My Night With Reg

Gray Powell, Jonathan Wilson and Jeff Miller – MY NIGHT WITH REG. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.My Night With Reg

BY Kevin Elyot

DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg

Canadian premiere

David Mirvish presents
a Studio 180 Theatre production

February 10 – 26, 2017
Panasonic Theatre
651 Yonge St, Toronto


At Guy’s London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, My Night With Reg captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself. A tragic-comic gay comedy of manners, Kevin Elyot’s Olivier Award–winning play has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, confirming its status as a classic of modern British theatre.

NEW: Want to learn a bit more about the team? See our Company Profiles, and check back again soon for more.



DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Tim Funnell, Alex Furber, Martin Happer, Jeff Miller, Gray Powell, Jonathan Wilson
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
SET & COSTUME DESIGN John Thompson
SOUND DESIGN 
Garth Helm
HEAD OF PROPS Mary Spyrakis
STAGE MANAGER Laura Baxter
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Bradley Dunn
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Terri Hawkes
PROPS ASSISTANT Monica Lee


“The perfect British comedy of manners… TENDER AND CONSISTENTLY FUNNY!”
THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Laughter with a KILLER PUNCHLINE!”
THE TIMES

“Kevin Elyot’s 1994 modern classic about gay love, life and loss in the shadow of AIDS, is the most delicately calibrated piece of writing… British drama DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS.”
EVENING STANDARD



Studio 180 Season Sponsor


BMO Financial Group




Custom Clothing provided by



Cast & creative team

BY Kevin Elyot
DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Tim FunnellAlex FurberMartin HapperJeff MillerGray Powell, Jonathan Wilson
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
SET & COSTUME DESIGN 
John Thompson
SOUND DESIGN
 Garth Helm
HEAD OF PROPS Mary Spyrakis
STAGE MANAGER 
Laura Baxter
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER 
Bradley Dunn
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Terri Hawkes
PROPS ASSISTANT Monica Lee


Laura Baxter

Stage Manager

For Studio 180: You Will Remember Me, NSFWGod of CarnageClybourne Park

Other theatre credits include Black Boys, The 20th of November, Arigato Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Maids, The Silicone Diaries, Breakfast, Neon Nightz (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Tails from the City, The Public Servant, The Story, Happy Days, All That Fall, And Up They Flew (Common Boots Theatre); Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille); Dirt, Jitters (Soulpepper); Hamlet, All’s Well, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale (Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park); Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Soliciting Temptation, More Fine Girls (Tarragon Theatre); Speaking in Tongues, Festen (Company Theatre); A Sleigh Ride Christmas Carol, Everyone, The Story, Macbeth (Caravan Farm Theatre); Age of Arousal, Toronto the Good, The Real McCoy (Factory Theatre).

back to top

Bradley DunnBradley Dunn

Assistant Stage Manager

For Studio 180: You Will Remember Me

Other theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz (The Grand Theatre); A Grand Time in the Rapids (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Heidi ChroniclesThe Odd Couple (Soulpepper); It’s a Wonderful Life (Theatre Aquarius); Steel MagnoliasThe Gentleman ClothierTouch and GoStag and Doe (Upper Canada Playhouse). Bradley is a graduate of McMaster University and Sheridan College.

back to top

Kevin Elyot

Playwright

Born in Birmingham in 1951, and educated there at King Edward’s School and then at Bristol University, Kevin Elyot was an actor before becoming a writer. He won the Samuel Beckett Award for his first play, Coming Clean (1982), staged by the Bush Theatre, London. Subsequent stage work includes a version of Ostrovsky’s Artists and Admirers (RSC, 1992); My Night With Reg (Royal Court Theatre, 1994), which was hailed as “a play of genius” by the Daily Mail, won the Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy and ran for almost a year in the West End; The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre, 1998); Mouth to Mouth (Royal Court, 2001), which also transferred to the West End; and Forty Winks (Royal Court, 2004). Kevin’s screenplays include Killing Time (BBC, 1990), which won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best TV Play or Film; an adaptation of The Moonstone (BBC, 1996); the film version of My Night With Reg (BBC, 1997); No Night Is Too Long (2002) adapted from the novel by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) for BBC Films/Alliance. He adapted six of Agatha Christie’s Marple novels as well as three of her Poirot novels, including the show’s final episode Curtain. Also 20,000 Streets Under the Sky (BBC, 2005) adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton; Riot at the Rite (2005) for the BBC; Clapham Junction (2007), a film for Darlow Smithson and Channel 4, starring Rupert Graves, Paul Nicholls and Luke Treadway; and Christopher and His Kind (Mammoth Screen/BBC, 2011) based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel, starring Matt Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones. He died in June 2014 shortly before the Donmar Warehouse revival of My Night With Reg.

