogarth' in The Art of Success

    Josie Blackmore as ‘Jane Hogarth’ in The Art of Success

    SHOWS / ROLES
    The Art of Success – ‘Jane Hogarth’

    Josie Blackmore is a fourth year student at St. Thomas University studying English with a Concentration in Drama, Visual Art, and Anthropology. Past theatre credits include Oh What a Lovely War! (TST), Words, Words, Words (VYC), The Real Inspector Hound (TST), as well as work with the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company.



    Emily Brennan as 'Nurse 3' (w/ Nurse 1)
    in Orestes 2.1

    SHOWS / ROLES
    Orestes 2.1 – ‘Nurse 3’
    Marion Bridge – Stage Manager

    Emily Brennan graduated from UNB with an Honours in English and a Minor in Theatre. Active in theatre during university, Emily’s first production with Nasty Shadows was as ‘Nurse #3’ in Orestes 2.1. She then took a break from acting to stage manage Marion Bridge which brought her oneone step closer to her not-so secret dream to star on a daytime soap opera by lending her voice to the play’s TV characters heard on stage. Nasty Shadows hopes to see Emily back in the light some time soon.



    Rebekah Chassé as Louise in Marion Bridge


    SHOWS / ROLES
    Orestes 2.1 – ‘Nurse 1’
    Marion Bridge – ‘Louise’
    Play – ‘W2’
    Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) – ‘Chaser’

    Rebekah Chassé was thrown headlong into Nasty Shadows in the spring of 2009 when she stepped in to replace an actress in the role of ‘Nurse 1’ in Orestes 2.1. She then regained some of her softer side as ‘Louise’ in Nasty Shadows’ production of Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge (Fall 2009), followed by the role of ‘W2’ in Beckett’s eerie Play in 2010. 2011 sees her getting in touch with her masculinity as ‘Chaser’ the singing auto mechanic in Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance). Rebekah brings focus and passion to her work, which helps enrich the Nasty Shadows work.


    CRYSTAL CHETTIAR

    Crystal Chettiar as 'Ducky' in rehearsal for Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

    Crystal Chettiar as ‘Ducky’ in rehearsal for Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

    SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • A Story Jones – ‘Liv’
  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock – ‘Ducky’
  • Crystal Chettiar made her debut with the Shadows in the spring of 2015 as ‘Liv’ in the development of a new Nasty work, A Story Jones. Crystal began her theatre studies at Mount Allison University as an actor and eventually earned an Arts degree in Drama and Music. During her university career she became highly involved in technical theatre, as well as stage management and design with many local theatre groups. In 2012, Crystal became Head Technician at Ship`s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. She recently worked as the Programs Coordinator with The Fredericton Playhouse and as a Production Mentor for Theatre UNB students. Her most recent Fredericton credits include Hamlet (Bard in the Barracks), Lye Sandwich (Notable Acts), 10!, 9!, 8! etc, etc,; Disintegrate Me; Cocaine Plane (Next Folding Theatre), Rabbit Hole & God of Carnage (TUNB), to name a few.

    Before leaving town, Crystal also helped further advance an older play Scott‘s had kicking around, Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock, and he was immensely grateful and touched by her portrayal of ‘Ducky’, a character inspired by Scott’s paternal grandmother.


    NICHOLAS COLE

    Nicholas Cole in rehearsal for Monster
    (Photo by Diane Cole)


    Nicholas Cole (centre) as 'Cody' in Geography Of A Horse Dreamer (w/ Andrew Jones & Matthew Spinney)

    Nicholas Cole (centre) as ‘Cody’
    in Geography Of A Horse Dreamer
    (w/ Andrew Jones & Matthew Spinney)

