Between Breaths

Grade 8 – College/University | Curriculum connections in Music, Drama, Canadian Studies, Science, Social Studies

May 14, 2019

Steve O'Connell © Paul Daly
Berni Stapleton, Steve O'Connell © Rich Blenkinsopp
Darryl Hopkins, Steve O'Connell © Ritche Perez
Darryl Hopkins, Steve O'Connell © Ritche Perez
Berni Stapleton, Steve O'Connell © Ritche Perez

NAC English Theatre Collaboration

In the final moments of his extraordinary life, east coast whale researcher Jon Lien tried desperately to tell his wife something, which she struggled to understand. Between Breaths floats through the inspiring career of the man who freed more than 500 whales from fishing nets. From his unexpected first encounter with a whale, Lien worked to earn the trust of the injured giants, as well as the fishermen whose nets accidentally entrapped them. With an evocative, live score by The Once, this moving work by renowned playwright Robert Chafe (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams) examines what it means to find your passion and how to let it go.

Credits

  • Playwright Robert Chafe
  • Composers The Once
  • Director Jillian Keiley
  • Jon Steve O’Connell
  • Judy Berni Stapleton
  • Wayne Darryl Hopkins
  • Musician Brianna Gosse
  • Musician Steve Maloney
  • Musician Kevin Woolridge
  • Additional arrangements Duane Andrews
  • Musical Direction Kellie Walsh
  • Dramaturgy Sarah Garton Stanley
  • Set and Costume Designer Shawn Kerwin
  • Lighting Designer Leigh Ann Vardy
  • Sound Designer and Technical Director Brian Kenny
  • Assistant Director Sharon King-Campbell
  • Assistant Lighting Designer Emily Soussana
  • Stage Manager and Production Manager Mara Bredovskis
  • Assistant Sound Designer Pat Dempsey
  • Managing Producer Patrick Foran
  • By Robert Chafe
  • Music composed and arranged by The Once
  • Directed by Jillian Keiley
  • Featuring Steve O’Connell, Berni Stapleton, Darryl Hopkins, Brianna Gosse, Steve Maloney and Kevin Woolridge
  • Additional arrangements Duane Andrews Duane Andrews
  • Musical Director Kellie Walsh Kellie Walsh
  • Dramaturg Iris Turcott
  • Dramaturg Sarah Garton Stanley
  • Costume and Set Designer Shawn Kerwin
  • Lighting Designer Leigh Ann Vardy
  • Sound Designer and Technical Director Brian Kenny
  • Assistant Director Sharon King-Campbell
  • Assistant Lighting Designer Emily Soussana
  • Stage Manager and Production Manager Mara Bredovskis
  • Assistant Sound Designer Pat Dempsey
  • Managing Producer Patrick Foran

“Between Breaths is a compelling and compassionate show.” 

The Telegram


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