Bear is a piece about secrets, redemption, and how uncanny the intricacies of human connection can be. My greatest influence was an image of a child standing face to face with a polar bear - conjuring ideas of innocence, isolation, great expanses, and winter.
Suzanna Derewicz is a playwright, spoken word poet, performer, and theatre producer. She’s currently a member of the Development department at Nightwood Theatre. You can find her performing her poetry at the Art Bar, words(on)stages, Outrageous, and the Drake poetry slam. She produces for the stage under the name Theatre After Secrets, most recently taking a play she wrote entitled Getting There to the London Fringe Festival. This summer she is participating in her second Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in the Czech Republic. Suzanna is a proud graduate of York University’s Theatre program.
Alyssa Bartlett is a Canadian-born actor, playwright and theatre artist. A previous House of Rebels playwright, she is thrilled to participate in House of Rebels' second season, this time as the voice of Bek in Suzanna Derewicz's Bear. She has been developing her unique style of text and movement based theatre over the past year while also completing a psychology degree. She is one of the writers featured in the upcoming 10/10/10 Project (Toronto Fringe 2015/Hamilton Fringe 2015). She is the youngest person to be accepted into the University of Alberta's MFA Theatre Practice Program and will be developing a new work there in 2016. Most recent theatre credits include A Soldier's Tale (Signal Theare/NAC), and various Toronto Fringe Festival credits as an actor, playwright and movement dramaturg.
Anthony Di Feo is a Toronto based theatre artist who specializes in physical theatre performance and text based creation. Anthony is always looking at the potential and possibilities of language, be it physical or verbal, as a means of exploration into socially relevant issues. He has spent the last few years working with Theatre Parallax Toronto on their show KATA which premiered at the World Stage Design Festival in 2013. You can see Anthony's newest written work, Silk, this July at the Hamilton Fringe Festival.
Rebecca founded Raw Matter, a performance collective, alongside 6 of her favourite artists in November 2014. Their inaugural piece Idle Lessons (May 2015) discussed the new reform in sexual education in Ontario. She is a graduate of York University’s Devised Theatre program with a minor in Sexuality Studies. Recent credits include Production management for the 2013 Devised Theatre Festival, directing and devising HACK (Fringe Montreal), Naked Eye (playGround Festival, Theatre@York 2013), Put It In My Mouth (Porn Studies performance art piece) as well as Womb (playGround Festival, Theatre@York 2012).
Written by: Suzanna Derewicz
Performed by: Alyssa Bartlett (Bek) and Anthony Difeo (Ray)
Directed by: Rebecca Hooton
Edited by: Ross Hammond
© House of Rebels Theatre, 2015.
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