    SHOWS / ROLES

  • Waiting For Godot
    — Technical Director (Fredericton)
  • This Is A Play (2007) – Technical Director
  • Wild Abandon: The Study of Steve
    — Technical Director
  • Geography Of A Horse Dreamer
    — ‘Cody’ / Technical Director
  • House – Co-Technical Director (Fredericton)
  • The Dumb Waiter (2008)
    — Co-Technical Director
  • Orestes 2.1 – Technical Director
  • Marion Bridge – Technical Director
  • Monster – Director / Technical Director
  • Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance)
    — Director / Technical Director
  • Oleanna – Director / Technical Director
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — Tech Consultant
  • Nicholas Cole became a Shadow at a time when the Company was making a push to actively produce more work, and he was an invaluable member during this process, with his role now having become more of a Shadow-consultant for the Nasty tech end of the work. His first show was being thrown into the staging of Waiting For Godot back in 2005, and after that Nicholas provided technical direction for a number of productions: This Is A Play and Wild Abandon (2007); Geography of a Horse Dreamer and The Dumb Waiter (2008), also playing the part of ‘Cody’ in the former; Orestes 2.1 and Marion Bridge (2009). In 2011, Nicholas was in the director’s chair for the late Spring production of Monster, and that fall he once again was at the helm for the production of Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance), one of the most ambitious Nasty shows to run yet. The Spring of 2012 found Nicholas directing the Company’s first staging of a David Mamet play, Oleanna. Nicholas would like to thank everyone who comes out for their commitment to our Company and to local, high quality theatre.



    Becky Forbes as W1 in Play


    SHOWS / ROLES

  • Play – ‘W1’
  • The Table Experiments – ‘Kybe’
  • Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) – ‘Becky’
  • Oleanna – ‘Carol’
  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock (a reading) – ‘Ducky’

    SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock – ‘Ducky’
  • Becky Forbes is a recent graduate from UNB’s Education program and is working on making her way into a school somewhere, ANYWHERE! to be a teacher. After 3 shows, and a 4th in the works, Becky’s last time as a Shadow found her enjoying the absolute chaos of Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance). Becky’s recent theatre credits include ‘Kybe’ in The Table Experiments and ‘W1’ in Play, each for Nasty Shadows; ‘Lisa’ in Life Without Instruction for TUNB; and ‘3rd Witch’ in Macbeth and ‘Cobweb’ in A Midsummer Nights Dream, both for Bard in the Barracks. Becky makes her Mamet-ian debut in the Company’s impending Spring production of Oleanna. Nasty Shadows is thrilled to have Becky, along with her presence and energy on stage again for the Company.



    Ian Goff as 'Henry Fielding' in The Art of Success

    Ian Goff as ‘Henry Fielding’
    in The Art of Success


    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • The Art of Success – ‘Harry (Henry) Fielding’
  • Ian Goff made his Shadow debut in the fall of 2012 in Nick Dear’s The Art of Success. A 20-something year old cook at a local Fredericton restaurant in his non-theatrical hours, Ian is not a stranger to Fredericton audiences, nor to those out in Woodstock, having worked with the University groups and other local companies. Recent credits include: ‘Jeff’ in The Dollar Woman (TNB 2012); ‘Anthony Dull’ in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bard In the Barracks Theatre Company 2012); ‘Connors’ in Vanceboro (NBActs Theatre Festival 2012).


    ELIZABETH GOODYEAR

    Clarissa Hurley as Miranda 3 & Elizabeth Goodyear as Miranda 1  in ROUGHER MAGIC

    (Clarissa Hurley as Miranda 3 &)
    Elizabeth Goodyear as Miranda 1 in ROUGHER MAGIC

    Elizabeth Goodyear as ‘Sarah Sprackling’ in The Art of Success (w/Josie Blackmore)

    Elizabeth Goodyear
    as ‘Sarah Sprackling’
    in The Art of Success (w/Josie Blackmore)

    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • Orestes 2.1 – ‘Helen’
  • Marion Bridge – ‘Theresa’
  • Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance)
    — ‘Meera’ / ‘Ref’
  • The Art of Success – ‘Sarah Sprackling’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — ‘Miranda 1’
  • Ohio Impromptu
    — Director
  • SHADOW SHOWS / ROLES
    (In development)

  • A Story Jones – ‘Viv’
  • Elizabeth Goodyear has made a few appearances with Nasty Shadows, having first appeared as ‘Helen’ in the Company’s production of Orestes 2.1 in spring ’09. Recently quite active in other groups around town as well, she also appeared as ‘Theresa’ in the fall ’09 production of Marion Bridge. She was ‘Francesca’ in Theatre UNB’s production of Perfect Pie and she also performed with Bard in the Barracks, playing ‘Lady M’’s Gentlewoman in Macbeth and ‘(The Countess) Gloucester’ in King Lear. Tooth’s ‘Meera’ was a groovy departure from how we’ve seen Elizabeth in the past, and her haunting portrayal of Sarah Sprackling in The Art of Success will not soon be forgotten. The Company is all the better for having Elizabeth’s grace and authority on stage – ‘Miranda 1’ is about to school the others on this island of Rougher Magic.



