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Studio Theatre
July 21 – September 28 |
Opens August 10
Modern

GET THAT HOPE


By Andrea Scott

Directed by André Sills

World Première


YOU GOT TO TAKE A LIKKLE BIT OF SUFFERIN' TO GET THAT HOPE. 

Richard Whyte is determined to celebrate Jamaican Independence Day in style. The rice is soaking, the ginger beer is cooling and today his lottery ticket is finally going to hit it big! But Richard’s squabbling family have other ideas, and over the course of a single sweltering day in Toronto’s Little Jamaica, a lifetime of buried secrets and dreams will finally come to light. Making its world première at the Studio Theatre, Get That Hope is a bittersweet drama of personal and cultural diasporas that brims with laughter and tears.


“Life is hard wherever you go. We fight for control and happiness in life but when do we ever get it … and if you do, for how long?” —Director André Sills




Production support is generously provided by Bryan Blenkin & Alan Rowe and Sylvia D. Chrominska.

CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

    Portrait of Celia Aloma
    Celia Aloma
    Rachel Whyte

    (she/her) Birmingham Conservatory 2022/23

    2024: Rachel Whyte in Get That Hope. Third season. Stratford: Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II, Player Queen in Hamlet and Olabisi in Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere: 16 characters in No Child (Arts Club); Ann Atwater in The Best of Enemies, Novelette in 'da Kink in My Hair (Pacific Theatre); Same Difference (Theatre Conspiracy); Catherine in The Numbers Game (Storefront Theatre). Film/TV: Corrective Measures, Swan Song, Voir, The Baby-Sitters Club, Detour, Song Bird, Scared Lies, Sirens. Radio/Recordings: Aisha in Redbone Coonhound (Arts Club); Mama in Rishi & d Douen (Rumble Theatre and Carousel Theatre). Training: York University. Awards: Peter Donaldson Award recipient, Michael Mawson Award recipient, Jessie Award nomination and B.C. Arts Council Pivot recipient.

    Portrait of Conrad Coates
    Conrad Coates
    Richard Whyte
    2024: Richard Whyte in Get That Hope. Third season. Stratford: Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Bird of Youth. Elsewhere: Leslie in Mustard, Andre in Hush, Pal Joey (Tarragon Theatre); Buddy Black in Helen Lawrence (Canadian Stage/Centre for Performing Arts, LA); Duma Kumbo in He Left Quietly (Summerworks); Sam in "Master Harold" and the Boys (Gananoque Playhouse); Pickett in Coming Through Slaughter (Necessary Angel); Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Globe Theatre Regina); Film /TV: Guest Star: Fargo, Star Trek, Defiance, Degrassi. Supporting Lead: Welcome to Marwen and Tron. Training: Maggie Bassett Studio, Equity Showcase, Seneca College. Online: @conradcoates. Et cetera: Conrad dedicates this season to our ancestors!
    Portrait of Savion Roach
    Savion Roach
    Simeon Whyte

    2024: Simeon Whyte in Get That Hope. Stratford debut.

    Portrait of Kim Roberts
    Kim Roberts
    Margaret Whyte
    2024: Margaret Whyte in Get That Hope. Stratford debut. Kim Roberts's lengthy career encompasses over 200 stage, film, television and voice credits. Of note: Greta in The Sinner, Marni in Schitt's Creek, Christine in The Handmaid's Tale, Neeva in The Strain, Mazz in The Doodlebops and Mayor Goodway in Paw Patrol. Kim was the first black woman to speak in a nationally televised commercial in Canada and is a co-founder of Obsidian Theatre Company. Last seen on stage as Mrs. Dickson in Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects), Kim is thrilled to be returning to her theatre roots. Online: Instagram: @mskimroberts, Twitter: @kimroberts1, Facebook: @Kim Roberts Page, LinkedIn: Kim Roberts.
    Portrait of Jennifer Villaverde
    Jennifer Villaverde
    Millicent Flores

    (she/her)

    2024: Millicent Flores in Get That Hope. Second season. Stratford: Lisette de Courval in Les Belles-Soeurs, King Lear, and Much Ado About Nothing. Elsewhere (selected): Pilgrim in 1184 (Phoenix Arts/Aga Khan); Chorus in Wedding at Aulis, Old Major/Poophead in Animal Farm, Ensemble in Alligator Pie, Celia in As You Like It, Lucy in The Threepenny Opera, Mary in The Time of Your Life (Soulpepper); Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach, Fumiko in Hana's Suitcase, Jojo in Seussical, Bird/Mole in A Year With Frog & Toad, Loa in Blue Planet (YPT); Huong in Vietgone, Lady Nijo in Top Girls (RMTC). Training: University of Winnipeg (B.A.-Honours) and Soulpepper Academy. Online: Instagram: @jennifer_villaverde. Et cetera: Thank you to my agent, Karen, and all my love to Mike and Catie. Go, Aces!

