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Walter Saunders Park Project (June)

‘My Co-Mates and Brothers in Exile’

Created & Directed by Eva Barrie

York Beltline

A site-specific, comedic, walking/promenade piece created using Shakespeare and text from international female poets. Sappho, a young woman forced to leave her war-torn country, lands in Toronto and begins the journey of building a new home.

June 22nd-26th, at The Walter Saunders Memorial Park (York Beltline) in North York

Start time: 7:30pm (70 minutes total, no intermission). You will be walking through the park throughout, so no need to bring anything to sit on.

Meeting Place: The basketball courts (426 Hopewell Ave)

Cost: Free of charge and appropriate for all ages.

By TTC: Subway to Eglinton West station, and it’s a short walk from there (15 mins).

Accessibility Guidelines can be found HERE

Made possible by The Toronto Arts Council

Eva Barrie

Eva Barrie (Creator & Director): Eva is delighted to join the Ruff clan for the summer.  Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, she is a Toronto-based director, actor and creator. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Acting Program and has trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in Saratoga Springs, NY and New York City, NY. She was the Co-Program Director of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Lab, a lab celebrating alternative theatre-making 

Shakespeare credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Director, Parikrma Humanity Foundation, Bangalore, India), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Assistant Director, Humber River Shakespeare Company), Julius Caesar (Brutus, Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare), König Heinrich der Vierte (Lady Mortimer, Shakespeare im Park Berlin), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth, Ale House Theatre), As You Like It (Phebe, Ryerson Theatre). Other directing credits: the dreamer examines his pillow (JR Theatre Company), The Four of Us (Toronto New Theatre), Marge & Tom Break Up (New Voices Festival), My Second Smile (Theatre Bassaris), Olga (New Voices Festival), The Biographer (assistant to Alan Dilworth, Tango Co).  


Parker Dirks (Designer): Parker Dirks is a trans visual artist and gardener. He attended Goshen College in Indiana where he studied Agricultural Ecology and NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he received a BFA in Ceramics. Parker has worked in community arts since 2014 when he began work at Jumblies Theatre. Subsequently, Parker has worked at Jumblies and its offshoots across Toronto including Mabelle Arts and Community Arts Guild where he worked on the production team of Train Payanam. Parker’s community art practice is centred on finding ways to support and create space for marginalized voices within communities and mainstream art and media. 


Kai-Yeuh Chen

Kai-Yueh Chen (Stage Manager): Kai is a Toronto based Stage Manager, he is thrilled to be spending time in the park with these lovely people this summer.  Selected companies: National Arts Centre of Canada, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Buddies in Bad times, Cahoots Theatre, Canadian Children’s Opera Company, fu-GEN Theatre Company, The Grand Theatre, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Neptune Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Opera York, Soulpepper Theatre, Sullivan Entertainment, Theatre Direct, The Cultch, Vertigo Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, all 6 of the Arts and Culture Centres in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Festivals: Toronto Fringe, Summerworks, Magnetic North, and the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad.  He stage managed the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Closing and ParaPan Am Games opening and closing ceremonies.  He is a graduate of McGill University and The National Theatre School. Upcoming Production: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams at the National Arts Centre, Neptune Theatre and The Grand Theatre.

Rico PfeiffeRico Pfeifferr (Fight Choreographer): Rico is an emerging fight choreographer and an Advance actor combat with the Academy of Fight Directors of Canada who is currently studying for his Fight Instructor level. Originally from Alberta where he studied acting and staged combat at Keyano College. He went on to pursue stage combat after he finished and has worked with many talented directors and instructors from all over the globe. Some of the listed fights he has helped work on were Macbeth and Hamlet (Forward Theatre), Marvin’s Room (Take a Risk Theatre), Treasure Island (Keyano Theatre), Melancholy Play (Empty Room), and Matt and Ben (Burn The House Down Productions) Rico has had a blast working with extremely funny and talent cast and crew and knows you are going to enjoy the show.


Alexander Crowther: Alexandealexander crowtherr is excited to be working again with Shakespeare in the Ruff, after last summer’s production of Macbeth: Walking Shadows. Theatre: 52 Pick-Up, Casimir and Caroline (Howland Company), Lady Julie (Campbell Historic House), Higher, A Christmas Carol, and Once in a Lifetime (American Conservatory Theatre), Woyzeck (Shotgun Players), Metamorphosis (Aurora Theatre; Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award). Film/TV: Beauty and the Beast, Reign (CW). A graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA program and the American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA program, he is also a member of the Toronto based Howland Company.


Izad EtemadiIzad Etemadi: Izad Etemadi is thrilled to be performing with Shakespeare In The Ruff this summer. Originally from the west coast, he has been writing and performing in Toronto for the past two years. Best known for his series of solo shows surrounding his alter ego, Leila, which have taken him across the continent. This past fall he performed his original show,  Love With Leila, off-Broadway in New York City at Theatre Row!   www.izadetemadi.com (@izadetemadi) www.laughwithleila.com (@laughwithleila)



Amy Keating

Amy Keating: Amy is a Dora-nominated actor, and founding member and company manager of Outside the March. Acting credits with OtM include Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play; Passion Play; and Mr. Marmalade. Other favourite credits include Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre); I, Claudia (TiFT); The Public Servant (Common Boots); The Amish Project (GreenLight Arts); New Jerusalem (HGJT); After Miss Julie (RedOne Theatre); Pacamambo (Canadian Rep); Loyal Ronin: The Working Girls’ Version (Spotlight Japan, Canadian Stage); Inside (Appledor Productions), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Capitol Theatre)




Shruti Kothari: Selected Previous Credits: Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Festival of Canada) Princess/Genie in Aladdin (Diversified Productions), Mimi in Rent, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Lower Ossington Theatre); Mallory/April in City of Angels (Queen’s Musical Theatre); Nickie in Sweet Charity (Blue Canoe Productions); First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Queen’s Drama); First Witch in Macbeth (BSS/UCC Theatre). Voice Work: Beheader in Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft), Gail in My Dad is Scrooge (Eb Scrooge Productions). Training: Factory Theatre: Mechanicals, Queen’s University, Bishop Strachan, Claude Watson.


Rose NapoliRose Napoli: Rose is thrilled to be Ruffing it this summer! Recent acting credits: The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Roseneath), Heart of Steel (NextStage), Romeo & Juliet, Comedy of Errors (SLSF). As a playwright: Oregano, Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, Lo (or Dear Mr Wells), and Shrew (A Big Fat Italian Comedy Inspired by William Shakespeare). Upcoming: Rose will be directing the Young Ruffians and assistant directing Romeo & Juliet.  She will be taking her speediness on the road with Roseneath this fall in a US tour of Jamie and will be in Offline (Talk is Free Theatre). She is currently a member of the Tarragon Playwright’s Unit.