    Matt Gray in performance


    SHOWS / ROLES
    Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) – Musical Director/Guitarist

    This is Matt Gray‘s first Nasty Shadows production. Matt, a graduate of the St. F.X University Jazz program, has been performing and teaching guitar for more than 20 years. He is looking forward to his first theatre experience in many years. When not teaching or composing, he splits his time playing in the Jessica Rhaye band, and Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band from Halifax. With only a single guitar, Matt has brought the music to life for this show in a rich manner while staying true to the spirit of the original music and the show.


    RYAN GRIFFITH

    Ryan Griffith BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    Ryan Griffith
    BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
    — Interviews #3 & #15
  • Ryan Griffith is making his Shadow debut this N(M)ovember. Ryan grew up along the banks of the Saint John River just outside of Woodstock, New Brunswick. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryan enjoys performing and writing for theatres in his home province. His play Lutz was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2011. His short play Shepody, Rage and Wolfe was recently featured as part of the National Elevator Project Plays produced by Theatre Yes in Edmonton and Halifax. Currently, he is working on a new two-act play called Wharf (developed with assistance from the 2015 Banff Playwrights Colony, Arts NB, PARC and the Canada Council for the Arts), a short book called Fortune of Wolves, a play called Returning Fire (which will receive a production through Theatre New Brunswick in February, and will be partially performed through text messaging), a television show called Fred and Carl Are Park Rangers, and he is once again serving as the Artistic Director for the Next Folding Theatre Company in Fredericton, NB. In the Nasty adaption of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men this Movember, Ryan shares some pretty HIDEOUS tales from some pretty disturbed minds.



    Clarissa Hurley as 'Miranda 3' in ROUGHER MAGIC

    Clarissa Hurley as ‘Miranda 3’
    in ROUGHER MAGIC

    CLARISSA HURLEY

    SHOWS / ROLES

  • The Art of Success – ‘Queen Caroline’
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — ‘Miranda 3’
  • Clarissa Hurley’s first foray into the world of Nasty Shadows was playing the sexually-charged Queen in Nick Dear’s The Art of Success in an appropriately Nasty way. She has been active in theatre in Fredericton and Toronto for the past 25 years or so. Most recently, she has acted, dramaturged and directed with the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company and serves on their board of directors. Recent credits include The Lye Sandwich (Writer, NBActs), Christmas Break (Director, NBActs), The Nicest Place in England (‘Carrington’, NBActs), American Sunset (‘Agent Russo’, Feature film). Clarissa is a very welcome addition to the Shadows as we press forward into creating our own work. But first, ‘Miranda 3’ will find Clarissa breathing new life into our remount of Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare.


    ANDREW JONES

    Andrew Jones as Ben
    in The Dumb Waiter


    SHOWS / ROLES – 1999-2014
    The Zoo Story – ‘Peter’
    Rougher Magic – ‘Miranda 2’
    Waiting For Godot – ‘Lucky’
    This Is A Play – Stage Manager
    Wild Abandon: The Study of Steve – Stage Manager & Sound Tech
    Geography Of A Horse Dreamer – ‘Santee’
    The Dumb Waiter (2008 & 2010) – ‘Ben’
    Orestes 2.1 – ‘Tyndareus’
    Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) – ‘Ruido Ran’ / ‘Doc’
    The Art of Success – ‘Robert Walpole’ / ‘Gaoler’

    Please visit our page in memory of
    Andrew Jones – Nasty Shadow from 1999-2014
    Andrew passed on May 31/2014 – our thoughts are with him

