Keith Martin Gordey has been in the business for over a quarter of a century.  Notable stage credits include: Menenius in the Coriolanus Co-op production Coriolanus, Roy in Western Conspiracy Theatre’s Diplomacy, Titus in Titus Andronicus and Brutus in Julius Caesar for Mad Duck Productions, Morgan in Theatre One’s The Drawerboy and Captain von Trapp in the Gateway Theatre production of The Sound of Music.  He has also had the pleasure of taking part in a dozen of the staged readings of the Shakespeare Project.  Keith mostly makes his living, such as it is, in film and television and has appeared in such shows as: Watchmen (released 2009), Men in Trees, Smallville, Supernatural, Flight 93, The Dead Zone, Supervolcano, The 4400, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Stargate SG1, and numerous MOWs (Movies of the Week).  He serves on the board of the Leo Awards and is President Elect of PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) Vancouver (2008 Winner of CMHC "Best Practices in Affordable Housing" Award).

Michael Kopsa is graduate of New York's Circle in the Square theatre school whose theatre credits include: The Woodsman, Moon For the Misbegotten, Shadowlands, Burn This, Hospitality Suite, 12 Angry Men, Salvador, The Gist, Patience, as well as two seasons with the Rocky Mountain Shakespeare Co. In Toronto, he worked with Daniel Brooks, Don McKellar, Ken Gass and others. Michael works extensively in voice-overs and animation, as well as film and television. Recent screen credits include Watchmen, Fantastic Four, Miracle, and Traveling, Impact, DC Sniper, Stealing Sinatra, Past Sins, as well as recurring roles on: Stargate SG-1, Dead Zone, Falcon Beach, Beggars and Choosers, and The Collector. He is married to playwright/actress Lucia Frangione, and has a 3 year old named Nora.

Annabel Kershaw has been a familiar figure on the Vancouver theatre scene for over 20 years. She has won 2 Jessie Richardon Awards, one for the role of Lemon in Aunt Dan and Lemon and more recently for her performance in The Elephant Man in 2006. She has appeared in over 25 productions for the Arts Club Theatre including My Fair Lady, Evita and Dinner With Friends. At the Vancouver Playhouse she was seen in the Stephen Sondeim musical A Little Night Music. Audiences will also remember her in the role of Anna in The King and I, Emily, Larger Than Life, Dads the Musical and Blood Brothers, all at the Richmond Gateway. Film and television appearances include the upcoming feature film Marriage with Chris Cooper, Tortured, Murder on Pleasant Drive, Alien Agent, The L Word, Smallville and Jumanji. Annabel trained at Studio 58 and is a proud member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Lissa Neptuno is thrilled to be working with Tempus Theatre for the first time. She was seen most recently in Nanay: A Testimonial Play, which was part of the PuSh Festival and will be remounted in Berlin early June this year. Previous credits include Frost/Nixon, a co-production between the Playhouse Theatre Company in Vancouver and the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto; The Odd Couple with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre; the Scenefirst series of play readings at the Gateway Theatre; Cowboy Versus Samurai (VACT); and San Diego (Studio 58/Rumble Productions). Lissa thanks her family always for their genuine love and support.

Bert Steinmanis is thrilled to be joining together with such an eclectic group of people to present great and important theatre. Theatre acting credits: A Delicate Balance (Tempus Theatre), Cloud 9 (Pak-N-Go Co-op), 'Tis Pity She's A Whore and Portia, My Love (Ensemble Theatre Company), The Tempest (Mad Duck Theatre), Cyrano de Bergerac and The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Mentors Project), Kreskinned (Theatre Tart), and two and a half years at the bankrupted STORYEUM. Directing credits: Hedwig and the Angry Itch (Pickled Productions, The Seagull, Translations and Of Mice And Men (Mice and Mentors Co-op), CUT! (Slasher Co-op), The Rise And Rise Of Daniel Rocket (The ODD Group), The Apple Of Contentment and Fear (Cabbagetown Theatre Company). Film/Television: Jake 2.0 and Flush.

Valerie Sing Turner has been a professional theatre artist and writer for more than a decade. Favourite stage credits: T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral (City Stage New West), Women at Play(s) 3 (32˝ Sisters Co-op), A Delicate Balance (Tempus Theatre), Quarry (Sunshine Theatre, Kelowna), Henry IV, Part 1 (Shakespeare Project), Cloud 9 (Pak'n'Go Equity Co-op), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare in the Rough, Toronto), The Concubine's Children (TheatreOne, Nanaimo), Beggars at the Waters of Immortality (Dumb Prophet Equity Co-op), Fugitives (Theatre Conspiracy) and The Malaysia Hotel (Visceral Visions), which she also produced. Valerie also co-produced the Dora-nominated premiere of The Yoko Ono Project in Toronto, and the Canadian premiere of Laurence Fishburn's Riff Raff. Other credits: TV (The 4400, Nikita, Alice I Think, Da Vinci's City Hall) as well as voices for animation and CBC radio dramas; Artistic Producer of Visceral Visions; and articles for the Canadian Theatre Review and Ricepaper Magazine. Her first play, Confessions of the Other Woman, was a winner of the 2005 Solo Collective Emerging Writers Competition and voted the CBC Radio Listener's Choice. Valerie is serving her second term as a member of Equity's BC/Yukon advisory. Upcoming: Theatre Terrific's The Secret Son, opening April 22!

