BRAVO

by BLAINE NEWTON

January 20 to February 7, 2016

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A Japanese fisherman caught in the fall out of an American nuclear detonation. A dispassionate anthropologist teaching the effects of radiation on human populations. A cynical politician out to protect his country no matter what the cost. Weaving back and forth between 1954 and the present day, Bravo is a captivating drama that compassionately explores decisions that changed the world and their all too human consequences.

 

A WORLD PREMIERE

 

 

THE CAST


Mark Ikeda
Mark enjoys classical music, climbing trees and tea. His passion for theatre and contemporary dance has brought him endless amounts of joy and possibility. Mark is a member of the DSW Dance Action Group, and was named the 2015 Emerging Artist by Calgary Arts Development Authority. His work has been produced in the Alberta Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, FEATS Festival of Dance, Dance Montage, and Expanse Movement Arts Festival among others; Mark has explored stories of life-long love, Waiting for Godot, and getting trapped in a killer video game. His one-man performance Sansei: The Storyteller was a Best of Fest winner at the Calgary Fringe 2014 and was nominated for a 2015 Critter award for Best Solo. Continual gratitude rests with Denise Clarke, One Yellow Rabbit, and Gerry Thurston for their ongoing guidance and mentorship.

 


Glenn Nelson
Glenn is truly thrilled to be back with his Shadow family again. The last Shadow production he was in was one of his favorites, Mistakes Were Made. Some other favorite shows he has done here over the years include, The Odd Couple, Uncle Vanya, Fly Fishers Companion, Sexy Laundry, Henry IV Part One, The Reluctant Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes, and Little Elephants. This season has seen him at the Mayfield in The Long Weekend and most recently playing scrooge in The Citadel Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol.

 


shannon.lLiana Shannon
Liana Shannon is an Edmonton based actor. Liana’s theatre training came from ESA (Toronto), the Academy of Theatre Arts (Toronto), U of Guelph, (BA, MA Drama), and multiple workshops. She then trained in film acting in Vancouver and L.A. Some of Liana’s favorite acting credits include: Becoming Sharp (Shadow Theatre) Metamorphoses (The Citadel Theatre), The National Elevator Project II (Theatre Yes), “Clean House” (Trunk Theatre), Double Double (Workshop West), Werewolves (PI Theatre Vancouver), Afterplay and Ashes to Ashes (both garnering her Sterling nominations for best actress at The Fringe), Fear Itself on NBC and Blackstone on APTN (Season 3-5). You can next see Liana in Gideon’s Knot, directed by John Hudson at The Skirts Afire Festival in March. Liana also teaches adult acting at The Foote Theatre School.

 


talbot.aaronAaron Talbot
Aaron Talbot is thrilled to return to Shadow Theatre after nearly 10 years when he performed in the multi- Sterling Award nominated production of Three Days of Rain. More recently, Aaron performed in Blarney’s 2015 production of Full Frontal Diva, and the StoryHive funded digital shorts Necessary Evil and (soon to be released on Telus Optik TV On Demand) Recruiting Hell. Aaron is an actor, writer, and director. Other selected theatre credits include Von Mitterbrink’s Second (ACME Theatre); Plight and Superhero LIVE! (Happy Harbor Comics); Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco and CHEECH or the Chrysler Guys are in town (Mutts Nuts Theatre Company); and Pause, Glistening, Shadowplay, DOSSIER, and incoheRANT (Etcetera Theatre Collective). Aaron has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta (2001)..

 

REVIEWS

"If theatre is about ideas and emotion - this is a rare example of instant access to both."

Read Colin MacLean's review in The Sun

 

Bravo Audience Comments:

“Well worth sloshing through the rain and snow to see this show tonight. Blaine Newton's script covers the whole spectrum of the 1953 event, keeps everyone's stories moving and interesting. I totally agree with Colin MacLean's review that it is 'tight and riveting'. Excellent actors all putting out 100%. Thanks to all of you for a great evening of entertainment.

@VarsconaTheatre @shadowtheatre1 Saw "Bravo" yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought-provoking.

"Wow! I saw Bravo last night. Amazing! Certainly a thought provoking and disturbing time in history. Remnants of which remain in human psyche today even though we supposedly have learned from the past. Have we really?"

"Thank you for an engaging and thought provoking evening."

"Opening night of Bravo was magnificent. What a great cast. What a chilling story. @shadowtheatre1"

"@tibbitytalbs incredible performance. I have fallen in love with live theatre. #yeg has amazing talent. @shadowtheatre1 @VarsconaTheatre"