Pull  fest viii

march 27-30, 2019
The havana theatre
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the plays
(The) Fort
by Evan Rein & Tahirih Vejdani

 Woke meets Unaware. Sikh-ish meets Christian-ish. A liberal-minded journalist and a conservative musician cross paths in this bluegrass prairie musical.

Everybody's Free (to summon the devil)
by mike gill

A man attempts to summon Satan to talk to his dead best friend but accidentally lets in two lesser demons through a portal in his kitchen.

the ocean
by Amitai Marmorstein

 A teen girl with a chronic illness is stuck in her hospital bed unable to sleep. Trolled by a mysterious figure, she spirals through the particular shame and trauma that comes with being young and sick.

bean & hat
by Katie Gartlan-Close

Bean and Hat is a simple love story. This odd couple question life and death by attending funerals and dealing with the sound of crickets.

Controller 1.0
by mily mumford

In a short interactive play, the audience gets to experience, and influence the choices made by two American soldiers completing their first remote drone strike in civilian territory- and suffer the consequences with them.

bug zapper
by Zeiad Elatter
national selection

A man looking for a job gets a strange job offer from a politician.

creative team
playwrights
Evan Rein

Evan Rein is a Vancouver-basedactor, writer, sound designer, and artistic director of Starlight YouthTheatre. Other writing: I Got Out (Studio 58 Solo Shows,Spring 2018). Theatre: The Hobbit (Globe Theatre), EastVan Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (TheatreReplacement), Chimera, Freedom ’56, The Skin of Our Teeth, As You LikeIt, Zoetrope, 42nd Street (Studio 58), SpinningYou Home (Spinner’s Collective). Film/TV: Heartland (CBC), Valleyof the Boom (National Geographic), Blue Hour (MuskratPass Productions). Evan would like to thank his incredible writing partnerTahirih Vejdani and the entire team at Pull Fest! Evan is a graduate of Studio58. evanrein.com 

Tahirih Vejdani

Tahirih Vejdaniis an actor, singer, composer, music educator and choir conductor. Originallyfrom Regina, Saskatchewan, Tahirih now calls Toronto home. Selectperformer credits include: HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island, The Pirates of Penzance,Elektra (Stratford ShakespeareFestival); Portia’s Julius Caesar(Shakespeare in the Ruff); The Men inWhite (Factory Theatre); Tamingof the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre); The Hobbit, Shrek the Musical, Honk! AMusical Tale of the Ugly Ducking (Globe Theatre); Paradise Lost (Summerworks Festival). Writing credits include: (The) Fort co-created with Evan Rein

Mike Gill

Originally fromRegina, Saskatchewan, Mike Gill mostly identifies an actor when it comes tobeing an artist, but is very excited to have a script of his performed for thefirst time. He is a founding member of SpeakEasy Theatre and a graduate ofStudio 58, where he got to work with playwright Aaron Bushkowsky for two termsof writing courses. Recent acting credits include Carmen Angel (CurtainRazors), Hand to God (Arts Club), Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre), as well asproductions with the Firehall Arts Centre, Green Thumb, Carousel, and GlobeTheatre.

Amitai Marmorstein

Amitai Marmorstein is a primarilyan actor, working across North America in both theatre and in film/television.This is his first time writing anything. So he's a little nervous. Amitaistudied theatre at the University on Victoria's Phoenix Theatre.

Katie Gartlan-close

Katie Gartlan-Close is an emerging artist with a passion for playwriting, clowning, and dramaturgy.She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a double major in TheatrePerformance and Communication. Katie teaches children Drama and CreativeWriting and also writes reviews for Vancouver Presents. She is excited to bepart of the Pull Festival and to introduce you all to Bean and Hat.

Mily Mumford

Mily Mumfordis excited to be back as a playwright for Pull Festival 8! She is awriter/director for film and theatre and the artistic director of NebulaCompany which focuses on politically driven, immersive theatre with aspeculative/science-fiction lens. Her plays have been developed/produced withcompanies across British Columbia such as Delinquent Theatre, Theatre Skam,Atomic Vaudeville, Intrepid Theatre, Upintheair Theatre, The Firehall ArtsCentre, and Shift Theatre. In addition to theatre and filmmaking, Mumford is aMSc. researcher at Simon Fraser University in Interactive Technology with afocus on spaceflight software systems.

ziad elattar
national selection

Ziad Elattar, lives in Montreal,born in Cairo, Egypt. Accountant. Electric Bass player.  Graduated fromFaculty of Commerce, Cairo University. Worked in Banking and commercialcompanies. Completed Acting training in the Actor Studio in Cairo Egypt in2002. Awarded a Distance Scholarship in Moral Philosophy from ISFP(International Society for Philosophers) University of Sheffield UK in 2005 andcompleted the program in 2006.