Darren Boquist has been both a lighting designer and actor for the past 10 years in Vancouver. During acting school he discovered a natural instinct and understanding of lights and has worked on many projects big and small. As an actor he has thrived in Vancouver's independent theatre scene and just recently finished his first Canadian Fringe Tour with The Official Napoleon Dynamite Dance Class and looks forward to another successful fringe tour in the coming summer. Future projects include lighting for Studio 58's Bye Bye Birdie, Upintheair Theatre's Johnny Grant, Theatre North West's Sexy Laundry, and acting, lighting, and producing the one-man 30-character play Virtual Solitaire under his newly formed company BOQ Productions.

Corwin Ferguson is delighted to exercise his projection creativities with 36 VIEWS. Corwin’s past design credits include projection design for Age Of Arousal (Arts Club), Bye Bye Birdie (Studio 58), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Neworld Theatre, advanced reading), Drawing Lines (Studio 58), and assistant projection designer for History Boys and Poster Boys (Arts Club). Corwin has recently graduated from Studio 58’s professional acting program where you may have seen him last in The Merchant of Venice, or The Ash Girl. You can also find him at Ft. Steele Heritage Town near Cranbrook, BC, this summer as a resident actor. Corwin also works as a stage manager, playwright, props master, graphic designer, animator and as an instructor/assistant with the Arts Umbrella, inspiring kids for life in the arts. Corwin would like to thank Jamie, Susan and Shawn D for their help and support.

Anthony F. Ingram is a Studio 58 graduate who lives with his wife in a comfortably dilapidated house in Vancouver. He just finished performing in Coriolanus, after a sold out run of Brilliant! - The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla at the Belfry Theatre, and the critically acclaimed Blackbird Theatre production of Pinter’s Briefs. His favourite playwrights and musicians include Shakespeare, Pinter, Howard Barker, Caryl Churchill, U2, XTC, Hawksley Workman, and David Byrne. In his spare time, Anthony collects children’s books, strange cover versions of popular songs, reads extremely long novels, tinkers with web design, graphic design, song writing, and hunts for the elusive Perfect Americano and Perfect Spinach Salad. Anthony serves as Artistic Director of Tempus Theatre.

Originally from Southern California, R. Todd Parker graduated from the California State University in Fullerton and has done work with The Grove Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, The Queen Mary Royal Theatre, Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. Since moving to Vancouver, Todd has designed, propped and painted a number of shows, including A Delicate Balance with Tempus Theatre, and most recently designing the set for The Circle for United Players. He is very happy to be working with the Tempus players once again.

Michael Brooks completed his training in Vancouver after moving from his hometown of Fredericton, NB in 1994. When not enjoying his time in the dark backstage, or as a board member of The Virtual Stage Arts Society and Theatre Terrific Society, Michael can be seen in the background of motion pictures, television shows, technical directing the Celluloid Social Club, the 24 Hour Film Contest and Talent Time.  Michael looks forward to the new challenges this exciting production provides. Enjoy the show.

Nina Prelog's recent works include costume design for This Mortal Flesh with MachineFair Productions, His White Eyes - a 16mm film at Simon Fraser University, High School Musical with Gateway Theatre Academy and stage management on The Boy Who Learned to Fly with Kaleidoscope Theatre. Other credits include stage management on The Merchant of Venice with Studio 58, costume design for Gravity with Urban Ink Productions, FUSE: Illumi-Nation at The Vancouver Art Gallery and Hive 2: The Box Show with Felix Culpa, Midsummer Night's Dream with Fanshawe College in London Ontario, assistant stage managing Life of Paper with Pangea Arts and millinery work on Old Goriot with Western Gold Theatre/ UBC/ International PuSH Festival. Current projects include stage managing a touring production of Move It! with Joe Ink Productions and production design for Eleanor in association with Touchstone Theatre. Nina's background includes teaching theatre workshops to youth at The Theatre School in London, Ontario. She also creates her own fashion label called Pixie Threads. Nina attended the York University Theatre Program and is a graduate of the Studio 58 Theatre Production Program. In her spare time, she enjoys bird watching, hiking up mountains and drinking tea in a sunny windowsill.

