The Creature in the Dark
“A new mythic puppet adventure, written by Anishsinaabe playwright Josh Languedoc (Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land) and the company. Drawing on the wisdom from many mythologies and featuring puppets designed by Edmonton Puppet Master Randall Fraser (Little Shop of Horrors, Urashima Taro), The Creature in the Dark will transport all ages into whimsy and adventure."
Mark Henderson 2021.
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Mark Henderson is an Edmonton Actor, Director and Producer. One of the original minds behind both the Thousand Faces Festival and Theatre Prospero, he is currently Artistic Director of both. He also conceived of the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre, which he ran from 2009 to 2015. Mark is a big fan of things mythic, epic, and poetic. Notable directing credits include Tololwa Mollel’s prototype Anthem of Life with Jennifer Spencer, Reneltta Arluk’s Pawâkan Macbeth (with Barry Bilinsky); Hamlet, Medea and other Mytho – Poetical and /or Irish shows old and new for Theatre Prospero and the Serca Festival. Acting highlights include Pat and others in Jennifer Spencer’s Maggie Now Series of Plays for Theatre Prospero/Workshop West, and Claudius in Hamlet and Alonso in The Tempest for Theatre Prospero. Puppetry highlights include playing an octopus, a manta ray and a school of fish across Canada in Iguanadon Theatre’s Fishwhiskers, and animating Otis the Owl with Wayne Jeanotte in the based television series Bee Alert Bert.
When not doing things like the above, Mark likes to parent, paddle, cycle, fish, hike, think, swim, eat, and plot his next move.
Maralyn Ryan is an accomplished puppeteer founding a company devoted to the art of the puppet, “Kaybridge Puppets”. Her resume of shows includes original and folk tales that have been performed for countless schools, libraries, arts and community festivals throughout Alberta spanning some 35 years.
Puppet workshops have also taken her across Alberta, working with youth from Kindergarten to high school.She was a featured puppeteer for an Access Television series of indigenous stories performed with shadow puppets. These videos were distributed to school and libraries throughout Canada. As theatres, schools, libraries, and festivals host more and more puppet work, she acknowledges there is an even greater adherence to this brilliant art form and relishes it’s enduring embrace in our lives.
Gomathi Boorada is the artistic Director of Shivamanohari School of Performing arts, Edmonton, as trained Kuchipudi dancer shes worked extensively in South Asian Dance, Drama, and theatre. Over the past 11 years she worked at SSDM Alberta community theatre in Edmonton in the capacity of dancer and puppeteer presenting shows and offering dance workshops in community schools. She has worked with Indonesian Institute of Arts and University of Gadjah Mada in the capacity of Guest lecturer offering lectures, seminars and workshops. She has had the honour to be trained in the art of “Tholu Bommalata” Indian Shadow leather puppetry under Mr.Shivakumar Shinde, Dharmavaram,India and in “Wayang Kulit” Javanese shadow puppetry at University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakartha, Indonesia under Mr. Anggara Sri Wisnu.
Josh Languedoc is an Anishinaabe playwright, theatre creator, and educator currently living in Amiskwaciy Waskahigan (Edmonton) and is a proud member of Saugeen First Nation. For the past 2 years, Josh has been touring his acclaimed solo show Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land across Canada. Other projects include: The Eyes Of Spirits (Dreamspeakers), CIVIL BLOOD: A Treaty Story (Thou Art Here Theatre), Feast (University of Alberta; Tiny Bear Jaws) and IN-COR-RI-GI-BLE: The Legend of Thundervoice (Blyth Festival). Josh is currently a masters candidate at the University of Alberta’s MFA Theatre Practices program focusing on Indigenous playwriting and theatre creation methodology. Josh is also the Youth Education and Outreach Coordinator for Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. Josh is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
For the past 33 years Randall Fraser has created theatre and special events in Edmonton, Alberta, and around the world. As a founding member of the Trickster Theatre Residency program, he has directed and developed 100’s of plays and performances with students from K-12. He is also and award winning set, lighting, prop and costume designer. Randall is also a puppet designer, performer, and instructor.
Randall’s passion is to use the theatre and performing arts as a way of connecting people to their own creativity and being creative as part of a group or community.
When not making theatre Randall is the Artistic Director of the National Stiltwalkers of Canada, and can be found a festival’s and celebrations towing over the crowd sharing “high-fives”.