Dry Powder

A Play by Sarah Burgess

The Toronto Centre for the Arts

April 4-20, 2019






The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick Hannel threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick’s partners, has a dream of a deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song that will rescue his boss from the PR disaster. But Jenny, Rick’s other partner, has an entirely different plan: to maximize returns, no matter the consequences.

The game is on in this razor-sharp, satirical play about the price of success and the real cost of getting the deal done.


“Extraordinarily timely. Money is explosive, and America’s fuse is shortening.”

  Time Out New York


the playwright: sarah burgess

Sarah Burgess’s play Dry Powder is a recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award and a 2016 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Dry Powder premiered at the Public Theater in March 2016, directed by Thomas Kail, starring Claire Danes, John Krasinski, Hank Azaria and Sanjit De Silva. Dry Powder premiered in London at The Hampstead Theatre in February 2018 and was nominated for an Oliver Award for Best New Comedy. Other plays include Camdenside (Ground Floor selection; Berkeley Rep; Kilroys list 2015) and Fail: Failures (ANT Fest). Writer for Showtime’s Purity , AMC’s Lodge 49 , The Tenant (Woodshed Collective) and Naked Radio Naked Angels’ podcast series. Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Member of the WP Lab; Ars Nova Play group alum.



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Rebecca Liddiard AS Jenny

Rebecca Liddiard is a Toronto-based Canadian actress active in film, television and theatre. In the theatre Rebecca’s work has earned her a Dora award nomination and recognition for her work in new plays including the critically acclaimed production and remount of Mustard by Kat Sandler at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, and Electra in Bosnia by Judith Thompson, which premiered in Greece.  She is most widely known for her lead roles as "Morality Officer Mary Shaw" on CBC's Frankie Drake Mysteries, as “Constable Adelaide Stratton” on the FOX/Global TV/ITV series Houdini & Doyle, and as Ella on the web series Mslabelled. Other select credits include playing "Mary Whitney" on the CBC/Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, and a role in the upcoming feature film Run This Town.  Rebecca has studied performance for film and theatre at home and abroad, she is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.

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Peter Keleghan as Rick

Born and raised in Montreal, Peter Keleghan studied acting at John Abbott College and Concordia University, The London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art in England, and York University in Toronto. He went on to become a member of The Second City, The Stratford Festival, and The Shaw Festival. Peter is an eighteen time Gemini Award nominee and a five-time winner in the category of Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for (among others) his roles as the self-absorbed Jim Walcott in The Newsroom, and the vain Alan Roy in Made In Canada. He currently has a continuing guest role on Murdoch Mysteries as Terrence Meyers and as Richard in the CBC series Workin’ Moms for which he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2018.  In the US, Peter guest starred in some of television’s most popular series including Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, and Cheers. Peter is the recipient of the Actra Award of Excellence for 2009 in part for his work helping to create The Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union.  He is also an active advocate and speaker for Greenpeace Canada and Aireum-Canada’s broadcast museum. Peter currently resides in Toronto with his partner Leah Pinsent.

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Christef Desir as Seth

Christef Desir was born in Haiti and currently resides in Toronto. Christef recently graced the stage in the Canada wide premiere of the critical acclaimed, heavy hitting boxing play The Royale (Soulpepper Theatre). He also recently appeared in Innocence Lost: The Story of Steven Truscott (Soulpepper Theatre). Christef is thrilled to be a part of this production of Dry Powder. His other works include It's a Wonderful Life (Soulpepper), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Unit 102), Edmond (Storefront theatre). He has also made appearances in Ransom (CBS) and a variety of Independent films.

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Greg White as Jeff

Greg White is an actor, writer, director, and producer from Toronto, Ontario. Greg is the writer and director of the feature film Separation, a psychological thriller starring Canadian Academy nominees Peter Stebbings and Sarah Manninen and has written, directed, and produced award winning short films, including the Special Jury Prize at the Dubai International Film Festival for producing “The Neighbour” an English/Arabic language film from Nayla Al Khaja, recognized as the first female filmmaker in the UAE. On television, Greg was the head writer for Inside the Box, a television trivia game show for CanWest Global.  Greg is a graduate of the 2018 CMTWC Toronto Musical Theatre Writer’s Workshop, studying musical composition under Canadian musical theatre icon, Leslie Arden. Greg’s short play Funeral Sandwiches was recently selected as a finalist at the NewMarket National Play Festival. On stage, Greg’s previous acting work includes The Wizard of Oz, Into The Woods, August: Osage County, Avenue Q, and most recently as Buddy in We Will Rock You. Television acting credits include The Detail (CTV), Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC), and a recently filmed pilot for the USA Network. Greg trained at The Second City and George Brown College.  Greg is also graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics and Management, and was awarded the CFA charter in 2003 and currently serves as a media consultant for large financial institutions. Greg founded Evermore Theatre Company in 2018.


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Angela Besharah is an award-winning director, actor and producer. Over the last fifteen years she has directed 11 plays (7 original works) to rave reviews, broken box office records, sold out and extended runs. The Toronto Star chose The Way as a Summerworks Producer’s Pick and in the same year The Churkendoose as a Fringe Best Bet. The first play she directed, Just Another Day on the Hunt, won Best Production and Best Direction at the Hart House Drama Festival. As a film director, she just completed the narrative short, With You Always. Her short film Rive won Best Foreign Drama in Atlanta and had its Canadian premiere at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her first film creation, Now & Then, was featured in The New York Times. She has directed documentary shorts for TVO’s Get Involved! and assisted with the direction on the feature film Fondi ’91. As an actor, Angela has worked with acclaimed directors in over 40 productions for film, television, theatre and voice. These include The Kennedys (History Channel), Lost Girl, Bitten (Syfy), Copper (BBC America), Salvation (CBS), and most recently on the new spy thriller series Condor (DirecTV). She currently runs On-Camera and Scene Study classes through her studio The Lighthouse, as well coaching top talent privately through Inside Light Studio.


