The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

An Artistic Fraud Production
Based on the novel by Wayne Johnston
Adapted for the stage by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley

March 21 to April 8, 2017

A sweeping drama of personal and political ambition follows soon-to-be Premier Joey Smallwood – the self-described “Last Father of Confederation” – as he propels the Dominion of Newfoundland into union with Canada in 1949. Both saint and sinner, the charismatic, controversial Smallwood is hounded every step of the way by witty, booze-soaked reporter Sheilagh Fielding – his intellectual equal and lifelong nemesis.

With a crackling narrative, sultry jazz score and a cast of forty characters, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is an epic and expansive retelling of a defining Canadian story.

From the creators of Oil and Water and Tempting Providence, Colony celebrates the 20th anniversary of Artistic Fraud with its biggest project yet.

"My collaborator Robert Chafe started working on Wayne Johnston’s epic in 2009. It was a nearly impossible task – a story spanning 25 years with the most unlikely hero and villain combined in one man as ever landed in our collective history. This production debuted in January 2015 and I’m really proud to bring it to our national stage."  – Jillian Keiley, Director

"Artistic Fraud is one of the most innovative and exciting theatre companies in Canada. The set design and staging were kinetic, memorable, elemental. Desks, chairs, walls, and actors slid and curved into place like perfectly thrown curling stones – like the stage floor was made of smooth ice. I found myself wishing that Colony of Unrequited Dreams could be made into a mini-series." – NFLDTXT.COM

 

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Cast and Creative Team

Carmen Grant SHEILAGH FIELDING
Colin Furlong JOSEPH SMALLWOOD
Jody Richardson SIR RICHARD SQUIRES
Alison Woolridge MINNIE SMALLWOOD / LADY SQUIRES
Steve O'Connell CHARLIE SMALLWOOD
Willow Kean CLARA SMALLWOOD / NURSE
Brian Marler DANIEL PROWSE
Paul Rowe ANDREWS / LOUIS ST. LAURENT
Charlie Tomlinson MACKENZIE KING / SIR JOHN HOPE SIMPSON
Darryl Hopkins DAVID HANRAHAN / GORDON BRADLEY

Jillian Keiley DIRECTOR
Shawn Kerwin SET DESIGNER
Leigh Ann Vardy LIGHTING DESIGNER
Don Ellis SOUND DESIGNER
Marie Sharpe COSTUME DESIGNER
Connie Walsh COSTUME ASSISTANT / DRESSER
Amy Edwards DRESSER
Brian Kenny TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Karl Simmons SET CONSTRUCTION
Flora Planchat PROPS
Courtney Brown ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Laura Caswell DIRECTING SHADOW
Sarah Garton Stanley DRAMATURGE
Patrick Foran PRODUCER / PRODUCTION MANAGER
Kai Yueh Chen STAGE MANAGER
Crystal Laffoley ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Emiliy Austin SET PAINTER
Stephanie Dahmer Brett GCTC CLOUD BUILD CREW
Jonah Lerner GCTC CLOUD BUILD CREW
Victoria Wells MEDIA PRODUCTION