do you want what i have got?
a craigslist cantata
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Written by Bill Richardson, Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone
Directed by Amiel Gladstone
Musical Direction by Veda Hille
Choreography by Amanda Testini
Stage Managed by Kelly Barker
Design Consultant John Webber
Featuring: Meaghan Chenosky, Josh Epstein, Chirag Naik, Amanda Sum, Andrew Wheeler, Veda Hille on piano, keyboards and Barry Mirochnick on drums
Developed and Premiered at the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, BC, 2012. Originally produced in a 20 minute version by Theatre Replacement as a co-commission with PuSh and Theatre Conspiracy, Vancouver, BC, 2009. Thanks to the Arts Club’s ReACT play development program, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Theatre Festival.
Gratitude to all the casts who helped continue to develop this show, to our families, and the Cultch for taking on this experiment.
KELLY BARKER is thrilled to be working with this incredible team and making theatre in such crazy times. This show has long been one of her favourites. She has been stage managing for 18 years and has worked for most theatre companies in Vancouver, including 12 seasons as the Mainstage Assistant Stage Manager at Bard on the Beach. Since 2017, Kelly has been the Artistic Associate at The Cultch. Special thanks to the hard-working team at The Cultch who have brought this show to your screens. And special thanks to craigslist for all the furniture.
MEAGHAN CHENOSKY is so grateful to get to perform for folks from the safety and comfort of their homes. Meaghan is a Vancouver based actor and graduate of UBC’s BFA in Acting program. She was honoured with a Jessie Richardson Award for her work in Killer Joe (ITSAZOO). Selected credits include: Dead Peoples Things (Zee Zee Theatre), Onegin (Arts Club Tour), and Million Dollar Quartet (Western Canada Theatre/Chemainus). In the words of Dr. Bonnie, let’s be kind, be calm, be safe… and have a giggle (Meaghan may have added that part).
JOSH EPSTEIN is an avid Ami/Veda fan having done many workshops, shows, tours, and digital remounts with them. They even won him a Jessie and a Dora Nomination for Onegin. His work as a writer, producer, actor, and Dad has taken him to all corners of the world. Currently, he’s writing an original feature for Paramount, a remake for Aircraft Pictures, re-writing one for Mark Gordon/E1, as well as developing television, all with business partner Kyle Rideout. Their film Adventures in Public School stars Judy Greer, premiered at TIFF, opened TIFF Top Ten with theatricals in CDN/US/UK/JPN before landing on Netflix, Crave, and HBO Eastern Europe. Their first film Eadweard won 5 Audience Choice Awards, had 15 Leo nominations, and has been distributed around the world. As an actor Epstein has won 4 Jessies, been nominated for 3 Doras and is the recipient of the Most Promising Actor Award at the Stratford Festival. He is a proud Studio 58 grad and recently directed Cabaret, their highest grossing show in their 54 year history. @joshepstein1
AMIEL GLADSTONE is a West Coast writer and director who has worked with many theatre and opera companies in the country, including The Musical Stage Company, Against the Grain, Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Club, Belfry, Caravan Farm, Factory, Firehall, the National Arts Centre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Rumble, Solo Collective, Tarragon, Theatre Conspiracy, Theatre Replacement, Touchstone Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Vancouver Opera, Theatre SKAM, and of course The Cultch, with shows such as East Van Pantos #1 and #2, Are We Cool Now?, Extraction (Theatre Conspiracy), and The Orpheus Project (Music on Main).
VEDA HILLE has been writing music, making records, and performing internationally since 1992. She is a classically trained pianist, art school drop-out, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist. She has released 22 albums, the latest being Little Volcano, a solo album that accompanies her new touring show. Other recent projects include: Onegin (written with Amiel Gladstone), King Arthur’s Night (New World Theatre), Bakkhai (Stratford), and her acclaimed album Love Waves. In 2020 Veda has been the pandemic artist-in-residence at The Cultch in Vancouver, writing songs and finding ways to perform solo concerts and shows with her indefatigable theatre gang under COVID restrictions. Veda is currently working on an album of songs written in quarantine, a new musical with Amiel Gladstone, and the score for Is My Microphone On?, a play by Jordan Tannahill set to premiere in 2021. vedahille.com
ANJELA MAGPANTAY is a first generation Canadian originating from the Philippines and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU. She has worked internationally as a performer and collaborator in Hong Kong, the Philippines, and across the UK. Anjela works freelance as an actor, director, clown, teacher, producer, and she is a Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective. Anjela’s artistic works are inspired by daydreams, nostalgia, and food. She is currently living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
BARRY MIROCHNICK is a Vancouver-based drummer and multi-instrumentalist (also plays guitar, bass guitar, and pineapple shaker). Barry has performed, toured, and recorded with many singers, composers, and songwriters, both local and international. He has also been busy in Vancouver’s theatre scene since 2012, performing in Arts Club Theatre’s productions do you want what I have got? a craigslist cantata and Onegin. Barry also played in Neworld Theatre’s King Arthur’s Night, six of the past seven East Van Pantos (including the most recent Panto Come Home!), and is currently involved in Rice and Beans Theatre’s upcoming production Made In Canada.
