MW Productions was originally named Intrepid Productions, and was founded in Denver, Colorado in 2005 by American actor/director Margaret Whittum. Intrepid premiered the original one act comedy Love the Radio Edit in Colorado Springs and Denver, and then toured a highly successful run at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Intrepid became MW Productions in 2008, when it produced The Eight: Reindeer Monologues in Seoul, South Korea. MW Productions premiered Suicide(s) in Vegas by Evan Placey in Seoul, South Korea in 2011. In the summer of 2011, MW produced a highly successful run of Suicide(s) through the Canadian Fringe Festivals in Montreal, London, Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatoon and Vancouver. In 2013, MW will remount Suicide(s) in Vegas at the acclaimed Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, in the Westbury Theatre.
Evan Placey (Playwright)
Evan is a Canadian UK-based playwright. He is currently under co-commission with Birmingham Rep, Theatre Royal Plymouth, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, writing a new play for young people that will premiere in 2013. He is also under commission with the Unicorn Theatre, YPT (Canada), BBC Radio 3 and the Royal National Theatre, where his play Pronoun will premiere in 2014 as part of Connections. His debut full-length play Mother of Him won Canada’s RBC Under 30 National Playwriting Competition (Tarragon Theatre) and the King’s Cross Award for New Writing (UK). It was also shortlisted for the Rod Hall Memorial Award (Rod Hall/ Paines Plough Theatre Company). It premiered at the Courtyard Theatre (London, UK) in June 2010. A Hebrew production continues to run at the Beit Lessin Theatre in Tel Aviv since it opened in September 2011. His next full-length play, Banana Boys (a play for young people) was commissioned and produced by the Hampstead Theatre’s heat&light company in December 2010. Suicide(s) in Vegas premiered in 2011 in South Korea and toured the Canada where it was nominated for the Centaur Theatre Award for Best English Production. Holloway Jones, commissioned and produced by Synergy Theatre Project, toured schools and the Unicorn Theatre in 2011. It won the Brian Way Award 2012 for Best Play for Young People. It has recently been nominated for the 2012 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Children and Young People. Scarberia, co-produced by Forward Theatre Project, premiered at York Theatre Royal in 2012. How was it for you? a verbatim play about the Olympics, was commissioned and produced by the Unicorn Theatre’s young company in 2012. Evan is developing a television project with Little Brother Productions, and is also being mentored by Kudos TV and Red Planet Pictures, as he was shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize. He was part of 4Screenwriting with Channel 4, and the Bush Theatre/Kudos TV development scheme. Evan’s one-act and short plays include: Phone Play (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Dinner on the Fourteenth Floor (Harbourfront Centre for the Arts, Canada & Orange Tree Theatre, Seoul, South Korea); RainbowBright23 (Rough Cuts Festival, Royal Court Theatre); Twelve (Daring Pairings Festival, Hampstead Theatre/ Factory Theatre & Latitude Festival 2010); Struck by Love/Train (Box of Tricks/Theatre 503); Re:Generation – a community play (Montage Theatre Arts); Grains of a Brighton Summer (Roundhouse / Forward Theatre Project); True Love Waits (co-written, Tour: Box of Tricks Theatre/ Pulse Festival/ Latitude Festival 2011/ Theatre 503/ Nu:Write Festival, Croatia); Terror Tales (Hampstead Theatre); Supergrass (DryWrite/ Bush Theatre); Live Feed (nabakov/ Soho Theatre). Evan’s poetry is published in TOK 2: Writing the New Toronto (Zypher Press). Evan is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, McGill University, and the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme and Invitation Group. Evan is a Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton, and also runs playwriting and theatre outreach projects for young people and adults across London and in prison.
Margaret Whittum (Lydia, Co-Director, Co-Producer)
Margaret Whittum is an actor, director and voiceover artist from the mountains of Colorado. Most recently Margaret assisted Rebecca Taichman on The Winter’s Tale, Emily Mann on A Delicate Balance and John Collins on The Select at McCarter Theatre Center. Margaret has directed The Zoo Story, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and True West, among others. Favorite roles include Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. She is a proud member of the Visionbox Ensemble in Denver. Margaret has directed in South Korea, Scotland, Colorado, and across Canada. She has written two original shows, Love the Radio Edit, a one-act comedy which ran successfully at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Teeth, an educational ESL children’s musical, which has run 5 times in Seoul. She founded the Seoul City Improv comedy group in 2007, and SCI has since toured throughout Korea, and to Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Colorado, and throughout Canada. Margaret is a graduate of Colorado College. Suicide(s) in Vegas 2013 represents the fourth collaboration between Margaret Whittum and Evan Placey, the first being Phone Play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005. Margaret later directed Placey’s Dinner on the 14th Floor in Seoul, South Korea in 2007 for Seoul Players.
Jessica Coyle (Jane, Co-Producer)
Jessica Coyle is an actor, director and producer who is in the process of transitioning from Seoul, Korea to New York City. Most recently she has divided her time between writing and producing a travel show for World Family English and teaching improv comedy to Korean computer programmers, who are astonishingly good at The Human Machine. For laughs, ridiculous OKCupid stories and desperate marriage fantasies, follow Miss Coyle’s twitter @JessicaThanks.
Anthony Bianco (Co-Director)
Anthony Bianco is thrilled to be making his Edmonton Fringe debut with MW Productions! Anthony has recently appeared at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Romeo and Juliet (Balthazar) and The Three Musketeers (Bazin); at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Twelfth Night (Feste), Richard III (Ely/Brackenbury), and Treasure Island (George Merry). Other Denver credits: Bach at Leipzig at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, The Chosen at Theatre Or and House of Yes at Equinox Theatre. Anthony started performing in 1995 in The Dalles, Oregon & has studied acting at the Colombia Gorge School of Theatre, Southern Oregon University, The Hangar Theatre Lab Company, and the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.
Danya Gunnell (Graphic Designer, Stage Manager)
Danya Gunnell is a free-lance-you-name-it! Photographer, graphic designer, SCUBA instructor, and chef, she enjoys lending her creativity and enthusiasm to any project. Years of traveling and working with theatre groups, teams, cultural events, and non-profit organizations has given her amazing opportunities to learn and find flexibility in her own artistic style. A long time ex-pat recently transplanted back in Colorado, Danya is thrilled to be working with MW Productions again! Wander over to www.adventureheart.wix.com/portfolio for an adventurer’s chronicle of sorts.
Brian MacQueen (Sound Designer)
Brian MacQueen has been the sound designer for Suicide(s) in Vegas; a professor of theatrical sound design at Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea; the Sound Supervisor at the Yale School of Drama; the Resident Sound Designer at the Cleveland Playhouse and at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts; and is an award-winning radio theater producer heard on National Public Radio.