TEmpest TERRIBLE TEMPTATIONS
- November 1 - 4, 2018, 7:30pm $35
- November 3 & 4, 2018, 2pm $35
In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, Tempest's Artistic Director Kate Twa has selected scenes from 10 extraordinary plays depicting ghoulish human behaviour tempered with large doses of dark comedy. These scenes will be paired with local South Okanagan wines to create a unique, eerie, and sumptuous evening of theatre.
** Please note, these scenes contain mature content
Night of the Living Dead – Live By Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin
Six strangers, a lonely farmhouse, surrounded by brain-eating zombies – what could go wrong? A re-imagining of George A. Romero’s legendary classic brought to life and placed onstage. More than just a re-creation of the story, the play celebrates the history and influence of the movie.
Venus in Fur By David Ives
Writer/ Director Thomas (Amalric) is about to leave the theatre after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play. He complains that no actress he's seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Enter Vanda (Seigner) a whirlwind of erratic and erotic energy who captivates Thomas and significantly shifts the balance of power.
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark By Lynn Nottage
Vera Stark is a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress. Her boss is a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholar will debate for years to come.
Our Lady of 121st Street By Stephen Adly Guirgis
At the Ortiz Funeral Room, the body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room. Waiting for her proper return are some of New York City's most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures.
Hand to God By Robert Askins
After the death of her husband Margery relocates to the tiny, conservative town of Cypress, Texas where she takes over the Christian Puppet Ministry. Her world is thrown into upheaval as she tries to navigate her repressed sexuality and her new life. Hand to God is an irreverent, occasionally shocking, and perpetually hysterical romp to hell and back that explores the ideas of faith, morality, and human nature.
A Behanding in Spokane By Martin McDonagh
A mysterious man named Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for years. Two bickering lovebirds, Toby and Marilyn, claim to be in possession of his long-ago severed appendage, and look to collect the reward that Carmichael is offering for its return.
Slasher By Allison Moore
When she's cast as the "last girl" in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it's the big break she's been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother's thwarted feminist rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming...even if it kills her.
Saint Frances of Hollywood By Sally Clark
Frances Farmer was a rising star in Hollywood but she chose to join the socialist Group Theatre in New York in an effort to find more meaningful work. This idealistic, raucous and non-conforming movie star had a tumultuous affair with playwright Clifford Odets. The movie star fell into a tragic downward spiral that ultimately lead to psychiatric incarceration where she was lobotomized and released as "cured" in 1949.
Beggars in the House of Plenty By John Patrick Shanley
Johnny comes from a surreal Irish Catholic household lorded over by their father, a butcher from the Bronx, As he matures, Johnny becomes increasingly perceptive, revealing the underlying causes of so much family misery. This play takes on the demons and angels of the past that are never quite put to rest because they are family. Fast-paced, furious and unrelenting, this highly stylized play explores the myths and reality of an Irish-American family at war with itself.
The Sweetest Swing in Baseball By Rebecca Gilman
After a disastrous gallery showing, painter Dana Fielding becomes increasingly paranoid and depressed. After attempting suicide, she lands in a mental ward and finds she enjoys the structure of the days. But when she learns her health insurance will pay for only a 10-day stay, she cooks up a scheme to prove she is psychotic by taking on the personality of troubled baseball star Darryl Strawberry known for having the ‘sweetest swing in baseball.’
Andrea is a locally born and raised resident of the South Okanagan and Tempest’s Managing Director. Her first introduction to acting was at the University of Calgary and her formal actor training began in Vancouver with Kate Twa at Railtown Actors Studio. She’s also co-founder of Red Giant Theatre Society in Vancouver which she started with fellow Railtown Alumn and continues to expand her range of talent from the theatrical stage to the screen with experience in Commercials, TV including the Hallmark channel and Independent Films.
Brandi was born in Vancouver BC. Born to a Filipino mother and mixed father of African/Aboriginal and European descent. At the age of 13 Brandi was approached to fashion model (print, commercials, runway) and she competed in several pageants. This led to becoming a contestant in Canada’s Next Top Model and working on Deal or no Deal Canada. She now has many film and TV roles under her belt including Smallville, Psych, Motive, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, The Romeo Section and Supernatural to name a few. In 2015 she filmed a mini-series in Moscow called Insomnia and she has recently joined the Hallmark family playing Winnie in Darrow and Darrow.
Emy is a Vancouver based actor and screenwriter. He has worked consistently in film and television since stepping onto the scene in 1999, and has accumulated more than 50 credits to his name. He is the star of the upcoming film Grace & Goliath and recently has appeared on the NBC show Taken, as well as iZombie Super Girl, Rogue, Travelers, and the Fox feature film The Predator. In 2016 Emy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the LA Webfest for his role as Jeff Keita in the Leo Award winning web series The Drive. Emy continues to hone his craft at Railtown Actors Studio.
Born and raised in Southern California, Angel is enjoying success on both sides of the camera. On screen, he had a pivotal recurring role opposite Jason O’Mara on USA’s drama Complication, a recurring part on MTV’s Sweet Vicious, and numerous guest starring appearances including DC’S Legends of Tomorrow, The Night Shift, Longmire, Major Crimes and Grimm. Matt also starred in Kate Twa's The Orchard. Behind the lens he got his start at the age of 20 when he wrote & directed a 1⁄2 hour pilot called Half that was sold to Sony TV and NBC. He recently co-wrote and co-directed The Open House for Netflix which quickly became one of Netflix’s most watched thrillers to date. Today, Angel is gearing up to direct his sophomore film with partner Suzanne Coote. They are also in various stages of development on a number of television series.
