A poetic, humorous and poignant new play by Priscila Uppal.
A poetic, humorous and poignant new play by Priscila Uppal.
Through the lens of her real-life experiences with cancer, poet and playwright Priscila Uppal (6 Essential Things, Factory Theatre) creates a magical and uplifting theatrical dialogue between two old friends in the new play What Linda Said. Based on the relationship between Priscila Uppal and Linda Griffiths, the late celebrated Canadian actress, What Linda Said takes a bitingly funny, poetic and personal look at coping with cancer.
What Linda Said makes its world premiere at the 2017 Summerworks Festival, August 3 – 13, 2017 at the Factory Theatre Studio.
Poet Priscila was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer that tends to strike young and healthy adults, at the same time that her friend Linda was nearing the end of her life and battle with breast cancer. Because of her treatment, Priscila was unable to visit Linda in her final days. In What Linda Said, the two meet in an imagined space where the living and the dead passionately, poetically, and comically explore how cancer has affected each of their lives, friendships, art, and futures.
This is a Canadian Actors' Equity Association production under the Festival Policy.
This production of What Linda Said is dedicated to the 3 Graces:
Linda Griffiths, Rishma Dunlop, and Iris Turcott.
Buy online at: www.summerworks.ca
Pick-your-own price tickets: $15 / $25 / $35
General admission seating.
Thursday, August 3, 6:45 pm
Saturday, August 5, 2:30 pm
Sunday, August 6, 5:15 pm
Monday, August 7, 9:30 pm
Thursday, August 10, 10:00 pm
Saturday, August 12, 12 pm
Sunday, August 13, 8:15 pm
Please direct all inquiries to What Linda Said Producer Kevin Matthew Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media page coming soon.
Priscila Uppal is a poet, prose writer, playwright and Professor at York University. Publications include poetry Sabotage and Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Hilary Weston Prize, Governor General’s Award finalist); short stories Cover Before Striking; and drama 6 Essential Questions. Her work has been published internationally and translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean and Latvian. She was Canadian Athletes Now poet-in- residence during the 2010 Vancouver and 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Priscila produces theatre under Dr. Up Productions. Time Out London dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.”
Gein Wong is an interdisciplinary director, curator, writer and video artist of First Nations and Asian descent. Her works focus on obvious things like gender, class and race, as well as things a little less obvious like gender, class and race. Her more recent works focus on Indigenizing minds and spaces. She is an inaugural member of the TAC Cultural Leaders Lab where she is a part of Revolution City, a project that seeks to centre Indigeneity in the city. Gein has also co-developed this summer’s, “Water is Our Womb”, a water retreat that centres Indigenous water teachings and outdoor artistic creations. She is a recipient of the 2014 Ken McDougall Director’s Award and 2015 CCGSD Canadian Youth Role Model Lifetime Achievement Award. She was a 2012-13 Canadian Stage Director in Residence, a 2013 Harbourfront Centre Resident Artist, a two-time Philadelphia Asian Arts Initiative Resident Artist, the inaugural resident artist at fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, and collaborated on a New York HERE Arts Centre Residency. Gein is Artistic Director of Eventual Ashes, the community arts organisaiton, Asian Arts Freedom School, a co-owner of the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore, Glad Day Bookshop. Gein creates large scale performance experiences that empower and elicit empathy.
Selected theatre: The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company), Face Value: West (SummerWorks - NOW Magazine Artist To Watch), Face Value: Leslieville (Crow's Theatre East End Performance Crawl) & the first 3 Canadian productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (Best Man Productions). Selected film & TV: Don't Talk To Irene, Len And Company, Guidance & The Tournament. Selected animated series: The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That, Little Charmers, 6Teen, Bob & Doug and Bob and Margaret. Tracey has taught Improvisation and Voice-Over extensively and directs voice demo reels for her talented acting peers.
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Kimwun is an actor, theatre producer and artist educator. Recent theatre credits include The Watershed (Porte Parole), Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife (Call Me Scotty), You Will Remember Me (Tarragon/Studio 180), Love, Dishonor… (Studio 180/PANAMANIA), Like Wolves (GCTC), Frankenstein’s Boy (Eldritch Theatre) and Clybourne Park (Studio 180/Mirvish/Canadian Stage). Selected film & TV: 11/22/63, The Line,B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye (web) and Puppets Who Kill. Other: Co-founder and former core artistic team member of Studio 180. Upcoming: Space Opera Zero workshop (Eldritch Theatre). Many heartfelt thanks to this team, with special emphatic nods to Priscila.
Maddie Bautista is a Saudi Arabia-born Filipino performance maker and composer/sound designer. Music design credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare-in-the-Ruff), It’s Not About Kenny (SMOOTHIELAND Performance Projects), The Tartan Lady (Sundown Theatre), Dead Roads (RISER 2016).
Acting Credits: Eponine in Les Miserables (upcoming, Theatre Smith-Gilmour), Ming in COMMON (In development with Studio 180), The Girl in My Nightmares Wear White (SummerWorks 2016 Spotlight Award for Performance).