back to top

Tim Funnell

Bernie

For Studio 180: Debut

Elsewhere: Grey Gardens, Reframed (Acting Up Stage); Anything Goes (Drayton Entertainment); Life After (Life After Collective); The NetherThe Big Sleep, And Then There Were None (Theatre Aquarius); City of Angels (Theatre by the Bay); Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale (Starvox Entertainment); Colours in the Storm (Grand Theatre London, Spring 2017). UK/West End: Tonight’s the Night –The Rod Stewart MusicalBilly Elliott the Musical (West End and US/Canadian tour); An Inspector CallsTwelfth NightShe Stoops to Conquer/A Laughing Matter (National Theatre). TV: Lawmen (American Heroes), Camp X (Yap Films), See No Evil (Discovery Channel), Handsome Devils (Slice TV), Think You Can Shrink? (Web Series), Treasures Decoded (History Channel). Training: The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tim would like to thank everyone at Studio 180 and Mirvish Productions for inviting him to be part of this wonderful piece. Twitter: @timfunnell

back to top

Alex Furber

Eric

For Studio 180: Debut 

Other credits include Albert Narracott in Warhorse (Mirvish Productions); Brighton Beach Memoirs, Marathon of Hope (Drayton); Jitters (Soulpepper); Gilbert Blythe in Anne & Gilbert (National Arts Centre); Red (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Macbeth (Shakespeare Bash’d); Lion in WinterThe Rainmaker (Watermark); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre New Brunswick); Taming of the Shrew (Theatre by the Bay); Romeo and Juliet (Resurgence). Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Mayday, Flashpoint, The Conspiracy. Alex graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada. Twitter: @alexfurber

back to top

Joel Greenberg

JOEL GREENBERG

Director

For Studio 180: You Will Remember Me, NSFWCockGod of CarnageClybourne ParkThe Normal HeartOur ClassParade (director and choreographer), The OverwhelmingStuff HappensBlackbirdThe Arab-Israeli CookbookThe Laramie ProjectThe Passion of the Chris. As performer – Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. Co-founder and Artistic Director.

Other theatre credits include: As director – The Underdogs, What the Butler Saw (Just For Laughs, Montreal); Taking Sides (Centaur Theatre); The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, You Can’t Take It with You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Theatre Aquarius); Vanities (The Grand Theatre). As director and choreographer – Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Dora Award); Forbidden Broadway (Dora Nomination); Bells Are Ringing (Grand); The Golden Land, The Rothschilds (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre). As choreographer – seven productions with Second City in Toronto and Chicago; She Loves Me (Grand). As playwright and director – Drink the Mercury (Dora Award) and The Nuclear Power Show (Chalmers Playwriting Award) for YPT.

back to top

Martin Happer

Benny

For Studio 180: The Normal Heart

Most recently: Engaged and A Woman of No Importance (Shaw Festival). In Toronto: Arcadia (Shaw/Mirvish), The Happy Woman (Nightwood), Theory (SummerWorks) and A Boy Called Newfoundland (TheatreSmash). Elsewhere: Eleven seasons at Shaw, including Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, world premiere of Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, Arcadia, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and tours of Belle Moral (National Arts Centre) and Saint Joan (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); One Man Two Guvnors, The 39 Steps, Age of Arousal (Arts Club); Clybourne Park (Sterling Nomination – Citadel Theatre); The 39 Steps (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Thy Neighbour’s Wife (Theatre NorthWest); Canadian premiere of Vincent in Brixton (Theatre Network); two seasons with Free Will Shakespeare Festival. TV: Mayday, Murdoch Mysteries, Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, The Eleventh Hour, Breaker High. Upcoming: Dracula and The Madness of George III (Shaw).

