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TEMPTING PROVIDENCE Theatre Newfoundland Labrador’s production


Thunder Bay, ON –    October 20, 2010     ----     In celebration of the International Year of the Nurse, Magnus TEMPTING PROVIDENCETheatre proudly presents its second show of the main stage season, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador’s production of TEMPTING PROVIDENCE by Robert Chafe.  Hailed by critics internationally as “spectacular,” “extraordinary,” and “a beautifully crafted artwork that speaks to an entire nation built by people such as Bennett,” TEMPTING PROVIDENCE has toured extensively since its premiere in 2000, playing more than 350 performances across Canada and abroad.

Told with simple elegance, this heartfelt play follows the life story of Myra (Grimsley) Bennett, the “Florence Nightingale of the North.” British-trained as a nurse and midwife, she arrived in Newfoundland from her native London, England in 1921 after hearing of the desperate need for her work in rural communities.  She was one of the first outpost nurses, who became legendary for performing a variety of medical tasks, from delivering babies to setting bones to extracting teeth, in all manner of weather and often by lamplight. Now, 100 years after the death of modern nursing’s founder Florence Nightingale, Magnus Theatre is proud to join the international health community in commemorating and celebrating nurses everywhere with this inspiring story of courage and strength. 

The preview performance of TEMPTING PROVIDENCE is Thursday, October 21, with the Gala Opening on Friday October 22. The play runs until November 6.


Deidre Gillard-Rowlings – Deidre has been touring nationally and internationally with TEMPTING PROVIDENCE for the past 7 years. She is a founding and active member of Bare Boards Theatre, a company which has produced over 10 independent productions between 1994 - 2007. In 2007 she played VIOLET in Gordon Pinsent's Movie of the Week, HEYDAY!. She is presently co-writing a Newfoundland-based soap opera with her colleague, Rory Lambert. Deidre has worked all across the country; recently with Prairie Theatre Exchange as CHRISTINE in Daniel MacIvor's HOW IT WORKS. From 1998 - 2008 Deidre spent her summers working at Theatre Newfoundland Labrador’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head, NL. She is just back from a 4 week run of Resource Centre for the Arts' (RCA) ROCKING THE CRADLE at The Tarragon theatre in Toronto.

Darryl Avalon Hopkins – Theatre credits include: ROCKING THE CRADLE (RCAT); TEMPTING PROVIDENCE (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador – United Kingdom, Canadian & Australian tours); ISLE DES DEMONS, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, THE WEIR (Forest Forge Theatre/TNL- NEWFOUNDLANDS); TAMING OF THE SHREW (New Curtain Theatre); TWELFTH NIGHT, NO MAN’S LAND, ROMEO & JULIET (Rising Tide Theatre). Film and television credits include: THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE (CBC); SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING (Sony Pictures). Mr. Hopkins is a contributing member of the indie-rock band Japan Batteries and holds a B.F.A from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (M.U.N). In 2002 he was the recipient of the Tommy Sexton Award.

Renee Hackett – Selected credits include OF THE FIELDS, LATELY; LEAVING HOME; and 1949 (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); FLOWERS and A CHRISTMAS CAROLE (A.C.T. Theatre); THE DEVIL YOU DON’T KNOW and THOSE WHO WAIT (Redwatch Theatre); EVEN BURNING and SAVAGE LOVE (Toronto Fringe Festival); POWER OF THE UNEMPLOYED (RCA Theatre); WAITING FOR LEFTY (The Co.); TOP GIRLS (She Said Yes and Redwatch Theatre).

Robert Wyatt Thorne – Robert is very happy to have spent this last summer, his 12th, with the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Over the winter Robert took part in a tour with Theatre Newfoundland Labrador’s TEMPTING PROVIDENCE, as well as Radical Theatre’s first production, JANUS. Before that Robert has performed with TEMPTING PROVIDENCE in many parts of the world including, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Tasmania, as well as most of this great country.

Robert Chafe (Playwright) – Robert’s work has been seen across Canada, the UK, and Australia. He is the author of 15 stage scripts and coauthor of 10 more. He has won many Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters awards, and in 1999 the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council named him Emerging Artist of the Year. Two of his plays (TEMPTING PROVIDENCE and BUTLER’S MARSH) were published in 2004 by Playwrights Canada Press, and subsequently shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. TEMPTING PROVIDENCE is entering its 8th year of touring, and has been nominated for two Betty Mitchell Awards (Calgary) and a Dora (Toronto). Robert is currently working on a stage adaptation of Michael Crummey’s short story AFTERIMAGE for Artistic Fraud, a film adaptation of TEMPTING PROVIDENCE, and his first novel. He is Artistic Associate and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.

Jillian Keiley (Director) - Jillian is Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, winner of the Canada Council's John Hirsch Prize, the NLAC Emerging Artist Award,
Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Award for Directing and the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Selected Artistic Fraud productions include AFTERIMAGE, IN YOUR DREAMS FREUD, UNDER WRAPS: A SPOKE OPERA, THE CHEAT, BURIAL PRACTICES, BELLY UP, FEAR OF FLIGHT and THE CHEKHOV VARIATIONS. In 2002/2003 Jillian directed JACKE FIVE OH for Sheila's Brush, and TEMPTING PROVIDENCE for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, both of which continue to tour. In 2006, Jillian staged the massive ANN AND SEAMUS Children’s Opera for Shallaway Youth Chorus, which has toured central Canada, the US, Ireland and at the Copenhagen Opera House. That year she also created Tilt with Teatro Sotteraneo in Florence, Italy, directed the original SAILOR BOY with Ghost River and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary. She directed DR. FAUSTUS with Queens University, METAMORPHOSES with York University, CABARET with NTS, and ORPHEUS for Cork Opera works in Ireland. Jillian holds an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Show Dates:  Thursday October 21, 2010 to Saturday November 6, 2010

Times: Evenings: Mondays to Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
            Matinees: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. & Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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