BILL RICHARDSON writes for children and adults. Forthcoming from Running the Goat Books and Broadsides is Hare B&B, with illustrations by Bill Pechet. He lives in Vancouver.
AMANDA SUM is a performer and creator dancing between theatre and music. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University. Recent credits include: East Van Panto: Pinocchio and Panto Come Home! (Theatre Replacement), Double Happiness: Detour This Way (Nancy Tam & Robyn Jacob/Music on Main/Neworld/plastic orchid), Chicken Girl (rice&beans), and The Wolves (With A Spoon/Rumble/Pacific). Equipped with an all-female team and Asian female band, Amanda released her debut indie-pop singles, Groupthink and Mary Shelley, this fall. The first item Amanda purchased on Craigslist was a toy cat keyboard for $5. It retails for $50!!! Amanda’s pop-up book concert, New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert is currently being presented at Theatre Replacement’s PushOFF Festival (Feb 2-6). Amanda sends thanks to her family and friends, and looks forward to the day where lobby mingling can exist again. Antics and updates can be found on Instagram @amanduhsum, or her website amandasum.com.
AMANDA TESTINI is a performer, choreographer and director based on the unceded territories of the Musquium, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Some of her recent credits include Barber of Seville (assistant director/Vancouver Opera), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (‘Lydia Wickham’/Arts Club), East Van Panto: Pinnochio and Panto Come Home! (choreographer/Theatre Replacement), Love Bomb (‘Justine’/shameless hussy productions). She’s also worked at the Belfry Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Savage Society, Axis Theatre, Theatre Kelowna, Theatre Under the Stars, Carousel Theatre for Young People, and the Firehall. Amanda is a Jessie Award nominee and a graduate of Studio 58. Big thanks to The Cultch for creating a theatre season during a pandemic, to Ami, Veda, Kelly, Barry and the cast, to the amazing tech team, and, especially, to you at home for watching!
ANDREW WHEELER is overjoyed to be back in a theatre. Stay safe. Hug those you can. Be of good courage.
Join the post-show hangout on Gather.Town here!
There you can hang out with friends and other audience members in our digital recreation of The Cultch, which includes the Historic Theatre, Vancity Culture Lab, lobby, and even backstage!
Unlike a Zoom hangout, Gather.Town lets you choose who you want to talk with at any moment, join spontaneous smaller group conversations as you approach new people, and freely explore at your own pace—if you look hard enough, you’ll even see the original ads that inspired the show—it’s like being in The Cultch lobby, just online!
How it works (it’s easy and fun, we promise!):
- Gather.Town only works on Chrome and Firefox
- No account or email needed, you just need to type in your name
- Be sure to allow access to your webcam and microphone so people can see and hear you
- Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move around and explore
- You can talk to anyone who is near you on the map, so be sure to approach new people
- Press X to interact with any glowing objects
- Press G (become a ghost!) to pass through people if you’re stuck
- And most importantly, press Z to dance and celebrate
The Cultch’s Digital Storytelling Team will be hosting a special online event after the show on Saturday, November 21! Join us in the virtual Cultch on Gather.Town for a brief and informal conversation between Director and Co-Writer Amiel Gladstone and The Cultch’s Digital Storytelling Team. We’ll be doing a deep dive into the origins and retellings of the choice Craigslist ads that helped shape do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata.
Join the post-show party here!
The popular musical revue based on real-life Craigslist ads returns with a virtual twist!
Your personal ads, set to music. Join a cast of wild and wacky characters from the Craigslist community as they attempt to buy and sell online, all the while longing and searching for human connection.
Revisit one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows to come out of Vancouver in the last decade! This time with a fresh, new perspective on social isolation and live-streamed from all around The Cultch’s Historic Theatre—resulting in a witty and poignant exploration of physical distancing, then and now. Featuring the original songs ‘300 Stuffed Penguins,’ ‘Chili Eating Buddy,’ ‘Decapitated Dolls,’ and more.
Starring an incredibly talented local cast including, Meaghan Chenosky, Josh Epstein, Chirag Naik, Amanda Sum, Andrew Wheeler—with new choreography by Amanda Testini.