SHOW: The 4H Club by Frano Marsic & Genus Theatre
PRODUCER: Genus Theatre
VENUE: The Cultch Historic Theatre
DATES & TIMES (View Full Schedule)
- July 21 @ 9:30 pm
- July 22 @ 7:00 pm
- July 23 @ 9:30 pm
- July 24 @ 7:00 pm
- July 25 @ 4:30 pm
Genus Theatre presents a brazenly comedic look at the follies of the newest incarnation of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The story spans the past century as the dysfunctional quartet of Death, Famine, War and Pestilence barge their way through history. Desperate to rehabilitate their image and successfully bring about the end of the world, the foursome face their biggest challenge yet: each other. The pace is fast and the scope is grand, but the focus is wonderfully and pettily personal, as the 4H Club’s headstrong desires and very human weaknesses inexorably bring humanity closer to the end of the road.
History of the Work
In 2006 a Genus team comprised of Kristian Ayre, Jordan Bodiguel, Frano Marsic, Aidan Maxted, Frank Nickel, and Kelly Sheridan participated in Show Off – Theatre Under the Gun, a 48 theatre festival in which companies are given a prop, a line of text, an image and a sound clip that inspires the creation of a 10-15 minute piece. Our 48 hours resulted in the first incarnation of The 4H Club. The production won an audience choice award and was held over at Performance Works on Granville Island. In 2009, The 4H Club was resurrected and featured in a Best of Theatre Under the Gun anniversary festival.
Formed in 2003, Genus Theatre began as a group of theatre artists who wanted to create original and exciting productions that incorporated both live theatre and integrated film shorts. Film plays a large part in the company’s history, whether it be a performer interacting with a projected film on stage or a cinematic trailer to promote an upcoming live production. As such, we have fostered a relationship with a group of wonderfully talented filmmakers, technicians, and editors, who bring our visions to life.
Today, the company continues to produce shows which inspire, entertain and connect with audiences looking for a theatre experience that is both challenging and accessible. Genus is a company whose artistic focus is constantly evolving and expanding. We work with various artists across all disciplines to enrich and inform our productions. Writers, directors, actors, dancers, puppeteers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers all have a home at Genus.
Heather Doerksen, Director
As a founding member of Genus Theatre, Heather is thrilled to have been invited back by the Genus peeps to direct The 4H Club! Having graduated with her BFA in Theatre from SFU, she has since built an extensive resume, acting in film/television/theatre, and voicing cartoons and advertising campaigns. Big thanks to the Upintheair boys! You can learn more about Heather at www.heatherdoerksen.com.
Frano Marsic, Playwright / Performer
Frano has been a member of Genus Theatre since 2005, and has worked with the company as a performer, director, writer, producer, designer and training facilitator. Apart from film and commercial work, selected credits include roles in 120bpm (upintheair), Caught in the Act (Genus), Freeport, Texas (Sodium Glow), City at Night (Genus), The Day Room (Reality Under Seige), Nocturne (Walking Fish), Big Love (SFU), The Physicists (Genus). Frano is a graduate of SFU, holding a BFA in Theatre, a BA in English, and a Bachelor of Education.
Stage Manager: Jenn Hogg
Dramaturgs: Kelly Sheridan and Vic Mariano
Lighting Design: Cazz Turner
Sound Design: James Coomber
Costume Design: Kerri Norris
Production Design: Jesse Toso, Katie Nieman, Frank Nickel
Jordan Bodiguel, Nita Bowerman, Pedro Chamale, Duran Cruickshank, Luisa d’Oliveira, Corwin Ferguson, Amy J. Lester, Victoria Lyons, Frano Marsic, Alex McMorran, Frank Nickel, Robin Nielsen, Kathleen Pollard, Kelly Sheridan
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