Mad Forest posterBy Caryl Churchill
A play from Romania

Directed by: Andy Houston 

Performances: March 18-21 2009

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern                Languages Building

In the spring of 1990, mere months after the overthrow and execution of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena, when the aftershocks of the “December Revolution” continued to reverberate among the Romanian people, playwright Caryl Churchill, director Mark Wing-Davey and a group of 10 students from the University of London’s Central School of Drama travelled to Romania to work with local students and artists to record and perform the events of the revolution and its aftermath. Mad Forest is the result of this journey. Far from being a documentary, the play explores the reactions of ordinary people to the confused events of December 1989, focusing in particular on two families. What emerges is a complex picture of the enduring damage on people’s lives after years of repression followed by new difficulties that come with change.

Mad Forest was directed by Andy Houston, with musical direction and composition by Meghan Bunce, film and video by Glenn Stillar, soundscape by Andy Allen, scenography by Scott Spidell, costume design by Jocelyne Sobeski, and stage management by Brenda Pilatzke.


Derek Cvitkovic - Gabriel, Bulldozer Driver

Wes Errey - Ianos, Painter

Shaw Fergeron - Wayne, Toma, Boy Student 2

Katie Honek - Sore Throat, Girl Student, Waiter

David Lam - Mihai Translator

Chai Lavie - Bogdan, Grandfather (Bogdan’s Father), Dog

Eileen Li - Adina

Derek Lindman - Securitate Man, Priest, Patient, Soldier 2

Ciaran Myers - Florin, Boy Student 1

Amy O’Grady - Rodica, Old Aunt, Ghost, Student Doctor

Jessica Smith - Irina, Grandmother, Flower Seller

Sarah Sosnoski - Lucia

Miroki Tong - Flavia’s Grandmother, Housepainter

Jeff Ulrich - Doctor, Angel, Vampire, Solider 1

Aimee Villapando - Flavia

Creative Team:

Andy Houston - Director

Steven Chen - Assistant Director

Meghan Bunce - Music Director

Andy Allen - Sound Design

Jocelyne Sobeski - Costume Design

Scott Spidell - Lighting/Set Design

Heather Muir - Assistant Lighting Design

Glenn Stillar - Video Design, Photography

Jen O’Connor - Production Manager

Laisa Gillis - Student Production Manager

Brenda Pilatzke - Stage Manager

Tom Fawcett - Assistant Stage Manager

Kayla Pratt - Assistant Stage Manager

Amber Regier - Assistant Stage Manager

Heather Hill - Dialect Coach

Tyler Emoff - Dramaturgy

Sonia Laposi - Romanian Cultural Liaison

Kelly McNeely - Wardrobe Assistant

David Metcalfe - Sound Operator

Fran Barker - Light Operator

Robin Atchison - Head of Publicity

Production Team:

Costumes - Joy Smith (Head), Joanna Hunter, Ada Tsang, Cecile Jenny, Elysia Cloet, Shaw Forgeron

Carpentry/Paint - Miroki Tong, Sean Errey, Jessica Smith

Prof. Bill Chesney - Dr. of Paint

Lighting - Hannah Michielsen (Head), Wes Rowley, Kristi Dukovic, Terry Reid

Props - Roz Armstrong-Durst, Eileen Li, Derek Cvitkovic (Head), Kaitlin Burns, Joe Lauria

Publicity/FOH - Katherine Ronzio, Rhiannon Berthelot

Sound - Dave Metcalfe

Video - Adam Proulx


Adina Stancu

Adriana Laposi

Alexandru Titeu

Cristina and Florin Todor

Daniella Iliescu

Doina from TD Bank

Forest Hill United Church

Gerd Hauck

Jacob Soica

Jeremy Choo

Jessica Horn

June Spidell

Radu Secasan

Stefan Russu

St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church

The Bomber

Wendy Philpott

Zeljka Stanivuk