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Toronto: The Howland Company announces casting for “Casimir and Caroline”

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Howland Company’s full casting & creative team has been announced for our upcoming North American premiere of CASIMIR AND CAROLINE by celebrated European playwright and novelist Ödön von Horváth (Tales from the Vienna Woods, Judgment Day, Youth Without God), coming to Crow's Theatre Streetcar Crowsnest January 14th to February 9th, 2020. This new adaptation from Howland Company member Paolo Santalucia with Holger Syme and The Howland Company is based on an original translation by Holger Syme, and will be directed by Paolo Santalucia.

This 10-person ensemble will feature Howland Company members Alexander Crowther (Pure – CBC/WGN America, The Glass Menagerie – Grand Theatre, Hallie Seline (The Wolves – Howland Company/Crow’s Theatre, Prairie Nurse – Lighthouse Festival Theatre), James Graham (Punk Rock – Howland Company, Othello – Shakespeare BASH’d), and Cameron Laurie (Punk Rock – Howland Company, Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning – Blyth Festival), joined by six more of Toronto's most exciting performers: Michael Ayres (Bang Bang – GCTC, What I Call Her – In Association/Crow’s Theatre), Michael Chiem (Asking For It – Thousand Islands Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Shakespeare in Action), Veronica Hortiguela (Dry Land – Cue6 Theatre, fāng: The Antigone Project - Young People’s Theatre), Shruti Kothari (Three Seasons at The Stratford Festival, Little Pretty and the Exceptional – Factory Theatre), Kimwun Perehinec (Fortune of Wolves – Theatre New Brunswick, The Watershed – Porte Parole/Crow’s Theatre) and Caroline Toal (Selfie, To Kill a Mockingbird – Young People’s Theatre, Early August – Lighthouse Festival Theatre).  

Rounding out the creative team is set and costume designer Ken MacKenzie, lighting designer and Howland Company member Jareth Li, sound design with original composition by Evan MacKenzie, associate directing by Thom Nyhuus, and stage management by Howland Company member Sam Hale. 

"CASIMIR AND CAROLINE cares little for decorum,” says director Paolo Santalucia, “It relentlessly reminds us that we’ll never be rich enough, happy enough, or important enough to satisfy our desires. And when faced with the disappointment of falling short, it laughs at how outrageously we try to prove everyone otherwise."

The Howland Company Presents


Written by Ödön von Horváth
A new adaptation by Paolo Santalucia, Holger Syme, and The Howland Company

Based on an original translation by Holger Syme
Directed by Paolo Santalucia


Tonight’s the office party. There’s a one drink-ticket limit, and we are way passed that now...

Casimir just got fired, his phone’s not working and his shoes are falling apart. Caroline wants to dance, sing karaoke, and forget about the weight of the world for just one night. They are engaged... for now.

Casimir and Caroline is a play about love in the cold atmosphere of modern capitalism. We follow these ultra star-crossed lovers, as they navigate clingy co-workers, sketchy best friends, questionable HR representatives, the playboy boss, that powerhouse from the Montreal office and those beautiful few who might actually possess an ounce of wisdom. They all desperately long for something more. None of them can say what that might be. But at least their lives look dope on Instagram.

Ödön von Horváth’s 1932 tragicomedy is one of the most frequently staged plays in the modern German repertoire, but until now has never been staged for a North American audience.

Following the buzz of hit shows Punk Rock, Entrances & Exits, and The Wolves, comes the North American premiere of this new adaptation of a modern classic.

Crow’s Theatre Streetcar Crowsnest, Scotiabank Community Studio Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave., Toronto

January 14 – February 9, 2020
Previews: Tuesday January 14 and Wednesday January 15: 8pm
Opening Night: Thursday January 16: 8pm
Friday January 17 – Saturday January 17, Tuesday January 21 – Saturday January 25, Tuesday January 28 – Saturday February 1, Tuesday February 4 – Saturday February 8: 8pm
Matinees: Sundays – January 18, 26, February 2 & February 9 (Closing Performance): 2:30pm

$25-$40 + Select Pay What You Can performances (to be announced.)
To Purchase:
By Phone: 647-341-7390
In Person: Crow’s Theatre Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave., Toronto, ON.

Photo: Casimir and Caroline. © 2019 Dahlia Katz.