back to top

Terri Hawkes

Assistant Director

For Studio 180: Debut

Selected directing credits: The Realistic Joneses (Tarragon Theatre – A.D.), Angel Killer (Geffen Playhouse/UCLA), Blyth Murder Mystery Theatre (NYC), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum – A.D.) and, upcoming, Hilda’s Yard (Highlands Summer Festival). As playwright: Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb (Herman Voaden National Playwriting Finalist). As actor: Off-Broadway – Tamara (Armoury), The Greenhouse Keeper (Manhattan Punch Line), Sorrows and Sons (Vineyard); other – Salt-Water Moon (Walnut Street), Hey Marilyn (Citadel), Alice (Theatre Three), Dreaming and Duelling (ATP), Second City Touring Company, Drink the Mercury (YPT – Dir. Joel Greenberg), and Say Hello to Harvey (Royal Alex/Mirvish). Film/TV: as director – Flying Rhino Jr. High; as co-director – Sailor Moon, Fourteen; as screenwriter – The Book of Eve, Anne and Companion (in development – Elevation Pictures); as actor – numerous roles (Gemini, ACTRA & Soap Opera Award nominee). Other: Hons MFA (UCLA), MA (York), Master Directing (Tarragon). Supporting women and youth in the arts: art4you.ca

back to top

Garth Helm

Sound Designer

For Studio 180: Debut

Regional designs include October Sky (The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego); Ride the Cyclone (MCC at Lucille Lortel, NYC); Beauty and the Beast, Shrek (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre); The Buddy Holly Story, Evita, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Xanadu, Oliver, West Side Story, Billy Elliott (Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook); The Most Happy Fella (Ravinia Festival); Barry Manilow’s Could It Be Magic? (Mercury Theater). Broadway designs include Pippin (Tony Nomination for best sound design & first national tour), The Heart of Robin Hood (Winnipeg/Toronto), US associate sound designer for Rocky the Musical (Broadway), We Will Rock You “The Queen Musical” (US Tour & São Paulo, Brazil), Ghost the Musical (Broadway, US Tour & South Korea), Les Mis 25th Anniversary Concert (02 Arena, London & 25th US Tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Toronto, NYC & US Tour), Dirty Dancing (US), Phantom “The Las Vegas Spectacular.”  Garth is a sound design consultant for various live theatre and performance spaces throughout North America.

back to top

Jeff Miller

Daniel

For Studio 180: Cock, The Normal HeartThe Arab-Israeli CookbookThe Laramie Project 

Other theatre includes Hana’s Suitcase, To Kill a Mockingbird, Reading the Signs, Liars (Young People’s Theatre); Same Time Next Year, Half-Life, Rabbit Hole, Leading Ladies (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Steven Gallagherʼs Craplicker (Toronto Fringe 2010); Mike McPhadenʼs Poochwater, Sean Reycraftʼs One Good Marriage (Theatre Passe Muraille); King Lear (Walking Shadow Theatre); Stones in His Pockets, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rumors, The Petrified Forest, Moon Over Buffalo (Nipissing Stage); Communicating Doors (Magnus Theatre); The Othello Project (Florida Shakespeare Theater); Love! Valour! Compassion!, Twilight of the Golds (Boston Speakeasy Theater); and The Lisbon Traviata (Boston Triangle Theater). TV credits include roles on Good Witch, The Strain, Man Seeking Woman and Queer as Folk.

back to top

Gray Powell

John

For Studio 180: Debut
Selected credits: Arcadia (Mirvish Productions); Engaged, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, You Never Can Tell, Arcadia, Cabaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hedda Gabler, Born Yesterday, The Circle (Shaw Festival); The 39 Steps (Lyndesfarne Theatre); This Lime Tree Bower (Cart/Horse Theatre); Other People’s Children (Theatre Panik); The Pitman Painters (Theatre Aquarius); Hamlet Project (Necessary Angel); Festen (Company Theatre). Film/TV: ARQ (Netflix), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), King (Showcase), Train 48 (Global), Fugitive Pieces (Serendipity Point Films), Hollywoodland (Focus Features/Miramax), Kaw (Kaw Productions). Gray is returning for Shaw’s 2017 season in Saint Joan and Middletown.

