Photos from rehearsals of “I Am Marguerite”, opening April 10

New Ideas Festival just closed yesterday (March 29) up in the Studio, but down on the Main Stage, the crew and actors for I Am Marguerite have been quietly building the set and rehearsing in preparation for the show – which is a WORLD PREMIERE by our own Shirley Barrie, and directed by Molly Thom – to open on April 10. Which is now less than two weeks away. No pressure, folks!

Daniela Pagliarello as Marguerite.  Photo:  Chloe Whitehorn

Daniela Pagliarello as Marguerite. Photo: Chloe Whitehorn

Producer Ramona Baillie was snapping pix with her cell phone this past weekend – Saturday was the level set, and Sunday was the cue-to-cue and costume parade.   Check out the shots at




Costume designer Peter DeFreitas posted a photo of one of the dresses on Facebook – see it at

Props designer Razie Brownstone confided that she was concocting a fish out of fabric and gelatin, but I have no pictorial evidence.

So what is I Am Marguerite about? Playwright Shirley Barrie provides a handy synopsis:

“It is inspired by the true story of Marguerite de Roberval, who, in 1542, contrived to accompany her brother who was leading a great expedition to establish the first French colony in the New World. Onboard ship he discovered that she’d fallen in love with an unsuitable young nobleman, and abandoned her, along with her lover and nurse, on an island in the Strait of Belle Isle [off Newfoundland] for daring to choose love over duty.  The play is set two and a half years later…”

 Chris Coculuzzi as Jean François, Sieur de Roberval (Marguerite’s brother)
Heli Kivilaht as Damienne (Marguerite’s devoted nurse)
Christopher Oszwald as Eugène (Marguerite’s lover)
Daniela Pagliarello as Marguerite de Roberval
Sara Price as The Queen of Navarre

Director: Molly Thom

Producer: Ramona Baillie
Assistant Director: Meg Moran
Composer: James Langevin
Sound Design: Angus Barlow
Lighting Design: Wesley McKenzie
Set Design: Marysia Bucholc
Costume Design: Peter DeFreitas / Toni Hanson
Props: Razie Brownstone

April 10 – 25, 2015.

PERFORMANCES: Wed – Sat at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.
Sun April 12 @ 12:45: Pre-show talk with playwright Shirley Barrie.

TICKETS: 2-for-1 Wed; $20 Thu – Sat; PWYC Sun.
Purchase online, or reserve & pay cash at door. Credit and debit cards not accepted at Box Office.
RESERVATIONS : 416-364-4170 box 1 /


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