The Prime Minister: Brian Dooley
Jisbella Lyth: Melissa Thingelstad
Cary Baines: David Horak
Jake: Richard Lee Hsi
Playwright: Michael Healey
Director: Ian Leung
Stage Manager: Erin Valentine
Set & Costume Design: Brian Bast
Lighting Design: Guido Tondino & Victoria Zimski
Sound: Lance T. Crowne
Research Dramaturg: Kim McCaw
Scenic Painter: Benjamin Edwards
Technical Director: Erik Martin
Crew: Chris dela Cruz, Larissa O’Hare & Russell Ault
This was a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
…sharp, lively and engaging, and not to be missed.
…Proud will win you over
A rare example of a crackling Canadian political satire that’s funny, and has a real taste for debate isn’t something that any of us should pass up.
Whether you are a conservative (or not) the ideas that Proud gleefully throws around are consistently interesting and often quite funny.
…Proud undoubtedly stands apart from the rest of contemporary Canadian theatre for its unblinking confrontation of Canada’s current political climate.
I wished it wasn’t quite so credible, but at the same time I was enthralled by the ways it was.
Canadians should be having more of these conversations, both on and off stage – especially as a lot of the play’s most sinister machinations feel like fact and not fictionalization.
…you don’t have to be a political junkie to have a ripping good time.
The cast is excellent.
[Brian Dooley is] excellent…
…Thingelstad is superb…
We don’t often get the chance to see [Thingelstad] be really funny: that’s exactly what she was as a rookie MP in Proud…
David Horak was a perfect Chief of Staff…
[Richard Lee Hsi is] first-rate…
It’s just after the 2011 Canadian federal election and the Conservatives have won a whopping majority – even in Quebec. With free rein to reform Canada after his own vision, all that could possibly stand in the Prime Minister’s way are a breakdown in party discipline and the press.
Enter Jisbella Lyth, the new Conservative member for Cormier-Lac-Poule. Outspoken. Inexperienced. Completely lacking in political judgement…
On the other hand, maybe party discipline is overrated. Maybe a rebellious caucus member is the perfect distraction for the media. And maybe, just maybe, the PM can reshape Canada while turning Jisbella into a real politician.
Proud, the new hit comedy by one of Canada’s top playwrights, Michael Healey, has sent audiences across the nation into fits of laughter at Canadian politicians and politics, and it’s coming to Edmonton in the fall of 2014.
With its audacious plot, its provocative choice of protagonist – a Canadian Prime Minister whose name seems to be “Harper” – its cast of acclaimed local actors, and its talented creative team, expect this theatre no. 6 production to be among the highlights of the season. You’ll roar as you wonder just what it is that makes you proud to be Canadian.
Michael Healey’s political satire Proud, was presented by theatre no. 6 from October 2-19, 2014 at La Cité Francophone.
October 3 – 19, 2014
7:30 pm evenings (no show Mondays or the evening of Sunday, October 12)
2:00 pm matinee all three Sundays
7:30 pm preview October 2
La Cité Francophone (l’Unithéâtre)
8627, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91st Street NW)
Cash at the door or via TIX on the Square*
Half Price: Preview, October 2
PWYC: All Sunday shows (matinée and evening)
*for TIX on the Square purchases add $1.75-$2.50 service fee
Two post-show panel discussions were held in the theatre during the performance run of Proud. They were made possible by the generous donation of time and forethought on the part of the panellists and moderator.
Panel 1: Thursday, October 9, 9:15 pm
Portrait of a PM: Fair game, or foul play?
Mark Iype (City Editor, Edmonton Journal)
Colleen Murphy (Playwright)
Verne Thiessen (Playwright, Artistic Director Workshop West Theatre)
Moderator: Kim McCaw
Panel 2: Friday, October 17, 9:15 pm
Size Matters: How big should a government be?
Robert Ascah(Political Scientist)
Trevor Harrison, (Director, Parkland Institute)
Steve Patten (Political Scientist)
Moderator: Ian Leung