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Kingston: Theatre Kingston announces a starry cast for “These Deeds” by Craig Walker November 2-19

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

On a spring evening in London in 1892, an unexpected guest arrives just after a performance at the Lyceum Theatre. Showman Buffalo Bill Cody has come to visit his old friend, the great actor, Henry Irving. With them is Irving's loyal, long-suffering manager, Bram Stoker, later famous as the author of Dracula. As the whisky flows, a genial conversation about show business among three friends gradually becomes a violent quarrel exposing dark secrets about the Royal Family, Jack the Ripper and the massacre at Wounded Knee. When the night is over, none of them will ever be the same again.

Meticulously researched by Kingston playwright and celebrated professor, Craig Walker, THESE DEEDS imagines the conversation Henry Irving, Buffalo Bill and Bram Stoker might have had after a performance at London's famed Lyceum Theatre.

You are in for a night of suspense, mystery, discovery, and vicious wit.

George Masswohl as Bram Stoker.

George has been one of the leading performers in the Canadian theatre for decades. A Dora Mavor Moore Award winner, George is probably best known for his acclaimed 2 year run as Claude, the Mayor of Gander Newfoundland in the Canadian production of Come From Away.

For almost 40 years, George has criss-crossed the country, playing a range of iconic roles such as Sweeney Todd (Arts Club Theatre, Canadian Stage, Vancouver Opera, Opera on the Avalon), Frederik in A Little Night Music and Ben Stone in Follies (Shaw Festival), and Matthew in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival). George has also starred in many productions for the Stratford Festival, Young People’s Theatre, and Canadian Stage, notably in one of the most critically lauded musicals ever produced in Toronto, London Road.

George lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he owns and operates his own tour company, George’s Tours. He is also lead singer of The Rowdymen, a band that plays Newfoundland music, traditional, contemporary, and original.

Sean Roberts as Buffalo Bill Cody.

Since 1985 Sean has worked as an actor and director as part of Kingston’s vibrant and vital theatre community. Recent credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Bottletree Productions), Les Belles Soeurs and The Cripple of Inishmaan (King’s Town Players), as well as two seasons as host of City of Shadows (bnice productions/Bell TV) With Theatre Kingston, he appeared in TK’s 2004 production of Greg Burliuk’s The Dressing Room.

Richard Sheridan Willis as Henry Irving

Richard is the artistic director of The St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Richard's lifelong career have brought him from London's West End as Boy, Graduating RADA, Doctor Who, to the USA performing for the President, to Canada for love, and theatre. His solo triumph, STROLLING PLAYER tells it all.

Shakespeare credits include Cyrano, Prospero, Caeser, Capulet, Leonardo. He has played in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and played Chekhov himself in I TAKE YOUR HAND IN MINE and Jim in Coal Mines's BREATHING CORPSES. for Theatre Kingston, he was Willy to Rosemary Doyle's Winnie in HAPPY DAYS.

We are thrilled to put him to greater use.

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