DIRECTED BY KELLY MCINTOSH
SET AND COSTUMES DESIGNED BY ROBERT DANIEL
MUSIC BY PLAYER
LIGHTING DESIGNED BY STEPHAN BIRCHER
STARRING SASA BROWN, MICHAEL MCMANUS & JAN KUDELK
SENSATIONAL LOVE STORY TO TERRIFY AND TITILLATE!
TRULY GRAPHIC GORE! THRILLING THEATRE OF HORROR!
All Hallow’s Eve, and Cora is getting married to the most eligible widower in
town. He’s a handsome old devil, got a big house, lots of horses, and a nasty
secret… but hold on big boy, Cora’s got a secret of her own! It’s a
showdown of the sexes in a house of horrors - the knives are out and it’s
going to get messy!
BONFIRE • BLOOD AND GUTS • SUGARY TREATS
This October, celebrate the spookiest time of the year by coming out for some fun-filled Farm Macabre. The fright-filled Walk of Terror will lead you to the Shadow Theatre, where a Halloween inspired horror show will unfold before you… grab the popcorn and get ready!
ARTICLE ON BLUEBEARD'S WIFE
VERNON MORNING STAR
Farm’s fall show features a
By Natalie Appleton - Vernon Morning Star
Published: October 21, 2008 7:00 PM
Things aren’t looking good for Bluebeard.
Caravan Farm Theatre’s production of Bluebeard’s Wife, a shadow play based
on the fairytale of the serial-killing husband, it is night time, outdoors and
Halloween. Never mind a playwright, Tara Beagan, who wants the mythical man to
a bit of a timing thing going on for Bluebeard. She’s taking the serial killer
to task,” said Kelly McIntosh, directing the play which opens Tuesday.
is the title character in a tale about an ugly aristocrat whose wives keep
disappearing until the newest female to take his last name finds out where
they’ve all gone.
commissioned Toronto writer Beagan to create an original work based on the
legend of Bluebeard. McIntosh said the shadow play is his story as we know it,
but with a twist.
writer was interested in exploring the idea that at some point in Bluebeard’s
life, he would have to repent for his sins,” she said. This is McIntosh’s
third Halloween show and her second time directing one.
happening is year by year, they’re getting bigger,” said McIntosh, who, as
an actor was last seen in Caravan’s Macbeth as Lady Macbeth two summers ago.
Torontonian first came out to the farm with her husband and then artistic
director Allen Cole in the early ‘90s. After coming back to Caravan in 2007,
she “became a Caravaner.”
her efforts there on the shadow genre, having more room for creativity and
cleverness, has its moments.
as imaginative as you can be is a great challenge,” she said, arms rested
above a sort of blueprint for the play, being staged in the farm building called
white screen will hang from its tip with the actors making movements behind it,
and in a departure from most shadow plays, in front of it too.
four actors and a lot of onstage action. It’s more of a play with shadow than
a shadow play,” said McIntosh, adding the shadow effect is handy for some of
the play’s more gory moments.
a way of going into the past and showing violence in an expressionistic way,”
said McIntosh, quoting a particularly horrific line:
heart was torn out/ It was ripped out her throat.”
a curtain, the motion has impact but isn’t too tough to stomach, she said.
the flesh or by voice, Bluebeard’s story comes to life with actors Michael
McManus, who played Kai in the science fiction TV show Lexx; Jan Kudelka,
returning to Caravan after a decade; Sasa Brown, who starred in The Blue Horse
at the farm; and Tomomi Morimoto, a performance artist.
the actors is live music by Player, and after the Oct. 29 8 p.m. show, Toronto
indie rock band Rock Plaza Central performs.
every show, audiences will be taken on the infamous Walk of Terror through the
give youth a chance to experience live theatre, artistic director Estelle Shook
said Caravan decided to offer free tickets to students for the two Tuesday
want students to get out here and see first-hand what live theatre is really all
about,” she said, adding the Halloween show is an ideal introduction for young
got all the right elements – a creepy walk in the dark woods, a fun and
macabre shadow play, plus great live music.”
Wife runs Tuesday to Oct. 31 at 6 and 8 p.m. at Caravan Farm. For information
about tickets, contact the box office at 1-866-546-8533 or visit http://www.caravanfarmtheatre.com
has Halloween covered
You’ll see blood,
guts and gore, babies’ body parts and ghosts riding horses. There’s a
headless woman, a cook of extremities, and a violin-wielding witch. And that’s
before the curtain even opens on Caravan Farm Theatre’s fall play,
the aptly-titled Walk of Terror ends guests gather outside what was once a
two-story barn and is now the company’s designery.
were are greeted by Bluebeard’s maid (Jan Kudelka) who tells us it is All
Hallows Eve — a night known for storms and stealing lives at her master’s
it seems like the play that follows was written for the farm, that’s because
by Toronto playwright Tara Beagan, Bluebeard’s Wife is everything a Caravan
Halloween production should be: witty, macabre and a bit bawdy.
as if the lines were written with the actors who carried out the play in mind as
hard to imagine anyone else trying to be sexy with steak or cocky eating oatmeal
but Michael McManus in the title character. Just like the fairytale, Bluebeard
is a serial killer whose wives seem to disappear.
is his seventh wedding night, and his newest bride (Sasa Brown) can’t stop
asking questions about those who preceded her. Brown played the perfect peasant
with nothing to offer but her “maidenhood” and the mind to not become her
husband’s next victim.
as “more of a play with shadow than a shadow play” by director Kelly
McIntosh, returning to Caravan for her second shot at the role, the white
screens give the play a past and another dimension, one which reels our
imaginations in with ease.
Wife is narrated in a way by the silhouettes of the first wife, played by
performance artist Tomomi Morimoto. Bending like strings are on her back, like a
living puppet, Morimoto gives the play a dance to accompany its song.
eerie soundtrack, created with Player’s organ, upright bass and electric
guitar, adds another element to the multi-sensory production.
Wife, which offers a somehow surprising ending in a twist to the frightening
fairytale, has All Hallows Eve wrapped up on a stage.
there are parts not fit for children, it’s so well written only the adults
not a long show, but it’s a darn good show. And I can’t think of a better
place to be on Halloween.
Wife is playing tonight at 6 and 8 p.m. at Caravan Farm. For information about
tickets, call the box office at 1-866-546-8533.