Monkeyman Productions will be on hiatus for all of 2016.

Monkey Sci-Fi Horror Theatre II

October 28, 29 & 30; November 3, 5 & 6
Showtimes: 7:30pm each evening
Please note: There will be no show on Thursday, November 4th

Palmerston Library Theatre
560 Palmerston Avenue
Toronto, Ontario

Admission: $15
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Dungeons and Dragons, Video games & the zombie apocalypse combine with rivalries and tensions during the filming of the first episode of the fictional science fiction franchise GNS Phoenix’s triumphant return to prime time in “Monkey Sci-Fi Horror Theatre II: Do Mongolars Dream of Undead Sheep?”, an evening of two one-act comedies by D.J. Sylvis.

In Phoenix II, we’re back on the set of the long-running sci-fi franchise as the cast reunites for their triumphant return to primetime. And what would the television event of the year be without a guest appearance by John Taylor, ‘Commodore Philk’ from the original series? But when Taylor finds out that his guest co-star is an old rival, sparks fly.

Featuring: Scott Clarkson, Phil Rickaby, Annemieke Wade, Timothy Nussey, Hannah Barnett-Kemper, Leeman Kessler, and Brad Rowe. Directed by: Martin Chodorek. Stage Managed by: Jessica Rose. Lighting Design by: Linn Øyen Farley.

 

Scott Clarkson (John Taylor/Commodore Philk)
Selected theatre credits: The Making Of, Pride & Prejudice, Private Lives, Gross Indecency, The Tin Drum, Rumours of Our Death, The Crucible, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Don Juan in Hell, The Fort at York, Side Man, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Floorboy, and four shows with Shakespeare and the Queen’s Men. On film: Road Rage, Dr. Jekyll, Attack of the Phantom Filmmaker’s New Empire, one episode of Zero Hour, and the upcoming Mexican extravaganza Sin Retorno (No Turning Back). www.scottclarkson.net
 

Annemieke Wade (Marie Gagne/Captain Renard)
Selected Credits: Margaret in Richard III, and Wineva in Criminals in Love (Hart House Theatre) Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly! (Stowe Theatre Guild), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, and Ellen in Vinegar Tom (RPP), Aunt Gert in Lost in Yonkers (Lost Nation Theatre), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Joan/Nurse Wilson in 7 Stories (Theatre Erindale), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Ophelia in Hamlet (Champlain College Players). Film credits include: Kate in Friends with Strangers (Vigh Entertainment), and Esmeralda in Dominoes (Make You Think Productions).

Annemieke would like to thank the rockin’ cast and crew of Monkeyman for letting her play with them. FINALLY – A club that will have me as a member! She also needs to send a shout out and much love to her totally sexy husband, whom she forgot to thank in her last show a la Hilary Swank. Sorry, Baby — you’re more awesome and a better actor than Chad Lowe.

Hannah Barnett-Kemper (Majel Arenga/Dr. Kim Obrist)
A Toronto native, Hannah Barnett-Kemper studied at the Players Academy, as well as The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY. Hannah has worked with the Rebel Shakespeare Co and The Berkshire Theatre Festival (Mass, U.S.A.) as well as The Alumnae Theatre, Cabbagetown Theatre, the Village Playhouse here in TO. Hannah made her Fringe debut last summer in Fool Productions’ Romantic/Fanatic and is excited to be working with the Monkeymen again.

Phil Rickaby (Sir Alec Guthrie/Qing’Caan)
Phil is an is an actor, geek and writer. Phil has been seen on stage in such roles as Randy in Out of Character at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Touchstone in As You Like It, and was one of the co-creators of the silent film play, The Belle of Winnipeg. Film credits include the short films The Dragon and the Unicorn, Behind Closed Doors, and the Youtube favourite, So You’ve Decided To Be Attacked By Zombies, as well as the soon to be released feature film Abolition.
 

Timothy Nussey (Midshipman)
Tim Nussey is happy and proud to be involved in another Monkeyman show with a fine cast and crew again. His recent projects have included “Chris” (In Therapy), “Andrew” (Second Last Man on Earth), and “Kadin” (Godzilla on Sundays). Tim is thrilled to be returning to Dead Man’s Party with Marty, Brad and D.J., and also to get back in to the Phoenix universe in the role of “Midshipman”. Tim is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, and a founding member of Monkeyman Productions. Tim would like to thank all of the Monkey-folk, cast and crew and let you all know it has been a blast to work with you again, as always.

Leeman Kessler (Tim Acob)
A Nigerian-born American living and laughing in Toronto with his beautiful and brilliant wife, Leeman has been seen recently as HP Lovecraft with Monkeyman Productions, Dwight Eisenhower at the Fringe Festival’s Flying Avro Arrow and as Roland Maule in the Village Players’ production of Present Laughter. He is delighted to be back with the Monkeymen and to be portraying hapless Tim yet again.

Brad Rowe (Brad)
A Monkeyman from the get go, Brad is excited to be reprising his role as Joe in Dead Man’s Party and to be joining the Phoenix crew for his first foray into space exploration. A Ryerson Theatre grad, Brad has been acting since high school. His favourite colour is red and would really, really like to meet Bill Murray.

Jessica Rose (Stage Manager)
Jessica Rose is really excited to be working for Monkeyman Productions. She is the managing director of Pandemic Theatre, and likes to participate in theatre in every capacity possible. Geek cred: she’s played Portal. Only made it a third of the way through. Ninth level is friggin hard. Select credits include: producer – Guantanamo Hotels and Resorts and My Gaza, ’tis of Thee for Pandemic Theatre. Director – Daniel MacIvor’s Cul-de-sac with U of T’s Trinity College. Assistant director – Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia for Hart House Theatre. Stage manager – Here to Stay for the Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival, Pokeroot and Mistletoe for the Toronto Fringe Festival, and Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life, for the UCDP mainstage show.