Lighting Designer

Andre du Toit is a lighting designer for live performance based in Toronto, although his designs have been seen across Canada and beyond. He has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and has been nominated for twelve.  He has also received a Toronto Theatre Critics Award and been nominated for a Capital Critic’s Circle Award and My Theatre Award for best design. He is a frequent collaborator with some of the most celebrated established and emerging theatre and dance artists from around Canada.  His recent designs include Now You See Her, Mouthpiece (Quote Unquote Collective); The Orchard (Shaw Festival); Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); Le Grand Continental (Luminato); Jerusalem(Outside the March/Company Theatre); Animal Farm, A Delicate Balance, Vimy, The 39 Steps,(Soulpepper); Italian Mime Suicide, Three Red Days, Paolozzapedia, The Double (Bad New Days); Oraltorio (Obsidian / Soulpepper); Harlem Duet, Bakelite Masterpiece (Tarragon Theatre);Love and Information (Canadian Stage); The Assholes, As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour);Boy in the Moon (Crow’s Theatre); Asking For It (In Association); Helen’s Necklace, Watching Glory Die, Tideline (Canadian Rep Theatre); FLORENCE (The Dietrich Group); Jackie Burroughs is Dead and what are you going to do about it? (Danielle Baskerville / Danceworks)This is The Point, Ralph + Lina (Ahuri Theatre).


Set & property Designer

Jung-Hye Kim is a multi-Dora Award nominated, Toronto based set and costume designer. Her other design credits include Now You See Her (Quote Unquote Collective), Shirley Valentine (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Maggie and Pierre (Tarragon Theatre), Prairie Nurse (Factory Theatre), Flying Heart (set-Theatre Direct), The Birds And The Bees (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Kiss (Theatre Smash), Snow Queen (Theatre New Brunswick), Tideline (Hart House Theatre and Canadian Rep Theatre), A Grand Time In The Rapids (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Das Ding (costume-Theatre Smash), Armstrong’s War (costume-Canadian Rep Theatre), Don’t Dress for Dinner (set-Thousand Islands Playhouse), Durango (Fu-gen theatre and Theatre Smash), Small Axe (Project Humanity and The Theatre Centre), Driving Miss Daisy (set-Thousand Islands Playhouse), Minotaur (set-YPT), Pacamambo (costume-Canadian Rep Theatre), Passion Play (set-Outside the March, Convergence Theatre and Sheep No Wool Production), Boblo (Kitchenband Production and The Theatre Centre, Dora nomination for outstanding set design), The Great Mountain (set-Red Sky Performance with YPT), Pub Opera (Tapestry New Opera), After Akmatova (Tarragon Theatre), Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille and Groundwater Theatre, Dora nomination for outstanding costume design), The Middle Place (Canstage, Project Humanity, Belfry Theatre, GCTC), The Big League (Young People’s Theatre), If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre and Groundwater Theatre).



Stephanie Gorin, CSA, CDC, has been in the world of casting for almost 30 years. Selected theatre credits include: Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, Mahabarata, Jukebox Hero, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, War Horse, The Heart of Robin Hood, Rock of Ages, Monsoon Wedding, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Bombay Dreams, Lord of the Rings and The Lion King.  Selected feature film casting: IT, IT 2, Shazam, Life in a Year, Instar Emergence, Aladdin (lead casting), Rocky Horror Picture Show, Race, Saw II - VIII Selected TV credits: Fargo, V-Wars, In the Dark, Anne with an E, Private Eyes, Frankie Drake, Carter Files, Black Mirror (Cdn casting), Hemlock Grove, Shoot the Messenger. In 2017, Stephanie received Ontario’s Premier Award for excellence in Creative Arts. Other awards include: Emmy and Artios winner for Best Casting of a Mini-Series: Fargo, CSA nomination for Anne with an E,  5 Emmy nominations, 4 CSA/Gemini, 7 Artios Award Nominations.


Nigel Shawn Williams is the former Co-Artistic Director of Factory Theatre. He is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner as an actor and director, with numerous nominations for MECCA and Betty Mitchell Awards. His theatre credits as an actor include six seasons at the Stratford and four seasons at the Shaw Festivals, as well as performing in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. His theatre career spans over 25 years as an artist, including the Canadian premieres of: Six Degrees of Separation, Angels in America, Harlem Duet, Two Words for Snow, Belle, Race, Topdog/Underdog, among others.  As a director his productions have garnered critical and artistic success, collaborating with theatre companies across Canada, such as, To Kill a Mockingbird  (Stratford Festival), The Invisible Hand (Theatre Aquarius), Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach), The Mountaintop, Art (Grand Theatre), Brothel # 9(Factory Theatre), The Monument (Obsidian Theatre). Nigel is also heavily active in new play development and has helped develop over 40 new plays in Canada, either working as an actor, director or a dramaturge.  He is also an educator, having taught at York University, University of Windsor, and the National Theatre School of Canada.  Film/TV: Brown Girl Begins, Suits, Heroes Reborn, John QThe Jane ShowThe Famous Jett Jackson

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