By Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Kayla Gordon
Starring Ryan James Miller
Alex More is an out of work actor who lands a unique job — shopkeeper in Barbra Streisand’s underground mall on her private Malibu estate. Alex spends most of his days alone, surrounded by the megastar’s antique collection. But when “Babs” drops in for a visit one day, Alex’s life is changed forever. Buyer & Cellar is a sophisticated comedy that offers an unconventional glimpse into one of the most idolized Jewish icons of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
“A TRIUMPH. I TELL YOU TO GO! The most talked about new comedy of the season.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Production Sponsor: Debbie Gray
May 7th at 8:00 PM
May 8th at 3:00 PM* & 7:00 PM*
May 9th at 8:00 PM
May 11th at 8:00 PM
May 14th at 8:00 PM
May 15th at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
*Take advantage of our Buy One, Get One Free Mother’s Day Deal on either May 8th (3:00 PM OR 7:00 PM) performance using the code: MOTHERSDAY16 (online only)
All shows take place at the Berney Theatre, located inside the Asper Jewish Community Campus at 123 Doncaster Street. To purchase tickets, go online at www.wjt.ca (click the ‘Buy Now’ button), or call the Box Office at 204-477-7478.
Cast & Creative Team:
Kayla is thrilled to be back directing Buyer & Cellar for WJT and even more excited to be working with Ryan, Ari and an incredible team, all of whom she has watched grow into accomplished artists. Kayla is currently the Artistic Director of Winnipeg Studio Theatre and she teaches acting and musical theatre at the University of Winnipeg. She has worked as an actor and director in Winnipeg for over 30 years. She was the Artistic Director for WJT from 1995-2006 and Executive Director for the Association of Jewish Theatre from 2006-2008. Kayla received the Young Leadership Award from the University of Jerusalem and she was nominated for the John Hirsch Young Directors Award. Recent directing credits include Bad Jews (WJT) Heathers, the Musical (WST), Avenue Q (WST) Altar Boyz (WST/PTE), The Producers (MTC Lawyer Show), Little Shop of Horrors (PTE Dentist Show) and Ordinary Days (WST/Toronto’s Angelwalk Theatre). Kayla also has produced countless special events and fundraisers for many local charity groups including Words and Deeds honoring the Asper Family, CancerCare Manitoba, Virtuosi Concerts, Macdonald Youth Services and others.
Larry is delighted to be back at Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. He’s been designing lights for WJT since Moses was in diapers. He has also designed for RMTC, MTYP, Globe Theatre, PTE, Persephone Theatre and Dry Cold Productions. He sits on the Board of Directors for Sarasvati Productions. Larry is a certified yoga instructor and when not designing lights, can be found teaching classes in various studios throughout Winnipeg.
Ryan James Miller – Alex More
Ryan James Miller, a graduate of the U of W theatre department, began his professional career on this very stage, receiving critical acclaim as Prior in the monumental two part series, Angels in America. Since then, Ryan has been making a name for himself working for some of the top theatre companies in Canada, including RMTC (Gone with the Wind, The Glass Menagerie, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Seminar) and Mirvish (Seminar). On top of his many credits, Ryan is also a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee for his work with sketch comedy troupe, Hot Thespian Action. Many thanks to my dearest Mom, everyone at WJT, Steven Schipper, and Adam for putting up with Barbra for the past month.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in theatre design and stage management at the University of Winnipeg, Jamie Plummer received a Masters of Fine Arts in theatre design from the University of Alberta. Now based in Winnipeg, Jamie has worked on a number of productions. Most recently she has designed the set and costumes for Unnecessary Farce at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Myth of the Ostrich at The Warehouse, The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol at the Persephone Theatre, Little Thing, Big Thing at Prairie Theatre Exchange, set for West Side Story at Rainbow Stage, and Stars of David here at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Jamie Plummer is delighted to be back in her hometown Winnipeg, working in the community that inspired her career.
This production marks Paul’s return to Winnipeg theatre. Having been Production Manager for a touring company for the past 5 years he had the pleasure of touring Canada and foreign lands many times over. Previous stage management work in Winnipeg was with Manitoba Opera, Rainbow Stage, RMTC, Royal Wpg Ballet, PTE, and many more. Paul began his career right here with the WJT and their production of Cantorial back in 1989.
Jonathan Tolins is the author of BUYER & CELLAR, which was named “Best Unique Theatrical Experience” by the Off-Broadway Alliance when it premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Other plays include THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS (Broadway, Booth Theatre), IF MEMORY SERVES (Promenade), THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE (Rattlestick, Century Center), and SECRETS OF THE TRADE (Primary Stages). A collection of his plays has been published by Grove/Atlantic. His film work includes “The Twilight of the Golds” and “Martian Child.” For television, he was a writer for “Queer as Folk,” the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards, and “Partners.” He was the author of “Pushkin 200: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall,” acted as script consultant on “Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular,” and co-wrote “The Divine Millennium Tour” and “The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler.” He has written articles for Opera News, Opera Monthly, TheaterWeek, Time Magazine, and the Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his husband, the writer and director Robert Cary, and their children, Selina and Henry. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.