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CMEDIA: Directed by Andrew Kushnir. Nick Green’s Casey and Diana, which had reportedly a triumphant première at the Stratford Festival last May, is now available for home viewing on Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s subscription-based streaming platform.
Built around the famous 1991 Princess Diana’s visit to Toronto AIDS hospice Casey House, the play showcases when she made international headlines by shaking hands with a dying patient.
Sharing the remarkable warmth, strength and resilience of the people at Casey House, the play focuses on the working, living and dying in the face of unimaginable pain, isolation and stigma.
The production features Sean Arbuckle as Thomas, Laura Condlln as Pauline, Linda Kash as Marjorie, Davinder Malhi as Andre, Krystin Pellerin as Diana and Sophia Walker as Vera.
In addition to Director Andrew Kushnir, the creative team includes Designer Joshua Quinlan, Lighting Designer Louise Guinand, Composer and Sound Designer Debashis Sinha and Dramaturge Bob White.
Word of mouth quickly made Casey and Diana one of the season’s hottest tickets, leading to a sold-out run. The play was hailed as “emotionally powerful” (The Globe and Mail), “incredibly moving and deeply accomplished” (Toronto Star).
The production is also moving on to Toronto, where it will run at Soulpepper from January 23 to February 4.
Subscribers to Stratfest@Home can viewing Casey and Diana, along with dozens of productions from the Festival’s stages, including original digital content and work from performing arts companies across the country. Cost is $7.99 per month.
Hundreds of other titles would soon be released on Stratfest@Home including Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard II, Women of the Fur Trade, Henry V, and Season 2 of Leer Estates.
Casey and Diana‘s production support has been provided by Alan Rowe & Bryan Blenkin and by three generations of the Schubert family.
Creation support for Casey and Diana has been provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.
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