The Rear Window

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY JANUARY 28, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Dix | emily@bygonetheatre.com | 647-343-5965

The Rear Window Collective Presents the World Premiere of
THE REAR WINDOW
A Thrilling New Stage Adaptation of a Classic Tale

 TORONTO, ON (Monday January 28, 2019) – Bygone Theatre has partnered with the newly formed Rear Window Collective to support their upcoming production of the world premiere of The Rear Window, written and directed by Emily Dix. This Canadian Actor’s Equity Association production is being produced under the Artist’s Collective Policy, and runs March 8 – 17, 2019 at Theatre Passe Muraille, on their mainstage.

SYNOPSIS
Recuperating from a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jefferies (Tristan Claxton) spends his days cooped up in his NYC apartment, watching his neighbours through the rear window of his home. What starts out innocently enough quickly grows into a dangerous obsession, as Jefferies – hopped up on painkillers and too much alcohol – becomes convinced he’s witnessed one of his neighbours commit a brutal murder. Has Jefferies’ really solved a terrible crime? Or have his inner demons finally got the best of him?

Based on the short story It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich, the same tale that inspired the 1954 Hitchcock film, Rear Window (James Stewart, Grace Kelly), The Rear Window takes a new look at this classic tale of a peeping Tom who saw more than he wanted to see. Still set in the 1950s, the play’s relevancy to today is undeniable in a world where many of us waste away our hours “spying” on others through social media, making our own stories and assumptions based on these small glimpses of a person’s life. A gripping, psychological thriller that will leave you guessing until the final moments whether or not what we’re seeing can truly be believed.

Featuring: Tristan Claxton (Hamelt(s); The Dutchess of Malfi), Kate McArthur (Hamelt(s), My Entertainment World Outstanding Lead nomination; The Tom and Gertie Letters Project), Alex Clay (A Streetcar Named Desire; Inch Of Your Life), Elizabeth Rose Morriss (Tell Me On A Sunday; Harvest Moon Rising), Isaiah Kolundzic (Venus in Fur; The Boys In The Band;Six Stories Told At Night), Sarah Marchand (Umbrella Academy; God’s Plan B), Casey Romanin (Moving On), Gabriel Hamilton (Edmond; The Forest; His Girl Friday).

Created by The Rear Window Collective | Supported by Bygone Theatre
RECOMMENDED for ages 14+ | ADVISORY: Adult situations, violence
SHOW DATES March 8-17, 7:30pm evenings, 2:00pm weekend matinees
LOCATION Theatre Passe Muraille | 16 Ryerson Ave., Toronto
BOX OFFICE online via Arts Box Office | 416-504-7529
TICKETS $25-$30 | $20 Early Bird Discount tickets available until February 7

Visit www.bygonetheatre.com | Twitter & Instagram @BygoneTheatre, @The.Rear.Window

 

The Glamourous 50s – Dressing “Dial M For Murder”

I’ve been lucky with costumes for all my shows because I have a mother who will sew just about any pattern I pick out, including some of the finicky vintage ones. I get the fun job of picking the patterns and the fabric, and she does all the actual construction.

With “Dial M for Murder”, we have a new challenge, however; how to compete with the beautiful costumes in the famous Hitchcock version of the tale, starring the lovely Grace Kelly.

Grace Kelly's stunning red dress in Hitchcock's "Dial M For Murder".

Grace Kelly’s stunning red dress in Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder”.

In most of the production shots I’ve found online from other theatre company’s performances, they’ve kept Margot Wendice in that iconic red dress. “The Woman in Red” concept has a lot of connotations however, and I’m not sure that they fit the play as well as they do the film (watch both and you’ll notice a key difference in the first scene, I won’t ruin it for you now). So after deciding not to put her in red, I looked for a colour that would be a standout on our actress. With ebony hair and green eyes, I settled on forest green.

A forest green dress for Margot Wendice.

A forest green dress for Margot Wendice.

When doing women’s period costumes it’s important to remember a couple key things; women in the 1950s were built differently than we are today (often shorter and a little heavier) and they wore undergarments that really accentuated an hourglass figure (ie. a corset or girdle and those awesome pointy bras). To really get the right look, you not only need the right dress on top, you need the right things underneath.

Dressing the men has been a little more difficult. While sticking everyone in a suit and giving them a fedora may be the simplest way to get an overall retro look, there’s a lot more to men’s fashions than the general idea that everyone back then looked “classier”. The biggest thing I wanted to achieve was a nice contrast between Max (the tv writing American) and Tony (the British ex-tennis star). I think both men need to be attractive and well dressed, but in completely different ways. Tony is posh and wants to be upper class, while Max is casual, cool and all-American. Choosing to put Tony in a double-breasted suit and Max in a sports jacket and dress pants, I hope, helps to convey this idea.

As we get together the last of the costumes I’ll start to post some pictures of the finished products. Til then, adieu!

-E.

Dial M For Murder – Actor Spotlight – Rebekah Manella

“Dial M For Murder” is Rebekah’s first time working with Bygone Theatre; she stars as Margot Wendice.

Rebekah Manella aka Margot Wendice

Rebekah Manella aka Margot Wendice

Bio: Ever since birth, Rebekah Manella has been one for dressing up and performing.  Her acting career began as a costume designer.  She opened her own costume and fashion business before finishing high school and began creating one of a kind costumes and eveningwear.  Four years after beginning this endeavour Rebekah chose to follow her calling and began studying Theatre Arts at Canadore College in North Bay Ontario.  Rebekah’s debut performance was as the Countess Marie le Farre in J2’s production on The Four Musketeers.  She and husband, Jason Manella, moved to Toronto in November 2012.  Since then Rebekah has been in many short films and was also a part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival as Lofty Tewt  in Socratic Theatre’s production of Monstrous Regiment.  She is very thankful to God and her family, especially Jason, for pushing her to be where she is today.

How did you get started in theatre?

As a child I would dress up in costumes and would play bride and princess (mostly bride, thats what I wanted to be when I grew up).  I was home schooled my whole life so in my spare time I would take my dads camcorder and film myself acting out scenes from books or my own scripts.  I only really started theatre when I began college.  At first it really intimidated me but after my first workshop I was hooked.

What is your favourite part of the creative process?

All of it.  But if I have to pick a specific part of the rehearsal process it would have to be the blocking and working in the space.  Its one thing to sit around and discus the script and characters, which is another one of my favourite parts, but once you get on your feet there is so much more to discover.  I love how the more you discover the more real your characters life becomes and by the time you are performing you are actually living this person’s life on stage.

What are some challenges you face as an actor?

One of my greatest challenges is having the guts to put myself out there.  I am a rather shy person so networking is a huge challenge for me.  Also breaking into the scene so I can actually make a living off of acting and performing.

Any advice you want to give to others pursuing acting?

Do not give up.  If it is your dream, go for it and do not give up.  As an actor, If you have a fall back of any kind, pursue that – you’ll never fall forward if you fall back.  Learn all you can in the way that is best for you.  I found that college was not the way for me and that working is the way I learn best.  Read every script that you can get your hands on.  Have people notice you for you , not who you are like.  Take all work seriously, but always have fun. And last but not least do not try, in this business it is do or do not.

What are you most excited for in regards to “Dial M For Murder”?

I am really looking forward to working with everyone in this cast!  They are an incredible group and will be putting on a fantastic show.  I am very blessed to be surrounded by such talented and passionate people.  I am excited for opening night and wish I could watch the show, but alas I’ll be on the stage.