METROPOLITAN OPERAS

by Joe Pintauro


The 27 short plays that comprise the entirety of the Metropolitan Operas were commissioned in 1985 by The Circle Repertory Company in New York City and produced in three-evening cycles, under the title Rapid Fire. In 1995, Dolphinback of Chicago presented the entire 27-play collection in marathon, day-long productions under the title American Divine. The pieces focus on the “saints and sinners and the dreamers and destroyers of Pintauro’s sacred and profane world. There are bursts of unforgettable poetry.  Pintauro’s greatest strength is his poetic impulse--a lush blend of lyricism and mean streets rage.  All of Pintauro's characters are torn between sinning and penitence” (Chicago Sun-Times).


“Pintauro reveals a talent for dramatizing grand passions with almost operatic vigor. He unleashes a volcanic uproar of affection, obscenities and physical abuse worthy of Raging Bull.” -N.Y.Times.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Joe Pintauro is a celebrated American playwright, novelist, poet, screenwriter, teacher, photographer and ex-parish priest. He spent six years in the priesthood and eight years at an advertising agency before committing to a life of writing full-time. In the early 80’s he published two novels, with Cold Hands named one of the best novels of 1980 by the New York Times. His extensive collection of plays, including Snow Orchid, Raft of the Medusa, Men’s Lives and Beside Herself, as well as numerous one-acts, has been produced worldwide and translated into several languages. Joe Pintauro is a recipient of the Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award and the John Steinbeck Literary Award. He continues to write and exhibit his photography in the Hamptons, New York.


Metropolitan Operas Cast

SEYMOUR IN THE VERY HEART OF WINTER

Bob – David Lafontaine
Vivienne – Debra McCabe
Waiter – Christopher Hayes


BIRDS IN CHURCH

Tim – Adam Driscoll
Rob – Mark Paci


REX

Eric – Christopher Hayes
Jenn – Breanna Dillon


BIRD OF ILL OMEN

Doreen – Caitlin Driscoll
Spook – Trevor Hayes


RULES OF LOVE

Maisie – Clara Altimas
Jim – Craig Henderson


TEN DOLLAR DRINKS

Bette – Joanne Sarazen
Star – Ferelith Young


SOFT DUDE

Dude – Mark Paci
Doll – Breanna Dillon


FIAT

Kenneth – Christopher Hayes
Madonna – Danka Scepanovic


- DIRECTED BY TREVOR HAYES -

Cast

Clara Altimas

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 her second Witchboy show with such a great group of people.

Breanna Dillon

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 Love and Human Remains (Witchboy), Barefoot in the Park (Newmarket Stage Company), and The Big Game (Neighborhood Playhouse).

Adam Driscoll

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.

Caitlin Driscoll

Caitlin Driscoll is a Dora award nominated, Toronto based actor who has worked in theatres across Canada. Some recent acting credits include: Brenda in the award-winning Toronto Fringe hit Punch Up (Theatre Brouhaha); Our Girl in MyTreasure Island!!! (Theatre Passe Muraille); Guy in Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You (Circlesnake Productions); Anna/Lonnie in Laws of Motion (small elephant co-op); April White in Savage in Limbo (Bob Kills theatre); Dylan Vanstone in The Foursome (Sterling Studio Theatre). Film/TV credits: Maggie in Play: the film, Amber Brosetti in Global’s Working the Engels. Critics Slotkin and Citron recently named Caitlin “an actor they would watch in anything.” Caitlin is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School (www.caitlindriscoll.ca).

Christopher Hayes

Chris is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, and a co-founder of Witchboy Theatre. Selected stage credits include Love and Human Remains (Witchboy), 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 will be making his big screen debut in the upcoming independent feature film, Barn Wedding (Floyder Films).

Trevor Hayes

Trevor Hayes returns to Witchboy Theatre to direct and act in Metropolitan Operas.  He previously directed Witchboy's debut show, Love and Human Remains. Selected stage appearances include Count Rosenberg in Amadeus (The Segal Centre), Cameron in The Foursome (The Piggery), and Stuart in Cracked (Geordie Space). A Gemini-nominated actor, Trevor has extensive experience in film and television, working with acclaimed directors Denis Arcand, Todd Haynes, Paolo Barzman, Clark Johnson and Martin Scorsese. He is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre's Actors Conservatory and studied continually over a decade with the late Jacqueline McClintock.

Craig Henderson

Craig Henderson began performing sketch comedy in his hometown of Montreal, where he studied film at Concordia University. He went on to train at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and upon graduation worked on short films and off-off Broadway productions. After completing the CFC Actors’ Conservatory program, Craig made his small screen debut with a recurring role on the second season of Netflix's Hemlock Grove. Craig’s stage credits include The Discernment, Company and Talk To Me Like The Rain and Let Me Listen.

David Lafontaine

David Lafontaine is a Toronto based Actor, writer and director as well as the co-artistic director of the UNIT 102 ACTORS CO. A student of the theatre, David spent the early part of his career working with various theatre companies in the city in order to cultivate the skills to run his own. Since the inception of UNIT 102 in 2008 he has had the pleasure of producing, directing and performing in several plays such as The God of Hell (Sam Shepard), A Behanding in Spokane (Martin McDonagh), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Stephen Adly Guirgis) and American Buffalo (David Mamet) among others. This will mark David’s first time working with the talented group of people that make up Witchboy Theatre.

