Vancouver, BC – When Anna moves in to the basement suite below Patrick, an unlikely romance ensues. But as she suffers increasingly strange behaviour in her sleep, it sends them both down a dizzying spiral of mistrust and fear. Now, caught together in a shared nightmare, this clashing pair must untangle their demons, sort reality from dream, and learn how to trust – or one of them may never wake up.
Any Night is inspired by the true story of Ken Parks- the first person to get away with murder because of sleepwalking, as well as a recent case of a family man in Alberta who was caught filming his tenant, a young female student. This award-winning play is written by Vancouver playwrights Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn. “I love that Any Night is getting produced again here in Vancouver!” says Arnold (co-artistic director of Alley Theatre) “this will be a real treat to see how others interpret and re-imagine Any Night! Very excited (and I can tell we're in good hands).”
This project brings together some of Vancouver’s most exciting emerging talent, including Pedro Chamale (rice & beans theatre) on set design, as well as CJ McGillivray (who recently worked on the Jessie nominated “Dot & Ziggy,” and is the composer for “On my Walk” with Carousel Theatre) designing sound, as well as new media design by Matt Horrigan.
“What first drew me to this script was the recognition of my story within it,” says actor and producer Jess Amy Shead. “It is thrilling to get to a work on a piece that expresses the subtleties of modern intimacy I've experienced in such a fascinating and challenging way.” “It’s a great challenge to work in the genre of thriller,” says director/producer Julia Siedlanowska. “The playwrights lead us to examine our own biases through Patrick and Anna’s troubled relationship, and it’s given me a fantastic opportunity to examine my own politics as an artist.”
ANY NIGHT July 8-16 @ 8:00
Directed by Julia Siedlanowska
Featuring Jess Amy Shead and Riaan Smit
Set Design by Pedro Chamale
Sound Design by CJ McGillivray.
Lighting Design by Ada-Jane Wolf and Nicole Weismiller
Costume Design by Heather Schmit
New Media by Matthew Horrigan
Assistant Set Design by Shelby Wyminga, Jocelyn Kim, Vanka Salim
Stage Management by Miranda Sandberg
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Contains strong language, violence, and sexual content. Trigger warning for assault.