Half of xLq with Jordan Campbell: a POP performance art duo selected for Nightswimming Theatre’s 5x25 2017 Commission for their piece 4inXchange. Alumni of Generator TO’s 2016/2017 Artist Producer Training program.
Christine Urquhart has worked as a designer in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia; an itinerant designer seeking to work with incredible collaborators. Favourites include: 'Medea' (Zen Zen Zo), 'The Wholehearted' (Massive Company), 'Potatostamp Megalomaniac' (Pressure Point Theatre) and 'Call of the Sparrows' (Proudly Asian Theatre). Other Toronto based projects include 'The Good Doctor Holmes' (TPM backspace), 'Dancocks Dance' and redesigning immersive experience 'Hogtown' (Hogtown Collective), 'The Ward' (Fringe), 'The Nails' and 'Rootless' (Summerworks) and her debut design in feature film 'Language,' an avante garde, multilingual adaption of 'King Lear'. She strives to be a curious and inventive artist.
Jareth is ever fascinated with the ephemeral nature of light, and thrilled to be part of such a wonderful team working on Linda. Recent lighting designs include: LEAR: A Retrospective (World Stage 2017); Pearle Harbour’s Chatauqua, Two Birds One Stone (RISER 2017); The Libertine (TIFT); Black Boys (Saga Collectif / Buddies In Bad Times); Lemons…, The Glass Menagerie, Casimir and Carolin (The Howland Company); Sinners’ Lounge (Canada’s Wonderland); Dusk Dances (2015-2017; Sylvie Bouchard); Crazy For You (Port Hope Festival Theatre); The Trial of Judith K (Thought for Food Productions); Mourning Dove (Sudbury Theatre Centre).
Jareth is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. He has worked as an assistant lighting designer with companies such as the Stratford Festival (six seasons), the Canadian Opera Company (five seasons), and toured across Canada and the U.S.
Giuseppe Condello is a Toronto based stage manager, theatre technician and budding lighting designer. He has stage managed for the many productions of Pearle Harbour Presents..., Canadian Rep Theatre production of Dreams (2016), their remount of TOUGH! (2016) and the world premiere of Lemontree Studio's Rope Running Out (2017). In his lighting designer experience, Giuseppe has lit the stage for the world premiere of George F. Walker's Damage Done (2016), and more recently, The Beckett Shorts (2017) for director Adam Paolozza. Currently he is stage managing the Summerworks runs of both Priscila Uppal's What Linda Said at the Factory Theatre Studio, and Pearle Harbour's CHAUTAUQUA at the Pia Bouman. Be sure to check them out!
Oriana Di Nucci is an emerging theatre creator, stage manager and designer. She is studying at the University of Toronto’s Drama Centre and is thrilled be stage managing their upcoming main stage production in 2018. Recent credits, for assistant stage management: the U of T Drama Centre’s production of The Bear (2016) and The Beckett Shorts (2017) for director Adam Paolozza. More recently, she was assistant set and costume designer for Nightwood Theatre’s Lawyer Show, Legally Blond (2017). She is excited to be working on her debut Summerworks production for What Linda Said.
Kevin is a theatre creator, actor, musician, producer and environmentalist. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, a company that seeks to authentically merge environmentalism and theatre praxis. Kevin is a graduate of the U of T Drama Centre and Generator’s inaugural Artist-Producer Training Program. Recent credits, as producer: Silk Bath (Next Stage 2017), Mr. Shi and His Lover (Summerworks), Brave New World (Litmus Theatre), as actor: DREAMS (Canadian Rep), Half Full (Mixed Company Theatre). Kevin was proud to serve as the Artistic Director Intern at Cahoots Theatre through Theatre Ontario’s PTTP and is the Outreach Coordinator at the Toronto Fringe. He is the co-creator and producer of The Chemical Valley Project at Summerworks 2017.
Mirka Loiselle is a theatre artist, illustrator, and recent graduate of the University of Toronto. A proud member of Broadleaf Theatre since its inception in 2014, she is delighted to be helping the company produce its fifth production. Recent credits include: as assistant director, 7 Stories (Hart House Theatre); as director, The Actor’s Nightmare & Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All to You (Trinity College Dramatic Society); as actor, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia (Victoria College Dramatic Society). She is also on the producing team for The Chemical Valley Project at Summerworks 2017.
Written by Priscila Uppal; Directed by Gein Wong; Dramaturgy by Iris Turcott and Matt McGeachy; Starring Tracey Hoyt as Linda and Kimwun Perehinec as Priscila; Produced by Dr. Up Productions and Kevin Matthew Wong; Assistant Produced by Mirka Loiselle; Set and Costume Design by Christine Urquhart; Lighting Design by Jareth Li; Music and Sound Design by Maddie Bautista.
The team of What Linda Said would like to express our thanks to York University and the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of this project.
Interested in becoming a What Linda Said production sponsor at Summerworks and beyond? Contact Producer Kevin Matthew Wong at email@example.com for full sponsorship benefits and details.