Meet Jenna Maren, Our Set Designer for Stop Kiss

“Thank you to the whole Stop Kiss team for making this show exceptionally memorable.”Jenna Maren

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Jenna has had a wonderful time working with such a talented group of artists.

Recent credits: Set design for the 2014 SaskTel Youth Tour (Persephone Theatre), La Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour), A Man A Fish (Persephone’s Deep End Series), Salt-Water Moon (Station Art’s Center), The Frenzy of Queen Maeve (Bzzt Trap Door Theatre/Live Five, Live Lobster Theatre/Summerworks Theatre Festival),  Into the Woods (Greystone Theatre), and assistant set design for A History of Breathing (Persephone’s Deep End series).

Thank you to the whole Stop Kiss team for making this show exceptionally memorable.

What about this play resonates with you?

The clumsy and sweet first steps of love between Callie and Sara which everyone can recognize. We all search for ourselves, search for love, and do so messily.
What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)?

Set Designer Jenna Maren works on the Maquette (model of the set).

Set Designer Jenna Maren works on the Maquette (model of the set).

The initial prep for a show is the best part of being a designer! This is when I read the script a bunch of times and do all kinds of (what may seem silly) exercises to dig out the design from the script. A playwright will leave breadcrumbs to follow, or sometimes whole loaves. My job is to find the best and most beautiful solution to the scripts needs for the particular production.

What does community engagement mean to you?

I was very fortunate to sit in on a discussion that our community partners had after a dress rehearsal. They had insights into the struggle and the beauty of the LGBT community that were very valuable to a deeper understanding of the play. Our community partners are hosting The Afterplay, following each performance, which I would encourage everyone to stick around for.

Read more about Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Read about the rest of the Cast and Creative Team of Stop Kiss 

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Meet Laura Andreas, our Stage Manager for Stop Kiss

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Laura is excited to be working with Embrace Theatre on her first Live Five show. This spring, she will receive her BA in Drama from the University of Saskatchewan. Her previous credits include stage manager for Don’t Panic (Dibley Theatre) as well as assistant stage manager for Angel in the House (International Virginia Woolf Conference) and Love of the Nightingale (Greystone Theatre). Next up for Laura is stage managing Short Cuts Ten-Minute Play Festival (Hardly Art Theatre).

What about this play resonates with you?
Stop Kiss is a love story, not all that different from any other. A friendship that develops into something more: awkward moments, hesitant subtext-filled conversations and a first kiss. Difference is it’s not just any other love story. Stop Kiss is beautiful and tragic in equal measure.
What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)? 20140316_135134
I prepare by getting organized and making lists, so many lists. Also sticky notes, sticky notes are my friend.
What does community engagement mean to you? 

Theatre is a social experience. It isn’t meant to be forgotten as soon as the curtain call finishes and the audience gets up from their seats. Community engagement means continuing the conversation after the final curtain is drawn. It is this formal (or informal) connection to the community that brings wider attention to the issues of a play.

Read more about Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Read about the rest of the Cast and Creative Team of Stop Kiss 

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Meet Gilles Zolty, our Sound Designer

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Gilles is super excited to be working with the beautiful Stop Kiss team on his first Live Five production. Since 2007 he has composed and sound designed over 20 theatre productions. This past season Gilles worked on My ChernobylA Man A FishThe Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Persephone Theatre) and La Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour). Gilles also has film scored several films and performs music as a solo artist.

What about this play resonates with you?
I love the fact that Stop Kiss manages to make me laugh and cry in a single breath. It’s messy, snotty and wonderful.

Having family and friends that are victims of this kind of abuse makes being part of this show intensely important and moving.
What do you do to prepare for your role (or for this production specifically)?IMG_1765
I start by drawing/scoring from the script and Director’s vision but the true possession/engagement happens with actors and the rest of the design team.
What does community engagement mean to you?
We are all a collective and being part of it is where inspiration lives.

It been wonderful sitting in a few of the after-show talks listening to people stories and perspectives in Saskatoon.