    Andrew Jones was a native Frederictonian and a member of Nasty Shadows from its inception in 1999 until his passing in 2014, having had a large hand in helping shape the Company. He’s trod the boards many times with local theatre companies since 1996, but his first time as a Shadow was in the second set of two one-act plays to run in the summer of ’99 when he played ‘Peter’ in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. Other unforgettable performances were Andrew’s portrayal of Beckett’s seemingly mute ‘Lucky’ to a boisterously noisy climax in Waiting For Godot (2005), along with ‘Tyndareus’ (the incensed grandfather) in the May 2009 production of Orestes 2.1. Some of Andrew’s most memorable work with the company was as ‘Ben’ in The Dumb Waiter which was originally staged in 2008, and then remounted in the Fall 2010. Fall 2011 found Andrew with the double challenge of playing both ‘Ruido Ran’ and ‘Doc’ in Sam Shepard’s rock/murder fantasy, Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance). Andrew’s final role as a Shadow was as the corrupt and weasely ‘Robert Walpole’ in the fictional-historic tale of The Art of Success. Mr. Jones was a backbone for the Company with his experience and determination over the years, for which Nasty Shadows owes a depth of gratitude. We incur an immeasurable loss without Andrew’s Nasty Shadow in our presence.


    JESSE LAPOINTE

    Jesse LaPointe BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    Jesse LaPointe
    BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
    — Interviews #31 & #19
  • Jesse LaPointe is a Fredericton born actor appearing with Nasty Shadows for the first time. He grew up in the tiny community of Douglas situated at the base of the mighty Currie Mountain. Selected past works include: The Tempest (BITB), The Coronation Voyage (TST), Hamlet (BITB), Disintegrate Me (NFTC), The Taming of the Shrew (TST), Cocaine Plane (NFTC), and Romeo and Juliet (BITB). Thank you for your continued support of Fredericton theatre and its artists. The Shadows welcome Jesse’s talent to the Nasty world of these Hideous interviews.



    Katie Malone as Louisa in The Art of Success

    Katie Malone as Louisa in The Art of Success


    SHOWS / ROLES
    The Art of Success – ‘Louisa’

    Katie Malone is a graduate of the Neptune Theatre Conservatory Program and St. Thomas University. The Art of Success is her debut performance with the Nasty Shadows Theatre Company. Film/TV: Copperhead: The War at Home / Call Me Fritz; Theatre: Interview (Neptune Theatre), A Night of Sondheim (The Music Room), Twisted Tales (Second City, Toronto) and Mrs. Warren’s Profession (PEI Conservatory Theatre). Thank you to everyone who made this possible and enjoy the show!



    Jake Martin as Frank in The Art of Success

    Jake Martin as Frank in The Art of Success


    SHOWS / ROLES
    The Art of Success – ‘Frank’

    Jake Martin is a recent graduate of St.Thomas University and a first time Shadow. He is currently also the co-producer for the Next Folding Theatre Company and has done work in the past with TST, TUNB and Notable Acts. Recently Jake has gotten back from a run at the Vancouver Fringe with Theatre Free Radical’s Utopia, and a run of script he co-wrote at the Atlantic Fringe, God Damn the Mariachi Star. Outside of that he has also recently performed in Don Hannah’s one man show The Woodcutter.



    Robert Moore as 'Hamm' in Endgame
    (photo by UNKNOWN)

    ROBERT MOORE

    SHOWS / ROLES

  • A Slight Ache – Director
  • The Loveliest Afternoon Of The Year
    — Director
  • The Zoo Story – Director
  • Cowboys #2 – Director
  • Rougher Magic – Writer / Director
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
    — Director
  • Endgame – Director / ‘Hamm’
  • Waiting For Godot – Director
  • Geography Of A Horse Dreamer
    — ‘The Doctor’
  • House – Director
  • Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare
    — Writer
  • Robert Moore co-founded Nasty Shadows along with former student, Scott Shannon, when the two found themselves both living in Fredericton in mid-’99. As the Company’s theatrical leader in the early years, Robert’s example and knack for capturing the theatrical was responsible for Scott developing the understanding and continued enthusiasm to steer the Company in the direction it has followed in latter years. Robert has since stepped away from doing much work with Nasty Shadows; he has published three books of poetry in recent years, as well as being active directing and acting with the Saint John Theatre Company. A Nasty high point was having Robert on stage as ‘Hamm’ in the Company’s production of Endgame, which he also directed. House was the last Nasty show directed by Robert, after his 2nd on-stage performance earlier that year in Geography Of A Horse Dreamer (2008). Nasty Shadows would not be what it is without the guidance provided by Robert in the early years, and his continued peripheral interest. The Shadows are thrilled to be returning to the island Moore(‘s) Rougher Magic: A cubist Shakespeare.