Debra Lynne McCabe

Gemini Award winning actress Debra Lynne McCabe is excited to be returning to the stage as Vivienne in Seymour in the Very Heart of Winter. Her extensive work in film and television has seen her guest starring opposite Eric McCormack in Perception (TNT), as well as series leads and guest starring roles on The Border, Guns, Degrassi, Flashpoint, The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Supernatural, Lost Girl, Blood Letting and Miraculous Cures, The Victor Davis Story. She is currently shooting the series Bitten and is featured in the upcoming film, A Christmas Horror Story. Other select feature film credits include Saw 3 and The Wasting (currently in pre production), which Debra is both starring in and exec producing with her production company Tiny Bulldog Productions. Selected theatre credits include: Princess Teodora in Dwarf (Equity Showcase Theatre) and Marjorie in Extremities (Theatreworks).

Mark Paci

Mark is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. He is excited to be working on his second show with Witchboy Theatre. Selected theatre credits: Bernie in Love and Human Remains (Witchboy), 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).

Joanne Sarazen

Joanne Sarazen is an actor/director/playwright who studied and worked in Montreal until she moved to Toronto in 2011. Selected acting credits: Escape From Happiness, Rabbit Hole (Alumnae Theatre), Til Lease Do Us Part (The Unsolicited Project), Urban Tales (Centaur Theatre/Theatre Urbi et Orbi). Selected writing credits include: Jesus Jello: The Miraculous Confection (Montreal and Toronto Fringe), The Birth of Weza (HuntClub Playbill Series), Nothing Never Happens in Norway (Book and Lyrics/Centaur WildSide Festival), The Sum of her Parts, Virgin (Urban Tales/Centaur/Urbi st Orbi). 

Danka Scepanovic

Danka is a Serbian born / North American trained actor, teacher and director.  Danka earned an Honours BFA in Theatre Arts from Drake University in the States.  She began acting in her teens in Chicago, where she took workshops at Steppenwolf and at The Second City.   In New York City, she studied acting with Jason Bennett, movement with Janice Orlandi, and voice with Jonathan Hart Makwaia of the Roy Hart Theatre.  Since coming to Toronto, Danka has trained with Cindy Tanas, Miriam Laurence, Rosemary Dunsmore, John Riven and Sophie Ann Rooney.  Danka is currently the co-artistic director of Sterling Theatre Company at The Theatre Machine.  See her in Sterling's upcoming production of Macbeth running Dec. 6th - 20th at The Theatre Machine.  Recent stage acting credits: Red Bill (Toronto Fringe Festival), Cowboy Mouth (Sterling), Anton in Show Business (Rhizoma Productions).  Recent directing credits: Lonestar, Anton in Show Business and Out of Gas on Lover's Leap with Rhizoma Productions and Sterling Studio Theatre.

Ferelith Young

Ferelith is thrilled to be working with Witchboy Theatre. Off-Broadway/ NYC theatre credits include: The Good Morning America Johnny Johnson Dream Show (Living Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (61 Local), The Flowers of Fantastico (La Mama E.T.C.), Life Ellipsis (Gallery MC), When the Fall Is All That’s Left (Theatre Row) & Comedy of Errors (Cobble Hill Park). Regional theatre: Drawing Blood (Theatre Passe Muraille), Rosemary with Ginger (Orphan Theatre), The Shape of Things (McGill Players Theatre), Crimes of the Heart (Tuesday Night Café) & The Crucible (Staged and Confused). Film/ TV credits: Love Is Dead (NBC), Orphan (Appian Way), The Beautiful Life (CBS), The Last Kiss (Dreamworks), Dead Like Me (Muse), Boy With No Return Address (Penny Farthing), Affinity (Cité-Amérique), Three Mothers (SODEC) & Human Trafficking (Muse). Before studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, Ferelith trained with the late Jacqueline McClintock and it is because of that beautiful woman that she finds herself working with this talented group of people.

Crew

AJ Little – Designer

A.J. has been Laying in the cut: where he is euphemistically attached, mobilized and uplifted by the deathly grind of his eccentricities. A.J. makes art about monsters and is elated to be part of Witchboy Theatre.

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 Love and Human Remains (Witchboy), 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).

Amanda Piron - Stage Manager

Amanda Piron is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama studies program at UTM/Sheridan College in Oakville. She is delighted to be back with Witchboy for their second production and excited to see what this journey will bring! Past credits: Love and Human Remains (Witchboy), American Buffalo (Unit 102), Jesus Jello (Toronto Fringe), Fool For Love (Playwright Project), Pearl in a Pink Dress (Vertebrae Undone), Marriane Are you Asleep? (Vertebrae Undone).

Miranda VanLogerenberg - Costume Designer

Miranda VanLogerenberg is delighted to be making her debut with Witchboy Theater as Costume Designer. Recent credits include Wardrobe Mistress for Drayton Entertainments 2014 Summer season which included such shows as; Les Miserable, Peter Pan, South Pacific and Twist and Shout, and Costume Designer for Thought for Food Productions’ The Memo. Miranda is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Theater Production Program where she specialized in Costume design/construction and scenic painting. She is also looking forward to reprising her role as Wardrobe Mistress this November for Drayton Entertainments production of The Little Mermaid.

Nicholas Potter - Sound Designer

Nicholas Potter recently completed his fourth year of the Theatre and Drama Studies program between Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga. In addition to this, he is also a playwright and sound designer, composer and video game enthusiast. His sound and composing work recently appeared in the Experience Mississauga promo video for the city of Mississauga (Fresca Films), A Spirit’s Face (Spiderbones Performing Arts), Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie (Fail Better Theatre), the surreal horror musical Catatonia (Erindale Fringe), and the inaugural production of Love and Human Remains (Witchboy Theatre).