Liars at a Funeral – Cast and Crew
Playwright – Sophia Fabiilli
Director & Dramaturg – Ali Joy Richardson
Ensemble – Ruby Joy, Rhea Akler, John Healy,
Danny Pagett & Terry Tweed
Producers – Laura Jabalee Johnston & Sophia Fabiilli
Stage Management – Lori Anderson
Set & Wardrobe Design – Lindsay Woods
Sound Design – Nicholas Potter
The premiere of Liars at a Funeral is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
Sophia Fabiilli is a writer, actor, and producer. Her first play, The Philanderess (NNNNN’s) won the inaugural Second City Award for Outstanding New Comedy at the 2015 Toronto Fringe was remounted at The Second City Toronto Main Stage. As a writer, she also collaborates with Michelle Alexander on multiple comedic web series projects (Overachieving Underdogs; The Mystery of the Fatal Murder; Tinder Baby Daddy). Notably, Sophia and Michelle were finalists in Shaftsbury/Smokebomb’s AMP Accelerator Program last year. As an actor, Sophia returns to the stage this summer in Leading Ladies at the 1,000 Islands Playhouse, directed by Ashlie Corcoran. A proud feminist, Sophia is one of the women behind the #FringeFemmeTO movement and the raucously awesome Feminist Debaters events. Sophia has so many people to thank for helping her bring Liars at a Funeral to life that her heart and brain might explode. @sophfab
As Director: Get Yourself Home Skyler James, Still, O (Binocular Theatre); The Clean House (Alumnae Theatre); We Are XX (The Regent Collective/Paprika); Oklahoma! (First Act Productions); A Spirit’s Face (Spiderbones Performing Arts). As Assistant Director: Peace River Country (Richard Rose, Tarragon Theatre); Julius Caesar (Estelle Shook, Canadian Stage); BRANTWOOD (Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project). Other: Ali recently directed/co-wrote The Secret Life of Riley K., a touring musical about anxiety for ages 9-12 (Education Arts Canada). For Outside the March, she wrote and directed a chapter of ANXIETY (Theatre Yes) in Edmonton, a large-scale collaboration between six Canadian companies. She has co-created, produced, and performed two sold-out Fringe shows: the interactive/site specific Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie and The Dinner Table. Ali is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at Sheridan/UofT. www.alijoyrichardson.com
Laura is currently earning her stripes in screen-based media production working with the extraordinary women of Bizable Media (www.bizablemedia.ca). As a Manager of Business Affairs, her work has been focused predominately in the film and television industry; however, Laura continues to gain experience producing for independent theatre companies (Binocular Theatre, Play Practice Collective, Alumnae Theatre) and acting as a consulting producer on multiple digital properties. A repeat jury member of the T.O. WebFest, Laura is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program, University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan College.
As an actor, Terry has appeared on stages across the country. Acting credits include Driving Miss Daisy (Port Hope), Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC), Forests and Another Home Invasion (Tarragon Theatre), Over the River and Through the Woods (Theatre Aquarius), Homechild (Belfry Theatre) The Medici Slot Machine (Pea Green Theatre) The Comedy of Errors, (Festival of Classics) Happy Days, (Histrions) and The Faraway Nearby (GCTC). Directing credits include Blood Brothers (Theatre Sheridan), Bonjour là, Bonjour (Theatre Erindale), Arcadia (Daylesford Theatre, Bermuda), Wrong For Each Other and Salt-Water Moon (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), The Last Dance (Roseneath Theatre), and Albertine en cinq temps (Théâtre du Trillium). Terry is also an enthusiastic teacher. She has taught at the University of Windsor, Humber College, Sheridan College, Erindale College, the Birmingham Conservatory (Stratford), the Shaw Festival Intensive, and also at the University of Ottawa where she taught in both English and French for over 25 years.
