A New Musical-in-Workshop with YES Theatre
BY HANNAH CHURCH
MUSIC & LYRICS BY JULIA APPLETON
April 30th: 8pm Mainstage
Adapted from “The Yellow Wallpaper. A Story” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Pat the Dog Theatre Creation is delighted to present a development workshop of this exciting new musical.
A haunting New Musical-In-Development workshop with YES! Theatre about a young mother at the turn of the last century, her new baby and the room where she rests.
A remarkable contemporary/relevant tale, The Yellow Wallpaper, first published in 1892, is regarded as an important early work of Women’s literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women’s health, both physical and mental.
Following the birth of their first child, a young women’s husband believes it is in her best interest to take a prolonged “rest cure”. Forgoing other rooms in the house, the couple moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment, the unnamed woman is forbidden from working, and is encouraged to eat well and get plenty of exercise and air, so she can recuperate from what he calls a “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency”, a diagnosis common to women in that period. The story details the descent of a young woman into madness and her increasingly relationship with the yellow wallpaper that grows on her wall.
HANNAH CHURCH is so thankful for this opportunity! She is a full time actress and playwright in Atlanta, Ga. Hannah is currently playing Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia at the Aurora Theatre! She has worked internationally in 11 countries and all over the United States. However, The Yellow Wallpaper is her favorite labor of love she has ever created. This is the show’s 5th production, and Canadian premiere! The last being with the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival which was a smashing success! Thank you to Julia Appleton for being the best friend and collaborator on the planet, Francois Goudreault, and Lisa O’Connell! Love to my friends and family!
Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from Rockford University and 2014 Horizon Theatre Resident Playwright 🙂
A lifelong songwriter, Julia Appleton is now bringing her impressive catalog spanning country, soul and pop to musical theatre productions like The Yellow Wallpaper. She lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario having transplanted from Nashville, Tennessee in 2017.
Julia and playwright Hannah Church are childhood best friends, thrilled to be presenting The Yellow Wallpaper to a new generation in a time when its message is more relevant than ever.
Alessandro Costantini is an Actor, producer and director born and raised in Sudbury.
He is the Artistic Director of YES Theatre, now entering it’s 9th which has become one of Northern Ontarios leading artistic institutions. As an actor Alessandro has worked with Young Peoples Theatre, Theatre NewBrunswick, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, The Sudbury Theatre Centre, Talk Is Free…, and recently originated the role of Marc Hall in the world premiere production of Prom Queen the musical at the Segal Centre in Montreal for which he was nominated for a META award for Best Leading Performance. Alessandro was nominated for the John Herschel Directors award (2014) and the K.M Hunter award (2017) by the Ontario Arts Council. His work with YES includes the creation of the YES Theatre Orchestra and From the Ground Up, a new works commission program that has launched the development of three new musicals over the next 2 years. This August YES will launch a summer repertory festival which includes Merrily We Roll Along, and Violet. For more information, please visit www.yestheatre.com