Head à Tête is the story of two strangers who overcome the barriers of language and mistrust to find friendship. Set in a barren, cold and windy land that was once a beautiful garden, Head à Tête unfolds with the arrival of a strange cage-like object. As if triggered by the presence of life, a magical tree bearing “fruit” begins to grow. When two strangers, one French-speaking and one English-speaking, appear from opposite directions and discover the tree and the sanctuary it provides, a standoff begins. Frustration and conflict grows with each word spoken, but it is through the loss and re-birth of the tree that they find peace in each other’s company.
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CAST AND CREW BIOGRAPHIES
MORGAN ST. ONGE - CAST
Morgan is a multilingual actor, activist, and theatre creator from Sudbury, Ontario. She trained in Theatre Arts at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto. Selected acting credits: Black Dog: 4 vs the wrld (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Moss Park, Muskeg & Money (North Road Theatre), Plague: a sic love story, MEANT (2017 Toronto Fringe), Peter Rabbit/Pierre Lapin (Little Red Theatre), and Sheatre’s award-winning Ontario tour of Far from the Heart/Loin du cœur, an interactive play about consent that allows the audience to stand up against unhealthy relationships. She has also been working since 2014 with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation’s PlaySmelter, an annual festival of new works by northern theatre creators. This is Morgan’s first play with Roseneath, and she is vraiment excitée to share this spectacle with les jeunes and their adultes! www.facebook.com/morganstongeactor
ANTHONY RAYMOND YU - CAST
Anthony is a Queer Asian-Canadian actor based in Toronto. Originally from PEI, he moved to Ontario to study at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College for Theatre and Drama Studies. His past works include Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Kaldero and Anak (which he co-wrote), and two seasons with Pirate Life. He also produced and directed Dog Sees God - a Queer Charlie Brown parody - for the 2017 Hamilton Fringe; and recently finished training with their ALERT program. Along with theatre, Anthony loves circus, and practices aerial silks, contortion, and juggling. Il est tellement heureux d’utiliser ses douze années d’études en français d’immersion pour son premier spectacle avec Roseneath Theatre - même s’il passera le plupart du temps à parler anglais ;) Son oeuvre est dédié à ses neveux: Isaac, le nouveau-né Hugo, et le futur bébé BaYuga.
DAVID S. CRAIG - PLAYWRIGHT
David S. Craig is a founding co-artistic director of Roseneath Theatre. He has written over 30 professionally produced dramatic works, garnering many awards and award nominations. His canon includes many plays for young audiences which premiered at Roseneath Theatre over its 35 year history, including Danny, King of the Basement, Smokescreen, Tough Case and an adaptation of The Neverending Story (which will be produced at Stratford Festival in June of 2019.) Recent premiere productions include: BOMBERS: Reaping the Whirlwind (4th Line Theatre 2017) and Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia (Odyssey Theatre, 2018). As an actor, he has performed across North America. In 2014, the City of Toronto awarded Mr. Craig with the Barbara Hamilton Award for Artistic Excellence. He is Past President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
ROBERT MORGAN - PLAYWRIGHT
Robert Morgan is performer and co-creator of Morgan’s Journey, [with original director David S. Craig] Canada’s longest running touring play for family audiences. He is delighted that Head À Tête will be making its rounds again among Canadian audiences. He is the founding co-artistic director of Roseneath Theatre as well as the founding artistic director of the Children’s Peace Theatre. His plays have been presented in Canada and abroad, including the much-loved The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine. A six time winner of the Chalmers Award for outstanding playwriting, he also received Trent University’s Distinguished Alumnae Award for “vision, commitment, creativity and leadership.” Since 2010, Robert has been performing On a Night Like This, a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan. He resides in Toronto with his wife, the acclaimed mother of their two remarkable daughters
ANDREW LAMB - DIRECTOR
Andrew Lamb is the Artistic Director of Roseneath Theatre and Theatre Awakening in Toronto. Selected directing credits: Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and Girls, Birds of a Feather, Outside, The Money Tree, La Maleta-The Suitcase (Roseneath), Don’t Talk To Me Like I’m Your Wife (Summerworks), Chasing Margaret Flatwood (Toronto Fringe), In This World (Roseneath/Tarragon), Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (Roseneath/National Arts Centre), The (Post) Mistress (Thousand Islands/Neptune/Ship’s Co.), With Love and a Major Organ (Next Stage/Toronto Fringe), My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mirvish/Fringe). Andrew has been nominated for two Dora Awards for Outstanding Direction, is on the board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and is the director of the hit web series A Gay Victorian Affair (agayvictorianaffair.com).
