SALT   

"We can be fair even if she is not fair."

Lark & Whimsy's first production was the world premiere of Erin Vandenberg's Salt, directed by Briana Brown. The play explores the impact of addiction and mental illness on the relationship between two teenage sisters and their alcoholic mother. When Lilias returns home after a year at school, she finds her mother Vivian increasingly fixated on Great Aunt Rose ‐ a figure Lilias believes never existed ‐ and her sister Petal virtually engrossed in a construction-paper fantasy world. Faced with an ever‐deteriorating family situation, Lilias struggles to chart a course that protects herself and Petal from Vivian’s abuse. But as tensions run high, the roles of abuser and victim become blurred. With rich theatricality, imagery and language, Salt immerses the audience in a moving and modern portrait of mental illness.

"Salt is a beautiful and harrowing portrayal of mental illness and abuse...Vandenberg’s writing in Salt was reminiscent of Tennessee Williams. " Mooney on Theatre

"Consistently engaging and director Briana Brown elicits a number of superior performances." Stage Door

To read more about the play, visit our blog for interviews with Salt's creative team, a peek into our rehearsal process and more. There's also Erin's feature piece in Intermission Magazine and her interview with In the Greenroom's Hallie Seline.   

Salt was a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.

Lucy Hill as Petal. Photo by Robert Harding. 

Lucy Hill as Petal. Photo by Robert Harding. 

Production photos by Robert Harding. 

creative team

Cosette Derome (Lilias)  Cosette Derome is a Toronto based actor. Her proudest theatre credits include the world premiere of And Then The Lights Went Out with Stage West Calgary; The Queens with Glasswater Theatre; and the title role in Canopy Theatre's Romeo and Juliet. Notable tv and film credits include appearances in blockbuster films Suicide Squad; Scott Pilgrim vs the World; and television roles in Good Witch; Reign; The Listener; Satisfaction; and The Jon Dore Show.

Cosette Derome (Lilias) 

Cosette Derome is a Toronto based actor. Her proudest theatre credits include the world premiere of And Then The Lights Went Out with Stage West Calgary; The Queens with Glasswater Theatre; and the title role in Canopy Theatre's Romeo and Juliet. Notable tv and film credits include appearances in blockbuster films Suicide Squad; Scott Pilgrim vs the World; and television roles in Good Witch; Reign; The Listener; Satisfaction; and The Jon Dore Show.

Geoffrey Armour (George) Geoffrey Armour is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School and École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Recent Credits: Petruchio in Driftwood Theatre's Taming of the Shrew, Arlecchino in Metaphysical Theatre's Fool's Gold, Lobster Man in Frolick Theatre's Cowboy Mouth, Director of the Blyth Festival Young Company Hatchlings and Hayseeds.

Geoffrey Armour (George)

Geoffrey Armour is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School and École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Recent Credits: Petruchio in Driftwood Theatre's Taming of the Shrew, Arlecchino in Metaphysical Theatre's Fool's Gold, Lobster Man in Frolick Theatre's Cowboy Mouth, Director of the Blyth Festival Young Company Hatchlings and Hayseeds.

Anna Treusch (Set & Costume Designer) Anna is a Set and Costume Designer, Production Designer and Scenic Painter based in Toronto. Recent design credits include Up The Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre), The Public Servant (Nightwood and Common Boots), Tails From The City (DORA Award for Costume Design, Common Boots), Shannon 10:40 (Timeshare at Videofag), Munsch-O-Mania (George Brown College), The Dog and the Angel (Costumes, Theatre Columbus), Rose's Clothes , Violet’s the Pilot (Set,Thousand Islands Playhouse), The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre, Dora Nomination for Costume Design), Free Outgoing (Set,Nightwood Theatre), Every Letter Counts (Factory Theatre), Mary Poppins, Grease (Set,Theatre St. Johns).

