One Good Marriage
By Sean Reycraft
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON
July 2-5, 7:30pm
July 8-12, 7:30pm
July 11 & 12, 2pm matinees
TORONTO, ON: What do you do when you return from your honeymoon to find disaster has struck in your absence? Critically acclaimed Fringe veterans, Staircase Theatre, bring this newly revised Toronto favourite, which takes the audience on a darkly funny journey navigating life and grief post-tragedy. Join Steph and Stewart for a 1 year anniversary celebration you won’t soon forget. Directed by Jessica Rose, and starring Becky Shrimpton and Matthew Gin, One Good Marriage runs as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival July 2-12, 2015 at the Trinity St. Paul’s United Church.One Good Marriage, winner of the NOW Magazine award for Outstanding New Play at the 2002 Summerworks Festival, is the grimly funny tale of Steph and Stewart, who have gathered their friends (the audience) together to celebrate their first anniversary. The couple, while finishing each other’s sentences and awkwardly walking the line of socially appropriate/not appropriate, plaintively fill us in on the terrible tragedy that took place shortly after they left their wedding reception, one year ago.
“This wonderfully dark comedy is fringe-style theatre at its finest. It’s too quirky for a main stage, yet gloriously at home on the edge.”-Wendy Burke, Winnipeg Free Press
Sean Reycraft is a Toronto playwright/screenwriter currently living in Los Angeles. His first play, Pop Song, won the 2001 Chalmers Canadian Play Award and One Good Marriage has enjoyed numerous productions across Canada and the United States. TV credits include ‘Switched at Birth’, 'The Vampire Diaries', ''Rookie Blue', 'Slings & Arrows' and 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'. He also adapted the novel 'Breakfast With Scot' into feature film of the same name.
Jessica is thrilled to be making her Fringe directorial debut with this extraordinary play and team. As an actress, recent credits included: The Cousins of Corsica (Thought for Food Productions), The Girlfriend Experience (Starz), Saving Hope (CTV), God and Country (Shaftsbury Films), Life (First Generation Films), Sensitive Skin (TMN), Remedy (Global), and Frozen Marbles (Replay Entertainment). She previously directed her own work, Secretary, for Windsor Feminist Theatre, and scenes from 365 Plays in 365 Days for Theatre Best/Before. Jessica is a graduate from the University of Windsor (B.F.A Acting) and continues her training through The Actor's Foundry. www.officialjessicarose.com
Matthew is happy to be back on the stage and at the Fringe after three years focused on television and film. He recently had the honour to work with Peter Hinton as a part of the workshop cast of Renaissance Theatre's Bachelor Man. Most recent film credits include: Touring T.O. (Crazy Shirt Productions), Less Than Satisfactory (LTS Productions), Baker Street (Baker Street Collective), Hardcore Heroes (DHH Productions Inc./History Channel), and Time Baristas (Sleeping Ocean Studios). Matthew is a graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; he currently studies with Matthew Harrison of Vancouver's Actor's Foundry. www.officialmatthewgin.com
A graduate of the University of British Columbia and the British American Drama Academy, Becky is glad to be back on stage after a brief hiatus to focus on voice over work. She's currently a member of the American dub cast of the hit kid's show Fireman Sam, appears as several characters in the second season of Discovery Kid's series Doki, was featured as a principal actor on Surviving Evil, and has appeared in two films that have screened at TIFF, Tower and Cutaway. She currently studies with Matthew Harrison of Vancouver's Actor's Foundry.