Bedtime Story

Bedtime Story

"Sometime or other, we have to face out of all we get into: face out of getting into bed with a woman no less than face out into silence from the glamour of prayer; face out of summer into winter; face out of life into death!"

While I one of the 2009 Intern Directors at the Shaw Festival, I staged Seán O'Casey's side-splitting romp Bedtime Story. The play opens around three in the morning, one cold, sleety January in 1951. John Jo Mulligan, a pious – albeit, hypocritical – young man is quietly trying to usher a young lady from his apartment without arousing the suspicion of his neighbour or landlady. This "gay young lass," however, isn't about to make John Jo's life easy.

It was a true delight to work on this sexy, textually witty and physically sly play – a piece that I often commented was "1950s Dublin Three's Company." My actors were textually astute and had innate senses of physical humour. We underscored a great deal of the physical comedy with playful and rich compositions by Reza Jacobs. It was exciting to collaborate with designers on a piece that was so different than my previous work – creating momentum through one long scene in one realistic location versus facilitating multiple scenes and transitions.

Cast: Krista Colosimo, Ijeoma Emesowum, Claire Jullien, Craig Garrett Pike, Graeme Somerville, Richard Stewart, Jonas Widdifield
Set & Costume Designer: William Schmuck
Composer: Reza Jacobs
Lighting Designer: Andrew Smith
Stage Manager: Melissa Novecosky

"Ashlie paced the production perfectly, getting lovely comic performances from her cast."
Theatre Ontario Blog

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