2017-2018 Season

The Virgin, The Whore and Something In Between

The Madonna-whore complex, first identified by Sigmund Freud, is said to develop in men who see women as either saintly Madonnas or debased prostitutes. In sexual politics the view of women as either Madonnas or whores limits women's sexual expression, offering two mutually exclusive ways to construct a sexual identity.While our season title is tongue-in-cheek, it does offer a clever umbrella under which to gather three plays that explore women's identities in regards to sexuality,religion and the Christian/ Catholic morality of the societies in which they have been raised.



(Alberta Premiere)

By Colm Tóibín

October 26-November 4, 2017 | PCL Studio, ATB Financial Arts Barns

The mother of Jesus tells her story of her son’s crucifixion and questions his death and divinity. The Testament of Mary is a portrait of a very human woman – a mother – who is trying to make sense of and come to terms with the tragic death of her son. 

Featuring Holly Turner | Directed by Trevor Schmidt 

Performance Dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30PM Preview (PWYC)
Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:30PM Opening
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30PM Performance
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00PM Matinee (Preshow Director’s Circle Event)
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 7:30PM Performance
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7:30PM Performance (NLT 2 for 1 Ticket at the door)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show NLT Guest Speaker Salon)
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:30PM Performance (Post Show Actor Talk Back)
Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:30PM Performance
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:30PM Closing

(No Performances on Mondays)

Location: PCL Studio, ATB Financial Arts Barns: 10330-84 Ave.


PWYC Preview & Free for Students with Student I.D:
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30PM

Director’s Circle with Trevor Schmidt:
Preshow, Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1:15PM
Tuesday 2 for 1 at the door:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7:30PM
Guest Speaker Salon hosted by Cristina Stasia:
Post Show Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:30PM Pizza provided by Famoso WEM
Actor’s Talk Back:
Post Show, Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:30PM


COLM TÓIBÍN - Playwright

Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. Out of his experience in Barcelona be produced two books, the novel ‘The South’ (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and winner of the Irish Times/ Aer Lingus First Fiction Award) and ‘Homage to Barcelona’, both published in 1990. When he returned to Ireland in 1978 he worked as a journalist for ‘In Dublin’, ‘Hibernia’ and ‘The Sunday Tribune’, becoming features editor of ‘In Dublin’ in 1981 and editor of Magill, Ireland’s current affairs magazine, in 1982. He left Magill in 1985 and travelled in Africa and South America. His journalism from the 1980s was collected in ‘The Trial of the Generals’ (1990). His other work as a journalist and travel writer includes ‘Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border’ (1987) and ‘The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe’ (1994). His other novels are: ‘The Heather Blazing (1992, winner of the Encore Award); ‘The Story of the Night’ (1996, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize); ‘The Blackwater Lightship’ (1999, shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury); ‘The Master’ (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize); ‘Brooklyn’ (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year). His short story collections are ‘Mothers and Sons’ (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and ‘The Empty Family (2010). His play ‘Beauty in a Broken Place’ was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004. His other books include: ‘The Modern Library: the 200 Best Novels Since 1950’ (with Carmen Callil); ‘Lady Gregory’s Toothbrush’ (2002); ‘Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar’ (2002) and ‘All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James’ (2010). He has edited ‘The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction’. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Three books on his work have been published: 'Reading Colm Toibin', edited by Paul Delaney (2008); 'Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín' by Kathleen Costello-Sullivan (2012); and Eibhear Walshe's 'A Different Story: The Writings of Colm Tóibín' (2013). He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster, University College Dublin, the University of East Anglia and the Open University. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of books and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. Between 2006 and 2013 he was a member of the Irish Arts Council. He has twice been Visiting Stein Writer at Stanford University and has also been a visiting writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at Princeton from 2009 to 2011 and was Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester in 2011. He is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia and Chancellor of Liverpool University. He is President of Listowel Writers Week and a member of the Board of Druid Theatre. 

His second collection of stories ‘The Empty Family’, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize. His book of essays on Henry James ‘All a Novelist Needs’, appeared also in 2010. 

In 2011, his play ‘Testament’, directed by Garry Hynes, was performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival with Marie Mullen in the lead role. Also in 2011, his memoir, ‘A Guest at the Feast’ was published by Penguin UK as a Kindle original. In 2012, ‘New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers & Their Families’ was published, as was his edition for Penguin Classics of ‘De Profundis and Other Writings’ by Oscar Wilde. 