Cherise Clarke grew up in Penticton, and attended Pen Hi. She went on to work onstage professionally in Vancouver since 2007. Select roles include Sonya in Uncle Vanya (Blackbird Theatre), Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Arts Club), and Nastasya in The Idiot (Neworld/PuSh Fest). She worked 10 years in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with Gallery Gachet, an art gallery run by and for artists informed by mental illness, trauma and abuse. She's lately migrated home, where she works at Theo's and continues her passion for painting. In 2017, she donned an orange wig and whiteface to play Charlie Chaplin as Donald Trump, The Great Dictator at a speakeasy-themed New Year's party thrown by Tiger Alley.
Roark was born in Calgary and moved to Summerland when he was 15. He left to attend University of Victoria as a theatre major and then shifted to Vancouver to pursue a career in television and on stage, which went well. He landed in LA when he was 28, had 3 kids and a TV career that includes time on Days of our Lives, V, Battlestar Galactica and Pretty Little Liars, as well as numerous guest star roles on primetime television. Presently, Roark is spending time with his parents in Summerland, writing his second book and taking a bit of time to act in a Hallmark TV movie of the week titled Santa’s Boots.
Piercey Dalton is a Canadian/American actor starring in the Netflix Original The Open House. With a background in Physical Theatre, Piercey began her training with Kate Twa in 2011 and was a member of Vancouver’s Blind Pig Theatre before moving to Los Angeles in 2015. In film, Piercey’s lead performances include the Academy nominated short film A Foreman and award-winning short features Chocolate and Duke.
Originally a dancer, Yvetta grew up in the old Europe and performed internationally. She arrived in Canada as an arcitect with two young children. Twelve years ago, she decided to pursue her dream to be an actress. She studied with Kate Twa at Railtown Actors Studio in Vancouver and in New York she worked with Mr. Robert X. Modica (among others). Select film and television credits include Six (History Channel), Salvation and Untold Stories of the ER. Theatre credits include Burnt by the Sun, Short and Sweet and Dead Man’s Cell Phone.
Vancouver native Laine MacNeil started her career at a young age with her roles as Kayla in Mr. Troop Mom and Patty Farrell in The Dairy of a Wimpy Kid trilogy. Laine has trained with Kate since 2010 making the challenging transition from child actor to adult actor and has guest starred in numerous TV series including Shattered, The Haunting Hour, Falling Skies, Strange Empire and The Killing to name a few. She also appeared with Daniel Radcliffe in the movie Horns and has received numerous nominations and awards for her work including a Canadian Screen Actors Award nomination for her work in You Me Her. You can watch for Laine In the upcoming film Spontaneous and a new TV series called Deadly Class.
Leigh is an Australian born actor who began his TV and Film Career in Los Angeles in 2010. He guest starred as Brian Wilcox in CW's Supernatural before appearing in teen horror comedy 'All Cheerleaders Die', which had its International premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 'Midnight Madness' 2013. From there Leigh had guest star and supporting roles in shows/films such as ABC's Castle starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, The Funhouse Massacre, and The Open House. Most notably, he acted alongside Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon in the film 'Wild', directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. A film for which Witherspoon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Kamloops native Taylor St. Pierre has worked across Canada on various productions such as Hell on Wheels, The Flash, Ascension, Supernatural, The Arrangement and Somewhere Between. He has had the opportunity to work with directors such as the award-winning playwright Neil LaBute, John Badham, and Kevin Smith.
Samantha grew up in the sunny Okanagan spending most of her time running around barefoot. She began dancing at Okanagan Dance Studios at the age of three and throughout her many years of dance she discovered a passion for performance and then for acting. In 2013, she began studying with Kate Twa at Railtown Actors Studio in Vancouver. Samantha has studied and performed in numerous plays at Railtown including The Collector, Some Velvet Morning, Closer, and Crimes of the Heart. Her film and TV credits include a supporting leads in the TV movie Deadly Sorority, and in the short film Save Us which screened at Cannes Film Festival.
While working on the other side of the camera in Set Decoration, Brendan met Kate in 2008 and immediately found in her classes a great sense of camaraderie and discipline which boosted his love and pursuit of acting. No matter what he's doing, he always finds time to do a play. Select theatre credits include SubUrbia and Frankenstein (Blind Pig Theatre which he co-founded in 2010), For the Record (by Raul inglis, Railtown Lab) and more recently Criminal Genius by George F. Walker. He has recurring roles on The Magicians and Supernatural, and you can catch him frequently in TV commercials.
Kate has dedicated her life to the performing arts. She began acting for stage at a young age and developed a taste for compelling and gripping theatre. During her time in front of the camera for film and television, her keen eye and curiosity led her to develop a taste for filmmaking. All of Kate’s various passions fused over the years as she began to write and direct for stage and film as well as become one of Canada’s most prominent instructors of acting. Kate is Co-Founder and Instructor at Railtown Actors Studio, Artistic Director of Tempest Theatre and owner/writer/director for Mutant Films for which she wrote and directed Gods of Youth and The Orchard. Kate is developing several projects and plans use South Okanagan as Mutant Film's primary location.
Ronan’s first film as cinematographer and editor was 2013’s Gods of Youth, which he produced with Kate Twa for Mutant Films. Since then, he has shot a number of short films and 2 additional feature-length films, including Zombie Punch and The Orchard. His work has screened at more than 20 international film festivals. As a commercial and entertainment lawyer, Ronan practices with the Vancouver law firm, Bell Alliance, where he plays an active role supporting the local film industry through provision of legal services. He also is a founding director of Mutant Films.
Photos by Ronan Reinart