Stuff Happens (2009)
by David Hare
Nov 14 – Dec 23, 2009
The Royal Alexandra Theatre
David Mirvish presents the Studio 180 production
“Stuff happens… and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”
(Donald Rumsfeld, April 11, 2003, in response to widespread violence in Baghdad after the American invasion of Iraq)
Beginning in the first days of the Bush administration and following its march to war, Stuff Happens is a dramatic speculation, authenticated from multiple real-life sources, on the behind-closed-doors proceedings that have shaped world events. Renowned playwright David Hare blends documented public-record information and theatrical invention to create a riveting drama that centres on still-living history.
Stuff Happens premiered in September 2004 at the National Theatre in London, England. New York’s Public Theater production ran from March through June 2006, and received a Drama Desk Award for best ensemble, as well as nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Director of a Play.
The Canadian premiere, presented by Studio 180 in 2008, played to tremendous critical acclaim and sold-out houses. In their year-end highlights, seven prominent writers from the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine and National Post listed Stuff Happens among the top theatre productions of 2008.
As part of Mirvish Productions’ 2009/10 season, Studio 180 brought together an outstanding ensemble of Canada’s most celebrated actors for an encore presentation, this time at the prestigious Royal Alexandra Theatre.
DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Guy Bannerman, Anthony Bekenn, Richard Binsley, Ian D. Clark, Paul Essiembre, David Fox, Andrew Gillies, Deborah Grover, Michael Healey, Sam Kalilieh, Hardee T. Lineham, Mark McGrinder, Sarah Orenstein, Karen Robinson & Nigel Shawn Williams
SET & COSTUME DESIGN Michael Gianfrancesco
ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER Katherine Lubienski
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER Daniel McIlmoyl
SOUND DESIGN Michael Laird
ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER Derek Bruce
STAGE MANAGER Robert Harding
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS Liz Campbell & Emma Laird
“Studio 180’s production of Stuff Happens survives transfer to the big house with impact intact, force and lucidity undiminished.”
“Joel Greenberg’s fast-paced production […] is even tighter this time around and its 15-person ensemble even more impressive.”
GLOBE AND MAIL
“Frighteningly good Studio 180 production! Slashingly funny and unexpectedly touching! A company of 15 amazing actors, led with skill by director Joel Greenberg, offer[s] us a compelling story whose ending has not yet been written. You can’t afford to miss it.”
★★★★ TORONTO STAR
“A thrilling peek behind the closed doors of the White House.”
“Pretty powerful stuff! A compelling piece of theatre that charts the confrontation between men and women of conscience in the face of global crisis in a world where might has too long been mistaken for right.”
★★★★ TORONTO SUN
“The 15-member cast is superb, as is Joel Greenberg’s taut direction. This is a don’t-miss production.”