directors

Tai amy grauman

Tai Amy Grauman is Metis,Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta.She has a BFA in Actingfrom UBC with a minor in First Nations Studies. Tai recently receivedthis year's Jessie Richardson award for most promising newcomer. She wasalso Vancouver's Mayor's Emerging Theatre Artist of 2015, nominatedbyMargo Kane. Tai is currently Savage Society’s Artist inResidence.She is also working with Nightswimming on a commission ofa new play which will be developed over the next five years called "Hername is Marie".Over this upcoming season, she will also bedeveloping her play "You used to call me Marie". "Her name isMarie" and "You used to call me Marie" are companion pieceswhich centre the history of the creation of Treaty 6 through the perspectiveof Marie Callihoo.She is also co creating a play called"And she fell from the Sky..." for YPT's Leaps and Boundinitiative.Recent Acting Credits includeThanks For Giving(Arts Club), THOWXIYA (Axis Theatre),The Lion, the

amanda testini

Amanda is stoked to be directing for this year’sPull Fest! Right now, she’s choreographing the East Van Panto: Wizard of Ozfor Theatre Replacement and Charlie Brown Double Bill for CarouselTheatre. Recently she’s also worked on Three Winters at the Cultch(assistant director), Carmen for Opera Kelowna (choreographer andassistant director), Timon of Athens at Bard on the Beach(choreographer),  The Velveteen Rabbit at Carousel Theatre (‘Boy’and choreographer), Onegin at the Belfry Theatre and Arts Club Theatre(assistant choreographer), and two BC tours of Love Bomb for shamelesshussy productions (‘Justine’). Coming up, she’ll be hitting the road with LoveBomb again, and assistant directing La Cenerentola at VancouverOpera next spring. Amanda is a Jessie Award Nominee and a graduate of Studio58.

davey samuel calderon

Davey Samuel Calderon (he/him/his) is a queer Filipino-Canadian theatreartist based on the unceded territories of the coast salish peoples: thehən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səlil̓wətaɁɬ(Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7meshÚxwumixw (Squamish Nation). He has his BFA inTheatre Performance and Communication from Simon FraserUniversity. Co-founder of New(to)Town Collective, an emerging theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and creating new interdisciplinary works together. 

He is an emerging actor, director, and theatre maker. Recent directing credits include: 

Select directing credits include: How to Self-Suspend - Act I & II (Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre's Discomfort Lab; Theatre/Replacement's PushOff) ROAD (TomoSuru Player's About Love Festival), and Donut Holes in Orbit (DirectingProjects 2013 & New(to)Town Collective).

Recently he has written and produced a short film, RUN, which was featured in the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. And you might know him for his solo drag-clown extravaganza:  BigQueer Filipino Karaoke Night!, that premiered at the 2018 VancouverFringe Festival. Produced by Tender Container with associate producersNew(to)Town Collective and Neworld Theatre.

cast

L-R: Seamus Fera, Nikki Chohan, Michael Kruse-Dhal, Mitchel Janzen, Geneva Perkins, Kenneth Tynan, Amanda Prasow, Devon Busswood, VG Winter, Chloe Richardson, Krista Skwarok, Zac Scott, William Edward, Sabrina Vellani, Sophie McBean, Eddy van Wyk       

guest creatives

Jamie king

Guest Curator

Directing credits include: The Wolves forWith A Spoon Theatre with Pacific Theatre & Rumble Theatre, Big Sisterfor Rapid Pitch Productions (remounting in the 2019/2020 season at the Cultch),Vampires In Barcelona for Skinny Walrus Projects for the VancouverFringe and rEvolver Festival, Love/Sick for Stone’s Throw Productions, Foolfor Love for ABB Artist Collective, one of the three directors at PULLVI for Speakeasy Theatre, and Bull for Rumble Theatre’s 2016 TremorsFestival. She has been an assistant director with Rumble Theatre,Twenty-Something Theatre, Hardline Productions and Caravan Farm Theatre. She iscurrently the Producing Coordinator at Electric Company Theatre, where she wastheir Emerging Resident Artist last season. Jamie was the recipient of the RayMichal’s Prize for Most Promising New Director at the 2017 Jessie Richardson Awards.

Elliot james

Guest Dramaturg

Originally from Quadra Island, BC, Elliott has been a theatre artist and creator for the past 15 years. Elliott received his Masters of Creative Writing in Playwriting from the University of Victoria as well as a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. While attending the U of A he trained with his mentors Michael Kennard, of the clown duo ‘Mump and Smoot’, and Kevin Kerr of the Electric Company Theatre. Elliott has written and performed in two full length clown shows, Vice Versa and Vice Re-Versa, and his bouffon show, An Evening With Satan.Elliott was an Artistic Associate and founding member of Punctuate! Theatre inEdmonton, AB where he guided the company through five seasons of original programming. He is currently working as a writer, actor and teacher in Vancouver, BC.

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