By Wren Brian
Directed by Clare Preuss
The Old Fire Hall, Whitehorse
Late one night, during wartime in an unnamed land, an officer carrying a secret message asks to stay the night at a citizen’s house. The unlikely pair find connection over a drinking game, until the message’s content is revealed, forcing each to face what they have done – and are willing to do – to survive.
– Finalist for the Playwright’s Guild of Canada Emerging Playwright Award
Don’t miss this world premiere of Bystander, a witty, action-packed play that raises important
questions about our human capacity for justice and compassion, brutality and intolerance.
ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT WREN BRIAN
Wren Brian started her diverse career in Whitehorse, Yukon (territory of the Kwanlin Dün & Taan Kwächän) where she was born and raised. After graduating from the MAD program, and being a member of Moving Parts Theatre, Wren earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Winnipeg. She works primarily as a playwright, arts administrator, and producer, but recently performed in Map of the Land, Map of the Stars (Gwaandak Theatre) and was the Artistic Producer for the Made in Yukon events during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. In addition, her play Anomie won the 2017 Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba Play at the Winnipeg Fringe and her play Bystander was shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild of Canada Emerging Playwright Award in 2015. Brian also has studied extensively on history of the Holocaust. She is thrilled to be working with Gwaandak on the world premiere of Bystander in October 2018.
ABOUT DIRECTOR CLARE PREUSS
Clare Preuss has collaborated with companies across Canada and in Germany, Lebanon,
Switzerland and Uganda including: Alameda, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, BeMe, Blyth
Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Cahoots, Carlos Bulosan, Driftwood, Dynamo, Factory, fu-GEN,
FRICTION, The Guild, Gwaandak, Native Earth Performing Arts, New Harlem Productions,
Theatre Monnot, National Arts Centre, Nightwood, Paprika, Ramshackle, Stratford Festival,
Sundown, Theatre Direct, Theatre Pass Muraille, Volcano, Why Not Theatre and Young People’s
Theatre among others. She is a recipient of the Houselighters of the Citadel Theatre Award and
was named an outstanding director by NOW Magazine for the SummerWorks production of
Salome’s Clothes. She is Artistic Director for Downstage in Calgary as of November.