Does the Devil Deserve Paradise?

Playwright Clive Barker invites the audience to travel through time and memory. Using specially created masks, behold 34 unique characters who all share one commonality: they are all born from the human desire to reach paradise. The world Barker paints resonates with vulnerability, liveliness, and honesty, much like the characters that inhabit it. Whether it be angels falling from heaven in a 1212 BC Russian winter, a decaying prison cell holding accused witches in Lucerne, or a boxing match in England with stakes high enough to make a man out of a machine, the settings and characters reach out from history to tell the Devil's story. A makeshift court is assembled at Lake Turkana, Africa: if he can prove that he is innocent, he shall return to heaven for eternity; if he is found guilty, he shall remain an outcast on earth. Each testimony seamlessly transports the story to a new time period and reveals the Devil wearing a different skin, until, by the end, he sheds them all. In a theatrical eruption of darkness, philosophy, and humor, The History of the Devil, alternatively titled Scenes from a Pretended Life, exposes Lucifer as a fallen angel so like ourselves. Does he deserve paradise? Do any of us?

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CAST 

ACTOR | Needs to tell a new story | Logan Williams
WOMAN |
A living literary device | Delphine DiTecco
NANCY KYLE |
A normal housewife | Lily MacLean
SAMUEL KYLE |
Making it up as he goes | Kyle Mcilhone
VERRIER |
Less than an angel, more than a man | Delphine DiTecco
JANE BECK |
Open-minded and lost | Arielle Palik
CATHERINE LAMB |
Torn between love and justice | Liana Montoro
BELIAL |
Formerly second to the Devil | James Harrington
JUDGE FELIX POPPER |
A wiry, dyspeptic octogenarian | Various
MILO MILO |
Thinking of home | Lily MacLean
THE DEVIL |
aka the father of lies, the bogeyman, the lord of the abyss, old nick, pazuzu, the prince of all sickness, the enemy of truth, the inventor of depravity, error & anguish, etc. | Lucas Chartier-Dessert
ULLA SHIM |
Cold and mysterious | Delphine DiTecco
PIA SHIM |
A knot unraveling | Arielle Palik
YAPSHI KANISHKA |
An uprooted garden | Liana Montoro
CALLIMACHUS |
Uncertain and deceived | Kyle Mcilhone
POLYXENE |
Desperate for passion | Arielle Palik
JESUS CHRIST |
Itchy and eccentric; loves the spotlight | Logan Williams
NICHOLAS VIDAL |
Lives for pleasure | James Harrington
ALETTE VIDAL |
Lives for pleasure | Delphine DiTecco
MADELEINE VIDAL |
Lives for pleasure | Lily MacLean
PROCELL |
A demon in a dream | Delphine DiTecco
SONNEILLON |
A demon in a dream | Lily MacLean
DANTE |
Pious and exposed | James Harrington

ACTOR #2 | Seeking warmth | Kyle Mcilhone
MACREADY |
A disillusioned insomniac | James Harrington
ISOBEL NIDER |
Has seen the darkest | Delphine DiTecco
BARBARA & THERESE |
A parasitic bond | Liana Montoro
JACK EASTER |
An awakening machine | James Harrington
DANIEL MENDOZA |
A famous boxer | Kyle Mcilhone
MRS. MENDOZA |
Protective and instinctive | Lily MacLean
DUKE OF YORK |
Prim and barbaric | Arielle Palik
MARY ANN CLARKE |
Oblivious and ecstatic | Liana Montoro
LILITH |
Ripe with vengeance | Logan Williams
GEORG KEIPENHAUER |
A soldier searching | Kyle Mcilhone

 

 

 

Photos by Julia Milz

WRITTEN BY | Clive Barker
DIRECTED BY | Jeremy Michael Segal
STAGE MANAGED BY | Beata Groves
SET & COSTUMES DESIGN BY | Logan Williams
LIGHTING DESIGN BY | Alexander Smith
COSTUME ASSISTANT & DRESSER | Genia DeMarco
MASKS CREATED BY | Danielle Fagen & Joshua Cape with assistance from John Leberg
SOUND DESIGN BY | Jeremy Michael Segal
MEDIA CONSULTANT | Janis Kirshner

T H E  H I S T O R Y  O F  T H E  D E V I L

" . . . The people of Title 66 put this one together incredibly well. Ever seen 8 people play 34 roles? It’s a challenge that this cast surmounted, seemingly with ease. I can only imagine how much practice and hard work went into this production: Characters spring to life in the blink of an eye, and vanish at the same rate

. . . Theirs is an extraordinary production of an intricate and altogether marvellous play, and it deserves to be seen by many."

Al Lafrance, Bloody Underrated

"The show is a must for real theatre enthusiasts."

Byron Toben, Charlebois Post

"This thing is alive with ingenuity and flair that productions many times its budget could only hope to attain. Wildly fun - sometimes downright volcanic - performances across the board too. Three hours of dark, inspired bliss. I loved it, as did everyone I was with. Wow."

Mitch Davis, Co-Director of the Fantasia International Film Festival

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