back to top

Kimberly PurtellKIMBERLY PURTELL

Lighting Designer

For Studio 180: You Will Remember Me; Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, PerishNSFWCockGod of CarnageClybourne ParkThe Normal HeartOur ClassParadeThe OverwhelmingStuff HappensBlackbird

Recent theatre credits include Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Productions); All But Gone (Necessary Angel); The Watershed (Crow’s/Porte Parole); Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Breath of Kings: Redemption, Bunny (Stratford Festival); Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Our Town (Shaw Festival); Life Reflected (National Arts Centre Orchestra); Barber of Seville (Pacific Opera Victoria). Kimberly’s critically acclaimed theatre, opera and dance designs have been seen across Canada and internationally. She is the recipient of three Dora Awards, a META and the Pauline McGibbon Award.

back to top

Mary Spyrakis

Head of Props

For Studio 180: God of CarnageClybourne Park, Stuff Happens

Mary has worked as a props builder, buyer and coordinator as well as a set, costume and props designer since 1986 when she graduated from York University (Bachelor of Fine Arts). She has been the Head of Props for The Canadian Stage Company since 1996. Mary has also been the Head of Props for Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Plus and Young People’s Theatre where she specialized in puppet building and prop-costume building. Mary is very excited to be working with Studio 180 once again!

back to top

John Thompson

Set & Costume Designer

For Studio 180:CockGod of CarnageThe Normal HeartOur Class

John’s credits include Speaking in TonguesThe TestThrough the Leaves (Dora Award), FestenA Whistle in the DarkMarion Bridge (Company Theatre); Divisadero (Necessary Angel); TheRetreat from Moscow, The Tempest, The Clean House,A Christmas CarolHumble BoyThe Shape of Things (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Waiting for GodotNo Man’s LandThe Mill on the FlossBetrayalTwelfth NightDon CarlosThe Misanthrope (Soulpepper); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); The PessimistCareAlice’s AffairHelen’s NecklaceRussell HillLittle Mercy’s First Murder,The Good LifeSkylightGirl in the Goldfish BowlEarshotThe Road to Hell (Tarragon Theatre); Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre – Dora Award); CaughtUnity 1918Blood (Theatre Passe Muraille). John teaches design at the University of Toronto Drama Centre.

back to top

Jonathan Wilson

Guy

For Studio 180: Love, Dishonour, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish; The Normal Heart

Past theatre work includes the Canadian premiere of The Lion King (Dora Award – The Princess of Wales Theatre) and performances in his own play My Own Private Oshawa (Dora/Chalmers Nomination – Tarragon Theatre, New Yorker Theatre). Jonathan was also a writer and performer with The Second City for six shows (Dora Nomination). Other theatre credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Moonlight and Magnolias (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Clockmaker (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Possible Worlds, The Duchess (Theatre Passe Muraille); Not To Be Repeated, Medici Slot Machine (Tarragon Extra Space); Cinderella (The Elgin Theatre); This Could Be Love (The Poor Alex); and Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Jonathan was also writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where he wrote the play Kilt (Dora/New York Drama Desk nominations), which has had over 20 productions around the world. TV and film credits include Not To Be Repeated (CTV/The Comedy Network), My Own Private Oshawa (Gemini Nomination – CTV), Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (Pax Network/CTV), Murdoch Mysteries (CityTV), This Is Wonderland (CBC), Life With Derek (Family) and Monk (USA Network), as well as hundreds of voices for animated series including SkatoonyIggy Arbuckle (Gemini Nomination), Pearlie and Little Bear.

back to top

Go beyond the stage for an enhanced experience of the play

Studio 180 invites you to indulge your curiosity about the play and its subject matter, and get to know our players.

 Talkbacks  •  Resources  •  Study Guide



Talkbacks

To get a taste of cast members’ experiences working on the play, stay after a performance for a talkback (Q&A). Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team are immediately following all performances.

back to top


Resources

Interested in a deeper exploration of some of the themes and questions provoked by the play? Would you like more of the context? Here are some pieces drawn from our Study Guide.