MARTINE BELAND - STAGE MANAGER
Martine is thrilled to be working with Roseneath Theatre. Over the years she has had the pleasure of working for many theatre companies including Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Stratford Festival, Black Theatre Workshop, Repercussion Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, Shaw Festival, Blyth Festival, Grand Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange and the Belfry Theatre. As a script supervisor in film, Martine’s credits include The 4th Floor and Frozen in Fear. In 2006 Martine she was a stage manager for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.
ACE FALKNER - SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Ace Falkner is an up and coming costume and all around theatrical designer. He graduated from Ryerson Theatre School in 2017 where he designed for Such shows as The Venetian Twins, and The Artful Widow by Carlo Goldoni, Enola Gay by Alexander Zonjic, a student written play about sexual abuse. Since graduating, Ace has worked on a number of theatre shows such as The Lion King (Ryerson School of Performance Youth and Community Program) where he built costumes and Arranged Marriage (Ryerson School of Performance) where he designed and built props. Ace has also costume designed for a number of dance pieces such as 33/33 (Choreographed by Kylie Thompson). He has designed for local burlesque and drag performers even having one of his burlesque creations apearing on one of the stages at Toronto pride 2018.
VERNE GOOD - SOUND DESIGNER
For Roseneath Theatre: Birds of a Feather, Outside, In This World. Other credits: Stratford (Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, Hirsch); Carousel Players (Tick); Soulpepper (The Heidi Chronicles, The 39 Steps [Dora Nomination]); Obsidian (Up The Garden Path); Studio 180 (You Will Remember Me, NSFW, The Normal Heart); Native Earth (Free As Injuns); Buddies in Bad Times (Queer Bathroom Stories); Driftwood (The Odyssey); sound design and original music for StandUp Dance (The Atomic Weight of Happiness); Seventh Stage (Stockholm, The Red Queen Effect) and others. Upcoming: Sound designs for Cahoots, Humber, Factory, and Stratford. Training: Bishop’s University, National Theatre School of Canada, Humber College. Verne is also a certified personal trainer, and has a very cute Corgi named Pants.
Originally produced by our theatre’s founders in 1989 and Directed by Alain Gregoire, Head à Tête premiered at the Milk International Children’s Festival in 1989. It was the winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Production 1991. It started the writers David S. Craig and Robert Morgan. The set and costumes were created by Mary Kerr. Originally it was titled “Together Ensemble” when it was workshopped in 1987 presented by the Northumberland Players Youtheatre.
The play has also been produced by Citadel Theatre in Edmonton Alberta (1991), Quest Theatre in Calgary Alberta (1995), Dancing Sky Theatre in Meacham Saskatchewan (1996) and Theatre Direct in Toronto Ontario (2011).
The show was subsequently remounted in a production directed by Robert Morgan in 2000/2001, selling out a 10 week tour. It was mounted by Jim Warren in 2002 and toured internationally. It starred Adrian Churchill, Sean Beak and John Devenisch. Kristin MacCollum was the Stage Manager, Props and set were designed by Rogers West, and costumes by Linda Phillips.
Study Guide created by Roseneath Theatre 2019
Study Guide Author - Arthur Burrows
Teacher Consultant - Kimberly Fry
Curriculum Research - Brittany Kay
Editing and Compilation - Mark Clemens
Project Supervisor - Gretel Meyer Odell
Study Guide Author:
Arthur Burrows is a queer Toronto-based theatre artist. He has worked professionally as an actor, as an educator, and at the intersection of these two worlds. His work as an actor has included touring to schools in Metaphysical Theatre’s theatre for young audiences production Fool’s Gold which also appeared in the Toronto Fringe Festival.
As an educator, Arthur is a passionate advocate for social justice. He has developed equity-focused units for students of all ages, works to bring the plays of underrepresented artists into the classroom, and delivers workshops, most recently at the TDSB’s EnVision Conference. He has also worked to support teachers as Publications Chair for the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators.
Arthur holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Education from York University where he is a Master of Education student. This has led to work at the intersection of drama and education including as a guest artist and adjudicator for the Ontario Drama Festival and as a study guide developer. Recent projects include the study guides for Roseneath Theatre’s Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls and Head À Tête.