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FIJI

Played at the Theatre Passe Muraille Bob Nasmith Backspace
March 29th-April 7th

Sam and Nic recently met online and believe they are destined to be together. After telling everyone he’s bought a one-way ticket to Fiji, Sam has joined Nic at his apartment for a romantic weekend getaway of home-cooked meals and get-to-know-you games. If all goes according to plan, this will be their first and last meeting. This true crime romantic comedy has shocked UK and Edmonton audiences over the past four years, and is now making its’ Toronto debut after a sold-out run at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

CAST & CREATIVES

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JACK COPLAND (Sam)

Jack is thrilled to be working with the team at Icarus Theatre for the first time! A Toronto-based Dora nominated actor, his past credits include voice over work (Total Drama Island), repertory theatre (Theatre on the Ridge), network television (Murdoch Mysteries), and independent films (The Whipping Boy). He also writes and produces for the screen with Grin Films, and volunteers with Sprint Senior Care in Toronto. Graduate of the Ivey School of Business and the George Brown Theatre School. Online at jackcopland.com.

DESMOND LAZAR (Nic)

Desmond Lazar (he/him) is an actor, writer and director based out of Toronto Ontario, who graduated from TMU (formerly Ryerson)’s acting program in ’22. His first play, The Fire, was workshopped by Precipice Productions in 2021 and he made is directorial debut the following year with Hunger, a new play by Ben Yoganathan. His most recent acting credits include: George, Our Town (Studio WEST); Snout, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tottering Biped Theatre); Hookman, Hookman, (TMU); Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, (TMU). 

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EMILY ANNE CORCORAN (Set Designer)

This is Emily’s first foray into set design. You can usually find her on stage performing or behind
the camera doing performance photography/videography. She is thrilled to be back with Icarus
and to be a part of this incredible team! Recent performance credits include: Lobby Hero,
Toronto 1989 (Icarus Theatre) Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, How He Lied to Her
Husband/The Proposal (Lodestar Theatre) and Chrysothemis (Studio Theatre). Recent TV
appearances include: Cruel Intentions (Prime), Hudson & Rex (CityTV) and Caught (CBC).
See you in Fiji🌴😎

ANTHONY GONCHAROV (Director/Producer)

Anthony is stoked to be making his directorial debut with his very own company, Icarus!

Anthony Goncharov is an actor, producer, director, and (most importantly) Artistic Director of Icarus Theatre. He believes deeply in the craft of theatre, and hopes to build Icarus Theatre into a place where theatre artists can come to stretch their capabilities and tell beautiful stories. He believes that Fiji is a great step in that direction.

He would like to thank his partner, Emily, his parents, his friends, and of course, you, the audience.

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LAUREN FAHEY
(Stage Manager)

Lauren is ecstatic to be back with Icarus Theatre for Fiji! After completing a BA at York University for film studies, Lauren studied theatre production at Humber College with a focus on stage and production management. Recently she has stage managed Cirque Ambiente and Tinker’s Toy Factory at Canada’s Wonderland. Other select theatre credits include Legally Blonde Jr (Innovative Arts), The Nightingale of a Thousand Songs and The Language of Birds (Canadian Children’s Opera Company), Lobby Hero (Icarus Theatre), Silver Dagger, Gloria’s Guy and Theft (Village Players) and Emotion Commotion (Kid-Safe Productions).

LIDIA FOOTE (Lighting Designer)

Lidia is a graduate of Humber College. She is very excited to be part of this rendition of Fiji, and has been to Fiji (the real place) once for a grade 12 biology course. It's very different than this show. In the past, she has worked on a few Fringe shows and a mainstage production of Tales of a City by the Sea. After working in corporate events for about a year, she decided design for live theatre was much more fun. She is debuting back into the Theatre world with today’s production. Enjoy!

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MICHELLE LEWIS
(Fight/Intimacy Director)

Michelle Lewis (They/Them) is a fight and intimacy choreographer and performer living and working in Toronto. They are an Assistant Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada, and currently teach Stage Combat at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre.

Michelle has provided fight direction and intimacy direction for theatre companies in Toronto, St. Catharines and Montreal. Favourite credits include East of Berlin for Essential Collective Theatre, and Romeo and Juliet for Repercussion Theatre.

ERIK RICHARDS (Sound Designer)

Erik Richards (he/him) is a Sound Designer, Production Manager and Theatre Maker from Treaty Six thrilled to be off to Fiji with Icarus. Selected work includes, DION : A Rock Opera (Coal Mine), La Bete (Talk is Free), Boy Falls From the Sky (Talk is Free), The Cabin on Bald Dune (Dog Heart), The Pillowman (TheatreYES), Dead in the Water (TheatreYES), Evandalism (Fringe Spotlight), Talk Treaty to Me (ReadyGo), and Brother Rat (ReadyGo). Erik's practice explores the intersection between theatre, and music, through multimedia and live performance. Most of all, he CANNOT WAIT to marry Frances this May!

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