2015-20 > Bystander


October 17 - 20, 2018

Drink. Fight. Survive.



By Wren Brian
Directed by Clare Preuss
The Old Fire Hall, Whitehorse
October 17 – 20, 2018 – 7:30pm
Previews: Oct 13, 15 and 16 – 7:30pm

The Great Hall, Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre, Teslin
October 10, 2018 – 7pm (entrance by donation at the door)
Presented by Village of Teslin and Teslin Tlingit Council

PERFORMANCES October 17, 18, 19, 20: Tickets for purchase online, or at the door if still available (IN CASH)
$30 – General Admission
$20 – Low Income (Student, Elder, Youth, Self-Identified)

Saturday Oct 20 matinee price: $25 General Admission / $15 Low Income


NOTE THAT ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE AT 4PM ON THE DAY OF THE PERFORMANCE. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Call Gwaandak Theatre at 393-2676 to purchase tickets in advance with cash.

PREVIEWS October 13, 15 and 16: Tickets at the door – CASH ONLY
October 13 – Pay what you can
October 15 – $15 / $10 – General Admission / Low Income (Student, Elder, Youth, Self-Identified)
October 16 – $20 / $10 – General Admission / Low Income (Student, Elder, Youth, Self-Identified)

NOTE: Prices include GST.

Teslin Great Hall, October 10th – Citizen Kaori + Officer Jonathan
Old Fire Hall    October 13th   7:30 PM – Preview 1  Citizen Jonathan + Officer Kevin
Old Fire Hall    October 15th   7:30 PM – Preview 2  Citizen Kaori + Officer Jonathan
Old Fire Hall    October 16th   7:30 PM – Preview 3  Citizen Kevin + Officer Kaori
Old Fire Hall    October 17th   7:30 PM – Citizen Jonathan + Officer Kevin
Old Fire Hall    October 18th   7:30 PM – Citizen Kevin + Officer Kaori
Old Fire Hall    October 19th   7:30 PM – Citizen Kevin + Officer Kaori
Old Fire Hall    October 20th   2:00 PM – Citizen Kaori + Officer Jonathan
Old Fire Hall    October 20th   7:30 PM – Citizen Jonathan + Officer Kevin

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.

Written by Wren Brian*
Directed by Clare Preuss**

Jonathan Fisher – Citizen, Officer**
Kevin McLachlan – Citizen, Officer
Kaori Torigai – Citizen, Officer
(rotating roles for each performance)

Creative & Production Team
Stage Manager: Elyssia Sasaki
Set Design: Doug Smarch Jr.
Lighting Design: Patrick Matheson
Composer & Sound Design: Kelvin Smoler
Costumes & Props Design: Alyson Stopps
Technical Director: Martin Nishikawa
Production Manager: Stephen Dunbar-Edge
Featured Musician: Jeremy Parkin
Graphic Design: Mark Rutledge, Animikii Inc.
Layout Artist: Jasmine Doll
Publicist: Leighann Chalykoff
Study Guide Writers: Siku Allooloo and Wren Brian

*Member of Playwrights Guild of Canada
**The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.

A Study Guide will be available for teachers.

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.

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.

Bystander is supported by the following funders and partners:
Canada Council for the Arts
Yukon Government
Lotteries Yukon
Arts Operating Funds
Crime Prevention & Victim Services Trust Fund
@ YAC Residency (Yukon Arts Centre)
Air North, Yukon’s Airline
What’s Up Yukon
Yukon News
Casey’s Bed & Breakfast

Special Thanks to:
Jess McNabb, Kasey Rae Anderson, Josh Jansen and the Yukon Arts Centre
The Guild
Brandon Wicke
Chic Callas
Mike Wilson
Liz Bosely
Kelsey Hassard
James McCullough
Fiona Azizaj
Flora Asp
Irene Dove
Deb Gohl
Michelle Rabeau
100 Women Who Care Whitehorse
Hana Val
Hillary Simpson
Baked Cafe
Playwrights Guild of Canada
Leonard Linklater
Nakai Theatre
Debbie at Computec Embroidery
Charles Jules
Jade McGinty
Unitech Sound & Lighting
Odile Nelson
Richard Lee
CP, RS and RF (from Kaori)