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The 2022 New Waves Festival
at Western Edge Theatre
Festival Director:
Daniel Puglas


Feb. 4 ~ 20, 2022

OV Arts Centre

(25 Victoria Rd., Nanaimo, on Snuneymuxw territory)

Western Edge Theatre extends its gratitude to the Snuneymuxw First Nation, on whose traditional lands we live, work, and perform.

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In a World Created by a Drunken God by Drew Hayden Taylor

Feb. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 ~ 7:30 pm / Feb. 20 ~ 2 pm

Cast (in order of appearance)

Jason: Randy Humchitt

Harry: Tom Rokeby    


Directed by: Daniel Puglas

Set Design: Alicia Shalapata

Lighting Design: Castor Angus

Stage Manager: Whitley Dunn


Setting: A small apartment in downtown Toronto.

Time: A contemporary late September afternoon.


Audience advisory: Adult language and content.

There will be one 15 minute intermission. Approximate running time with intermission: 2 hrs.

Please enjoy a snack and beverage from the concession before the show or at intermission!

In A World Created By A Drunken God  premiered with Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2004.

Trying to Keep Up by Castor Angus

Feb. 13, 2 pm & Feb. 15, 16, 7:30 pm

on a double bill with "Mourning in Rm. 243"



Young Walsh / Walsh: Charlie Lincoln

Young Archie / Archie: Gabriel Villasmil

Claire: Qwulipulwut-Maryann Dick

Ashton: Miles Kehoe


Directed by: Tsatassaya White

Set Design: Alicia Shalapata

Lighting Design: Castor Angus

Stage Manager: Jesse Wilson

Assistant Stage Manager: Sue York

Directing Mentor: Tamara McCarthy


Setting: A small town.

Time: 10 years ago, and the present.

Audience advisory: Adult language and content.

"Trying to Keep  Up" is presented on a double-bill with "Mourning in Rm. 243". There will be one 15 minute intermission between the plays.




Castor Angus (Playwright and Lighting Designer) is a Nisga’a playwright and a graduate of Vancouver Island University’s Creative Writing Program. The New Waves Festival is the first time his play, Trying to Keep Up, is being put on. He believes that to add another layer to the story’s world-building that it’s required to put a little bit of yourself in it. A writer isn’t the only hat that Castor wears for this festival. He’s also the lighting designer and hopes that everyone enjoys this festival as much as he had working on this.

Before you finish reading this, Castor wants to leave you with this:
What did the Source Four say to its neighbour?  
You’re sub-par.

Charlie LincolnCharlie Lincoln (Walsh) is an aspiring actor, voice actor, and stage combat choreographer who has been around in the entertainment industry for as long as he can remember. Although theater wasn't his first choice, it has ended up being one of the main things that you will most likely see in the books they write about the one and only misfit. 


Gabriel Vill (Archie) is an actor, known for his most recent work in films such as: Butterflies (2022), CUELLO (2021), N/D (2021), Lover (2021), as well as performing as a guest star in TV productions such as: Minority Report (2015) and Imaginary Mary (2017). Vill also has performed in over 30 plays including Imaginary Invalid, Lepers, Romeo and Juliet, Signs and Other Comedies, Smithereens, After Sunset, In the Driver’s Seat, The Adventures of a Comic Book Artist, and more. 



Qwulipulwut-Maryann Dick (Claire) is a Quw’utsun sleni(Cowichan woman) and is honoured to be a part of a beautiful play. This is Qwulipulwut’s first theatre performance, and she loves the experience of bringing her character Claire to life. Huy ch q’u to Western Edge for allowing me to f eel the magic of theatre.


Miles Kehoe (Ashton) has being doing weird things onstage for over a decade, and has enjoyed every moment of it! From the moment he graced the Port Theatre in a giant teapot costume, he was hooked. Since then, he's been working with Western Edge, Kismet Theatre Collective, and a variety of other independent productions. He enjoys all forms of performance art, as well as painting, poetry, and anything else that brings people together to appreciate beauty.


Tsatassaya White, B.A. (Director) is a curator, event producer, community mobilizer and hul'qumi'num language learner. She is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and also holds the name Teniso from Takiishtakamlthat (Earthquake House) of the Hupacasath. She carries cultural knowledge, roots her work in traditional protocols and has a vast network of community connections.

Tsatassaya is the founder of the Sum̓ sháthut Festival, an Indigenous cultural festival celebrating winter solstice which has just celebrated its 2nd annual installation (Dec., 2021). Recent works include: Artistic Lead, “Messages on Doors,” a reconciliation theatre project co-produced with The Foxqueen; guest protocol work with Transform Cabaret Festival, Vancouver (2021); guest curator of “huulthapi Dancing Airwaves” an Indigenous dance panel produced by Dance West Network. She also directed “huulth-huultha 2020,” a short film, and curated “Facing the Day” (2021) and “Qwuyulush ‘utl Swy-a-lana” (2019) all produced by Crimson Coast Dance Society.

“I am thrilled that my directorial debut is part of Daniel Puglas' New Waves Festival featuring Indigenous artists.”

Tamara McCarthy (Directing Mentor) is co-producer of The Fox Queen [Messages on Doors: Snuneymuxw] and associate producer for Pacific Coast Stage. Her commitment to decolonizing her life and artistic practice has her actively challenging her ingrained European model for theatre creation. A producer, mentor & multiple Jessie Richardson Award nominated director & actor; directing credits for Western Edge: Between the Sheets; Reasons to be Pretty; a few select elsewhere: The Double Axe Murders (Gateway/ Evergreen); Julius Caesar (Victoria Shakespeare Fest); Into the Woods (VIU); The Out Vigil (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); The Sea; A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); Love/Sick (Douglas College); James & the Giant Peach (Chemainus Theatre); A Hundred Words for Snow (United Players); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Dark Matter). Upcoming: performing in Mom’s the Word (Theatre NorthWest, Prince George); directing Red Riding Hood (ProjectX, Kamloops). Tamara is the proud recipient of the 2021 John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award and Bill Millerd Artist Fund.

Jesse Wilson (Stage Manager) has been involved in community theatre for the past seven years, and is happy to be back stage managing with Western Edge with such a talented cast and crew. He hopes you enjoy the show!



Mourning in Rm. 243 by Daniel Puglas

Feb. 13, 2 pm & Feb. 15, 16, 7:30 pm

on a double bill with "Trying to Keep Up"



Oliver: Damon Mitchell

Charlotte: Susan Warner

May: Talela Manson


Directed by: Ward Norcutt

Set Design: Alicia Shalapata

Lighting Design: Castor Angus

Stage Manager: Miles Hayes


Setting: A motel room. Late afternoon.


Audience advisory: Adult language and content.

"Mourning in Rm. 243" is presented on a double bill with "Trying to Keep Up". There will be one 15 minute intermission between the plays.



Lighting and Sound operator: Justus Pounds

Set Carpenter: Michael Armstrong

Set Painters: Alicia Shalapata, Castor Angus

Special thanks to: Michelle Crowley, Cheryl Folland, Justus Pounds, Lauren Semple,, Nanaimo News-Bulletin, Tchadas Leo, CHEK TV.

For Western Edge Theatre:

Co-Artistic Directors: Brianna Hamilton, Daniel Puglas
Executive Director: Frank Moher
Graphic Design: Bryony Dixon, Michael Robinson
Bookkeeper: Deborah Ferens
Administrative Assistants: Dave Roth, Sarah Schmidt

Board of Directors:

Lorna McLellan (President)
William Anderson (Treasurer)
Ward Norcutt
Daniel Puglas
Vincent Wells
Cindy Williams
Christine Yeomans

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