Linn Øyen Farley (Lighting Designer)
Linn is totally stoked to be joining the Monkeymen for yet another show, especially because she gets a real life booth this time! Her favourite duties not included in her job description for this show have included sewing a pupple of Pipples, engineering alien weaponry, and the design & creation of a command chair. When she’s not spending time with her favourite geek theatre company, Linn is a theatre production and design student at the UC Drama Program at UofT.

Favourite credits: lighting design for WOYZECK at the Lower Ossington Theatre (the red light district 2010), sound operation for The Banana Festival (Monkeyman Productions 2010), lighting design for As Five Years Pass (UC Drama 2010), lighting operation for Godzilla on Sundays (Monkeyman Productions 2009), lighting design & operation for The (Abridged) Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil (UC Drama 2009). Upcoming: set & costume design for Alkestis (UC Drama 2010).


Dead Man’s Party tells the familiar story of four guys trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. As the human race is under siege from the undead hordes outside, our four heroes are content to stay in their basement playing Xbox, reading comic books and arguing over countless games of D&D. For them, the zombie apocalypse might be the best thing that ever could have happened.

Featuring: Martin Chodorek, D.J. Sylvis, Timothy Nussey, Brad Rowe, Melissa Zaccardelli and ZOMBIES. Directed by: Phil Rickaby. Stage Managed by: Laura Moniz. Lighting Design by: Linn Øyen Farley.
 

Martin Chodorek (Jamie)
Martin is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School’s acting program who has Monkeyman Productions to thank for his love of directing. The jury is still out on whether it’s a Tevye/Golde love or something more akin to Conan’s feelings on the lamentations of his enemies’ women. Martin first proved himself sufficiently simian while directing the original incarnation of Godzilla on Sundays in March 2008 as part of the New Ideas Festival at the Alumnae Theatre and the rest, as they say, is this timeline’s version of history. Born and raised in Toronto, Martin enjoys two slices of lime in his club soda and has an exceedingly high pun tolerance. His current fanatical projects include cheering for the Buffalo Bills, gaining a comprehensive knowledge of The Doctor’s eleven incarnations, and trying to find English-dubbed, Region 1 DVDs of “Ryōri no Tetsujin”.

D.J. Sylvis (Trevor)
D.J. has been active in theatre for over 20 years in both the United States and Canada as an actor, technician, director and playwright. Outside of Monkeyman shows, his most recent production was An Inked Heart as a part of the Alumnae Theatre New Ideas Festival. Inside of Monkeyman, he’s got his paws in pretty much everything from writing scripts to filing the taxes. He believes in Bigfoot but not aliens, loved Buffy, Angel and Firefly but hated Dollhouse, and had a huge crush on Debbie Gibson when he was a teenager.

Timothy Nussey (Bernie)
Tim Nussey is happy and proud to be involved in another Monkeyman show with a fine cast and crew again. His recent projects have included “Chris” (In Therapy), “Andrew” (Second Last Man on Earth), and “Kadin” (Godzilla on Sundays). Tim is thrilled to be returning to Dead Man’s Party with Marty, Brad and D.J., and also to get back in to the Phoenix universe in the role of “Midshipman”. Tim is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, and a founding member of Monkeyman Productions. Tim would like to thank all of the Monkey-folk, cast and crew and let you all know it has been a blast to work with you again, as always.

Brad Rowe (Joe)
A Monkeyman from the get go, Brad is excited to be reprising his role as Joe in Dead Man’s Party and to be joining the Phoenix crew for his first foray into space exploration. A Ryerson Theatre grad, Brad has been acting since high school. His favourite colour is red and would really, really like to meet Bill Murray.

Melissa Zaccardelli (Roxy)
Melissa caught the acting bug in her home city of Montreal. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has worked on various productions in New York, Los Angeles, and Montreal. She moved to the 416 and is currently working with sketch comedey teams ‘Faceplant’ and ‘The Syndicate’. She is psyched to be a monkey in Toronto.

Laura Moniz (Stage Manager)
Laura is thrilled to be Monkeying around again! A graduate of Queen’s University’s Drama Department, she has close to thirty shows under her belt, in all capacities, from acting to stage management to producing to costuming. Recent favourites have been The Devil and Billy Markham (Chaos Theory Theatre Company, Fringe 2010), Godzilla on Sundays (Monkeyman Productions), and Footloose (Meadowvale Music Theatre). Currently a high school drama teacher, Laura is loving being back in the swing of things again!
I quit.

Linn Øyen Farley (Lighting Designer)
Linn is totally stoked to be joining the Monkeymen for yet another show, especially because she gets a real life booth this time! Her favourite duties not included in her job description for this show have included sewing a pupple of Pipples, engineering alien weaponry, and the design & creation of a command chair. When she’s not spending time with her favourite geek theatre company, Linn is a theatre production and design student at the UC Drama Program at UofT.

Favourite credits: lighting design for WOYZECK at the Lower Ossington Theatre (the red light district 2010), sound operation for The Banana Festival (Monkeyman Productions 2010), lighting design for As Five Years Pass (UC Drama 2010), lighting operation for Godzilla on Sundays (Monkeyman Productions 2009), lighting design & operation for The (Abridged) Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil (UC Drama 2009). Upcoming: set & costume design for Alkestis (UC Drama 2010).

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