When 19-year-old Private Skyler James was outed as a lesbian after joining the US Army, she packed a truck, fled her base in Kentucky, and started driving north…
Based on a true story, this gripping play reveals the true damage of prejudice and the strength of a young woman’s spirit in a society that teaches, “don’t ask, don’t tell”.
(Part of Jordan Tannahill's 2014 Governor General’s Award winning trio of plays, Age of Minority)
ALI JOY RICHARDSON (Director)—PAST: As Director: Still and O (Binocular Theatre), We Are XX (The Regent Collective/Paprika Festival 2016), Oklahoma! (First Act Productions), A Spirit’s Face (Spiderbones Performing Arts), Rumpelstiltskin (Solar Stage Children's Theatre). As Assistant Director: Julius Caesar (Canadian Stage), Brantwood: 1920-2020 (Sheridan's Canadian Music Theatre Project), The Rover (Theatre Erindale). Ali recently co-created and performed two sold-out Fringe shows: the interactive/site specific Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie and The Dinner Table. UPCOMING: Directing Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House for Alumnae Theatre and directing/co-writing The Secret Life of Riley K., a musical about mental health for Grades 4-6 with Education Arts Canada. OTHER: Ali is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan College. www.alijoyrichardson.com
NATASHA RAMONDINO (Skyler) — is a Toronto-based actor hailing from the Theatre and Drama Studies program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga. RECENT: Lion in the Streets (Theatre By Committee), Shakespeare in Hospitals (Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective), MathJam, JiggiJump (Education Arts Canada), Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie (Fail Better Theatre), and Rumpelstiltskin (Solar Stage Theatre). CURRENT: Natasha has recently started teaching Shakespeare workshops in schools for Shakespeare in Action. www.natasharamondino.weebly.com
JORDAN TANNAHILL is a playwright, filmmaker, and former co-proprietor of the art space Videofag. He's thrilled that Binocular Theatre has brought Get Yourself Home Skyler James back to Toronto. Written when he was 20, and first produced by Roseneath Theatre, it is a play near and dear to his heart (and comprises the first part of his Governor General's Award-winning trilogy Age of Minority). www.jordantannahill.com
Thank you to 918 Bathurst Centre for their generosity in hosting Get Yourself Home Skyler James. 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education is a not-for-profit centre for arts, culture, community & special events located in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood.