The Long Weekend delivers non-stop mischievous fun and scrumptious plot twists! Max and Wynn are about to show off their beautiful new country home to their best friends, Roger and Abby, but it doesn’t take long to uncover the true feelings behind this long friendship. What is meant to be a relaxing holiday turns into a battle of wits as their pasts catch up with them, the gloves come off and old scores get settled in comedic fashion. A hilariously tangled web of truths, deception and surprises leaves the audience guessing – and laughing – all the way to the final curtain!
By Norm Foster
Welcome to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and welcome to The Long Weekend. Norm Foster is Canada’s most produced playwright and this adult comedy is one of his best. Two married couples are on a weekend getaway, where the truth and lies of their friendship come to the surface in this biting comedy of manners. Its sharp and to the point. And it is a scenario that we all can relate to…well on the surface, at any rate. I can’t really go into any further detail so as not to spoil any of the quirky turns that this play takes, suffice it to say that you are in for a treat. The Long Weekend features four great Edmontonian actors, all veterans of the Mayfield stage, and is directed by one of our favorite directors, Ron Ulrich. Relax and enjoy what promises to be a great evening of theatre!
I am currently Artistic Director of Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton Ontario. Through the course of my career, I’ve been Artistic Director of Neptune Theater in Halifax, Executive Director of the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Artistic Director of Stage West, Artistic Director of Huron Country Playhouse, and Artistic Director of the Muskoka Festival. Among the favorite shows I’ve directed here at this theatre are Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Tuesdays with Morrie starring Jamie Farr, Driving Miss Daisy with Michael Learned, The Foreigner with Gary Sandy, Double Act with George Segal, The Rocky Horror Show, The Last Night of Ballyhoo with Joyce DeWitt … the list goes on and on. But one of the great joys is still coming back here to the Mayfield. This is a terrific theater that does terrific work and I love being a part of it.
Coralie was last seen in the Mayfield’s hit production of Sexy Laundry and is delighted to be back with this terrific ensemble! She is an Artistic Associate with Shadow Theatre. Selected Shadow 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. Other theatre favorites include: 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.
Doug Mertz is thrilled to return to the Mayfield after appearing here two summers ago in Driving Miss Daisy with Michael Learned. Since then he has appeared at the Citadel in A Christmas Carol (Rev Fish and Mr. Toll) and Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), for which he received a Sterling nomination. He has also appeared in shows for Shadow Theatre, Freewill Shakespeare, Northern Light Theatre, Studio Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Stage Lab. Doug is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Citadel Theatre.
Glenn is truly thrilled to be back with the Mayfield family. Last summer you may have seen him playing Ralph in The Last Romance. 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 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, Uncle Vanya, Fly Fishers Companion, Sexy Laundry, Mistakes Were Made and Little Elephants at Shadow Theatre.
A Sterling Award winning actress and graduate of the U of A BFA program, Davina has appeared at the Mayfield in Deathtrap, The Odd Couple and Run For Your Wife. She’s worked with many of Edmonton’s theatre companies including the Citadel Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Theatre Network and Shadow Theatre. An artistic associate with Teatro La Quindicina, she’s been acting with the company since 1986, most recently as Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park. Davina is one third of the hit info-tainment extravaganza Hey Ladies!, now in it’s 8th season. She’s also a core company member of the Canadian Comedy Award winning troupe Die-Nasty! She’s appeared with the company at the Chicago Improv Festival, the Liverpool Metafex Festival and the London UK 50 Hour Improvathon. Look for her this August at the Edmonton Fringe in Teatro’s production of Hey Countess.