Nora McLellan will star in a production of the Willy Russell comedy SHIRLEY VALENTINE. Shirley is a bored, lonely, working class Liverpool housewife. As she prepares dinner, she ponders her life and speaks aloud (though no one else is present) about her family, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece. Shirley secretly packs her bags, heads for the sun and begins to see the world and herself very differently. The production will run from 22 May to 10 June at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, Ontario (about 30 kilometers southeast of Sarnia). Tickets are now on sale. A video of McLellan in rehearsal for the play is available on Vimeo. McLellan tweeted on 15 May that “Shirley Valentine opens with a song by @mariadkennedy and Kieran Kennedy!” Continue reading →
Tori Anderson will be Ada in CBC’s new drama CAUGHT, based on Lisa Moore’s 2014 novel and set in 1978. David Slaney (Allan Hawco), jailed after a drug deal goes wrong, breaks out of a New Brunswick prison to attempt one more drug deal with his former partner. He is pursued by a determined police officer named Patterson. (The subject matter is topical. Slaney was busted trying to bring a million dollars worth of marijuana into Canada. Cannibis will be made legal in Canada sometime next year.)
In the following quote from the novel, Anderson’s character Ada is the girl being referenced: “Slaney didn’t want the girl on the boat. Jesus Christ. He didn’t want this beautiful stupid girl on the boat with him. He would take Carter aside and tell him to send her back on the plane. He didn’t care where Carter sent her. She was not getting on the boat. Nobody said the word anymore. Sexed or vexed or kitten. Vixen.” CAUGHT will premiere on CBC in winter 2018.
Nora Mclellan, will be Gail, a divorced bee farmer, in the Mark Crawford play THE BIRDS AND THE BEES. Set in a rural community, the play focuses on a mother, her daughter, a neighbouring farmer and a young graduate student studying the effect of pesticides on bees. Mclellan described her character to Melissa Schilz of Postmedia Network: “Gail thinks she’s very open to the world, when in fact she is very not,” she said. “Gail is very repressed, but would be shocked if you said that.” The play will run from 30 May to 17 June at The Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, Ontario (about 30 kilometers southeast of Sarnia). Recently, Mclellan received a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Genevieve in the 2016 Company Theatre production of the Annie Baker play JOHN.
Next year, Mclellan will be a guest at the Farpoint Convention, an annual gathering of science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans, which will run from 9 to 11 February 2018 in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
Morgan Kelly will be “pie guy” in the Guillermo del Toro film THE SHAPE OF WATER, which calls itself a fairy tale set against the backdrop of 1963 America. It’s about co-workers Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and Zelda (Octavia Spencer), who, while toiling in isolation in a secret government laboratory, discover a classified experiment, an “aquatic man”. Doug Jones (who plays the aquatic man) told Brian Gallagher of Movieweb: “It’s not a sci-fi; it’s not a genre film; but I am a creature in it. I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species…And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent.” THE SHAPE OF WATER will be released in the US and Canada on 8 December.
Kelly will also appear as Jim in Episode 3.5 of THE GOOD WITCH, titled “A Birthday Wish” (in which Grace is presented with the Merriwick wish book for her birthday and is encouraged to make an entry). The episode is due to air on The Hallmark Channel on 28 May at 9/8c.
Evelyne Brochu (Delphine Cormier) is Wendy in REMEMORY, a film about a well-known scientist named Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), who is mysteriously found dead just after unveiling his newest invention, a groundbreaking device able to extract, record and play back a person’s unfiltered memories. Dunn’s wife (Julia Ormond), with help from an unlikely friend (Peter Dinklage), uses the invention to get to the bottom of her husband’s death. REMEMORY will premiere 25 January at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Tatiana Maslany will appear at WIZARD WORLD in Portland, Oregon, 18 & 19 February. She will participate in a Q&A Panel, sign autographs, and pose for photos with fans. — THE OTHER HALF, a 2015 romance with Maslany and Tom Cullen, will be released in the US, both in theatres and on VOD, on 10 March.
Nora McLellan (Brenda, the woman bribed by Prometheans to betray Mrs. S.) will be Genevieve (the innkeeper’s best friend) in a Company Theatre production of JOHN, written by Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker. The story involves a cheerful bed and breakfast owner, and a young couple struggling to stay together. Hilton Als, writing for The New Yorker in 2015, said: “While most new plays run for two hours or less…Baker’s fourth full-length original script clocks in at three hours and fifteen minutes, the running time of, say, a short, late-career Eugene O’Neill drama. By not rushing things…Baker returns us to the naturalistic but soulful theatre that many of her contemporaries and near-contemporaries have disavowed in their rush to be ‘postmodern’.” JOHN will be at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre (upstairs) from 29 January until 19 February.
Trenna Keating (Vera the soccer mom from Season Three) is Kim Campbell in a Toronto production of THE DEATH OF MRS. GHANDI AND THE BEGINNING OF NEW PHYSICS, a satirical play by Kawa Ada about a meeting (which never happened) between some of the strongest female politicians of the past half century (Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, and Imelda Marcos). The meeting occurs in 1984 at the funeral of Indira Ghandi. Playwright/director Ada looks at how these women wielded power and questions how they might have done so differently. THE DEATH OF MRS. GHANDI will be at Factory Theatre (128 Bathurst Street) until 15 January.
Allie MacDonald (Trina, the body-mod neolutionist) will portray Lillian Gish in THE FIRST, the life story of silent film star Mary Pickford, who co-founded the movie studio United Artists in 1919. The film is based on Eileen Whitfield‘s 1997 biography, “Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood“, and directed by Jennifer DeLia, who told Indiewire: “[Pickford’s] journey of going from the ‘unsophisticated’ world of vaudeville to working with D.W. Griffith as he experimented with the language of cinema makes this a universal story. It’s more complicated than a simple profile of America’s Sweetheart. She was constantly ahead of the game.” The film will be released sometime in 2017. — MacDonald also sings, and has released an EP called THANK YOU (under the name Sureilla) which is available on iTunes.
Maria Doyle Kennedy (Sarah’s foster mom) has an as yet unspecified role in three episodes of REDWATER, a spinoff of the British soap EASTENDERS, in which Kat and Alfie relocate from Walford to a town called Redwater in a effort to find Kat’s long-lost son. Series creator Dominic Treadwell-Collins, said this about the six-part series: “…viewers will witness several huge twists for Kat and Alfie Moon that will change their lives forever…My team here are very excited about creating a whole new drama that stands apart from EastEnders while taking our style of storytelling to a place of stories, myth, secrets and immeasurable beauty.” Shot in Dunmore East, a small fishing village in southeast Ireland, REDWATER will premiere on BBC One in early 2017.