Hannah is an acclaimed Canadian playwright. Her work for the stage includes Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, East of Berlin, The Russian Play, Little One, This is War, Infinity and Bunny. Her plays have been widely produced across Canada, as well as in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Austria, Germany, Japan, and Australia. She’s won multiple awards for her work, including the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Toronto Critic’s Award for Best New Canadian Play, both the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Angel Awards at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Trillium Book Award (she is the only playwright to win in the award’s 30-year history), and the prestigious international Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University. She is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.
Christian Barry is a multi-award winning director and theatre-maker from Halifax, Nova Scotia. His productions have toured to prestigious festival and theatres around the world. Christian was nominated for four individual Drama Desk Awards in 2018, including Best Director, and received a nomination for Best Production. Other select awards: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production, three Theatre NS Merritt Awards for Outstanding Direction (nine nominations), two for Outstanding New Play, and two for Outstanding Lighting Design. Christian received the Halifax Mayor’s award for an Emerging Artist, the Urjo Kareda residency at the Tarragon Theatre, and is a winner of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award – the largest arts prize in the province. He is also a finalist for the 2019 Siminovitch Prize for Directing. Directing credits for 2b: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, The God that Comes, Homage, Revisited, The Russian Play, The Story of Mr. Wright, East of Berlin, Manners of Dying and Cherry Docs.
Ben Caplan is best known as a singer-songwriter and musician. He has released three albums to critical acclaim and actively tours with his band in twenty-eight countries. Caplan’s third studio album, comprised of the music from Old Stock, was released in June 2018. Though Ben Caplan is best known as a songwriter, his first experiences as a performer were in the theatre. He spent many years training, performing, and directing in the theatre before leaving it behind to dedicate his full attention to music. This production is a first return to the theatre after a ten-year hiatus. Ben Caplan makes his home in Halifax along with his partner and frequent artistic collaborator, Taryn Kawaja.
Mary Fay Coady is an actor and Alexander Technique teacher. Acting credits include: This Is Nowhere, At This Hour (Zuppa Theatre, Robert Merritt Award nominee); Miss Caledonia (Neptune Theatre/Canada/UK Tour); David For Queen (Halifax Theatre for Young People); Tribe of One (Doppler Effect, Robert Merritt Award nominee); Jekyll and Hyde (Misery Love (theatre) Company/Shakespeare by the Sea); Twelfth Night, MacBeth, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare by the Sea); The Perfection of Man, Together We Are More (Misery Love (theatre) Company) and In the Backseat (Eastern Front Theatre). Mary Fay’s production of The Perfection of Man won Best Comedy at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in 2013. In 2014, she premiered her original show Tender Beast at Queer Acts and won Best Theatre Actress in The Coast’s Best of Halifax poll. Mary Fay received the Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead in 2018 for her portrayal of Chaya.
Eric is thrilled to be making his 2b theatre company debut with Old Stock. He has been a musician for as many years as he has been a performer, so this opportunity is a very exciting one. Previous credits include: Annie, Honk!, Snow White: the Panto, Peter Pan: the Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Key Change (Globe Theatre Regina); and Hollywood Hits (Stage West Calgary). Huge thanks to Christian, Ben, and the whole Old Stock team. As always, special thanks to family and friends for their constant support. This one is for Grandpa Da Costa.
Jeff Kingsbury is a freelance drummer/multi-instrumentalist from Kentville, Nova Scotia. Currently based in Ottawa, he tours regularly with his main project Pony Girl, and with artists like Gianna Lauren, Marie-Clo, Mauno, Scattered Clouds, HIGHS, and Kalle Mattson. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance and has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax. He also plays regularly with the Ottawa-based Governor General’s Foot Guards Band and the Band of the Ceremonial Guard across Canada and in Bermuda, for a number of high-level Canadian and foreign dignitaries.
Kelsey McNulty is a human being. She moves, breaths, speaks and loves. When she wakes up in the morning she plays the f*ck out of every instrument within reach.
Louisa is a production manager, event producer & designer, stage manager, collaborator and technician. Working with 2b theatre, Accidental Mechanics Group, Kazan Co-op, Secret Theatre, Zuppa Theatre Co., Eastern Front Theatre, Neptune Theatre and The Atlantic Film Festival. General Manager of Spatz Theatre. Recipient of the Scotland Herald ‘little devil’ award 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and three Robert Merritt Awards. Founder of Production Resources, Co-Founder of The New Science and Board Member of the Legacy Centre. Louisa is based in Halifax and often tours across North America and Europe.
Carly completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Costume Studies at Dalhousie University in 2011. Following graduation she was accepted in the Work Study program at The Banff Centre as a Wardrobe Technician. Since then she has taken positions building costumes for various productions at Neptune Theatre, working in wardrobe for Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker, running production for the local clothing line Thief & Bandit, as well as designing/building costumes for local dance and small film productions. Carly is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary team of artists.
Laura Vingoe-Cram was the 2016–2017 RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence at 2b theatre company. She is also one of the artistic co-directors of Keep Good (Theatre) Company. She holds a Masters in Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has worked as a director in Glasgow, London, Toronto and Halifax. Her previous directing credits include Constellations by Nick Payne and Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle (Keep Good (Theatre) Company); Time of Trouble by Elizabeth Raum (Opera Nova Scotia); Oh Graveyard, You Can’t Hold Me Always by Alan McKendrick (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Understudy by Gillian Clark (Atlantic Fringe).
With over ten years’ experience, Rory is a Sound Designer and Engineer, and a Production and Technical Manager. Rory has worked throughout the U.K. and internationally, working in-house, touring and for festivals. His credits include Sound Design for The Train and A Storm From Paradise with Imitating The Dog (UK/Italy), Sound No1 for Singin’ In The Rain (U.K. Tour with Octagon Theatre); Bolton, Sound No1 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sleeping Beauty with The Watermill Theatre, Production Manager and Sound Engineer for Counting Sheep (International Tour) with Selfconscious Productions and Technical Manager for Canada Hub with Selfconscious Productions as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2016 and 2017).