This Will Lead toDancing
Playwright: Johnny Wideman
Director: Erin Brandenburg
Dramaturge: Steven Gallagher
Stage Manager: Leah Harder
Teenagers Sam and Alex are sick and tired: they're tired of their church's exclusive stance on homosexuality, and sick due to a week-long hunger strike to protest it. But when word finally gets out, it becomes clear that their cause has struck a chord in their small Mennonite community. Crowds begin gathering outside their church, national news crews begin following the story, and Sam is visited by the ghost of Menno Simons, who claims he has been sent to help her. Awaiting their church's decision, Sam and Alex must decide whether sticking up for a community who has been spiritually starved is worth the risk of physically starving themselves.
2019 Tour - DATES
Wednesday April 3 - Harrisonburg, Virginia // Eastern Mennonite University (This is a private event)
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2019 Tour - Cast
Zach Parsons is a Toronto-based actor and musician. After graduating from the theatre program at the University of Waterloo, his most recent work includes parts in The Second Life and Journey to the East (Tottering Biped Theatre), Hamburger (Informal Upright, Toronto Fringe 2018) and three seasons of performing in Shakespeare at the Rock at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, ON. He's begun expanding into film, with recent credits including the feature film Shifted, the TV show Evil Encounters, and various commercials. Music-wise, he has done sound design and composed full scores for plays, short films, and TV commercials, and continues to learn and experiment with more. This is his first show with Theatre of the Beat, and his second time touring it!
Playwright & Cast
Johnny Wideman is a playwright, short storyist, dramaturg, actor, facilitator, and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work in Theatre from Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Wideman received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Waterloo, ON, and the University of Sussex, UK. In June of 2011, he founded the grass-roots social justice theatre company, Theatre of the Beat, of which he is now the Artistic Director. In 2012, Wideman’s first screenplay GODART was awarded "Best Low-Budget Feature Film" at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and “Official Selection” at the Polish Independent Film Festival. Wideman’s work has been performed over 260 times throughout the U.S. and across Canada, including: This Prison or: He came Through the Floor, Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft, Forgiven/Forgotten, A Bicycle Built for Two, This Will Lead to Dancing, and Yellow Bellies.
Kimberlee graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Peace and Conflict Studies program with a Drama minor, and received her Master’s of Social Work from Laurier University. Kimberlee developed TOTB's Restorative Justice Theatre Program, running out of Grande Valley Institution for Women and is passionate about using theatre as a tool for constructive social change. She lives in Kitchener, ON.
Christina Leonard is an actor and creator from Toronto, ON. She is thrilled and grateful to be a part of such meaningful theatre experiences with Theatre of the Beat. Christina studied Theatre Performance at Humber College and works in theatre and film. For her most recent project, Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space! she toured across Ontario to perform theatre for young audiences. Christina loves dancing, popcorn, strolls on sunny days, and her TOTB family.
A Toronto-based creative in theatre, film and voiceover, Amy is excited to be on the road again with Theatre of the Beat. Past theatre credits include: Closer, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Girls, and Twelfth Night - to name a few.
From: Chesterfield, VA. At Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Ezrionna has been seen in On the Verge (Acme Mover and assistant stage manager), The Crowley’s of Tobias (Dr. Tanner), Into the Woods (Movement Chorus, Granny, Milky White), The Woodsman (Lucas), Frog and Toad (Snail). She was Stage Manager for Twelfth Night, 39 Steps and Distant Witness. Props master for Dark at the Top of the Stairs, 39 Steps, Measure for Measure and the Brothers Grim Spectacular. Ezrionna also stage managed The Gospel Project and Firebrand for The Wanderlust Theater Company. Most recently she directed, designed scenery and lighting for, and was seen in The Beginning of Spring at EMU.