Ronin Wong has worked in theatre, film, and music for almost 20 years. Previous sound designs include The Stone Face (Damfino Theatre), the premiere of Marie Clement's Age of Iron (Firehall Theatre) and Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Hurricane Productions). Currently an emerging playwright, Ronin will perform in his one-person show, Generation 6, later this year. As an actor, Ronin has over 50 theatre, film, and television credits. He has been fortunate enough to act alongside such notables as Morgan Freeman, Reba McEntire, and Jet Li. Other highlights include two instrumental CDs, Inspirations and A Comet's Tale. Currently, Ronin is a much sought-after music teacher specializing in piano, guitar, voice, and composition.

Once, Marian Denholme naively told an artistic director “if you ever need a hand, call me”. Several jobs later, she is Pacific Theatre’s resident kitchen wench, and occasional props mistress/stage manager/stage mother. From there she met many great people and launched into things like: The Rocky Horror Show (DSRP/Blue House), Brilliant Traces (Moonlight Monkey), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hoarse Raven), Mental! The Musical (Midas and Lilybee), American Pilot (Mentors Project), and Storytelling Our Lives (Puente Theatre). Theatre being more a life than a living…Maria supports her theatre habit with a job as a psychiatric social worker...similar to stage management actually.

Anna Hagan has worked at most of the regional theatres in Canada. Selected and memorable acting experiences include Cyrano de Bergerac, Music Man, Cherry Orchard, A Man for All Seasons, Beggar’s Opera, for Citadel Theatre; and The Mill on the Floss, at World Stage Festival and Soul Pepper Theatre, all under the direction of Robin Phillips. For the Bardathon, at Christ Church Cathedral Anna played Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Hermione in A Winter’s Tale. Anna’s most recent stage work in Vancouver includes Tempus Theatre's inaugural production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance directed by Anthony F. Ingram, and the world premieres of Revenge and Old Goriot, The Stone Face for DamFino Productions, Half Life for Belfry Theatre and Home Child for Arts Club Theatre. Directing credits include: She Stoops to Conquer, Waiting for Godot, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Arena Theatre, White Rock; Henry 1V Part 1,  Henry V,  JB,  and Uncle Vanya for the Bardathon at Christ Church Cathedral; and Noel Coward’s Waiting in the Wings, United Players, Vancouver. Anna also directed several radio dramas for CBC Vancouver. Film and TV credits include guest appearances in Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cold Squad, The L Word, The 4400, Dead Like Me, and the co-starring lead in Judicial Indiscretion.

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The Actors The Designers
Keith Martin Gordey - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Keith Martin Gordey
(Owen Matthiassen)
Darren Boquist - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Darren Boquist
(Lighting)
MIchael Kopsa - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Michael Kopsa
(Darius Wheeler)
Michael Brooks - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Michael Brooks
(Stage Management)
Annabel Kershaw - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Annabel Kershaw
(Elizabeth Newman-Orr)
Corwin Ferguson - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Cowrin Ferguson
(Projections)
Lissa Neptuno - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Lissa Neptuno
(Setsuko Hearn)
Anthony F. Ingram - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Anthony F. Ingram
(Direction/Co-Prod)
Bert Steinmanis - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Bert Steinmanis
(John Bell/Co-Prod)
Nina Prelog - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Todd Parker
(Set)
Valerie Sing Turner - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Valerie Sing Turner
(Claire Tsong/Co-Prod)
Nina Prelog - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Nina Prelog
(Costumes)
Ronin Wong - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Ronin Wong
(Sound)
Production Team
Maria Denholme - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Maria Denholme
Associate Producer
Anna Hagan - Tempus Theatre Company's production of 36 VIEWS
Anna Hagan
Co-Producer
The Play:
36 VIEWS by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Anthony F. Ingram
May 1 - 23, 2009 at the Jericho Arts Centre
1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver, BC

STARRING:
Keith Martin Gordey, Annabel Kershaw, Michael Kopsa,
Lissa Neptuno, Bert Steinmanis, Valerie Sing Turner


Valerie Sing Turner in 36 VIEWS

An art dealer and an art historian discover what appears to be an ancient manuscript, a priceless Japanese pillow book created by a medieval courtesan. As they try to prove its authenticity, their search becomes an erotic game of greed, love, and sleight-of-hand. In a series of 36 interlocking scenes, Naomi Iizuka's play explores the relationship between the imaginary and the real, and the lines and spaces that separate feelings and words, objects and images of objects, antiques and reproductions, and a person’s heritage and physical features.
Culture and commodity, fetish and forgery, and personal and professional revenge are all exposed in 36 VIEWS.

