A long, cold night in Newfoundland that will leave you chilled to the bone
The Double Axe Murders
By Berni Stapleton
Directed by Tamara McCarthy
Produced by Rusticate Theatre
In 1809, two trappers disappear at Cow Head, Newfoundland. Sarah Singleton, the sister of one of the men (and fiancée of the other) sets out with a companion, John Payne, to solve the mystery. In the trappers’ abandoned cabin, they meet a mysterious stranger. Does he hold the key to the secret of the disappearance? A long, haunting night follows.
Based on true events, Berni Stapleton’s play The Double Axe Murders is a psychological thriller steeped in Newfoundland folklore.
Jessie-nominated Tamara McCarthy (upintheair’s A Brief History of Human Extinction, Greater Victoria Shakespeare’s Festival’s Julius Caesar) directs this remount from Rusticate Theatre featuring Yoshié Bancroft (the Arts Club’s The Orchard, CW’s The Flash), Ashley O’Connell (Bard on the Beach, CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Zac Scott (Itsazoo’s Hidden) who return to the roles that they first performed in Rusticate’s 2017 production. The chilling drama features an original set by Alex Kirkpatrick, costumes by Emily Fraser and Chantal Short, lighting by Celeste English, and sound by Curtis Tweedie in collaboration with Matthew MacDonald-Bain.
Originally commissioned by Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, The Double Axe Murders premiered in 2006.
Its 2017 Western Canadian premiere production by Rusticate Theatre has received Jessie nominations for Outstanding Performance (Yoshié Bancroft) and Outstanding Set Design (Alex Kirkpatrick).
“Want to see a scary piece of Canadiana? #theDoubleAxeMurders (#TDAM) is expertly directed by Tamara McCarthy and perfectly cast starring Jessie-award winning Yoshié Bancroft. Lots of chills and spills that will keep you clinging to your companion.” –Tetsuro Shigematsu, Playwright/Actor
Dates: November 14-23, 2019
Venue: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, Studio B
Tickets: $29 online at tickets.gatewaytheatre.com Box Office: 604-270-1812
Yoshié Bancroft, Ashley O’Connell, Zac Scott
Director: Tamara McCarthy
Original Set/Props Design: Alex Kirkpatrick
Associate Set/Props Design: Stephanie Wong
Costume Design: Emily Fraser, with Original Costume Design by Chantal Short
Lighting Design: Celeste English
Sound Design by Curtis Tweedie in collaboration with Matthew MacDonald-Bain
Stage Manager: Michael Brooks
Associate Producer: Michelle Morris
Preview: Thursday, November 14 @ 8pm / Opening: Friday, November 15 @ 8pm
Times: 8pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday)
Matinees: Saturday, November 16 & 23 @ 2pm / Tuesday, November 19 @ 1pm
Wednesday, November 20, pre-show – Wine Wednesday
Join us for a complimentary wine tasting, presented by a local Richmond family winery.Wednesday, November 20 & Friday, November 22, post-show – Afterplay
Share your thoughts and experience with fellow audience members during this facilitated, informal discussion.
Thursday, November 21, post-show – Talkback Thursday
Join us for an intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team after the show.
About Gateway Theatre
Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway is a vital member of the professional theatre scene in the Lower Mainland. The theatre offers a six-show English-language Signature Series, plus theatre education and performance training classes for youth ages 6-18 via the Gateway Academy. As a venue, Gateway Theatre provides a much-needed rental space for professional and community producers.
Media release and image provided by Marnie Wilson, the arts biz. Image photo credit: Kayla Isomura.