CREATIVE

    André Sills
    Director

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2005

    2024: Orsino in Twelfth Night and director of Get That Hope. 10th season. Stratford: King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus, The Tempest, etc. Elsewhere: Director: The Royale (Citadel Theatre); Gloria (ARC/Crow's). Acting: Glass Menagerie, Sex, An Octoroon, "Master Harold"...and the Boys (Shaw Festival); Julius Caesar (Crow's Theatre). Film/TV: Revenge of the Black Best Friend, Kim's Convenience (CBC); Slumberland (Netflix); Private Idiots (YouTube). Voiceover: Tiny Louis in Summer Memories (Family); Fins in Sago Mini Friends (Apple TV). Training: George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Sterling Award for Direction, The Royale; Toronto Theatre Critics Award and Dora Award - Best Actor, "Master Harold"...and the Boys; MyEntWorld Critics' Pick Award - Best Actor, An Octoroon. Online: Instagram: @dre373. Et cetera: Love you NARI.

    Sarah Uwadiae
    Set and Costume Designer

    2024: Set and costume designer of Get That Hope. Third season. Stratford: Death and the King's Horseman, Wedding Band. Elsewhere: Trouble in Mind (MTC and Citadel Theatre); The Mountaintop, The Fiancée (Persephone Theatre); Steel Magnolias (Theatre Calgary); Sound of Music, Where Words Once Were (Storybook Theatre). Film/TV: Director & Producer - Catharsis, To Belong, Home, To My Inner Child, Trapped (in her head). Radio/Recordings: Creator and Host of Afros in the Diaspora Podcast (available on all podcast platforms including YouTube). Training: MFA University of Calgary for Theatre Design, BA Redeemer's University Nigeria for Theatre Arts. Awards: 2022 RBC Emerging Artist Award in Calgary. Online:  sarahuwadiae.com, @sarahuwadiae. Et cetera: Life is too short! Do the thing!

    Steve Lucas
    Lighting Designer

    2024: Lighting designer of Get That Hope. Fourth season. Stratford: Lighting designer of Nathan The Wise, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Physicists. Elsewhere: The Royale (Citadel Theatre); Appropriate (Coal Mine Theatre); Lehman Trilogy (Canadian Stage); Of Marriage and Men (Shaw Festival); 2 Pianos 4 Hands (original production and tours); The Drawer Boy (original production and tour, Theatre Passe Muraille);  Rope Enough (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); The Real McCoy (Factory Theatre); Timecode Break (Toronto Dance Theatre); The Pigeon King (Blyth Festival); BREATH[e] (Theatre 2.0); Shadowball (AGO); Heisenberg (Canadian Stage); Fool for Love (Soulpepper); 2014 Festival Hub (Luminato Festival); Fun House (Nuit Blanche). Awards: Four Dora Awards, 34 Dora Award nominations, Sterling Award Nomination (Edmonton). Et cetera: Steve and his beautiful family live beside the Noisy River, just outside of Creemore, in a converted 180-year-old barn.

    Maddie Bautista
    Composer, Sound Designer

    2024: Composer and sound designer of Get That Hope. Third season. Stratford: Composer and sound designer of Les Belles-Soeurs; Sound designer of I Am William. Elsewhere: Woking Phoenix (Theatre Passe Muraille); WILDWOMAN (Soulpepper Theatre); Kim's Convenience (The Grand Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse); The First Stone (New Harlem Productions and GCTC); 1184 (Phoenix Arts & Aga Khan Museum); TOKA (Theatre Passe Muraille); White Girls in Moccasins (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Original Work: 4inXchange (xLq with Jordan Campbell); Love You Wrong Time (Bad Muse Collective with Deanna H. Choi and Erin Brubacher). Residencies/Training: NoteWorthy 2021 (The Musical Stage Company and Prime Mover Theatre); Humber College, Theatre Performance. Awards: Two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Love You Wrong Time (Outstanding Sound Design and Composition, Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble) and 3 more nominations. Online: maddiebautista.comEt cetera: For Ma, Pa, Anya, Douie and John.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

PLAY SCHEDULE

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Sun, Jul 21
2:00 PM
Wed, Jul 24
2:00 PM
Fri, Jul 26
8:00 PM
Sun, Jul 28
2:00 PM
Tue, Jul 30
2:00 PM

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