LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS

by Brad Fraser


In a frozen Canadian city, a group of sexually frustrated twenty and thirty-somethings, entrenched in the narrow isolation of the age and their respective circumstances, search for any connection they can find. David McMillan is a former actor-turned-waiter, listlessly looking for meaning through one-night stands and hard living. With his compulsively dysfunctional roommate, Candy, and his misogynistic best friend, Bernie, David and company encounter a number of seductive strangers who come to bear on their search for love and sex in surprisingly frightful ways. As the characters fumble their way through a brutish gauntlet of infatuation, violence and murder, a killer stalks the city.


“It's as if ‘Fatal Attraction’ had bumped into the hit television series ‘Friends,’ a collision that works far better than you might imagine...an eerie tale of unfulfilled, suspicious young people who have not lost their dark sense of humor.” -N.Y.Times.

ABOUT THE PLAY


2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of “Love and Human Remains,” an indispensable contribution to Canadian Theatre that remains as poignant and topical today as when it first premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects PlayRites Festival in 1989. Employing and subverting elements of various genres, including thriller, situation comedy, B horror film and melodrama, Fraser’s seminal piece is a haunting exploration into the dark underbelly of the dating-game in a cynical, post-modern world. Controversial for its frank portrayal of sexuality, violence and nudity, Love and Human Remains debuted in 1989 to massive acclaim. A smash with critics and audiences alike, it was named one of the top 10 plays of the year by TIME magazine. It has since been translated into numerous languages and produced worldwide, with highly successful runs in Toronto, New York, Chicago, Milan, Sydney and London. In 1993, Quebec filmmaker Denys Arcand directed the film version, Love and Human Remains, which won Fraser a Genie award for best-adapted screenplay. Brad Fraser has gone on to become one of Canada’s most widely produced playwrights, both in Canada and internationally. 

Cast & Crew

Christopher Hayes - David

Chris is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, and a co-founder of Witchboy Theatre. Selected stage credits include Jesus Jello: The Miraculous Confection (Zaw Productions, Toronto Fringe, 2013), Cabaret (Music Theatre Montreal), Closer (Chesterfield Productions), Reefer Madness: The Musical (Processed Theatre), Putting it Together (Theatre Lac Brome) and Caesar and Cleopatra (Resonance Ensemble, Off-Broadway). Chris just wrapped production on the upcoming Canadian indie feature, Barn Wedding, written by Kelly McCormack and directed by Shaun Benson.

Mark Paci - Bernie

Mark is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. He is excited to be working with Witchboy Theatre. Selected theatre credits: Peter in Stop-Kiss (Best of Fringe 2013); Freder in Pains of Youth (Workhouse Theatre); Tom in Wet (Workhouse Theatre); Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet (Hart House Theatre).

Breanna Dillon - Jerri

Breanna is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York, a co-founder of Witchboy Theatre and a member of WORKhouse Theatre. She is incredibly excited to be working as an actor and producer on this production with such a talented group of actors. Selected credits include Barefoot in the Park (Newmarket Stage Company) and The Big Game (Neighborhood Playhouse).

Sarah Booth - Benita

Montreal native, Sarah Booth is a graduate from the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College. Her bilingual acting talents have been utilized in theatre, television and film since 2008.

Selected projects include: a recurring role on Fabienne Larouche’s hit show 30 Vies (Radio-Canada), 19-2 (Bravo), Academy Award-winning Austrian film director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Deadfall (2929 Entertainment), and Pierre Gill’s Fakers (Movie Central). On stage she has had the pleasure of performing roles such as; Julie in After Miss Julie, Dabby Bryant in Our Country’s Good, Jill in Butterflies Are Free, and Una in Blackbird.

On the other side of the camera, Sarah served as producer on the indie feature film Ben’s At Home and short film To Hell, With Love. Keep an eye out for Sarah starring in Universal’s feature film ‘The Scarehouse’ hitting theaters fall 2014.

Amanda Piron - Stage Manager

Amanda Piron is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama studies program at UTM/Sheridan College in Oakville. Her past Stage managing credits include Jesus Jello (Toronto Fringe) Fool For Love (Playwright Project) and US Drag (Toronto Fringe). She is thrilled for the opportunity to work with such a talented cast!

Clara Altimas - Candy

Clara is an actor and writer stemming from Montreal. Upon graduating from a fine arts high school she pursued acting through independent workshops and classes, working primarily in Meisner Technique with Jacqueline McClintock. Her credits range in both theatre and film. Clara is thrilled to be working on Love and Human Remains with such a great group of people and excited to be back on stage here in the great city of Toronto.

Adam Driscoll - Kane

Adam is a (relatively) recent transplant to Toronto from Montreal. He has previously worked with several prominent theatre companies including Geordie and The Segal Centre in Montreal, and 4th Line Theatre in Ontario. He has also appeared in several roles in film and television, and was the lead singer in the band Knifehammer. He is a graduate of Concordia University's Acting program.

Mark Waters - Robert

Mark is excited to be working with this group of talented actors! He has appeared on stage in The Underpants (Coffeehouse Productions), Bent (Altera Vitae productions), Queen Milli of Galt (Lakeshore Players), and in Life During Wartime (Avery Schreiber Theatre). Television credits include Hannibal (NBC), Nikita (The CW), Blue Mountain State (Spike TV), and Durham County (TMN).

Trevor Hayes - Director

Trevor Hayes is a Gemini-nominated television and film actor who has worked with acclaimed directors Denis Arcand, Todd Haynes, Paolo Barzman, Clark Johnson, and Martin Scorsese.

Trevor starred in the IFC comedy series, The Business, and was the lead in the multi-award winning dramatic film, THE WILD HUNT (Best Canadian First Feature - Toronto International Film Festival, Audience Award - Slamdance Film Festival).  Prior to that, Trevor had played the title character in Dr. Norman Bethune, a 20 part mini-series filmed in China and Canada.

Past stage appearances include playing Count Rosenberg in Amadeus (The Segal Centre), Cameron in The Foursome (The Piggery), and Stuart in Cracked (Geordie Space).
Trevor Hayes is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre's Actors Conservatory and studied extensively over a decade with the late Jacqueline McClintock.

Robert Montcalm - Fight Director

Robert is a certified Fight Instructor and Combatant Representative on the Board of Directors for Fight Directors Canada. He apprenticed under Canadian Fight Master Jean-François Gagnon and has assisted at the Segal Centre, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Concordia University, The National Theatre School, and the National Arts Centre. Robert has been Acting, Directing, and Choreographing fights for the past six years. Selected Fight Direction credits include Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of (Urban Ink Productions), Oroonoko (Persephone Productions), Robin Hood (Geordie Productions), Osama the Hero (Lifelong Productions), and The Pillowman (Lifelong Productions).