"Watching Naomi Iizuka’s 36 VIEWS is like engaging in a stimulating conversation with a lively interlocutor. . . her text is always smart and she expects you to keep up, but she’s never pretentious or obscure. . . Sexy, authoritative, and able to convey complexity in stillness, Michael Kopsa is perfectly cast as Wheeler. Young actor Lissa Neptuno delivers nicely contained work that includes lovely little ruptures of emotion."
- Colin Thomas of the Georgia Straight

"Sometimes a show comes out of nowhere and surprises you. That's what 36 VIEWS did to me. . . This production, very capably directed by Anthony F. Ingram, is extremely handsome. . . Produced by Tempus Theatre in celebration of Asian Heritage Month, this show deserves better houses. . . 36 VIEWS is a class act, a must see production."
- Jo Ledingham of the Vancouver Courier

"You have to go and be intrigued by this tightly interwoven script and its very well acted, directed and produced presentation by Tempus Theatre Company."
Jane Penistan of reviewvancouver.org

"Tackling conceptions of what we hold as authentic and culturally significant in a framework of Asian art and artifact, the play tells a complex story of the sort that Masterpiece Theatre viewers can sink their attention into. Art forgery, intrigue, romance, mystery and complex inter-cultural analysis all appear in this piece. It also incorporates innovative stage and lighting design, projection and more...a play that will inspire you to discover your own viewpoint."
Stuart Derdeyn of the Province

". . . thoughtful, humane, poetically phrased and staged with intricate, shimmering beauty . . . a multi-textured web that became completely engrossing. Each facet of 36 Views offers another perspective on the art and artifice of our lives."
- San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Why This Play?
36 VIEWS
IS WRITTEN in such a way that the audience experiences a melding of Eastern and Western forms of theatre. Naomi Iizuka magically creates a contemporary play set in a modern, metropolitan city incorporating strong elements of traditional Japanese Kabuki, Noh theatre, and references to touchstones of Japanese culture such as Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book, Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji and traditional music.

THE PLAY EXPLORES THEMES such as authenticity in art and life, art and its value (both commercial and personal), how we define beauty, the meaning of cultural heritage, and assumptions based on appearances or names.

36 VIEWS OFFERS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE that opens up exciting areas of discussion and exploration: racial and cultural identity, inter-racial relations and relationships, multi-culturalism, creativity, visual arts, poetry, art history, Japanese history, literature, theatre and visual art, cultural appropriation, the relationship between art and commerce, making moral choices — all this in a play that is part romance, part mystery, part con game. In the playwright’s words, “it’s a play about how difficult it is to arrive at some fixed, unchanging truth about a human being, or a work of art, or a love affair. What we thought was the truth changes. Our perceptions shift, and it’s complicated. People are complicated. Why they make certain choices is at times contradictory, and I wanted to build a play that captured in its actual form all those contradictions."

 

The Playwright:
Naomi Iizuka

Naomi lizuka’s latest play, STRIKE-SLIP premiered at the 2007 Humana Festival of New Plays. Her other plays include 36 VIEWS, ANON(YMOUS), CITIZEN 13559, HAMLET: BLOOD IN THE BRAIN (a collaboration with CalShakes and Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts), AT THE VANISHING POINT, 17 REASONS WHY, POLAROID STORIES, LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, WAR OF THE WORLDS (written in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company), ALOHA, SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS, TATTOO GIRL and SKIN.  Ms. lizuka’s plays have been produced by the Children’s Theater Company, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Huntington Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theater, GeVa Theater, Laguna Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival,  Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Next Wave Festival”, the Edison Theatre in St. Louis, Portland Center Stage, the Public Theatre, Soho Rep, and the Edinburgh Festival.  Her plays have been read and workshopped at the Guthrie Theater, the Goodman Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, the Mark Taper Forum, San Jose Rep, Breadloaf, Sundance Theatre Lab, A.S.K. Theatre Projects, the McCarter Theatre, Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre, the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, Midwest PlayLabs, En Garde Arts/P.S. 122, and New York Theatre Workshop.  Her plays have been published by Overlook Press, Playscripts, Smith and Kraus; Dramatic Publishing, Sun and Moon Press, and TCG.

Ms. lizuka is currently working on commissions from the Guthrie Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Cornerstone, and Berkeley Rep.  She is a member of New Dramatists and the recipient of an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, a Rockefeller Foundation MAP grant, an NEA/TCG Artists-in-Residence grant, a McKnight Fellowship, a PEN Center USA West Award for Drama, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, and a Jerome Fellowship.

Ms. lizuka received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University and her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She has taught playwriting at the University of Iowa, the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Multimedia Information about the Play's Influences

Hokusai's 36 Views of Mount Fuji

Shikibu's "The Tale of Genji"


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