Tree of Life Theatre Company   

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Written by Hélène Pedneault
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Directed by Nicole Arends
Assistant Directed by Sarah McGowan
Cast: Naomi Peltz, Norman Hussey, Jada Rifkin, Tamlynn Bryson
General Admission $20, 
Arts Workers/Students/Seniors $15

The Annex Theatre,
730 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Preview April 26 @ 2pm (PWYC), 
Opening April 26 @ 8pm, 
April 27, 28 @ 8pm, 
April 29 @ 2pm
Closing April 29 @ 8pm 
The is approximately 90 mins long with no intermission.
The Annex is an accessible space.
10% of all proceeds will be supporting Dying with Dignity Canada.

Nicole Arends


NICOLE ARENDS graduated from York University's Theatre program after which she started her own theatre company for youth in Ottawa called The Balcony Players. With this company she produced and directed such plays as Mirror Game, Planet of the Creeps and David for Queen. She came to Toronto in 1996 and started directing for such theatre companies as Alumnae Theatre Company, Young People's Theatre, and independently with Upstart Crow Theatre Group and the Fringe Festival.  Some of her most memorable directing credits includeThe Hope Slide, Cloud Tectonics, Hamlet, and Collected Stories. Nicole has worked at Equity Showcase Theatre and at Young People's Theatre where she assistant-directed many enchanting shows including Ghost Train, Merlin, The Secret Garden, The Miracle Worker and Juliet (and Romeo). She has a diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy and has been working in the field of Arts and Health leading the The Royal Conservatory's Living Through the Arts program for the past 11 years. She is currently spearheading the ARTS-REHAB Project, an Ontario-wide research study that is studying the effects of the creative process on rehab patients. Over the last decade, Nicole has been exploring mask work for personal development as well as creating videos for The Wisdom Speakers. She has 23 stage directing credits to her name and has led and produced countless workshops and events for several arts and community organizations. Recently, Nicole directed Foxfinder for the Village Players and also performed the role of Lady Helena in Alumnae Theatre's production of The Gut Girls.

Sarah McGowan

Assistant Director

Sarah McGowan is thrilled to be joining in on the team as not only producer, but as Asistant Dircector. This is Sarah’s first Directing experience. She is proud to be Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Tree of Life Theatre Company Inc. Sarah McGowan is a former graduate of Randolph Academy and Brock University. She is currently training at The Second City Training Centre and under Lewis Baumander at LBActing Studio. She primarily is an actor and has has a variety of roles in many different productions. She was just reently in Small But Mighty’s original production of Love Story: A Murder Mystery Musical. One of her most enjoyable roles she has had the privelege of playing was, Big Red, in the revival of Elvis and Dick the Musical in Stratford’s Spring and Summer Festival and in Toronto's 2015 Fringe Festival where the show won an award for Best Production. Other shows she has appeared in are: The Vagina Monologues, Legally Blonde the Musical, and Erin Shields, Birds. She has a vast repertoire in both theatre and film, through her strong acting, singing and dance background. With her energetic and quirky personality, Sarah plans to take on new and exciting projects through Tree of Life Theatre Company Inc.

Naomi Peltz

Actor (Lena Fulvi)

Naomi Peltz is a founder of Tree of Life Theatre Company Inc. and a graduate from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.  Select performing credits include:  If We Were Birds (The One With Dwindling Dignity), Legally Blonde the Musical (Enid Hoopes), The Vagina Monologues (Player), Obeah Opera (Jojo) and Foxfinder (Sarah Box). Naomi has written two plays (It's Kind of a Love Story and Make Love Not War,) and is in the throws of developing a living gallery piece (Love Child.) She is thrilled that Nicole has asked her to play Lena Fulvi in Tree of Life's Upcoming show Evidence to the Contrary and can't wait to bring this piece to life! Thanks to Mom, as always.

Norman Hussey

Actor (Inspector)

Norman Hussey is a Toronto-based actor, writer, and director and is very honoured to be working with the Tree of Life Theatre Company. His most recent acting credits include playing Rumpelstiltskin in a British-style pantomime of the same name and playing the murderous sociopath Miles Jarvis in the supernatural thriller, "The Swan Song" with the NAGs Players. He is currently gearing up to direct a one act comedy that he wrote which will be produced this coming November. He is also in the midst of writing a two act suspense thriller which he hopes to direct next year as well as a feature length screenplay which he hopes to begin shooting next summer. He is very grateful to Nicole and the rest of the TLTC for the opportunity to play the role of the Inspector in Evidence to the Contrary.

Jada Rifkin

Actor (Laura Fulvi)

Jada Rifkin is a Toronto-based actor, singer, and dancer, and is thrilled to be working on TLTC's Evidence to the Contrary. Recent selected theatre credits include: The Diary of Anne Frank (Marion Abbott Prod.), Or Not to Be (NIF 2017), The Dining Room (Plain Stage Theatre), The Life (Call it a Day Prod.) Alice in Wonderland (Creativiva Inc. – Singapore Tour)A Moment of Silence (Summerworks 2016), and King of the Castle (Toronto Fringe Festival 2016). Thanks to my family & friends for their support. 

Tamlynn Bryson

Actor (Lisa Fulvi)

Tamlynn Bryson: Tamlynn is an actor, writer, occasional director, and infrequent musician. She completed her BFA in Acting with a Certificate in Arts Management at the University of Windsor in 2015. Recent credits include: Bassianus in Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings Theatre); Writer/Performer for #staystrong (Drawing Board Productions); Candy in Make Love Not War (Small But Mighty Productions); Performer/Producer/Co-Creator for (in)decision (Drawing Board Productions). She is currently devising a new piece, Bedwetter, which will premier at the London Fringe at the end of May. Tamlynn is also a member of the sketch comedy group Cookie Biscuits; the second season will be available on YouTube in summer of 2017.
Dying With Dignity Canada is the national organization committed to improving quality of dying, expanding end-of-life choices and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.

DWD Canada has a four-part mandate:

  • We advocate for compassionate end-of-life choices, and work to accurately inform the public about the constitutional right to medical assistance in dying.
  • We inform Canadians about legal end-of-life options and the importance of advance care planning.
  • We provide personal support to adults suffering greatly from a grievous and irremediable illness or medical condition, and who wish to die on their own terms.
  • We advocate for and support those whose rights are being violated.