Ruby Joy is a Canadian-American actor who recently completed her fifth season with the Stratford Festival. There, in addition to many other roles, she performed the Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost which premiered in movie theaters across Canada this April. Other credits include The Libertine (TIFT), A Christmas Carol (Theatre NorthWest), The Mousetrap (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Intimate Apparel (The Grand Theatre), and The Tempest (Theatre by the Bay). On TV, Ruby played Chantel in CBC’s Republic of Doyle. This is the first time she is playing her own twin and she is delighted. www.rubyjoy.net
Daniel is a Toronto-based Actor, Writer, Director, Improvisor, and Producer. Notable credits include Mark in Slip (Circlesnake), Henry in Big Plans (Scapegoat Collective) and Donny in Help Yourself (Brouhaha). Daniel is a member of Theatre Brouhaha, Red One Theatre Collective, and Sex T Rex, and is the Artistic Director of Scapegoat Theatre, which will be producing his first play, Cloud, in October.
John is a Toronto born (Scarborough actually) actor/filmmaker who works regularly in theatre, film and television. Recently, John spent time in Russia working on a TV series called Insomnia. Some other theatre favorites are The Dreamer Examines His Pillow and Art with Column 13, Lakeboat (Unit 102), and Guests That Harangue-Two Plays by Durang (Toronto Fringe Festival). He’s also worked on Cinderella Man, The Colony, The House at The End of the Street and George A Romero’s Zombie flick Survival of The Dead. Some of John’s more recent TV credits are Against The Wall, The Firm, The Listener, Murdock Mysteries and King. He’s thrilled to be involved with this amazing cast and crew. Enjoy!
Rhea Akler is a graduate of the York University Theatre Program in Directing. Her love of acting ultimately overshadowed her degree and she has not looked back since. Rhea was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female for the short film, Undercurrent, which she wrote and co-produced. Recent film/TV/webseries credits include The Strain, The Returned, V Morgan Is Dead and Winter Garden. Recent Theatre credits include Rabbit Hole (DWT Productions) and The Dumbwaiter (Stratical Theatre). Rhea is thrilled to have boarded the train that is this play with this creative and hilarious group of artists – Mr. Shakespeare describes it best … “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”
Lori has been stage managing for over 10 years and has worked with The Chemainus Theatre Festival, Driftwood Theatre Group, George Brown College, New Stages Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Action, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Moonpath Productions, Smile Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre, Factory Theatre and Girls in Bow Ties Productions. Favourite credits include: Anything Goes, Miracle on 34th Street and The Miracle Worker (CTF), The Baker’s Wife (GBC), Comedy of Errors and King Lear (Driftwood), Harvest (New Stages), The Diary of Anne Frank (SIA), When the Reaper Calls and Self Help (LFT), ‘Tis the Season (Smile) and How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory/GIBT). She is very excited to be working with the amazing Truth’n’Lies team on this incredible show!
Lindsay is a BC transplant and is thrilled to be working with the talented team behind Liars At A Funeral. Other credits include Brave New World (Litmus Theare) Harvester (FAWN Chamber Creative), Tuesdays and Sundays, The Ghost Ship, The Selkie of Kincardine (Sundown Theatre), Hansel and Gretel (Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre), The Hollow Square (kith and kin) and Birth of Frankenstein (Litmus Theatre).
Steph Raposo graduated from York University’s Theatre Production and Design program, where she also studied Playwriting under Professor Judith Rudakoff. Steph has worked as the Technical and Managing Director of Little Black Afro Theatre since 2013, and joined the Buddies In Bad Times Theatre team last September as the Cabaret Technician. Past credits include: Lighting Designer/Production Manager, The Clean House (Alumnae Theatre, 2017); Production manager, Paprika Festival 2016; Sound Composer, 10/10/10: Our Idiot Friend Is Dead (Then They Fight Theatre, 2016); Student Production Manager, Space Lab (Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, 2015).
Projects include: The Clean House, sound designer (Alumnae Theatre), The Clean House, sound designer (Parcelface Productions), Still, sound designer (Binocular Theatre), Seams, sound designer (Seams Collective/Summerworks), Pangaea (Vertebrae, Undone/London Pride), Camp Knotakult/Steel Rails 2016, composer (green light arts), O, composer/sound designer (Paprika Festival), That Joyce Girl, sound designer (Postcard Theare/Toronto Fringe), Experience Mississauga, composer (Fresca Films). Other: Whenever Nicholas Potter has a free moment he’s dreaming up scores for video games and musical fantasias for scream queen Lucinda Miu, as well as drawing disgruntled kitties.