Since 2014, the red light district has been developing LULU as part of the Buddies Residency Program, with more than 100 of the city’s most exciting writers and theatre artists involved in this process of collective deconstruction. LULU v.7 // aspects of a femme fatale comes to the Buddies stage this May, and the culminating production of this series features a powerhouse cast – many of whom are no stranger to the Buddies stage.
Visit the show page for more information on LULU v.7 // aspects of a femme fatale.
VALERIE BUHAGIAR — DR. GOLL + CASTI-PIANI
valerie is an award-winning actor and filmmaker. some highlights include: jordan tannahill’s botticelli in the fire and sunday in sodom at canadian stage, peter and valerie created by buhagiar and peter reder at the national theatre (UK) and we are not afraid of the dark by tine van aerschot in mousonturm (frankfurt). TV episodics such as the expanse, murdoch mysteries, the girlfriend experience, bad blood and many indie films.
valerie’s written, directed and produced several internationally acclaimed films that have worldwide distribution. her recent feature, it’s hard to be human, just premiered at cinequest in san jose california. she is prepping for her third feature film and is developing two television shows. in the meantime valerie is thrilled to be working on LULU.
SKY GILBERT — SCHIGOLCH
sky gilbert is a poet, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, theatre director, and drag queen extraordinaire. he was co-founder and artistic director of toronto’s buddies in bad times theatre — one of the world’s largest gay and lesbian theatres — from 1979 to 1997. he has had more than 40 plays produced, and written 7 critically acclaimed novels and three award winning poetry collections. he has received three dora mavor moore awards as well as the pauline mcgibbon award, and the silver ticket award. there is a street in toronto named after him: ‘sky gilbert lane.’ he’s latest novel sad old faggot (ECW Press) was critically acclaimed. he is presently working on a book of essays entitled small things to be published by guernica press in 2018, and a musical cheri, which will be performed at the fringe this summer with music by dustin peters, starring theresa tova.
CHALA HUNTER — EDWARD SCHWARZ
chala hunter is an actor, creator and director, originally from saskatoon, SK. she is a graduate of the national theatre school of canada. selected theatre credits include assistant director for jerusalem (outside the march), her solo piece amy and irma (buddies/rhubarb), noises off (segal centre, jacob tierney), beaver (storefront), wormwood (tarragon, richard rose), travesties, (segal centre, jacob tierney), canadian stage’s as you like it and titus andronicus, (celia, lavinia) and necessary angel’s tout comme elle (luminato). she will be directing the short film moon dog by alice snaden (toronto actra women’s committee 2018 toolkit production) and is co-producing a web series with amy keating. she is honoured to be part of LULU.
RICHARD LAM — RODRIGO QUAST
richard lam is an actor, musician, and sound designer. acting credits include: hello again (the artillery collective), spoon river (charlottetown festival, off-broadway, toronto), of human bondage (off-broadway, toronto), incident at vichy, blood wedding, marat/sade, the crucible, the dybbuk, idiot’s delight, the dead, the thirst of hearts (soulpepper theatre); peter pan (bad hats/soulpepper); heart of steel (next stage); paper song, are we there yet? (concrete theatre). sound design credits include: the dead, the thirst of hearts, a tender thing (soulpepper theatre); creditors (coal mine theatre); that syncing feeling (outside the march). music direction credits include: spoon river (assistant), heart of steel, the dead, the thirst of hearts. composition credits include: from here (awkward stage productions, music/book/lyrics), work plays (alberta workers’ health centre, music), the ghost sonata (studio theatre, music). richard is also the creator, music director, and arranger of the original cabarets the new toronto and the times they are a-changin’. he has shared two dora awards for best ensemble: with the cast of of human bondage in 2014, and with the cast of incident at vichy in 2016. richard holds a BFA in acting from the university of alberta, and is a graduate of the soulpepper academy and the inaugural canadian musical theatre writers’ collective’s writers workshop.
CHRISTOPHER MORRIS — DR. SCHÖNING
christopher is an actor, director, playwright and is the artistic director of human cargo. selected acting credits include a doll’s house and noises off (soulpepper), botticelli in the fire/sunday in sodom (canadian stage), hedda gabler (necessary angel/canadian stage), oedipus rex and the diary of anne frank (stratford festival), the importance of being earnest, alice through the looking glass, stuff happens (national arts centre – member of the 2014/15 NAC english theatre acting ensemble), after miss julie (red one theatre), hamlet and andromache (necessary angel). as a playwright, his play the runner will premiere this november as part of theatre passe muraille’s 2018/19 season. he’s currently developing other plays in china (with chinese playwright zhuang yi), in central african republic (with doctors without borders) and in nunavut/ottawa with tiffany ayalik and miali buscemi about inuk artist annie pootoogook.
CRAIG PIKE – ALWA SCHÖNING
craig just started watching rupauls drag race and is so thrilled to be a part of ted and susie’s theatre extravaganza! he’s acted in a bunch of plays you probably haven’t seen, but he really liked being a part of them nonetheless. some were by dead playwrights and some were by living playwrights. some were in toronto and some were in newfoundland and some were in niagara on the lake. one was in kamloops. craig bakes cookies sometimes at craig’s cookies and is in his 10th season as founding conductor of that choir. to quote ru: if you can’t love yourself how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? can i get an amen up in here?
KHADIJAH ROBERTS-ABDULLAH — COUNTESS GESCHWITZ
khadijah roberts-abdullah is a dora nominated and my entertainment award winning actor as well as a writer and producer. notable credits include; lila in kat sandler’s bang bang, jessica in scapegoat collective’s cloud, laertes in ravi jain’s the prince hamlet, claudette in how black mothers say i love you, queen elizabeth i in the queen’s conjuror, black woman in we are proud to present…, st. monica in the last days of judas iscariot, and othello in go play producing’s othello. khadijah is thrilled to be working with red light district theatre.
ROSE TUONG — LULU
top notch performer / insecure autobiographer who spent a few formative nights volunteering during rhubarb to score free theatre tickets (her friend’s idea at the time – rose had a crush on said friend and was down for anything). ultimately she’d emerge from that first buddies offering variously stupefied, excited, and enticed by what was seen and felt. that hasn’t stopped happening here. she is stoked to be working in fine company on this provocative thing.
past theatre includes: rose (soulpepper), all’s well that ends well, hamlet (canadian stage), the RESISTIBLE rise of arturo ui (the red light district).