Q&A with Director Joel Greenberg

How did Studio 180 decide to bring Kevin Elyot’s renowned British tragi-comedy to Toronto? Artistic Director Joel Greenberg sheds light on what draws him to the play and provides some context for My Night With Reg as the cornerstone of Studio 180’s 14th season. Read the Q&A

Timeline of Events

This timeline is intended to provide a historical context prior to attending My Night With Reg. Because the play captures a specific time and place (London, UK, in the early 1980s), this timeline extends beyond the timeframe of My Night With Reg to bring the issues of the play into a contemporary context, highlight the Canadian experience and, we hope, inspire audiences to learn more about issues faced by people living with HIV/AIDS and the global AIDS crisis. See the timeline

HIV Basic FactsHIV Basic Facts

from CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange)
What is HIV? • HIV & sex • HIV & drug use • Know your HIV status. Read the article

back to top


Study Guide

Download the Study Guide (PDF)Our comprehensive My Night With Reg Study Guide, offers pre- and post-show activities and discussion questions for students, plus many extra resources related to the themes explored in the play.

back to top

Reviews from Studio 180 Theatre’s production of MY NIGHT WITH REG

Director Joel Greenberg and his excellent cast… convey both the superficial fun and the deeper fear of these characters with a high degree of nuance and detail.
★★★★☆ STAGE DOOR – Read the review…

My Night With Reg is a delicate yet chilling play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic but is timeless because of its handling of male relationships. The production is stylish, beautifully acted, and moving.”
SLOTKIN LETTERRead the review…

“What could be a sex farce at first transforms, almost against its will, into a more poignant play… The horror of the AIDS pandemic is the backdrop to the action, but the inability of these characters to speak about what’s in their hearts is what is truly tragic.”
★★★☆ GLOBE AND MAILRead the review…

“Fabulous! I really loved this honest and heartbreaking play. I highly recommend.”
MOONEY ON THEATRERead the review…

“Think of Kevin Elyot’s 1994 play My Night With Reg as The Big Chill meets The Normal Heart. It has the fashion and friendship dynamics of the former, with the life-and-death stakes and profound sense of loss to the AIDS epidemic found in the latter – though it skips The Normal Heart’s activism and overt politics and turns the struggle entirely inward.” – ★★★☆ TORONTO STARRead the review…

“A fun night of dry British wit and gay drama… aptly directed by Joel Greenberg.”
BROADWAY WORLDRead the review…



Reviews from previous productions of MY NIGHT WITH REG

My Night with Reg is the MOST ARTIFICIAL and the TRUEST, the FUNNIEST and MOST SEARING play to be found anywhere on the London stage.”
The Telegraph

“Laughter with a KILLER PUNCHLINE!”
THE TIMES

“The perfect British comedy of manners… TENDER AND CONSISTENTLY FUNNY!”
THE SUNDAY TIMES

“This is a comedy written and set in the AIDS era, which was stalked by death, and the ripple-effect of carefully structured character shocks for the cast of gay men keeps the audience rapt.”
Variety

“Kevin Elyot’s 1994 modern classic about gay love, life and loss in the shadow of AIDS, is the most delicately calibrated piece of writing… British drama DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS.”
Evening Standard

“Excellent production. The acting, writing and set were all first-class. The show was both entertaining and thought-provoking. Well done!”

STEPHEN L.

“It was so moving. I found myself caring so much about these characters. I thought the time shifts were really imaginatively done and I liked that it took you a few beats to figure out what the time period was. The friendship between the three main characters was so believable and the time period felt very real. The piece was such an engaging and devastating snapshot of a specific period in time when so much about AIDS was not yet known. I also like how the writer played with stereotypes and then moved against that. It was like a first date impression and then a chance to see further. A wonderful evening. I keep thinking about it.”

GABRIELLE K.

“I saw the show twice, and both times I was entertained and moved. Having seen The Boys in the Band way back in 1968, I found it refreshing to see a play that explores the complexity of relationships without the stereotypical sniping and snark. I also quite enjoyed the Q&A sessions after both performances. I left with more questions each time. I am so glad that Studio 180 chose this play, and that it was cast with such fine actors. ”

TEDD R.

“A wonderful and heart rending depiction of the AIDS epidemic so many years ago and the sadness connected to that tragedy. The parallel aspects of comedy and loneliness were so well directed and clearly presented by the wonderful troupe of actors. BRAVO!”

PETER G.

“The show treated the topic with a delicate grace that had echoes of the human nature to make social contacts and general acceptance by members of any and all communities. The question and answer session after the matinee show that I attended also added insights that I, personally, hadn’t picked up!”

RAY B.