Also, in 2012, his novel ‘The Testament of Mary’ was published and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. In April 2013, ‘The Testament of Mary’ opened on Broadway, with Fiona Shaw, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. In 2013 it was released as an audiobook with Meryl Streep.

Colm Tóibín’s novel ‘Nora Webster’, published in 2014, won the Hawthornden Prize, and his ‘On Elizabeth Bishop’, published in 2015, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His ninth novel ‘House of Names’ appeared in 2017. In May 2017, he co-curated ‘Henry James and American Painting’ at the Morgan Library’.


Louise Claire Lambert

Holly Turner trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and performed in New York and regional theatres before coming to Edmonton to work at the Citadel. After a career outside theatre, Holly was given her big break back to the stage in the NLT production of The Busy World Is Hushed for which she will always be indebted to Trevor Schmidt.  Since then she has performed with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, L’Uni Théâtre, the Citadel, and Wishbone Theatre.   Her performances at the Fringe in The Year of Magical Thinking and Love Letters were particularly well received.  She performed last fall in Brenley Charkow’s challenging production of If We Were Birds at the University.  Holly’s short play “The Accident” received a staged reading at the SkirtsaFire festival in 2015 and another short play, “Dust” was recently selected for reading by The Script Salon. Holly thanks Don Carmichael for his encouragement and support while she worked on this production.

Trevor Schmidt - Director, Set & Costume Designer

Trevor SchmidtTrevor Schmidt is the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre for the past 14 years, and been involved with NLT for the past 19 years as a performer, director, designer, and playwright, as well as being a multiple Sterling award winner. He has been awarded twice for playwrighting (THE WATERMELON GIRLS, and CHANGE ROOM), twice for directing (the Canadian premieres of THE 4TH PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE and Carol Anne Duffy’s THE WORLD’S WIFE). He received the Outstanding Fringe Performance award for the one-man show COFFEE DAD, CHICKEN MOM, AND THE FABULOUS BUDDHA BOI, penned by Nick Green which toured to New York as part of the FRIGID FESTIVAL. As an actor, he has been seen in ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 1: Millennium Approaches, LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION!, WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED (Outstanding Male Lead Actor nomination) and created the role of Bette Davis in the international touring success BITCHSLAP!.  His plays have been produced across Canada and far away as Australia (MABEL STARK!). He has created and choreographed a one-woman dance piece entitled MARKED for the Expanse Dance Festival that was extended and nominated for a Sterling for Outstanding New Work. Most recently, he was awarded the DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction as part of the Mayor's Evening for the Arts. He sits on the advisory boards of the Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts and Red Deer College Theatre Performance and Creation programme and is an Artistic Associate of GUYS IN DISGUISE Theatre company, where he was last seen in FLORA & FAWNA'S FIELD TRIP!

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull - Lighting Design

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull is a multi-talented technician and theatre designer who works in set and lighting design and construction. He is sought-after as an artistic collaborator and his work has been seen on the stages for Northern Light Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Teatro la Quindicina, Fringe Theatre Adventures, L'UniThéâtre, Theatre Yes, multiple high school and performing arts groups, as well as trade shows and conventions. He has served as Production Manager and Site Technical Director for North America's largest Fringe Festival, currently serves at the Technical Director and Production Manager at Northern Light Theatre. He is a multiple nominee for Sterling Awards.

Jennifer Best - Stage Manager

Jennifer Best

Jenn Best has recently relocated to Red Deer so she could spend more time on Highway 2 and share a mortgage with her husband. She is thrilled that Northern Light Theatre gave her an opportunity to visit her friends in Edmonton. Her other Stage Management credits include: Soliciting Temptation, Flight of the Viscount, Jack Goes Boating, Fool for Love, Little Elephants and Grace, for Shadow Theatre; Burning Bluebeard for Edmonton Actors’ Theatre; 10 out of 12 and The Realistic Joneses for Wild Side Productions; and In the Next Room, The Clean House, Days of Wine and Roses, and 4:48 Psychosis for Trunk Theatre. She has lived out or her suitcase for several seasons, touring the gay hip-hopera BASH’d, running up and down hills for the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, and snake wrangling for the good people at the Rosebud Centre for the Arts.








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