When times get tough, the tough go…camping? One of your favourite married couples is back in this much anticipated, hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown into a midlife crisis and are forced to reconsider their dreams for a comfortable retirement. In an attempt to make the sparks fly again (and keep costs down), they forego their usual summer cottage for a humble campsite and a copy of Camping for Dummies. The new environment isn’t the only challenge they face as they examine their relationship in the tangle of the wilderness. The perfect, laugh-a-minute summer comedy!
By Michele Riml
Starring Glenn Nelson, Coralie Cairns, and Cathy Derkach
It’s here! Welcome to Henry and Alice: Into the Wild – the long awaited sequel to the smash hit Sexy Laundry that packed the Mayfield five years ago. Our favourite couple is back! Henry and Alice Lane are still working on themselves, their relationship, and now face the financial strains of an unexpected early retirement. With no money for their regular trip to a summer cottage, they hit the campground with no real idea what they are doing, but with “Camping for Dummies” in hand. Alice’s renegade sister shows up unannounced and that can only mean trouble! Last time our couple was working on their physical relationship – this time much bigger questions arise. Through the foibles of the uninitiated camper and the unexpected help of the loose cannon kid sister, Henry and Alice keep us laughing at them (and perhaps ourselves) as they take stock and continue their journey, trying to “figure it out.” This play features three of Edmonton’s finest actors and Mayfield favorites: Glenn Nelson, Coralie Cairns and Cathy Derkach. We also welcome back John Hudson, who is Directing. Henry and Alice: Into the Wild makes for a perfect evening of summer theatre. ENJOY!
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John is the, Sterling Award Best Fringe Production, Outstanding Fringe founder and Artistic Director of Shadow Theatre and the Executive Director of The Varscona Theatre. As a director he has over 100 productions to his credit, including most recently, 10 Times 2: The Eternal Courtship, A Picasso, Bravo, The Best Brothers, Gidion’s Knot (Pick of the Fringe, Edmonton Journal, Vue Weekly) which was seen again at the Skirtsafire Festival in March. For The Mayfield he has directed The Odd Couple and The Reluctant Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes, and acted in On Golden Pond. Other credits include The Unseen (Critics Award, 2011 Outstanding Fringe Production), A Picasso (Critics Award, 2013 Outstanding Fringe ProductionDirector), Grace (Sterling Nomination: Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production) and Three Days of Rain (Sterling Nomination: Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production). John lives in Edmonton with his wife Sandy and their two girls Charlotte and Bella. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, BFA Acting, 1988.
Coralie was last seen on the Mayfield stage in the 2015 production of The Long Weekend and she thrilled to be back and with this terrific ensemble! Other Mayfield credits include Sexy Laundry, The Odd Couple, and The Reluctant Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes. Select credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Summer and Smoke, Blithe Spirit, Much Ado About Nothing, Women Who Steal, Dough: The Politics of Martha Stewart, Baltimore Waltz, Glace Bay Miners Museum, Honor, The Weir and Full Gallop (Shadow Theatre), Mother of the Year, At the Zenith of the Empire and Velvet Shock (Teatro La Quindicina.), Christmas Carol, Sister Mary Ignatius, An Actors Nightmare (Citadel Theatre), Apple (Workshop West Theatre), Three Different Heavens, Blood Oranges and The Credeaux Canvas (Northern Light Theatre), The Clean House and A Kind of Alaska (Trunk Theatre) Skirmishes, Body Of Water, Madagascar (Blarney Theatre), Marion Bridge (Theatre Network) and The Blue Orphan (Catalyst Theatre’s tour of Southern Ontario and Australia). She has been nominated for numerous Sterling Awards and has received two for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role. Coralie is an Artistic Associate with Shadow Theatre and the Financial Officer for the New Varscona Theatre.
Cathy is thrilled to be back in yet another Mayfield adventure, this time camping! Previous Mayfield shows: Godspell, Discovering Elvis, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (two times), 9-5! The Musical, and back in 1988, Jake’s Women with Gabe Kaplan! She also played in the band for Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors, and Peace, Love, and Rock and Roll. Cathy plays a lot of piano as she is a vocal coach and Music Director at MacEwan University, where she graduated from Theatre Arts in 1986. Recent shows include Big Fish, Sondheim On Sondheim, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Some other Music Director credits include Anything Goes, Rent, and The Light In The Piazza. Upcoming: The Drowsy Chaperone and Into The Woods (Sterling Award for Best Music Director) with Concrete Theatre. Cathy is also blessed to work as an actor and singer, extensively with Teatro La Quindicina having been in many plays by Stewart Lemoine. Some other companies: The Citadel, Theatre Network, Workshop West, The Plain Janes, and Shadow Theatre (Sterling Award for Best Actress) for David Belke’s The Science of Disconnection, Directed by John Hudson. Cathy Is also a regular cast member of CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show and a happy, happy mom of two amazing daughters who love camping! Enjoy the show!
Glenn is truly thrilled to be back with the Mayfield family. Last summer you may have seen him in The Long Weekend. Some favorite shows he has done here over the years include The Rocky Horror Show, The Foreigner, Gypsy, Buddy, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rumors. Selected credits in Edmonton include West Side Story, Amadeus, 1984, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz, Equus, Death of A Salesman, Beauty and the Beast and A Christmas Carol at the Citadel; My One and Only at Workshop West; The Odd Couple, Bravo, Fly Fishers Companion, Sexy Laundry, Mistakes Were Made and Little Elephants at Shadow Theatre.