    Taylor Sinstadt in the booth
    (photo by Bill VanGenne)


    SHOWS / ROLES
    The Table Experiments – Technical Director

    Taylor Sinstadt is thrilled to have been asked to work with Nasty Shadows for the creation and production of The Table Experiments as the Technical Director. Taylor is headed to Oakville next year to study Theatrical Production at Sheridan Collage. Taylor was introduced to Nasty Shadows through Theatre UNB for the past two years and is excited to be a part of the crew now. He first helped out in 2010 when his class, Eng 3170, used Play and The Dumb Waiter as a Lighting Design project with the help of their instructor Mike Johnston. He hopes that once he is done at Sheridan he will be able to come back and work with Nasty Shadows on another one of their productions.


    MATTHEW SPINNEY

    Matthew Spinney BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW

    Matthew Spinney
    BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by DFW


    Matthew Spinney as 'Crow' in Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) w/ Matt Gray on guitar (background)

    Matthew Spinney as ‘Crow’
    in Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance)
    w/ Matt Gray on guitar (background)


    Matthew Spinney as 'Atthe' in The Table Experiments

    Matthew Spinney as ‘Atthe’
    in The Table Experiments

    NSTC SHOWS / ROLES

  • This Is A Play (2007 & 2010) – ‘Male Actor’
  • Geography Of A Horse Dreamer – ‘Beaujo’
  • The Dumb Waiter (2008 & 2010) – ‘Gus’
  • Orestes 2.1 – ‘William’
  • Here Lies Henry – Director
  • Play – Light Tech
  • The Table Experiments – ‘Atthe’
  • Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) – ‘Crow’
  • The Art of Success – ‘William Hogarth’
  • Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
    — Interviews #14, #28 & #2
  • Matthew Spinney is an amateur actor and civil servant, who among other things has been in a number of plays over the years in various companies. With Nasty Shadows Matthew has played ‘Gus’ in Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter and returned to the role for a second time a couple years later. With other groups Matthew played the role of ‘Constantine’ in Len Falkenstein’s Free/Fall which was produced for the Vancouver Fringe festival, and you might also remember Matthew from Bard in the Barracks as the ‘Porter’ in Macbeth. For Nasty Shadows Matthew has also played ‘Male Actor’ in Daniel MacIvor’s This Is A Play a couple of times, and stepped into the director role for MacIvor’s Here Lies Henry. Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) found Matthew bringing ‘Crow’ to life in a powerful performance, and his last appearance on stage in The Art of Success was no less commanding in the face of baring it all or running in a skirt. Returning to the Shadow world in the fall of 2015 Matthew revealed the most HIDEOUS details of three troubled men in the staged adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.

    Having also been part of The Table Experiments creation process and performance, coupled with his extensive acting and directing experience, Matt becomes a key partner in the next Shadow phase, now having joined the ongoing project, A Story Jones.

    Matthew is delighted to have been a part of Nasty Shadows these past few years, and the Company is stronger thanks to Matthew’s drive and strength on and off stage.





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    1. Looking up Erdman’s play, found this site:(https://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/theatre/fw8403.pdf),

      Some good details are there about his life
      and also a nice quotation about shadows:

      Unhappy is he who, like his own shadow,
      Fears a barking dog or the wind after dark.
      —Osip Mandelstam

      A windy night for a play reading!

      • HA! Thanks for the link — we do post it here for access as well:
        https://nastyshadows.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/thesuicide_script.pdf

        Cool SHADOW quote, so thanks for that!

        It was windy last night so we only had a small group, not really enough to read THE SUICIDE in the manner we’d anticipated so we switched it up and read the smaller cast show Sam Shepard’s ANGEL CITY instead — fun read! We’ll be doing this again in the future, and probably will determine the next upon discovering how many folks join us on a given night, so if you’re free for a future reading please come on out!

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