Something has happened to the church. Something’s terribly wrong with the pastor. Maybe something’s always been wrong with the small town of [REDACTED].
This is a workshop production/experiment of a sci-fi/horror digital play. In this digital format, we are experimenting with recorded video and a long distance rehearsal process.
Writing and Direction by Liam Salmon.
Design, Editing and Post Production by James McCoy
Production Management by Tucker.
Featuring the acting talents and voices of:
Jacob Margaret Archer, James McCoy, Eleanor Neylon, Meryl Ochoa, Liam Salmon, Tucker, Kiana Woo and Alanna Wrenshall.
A Hypothetical Bad Ideas
Saturday, June 5th
(Nextfest advises audiences to tune in 30 minutes early as their is a live component to their programming)
******** Use of "Strobe Lights", Sudden Loud Noises / Sounds, Bright Lights. ********
Adult Language Adult Content, Death/Dying, Kidnapping /Abduction, Religious Content.
Depictions Of: Blood, An Insect (Cricket).
References To: Mental Illness, Trauma / PTSD
Jacob Margaret Archer (They/Them) is a non-binary playwright, poet and dramaturge born and raised on unceded Sto:lo territory (Chilliwack, BC). A 2019 graduate of the Playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, their plays include Celestial Bodies, THINK OF THE CHILDREN (National Theatre School 2019), All I Want Is To Be Happy Sometimes (workshopped at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2019), Such A Heart As Yours (Intrepid Theatre 2016), and Miss Somewhere (Theatre BC Mainstage Festival 2015). Their poetry has been published by post ghost press (2020) and Raspberry magazine (upcoming, 2021).
James (He/Him) is a theatre artist in the Hamilton/Niagara area. A graduate of Brock University and the National Theatre School, James specializes in all areas of theatrical tech and design. Recent credits include Set for Lig and Bittle (Carousel Players), Set and Lighting for The Team (Essential Collective Theatre), and Videography and Post Production for Fever/Dream (Brock University).
Eleanor (She/They) is a theatre artist who has recently relocated to Tiohtia:ke/Montreal due to the pandemic. Before that they were living in the UK, working as a performer and co-Artistic director of Why Theatre Company. They are also an organiser of A Good Night Out, a monthly reading group that discusses topics of relevance to socialist theatre workers. When not thinking about plays to devise, they enjoy playing DnD with their friends and watching birds and squirrels compete over the bird feeder.
Eleanor is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Meryl Ochoa (She/Her) is a Filipina theatre artist/musician who immigrated to ON, Canada with her family in 2012. She studied Dramatic Arts at Brock University and has worked with St. Catharines-based companies Stolen Theatre Collective, Twitches & Itches, and Suitcase in Point, and most recently with BC-based company Affair of Honor. In 2019, she co-founded Tethered The Ghost with Kaylyn Valdez-Scott, and they are currently developing new originals under their multi-disciplinary theatre collective. Meryl is devoted to developing work that tells untold truths and empowers those that are under-represented.
Liam Salmon (He/They) is a queer playwright, dramaturge, producer, and educator based out of Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). They are a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and their works have been performed across the country. Most recently, Liam worked as a producer on the Alberta Queer Calendar Project (queercalendar.ca). Currently, Liam is playwright in residence at Workshop West, Playwright’s Theatre working on the new works: Subscribe or Like, ARKANGEL, and others. (salmliam.com)
Tucker (They/Them) is the co-owner of Shopdogs in Montreal, QC. They are the Production Manager of Geordie theatre and they have an extremely cool wife. Buy their merch at https://shopdogsmtl.com/
Kiana (She/Her) is a Chinese-Canadian actor, mover and creator with a special love for clown, physical theatre, and classical works. She also adores working on new plays, which is why she’s thrilled to be a part of ARKANGEL for Nextfest 2021. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and crochet, playing the ukulele, and searching for exciting snacks. She sends endless thanks to her friends and family who constantly shower her with love and support. Selected credits include: Cymbeline (Shakespeare Bash’d), E-Day (Serial Collective/Theatre Network), That’s Danger! (Alberta Workers Health Centre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Calgary/Shakespeare by the Bow).