Anna Treusch (Set & Costume Designer)

Anna is a Set and Costume Designer, Production Designer and Scenic Painter based in Toronto. Recent design credits include Up The Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre), The Public Servant (Nightwood and Common Boots), Tails From The City (DORA Award for Costume Design, Common Boots), Shannon 10:40 (Timeshare at Videofag), Munsch-O-Mania (George Brown College), The Dog and the Angel (Costumes, Theatre Columbus), Rose's Clothes , Violet’s the Pilot (Set,Thousand Islands Playhouse), The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre, Dora Nomination for Costume Design), Free Outgoing (Set,Nightwood Theatre), Every Letter Counts (Factory Theatre), Mary Poppins, Grease (Set,Theatre St. Johns).

Lyon Smith (Sound Designer) Lyon Smith is Toronto based multidisciplinary artist that creates work primarily as a sound designer, actor and photographer. As a actor Lyon has recently appeared in an Enemy of the People at the Tarragon theatre and what I learned from a decade of fear for Aluna Theatre.  Lyon is also a voice actor for many popular cartoons including a lead on Netflix's Inspector Gadget. Recent selected sound credits include: Venus in Fur, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, All’s Well that Ends Well and The Taming of the Shrew for Canadian Stage, Final Savage Land for sore for punching you, Proud for the GCTC,  Morro and Jasp 9 to 5 for the Factory Theatre, Mary’s Wedding, The Last Donnelly Standing and If Truth Be Told for the Blyth Festival, Elle for Theatre Passe Murielle and Venus’ Daughter for Obsidian Theatre.  He has received a Dora award and multiple nominations for his sound work.

Lyon Smith (Sound Designer)

Lyon Smith is Toronto based multidisciplinary artist that creates work primarily as a sound designer, actor and photographer. As a actor Lyon has recently appeared in an Enemy of the People at the Tarragon theatre and what I learned from a decade of fear for Aluna Theatre.  Lyon is also a voice actor for many popular cartoons including a lead on Netflix's Inspector Gadget. Recent selected sound credits include: Venus in Fur, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, All’s Well that Ends Well and The Taming of the Shrew for Canadian Stage, Final Savage Land for sore for punching you, Proud for the GCTC,  Morro and Jasp 9 to 5 for the Factory Theatre, Mary’s Wedding, The Last Donnelly Standing and If Truth Be Told for the Blyth Festival, Elle for Theatre Passe Murielle and Venus’ Daughter for Obsidian Theatre.  He has received a Dora award and multiple nominations for his sound work.

Lucy Hill (Petal) Lucy Hill is a prairie-raised actor/improviser/creator now living in Toronto. Some of her recent credits include Romeo & Juliet (Globe Theatre), Tails from the City (Common Boots Theatre), and The Night’s Mare (The Caravan Farm Theatre). As an improviser, Lucy performs regularly at Bad Dog Theatre (TO, I Love You, The Curator) and has toured across Canada with her duo, Dot & Mae. Up next Lucy is touring I, Claudia across Canada followed by playing ‘Beth’ in the world premiere of The Cure for Death by Lightning at Western Canada Theatre. www.lucyadelehill.com

Lucy Hill (Petal)

Lucy Hill is a prairie-raised actor/improviser/creator now living in Toronto. Some of her recent credits include Romeo & Juliet (Globe Theatre), Tails from the City (Common Boots Theatre), and The Night’s Mare (The Caravan Farm Theatre). As an improviser, Lucy performs regularly at Bad Dog Theatre (TO, I Love You, The Curator) and has toured across Canada with her duo, Dot & Mae. Up next Lucy is touring I, Claudia across Canada followed by playing ‘Beth’ in the world premiere of The Cure for Death by Lightning at Western Canada Theatre. www.lucyadelehill.com

Stephanie Jung (Rose) Stephanie Jung is a graduate of the Acting Conservatory at York University.  She was recently the Associate Artistic Producer Intern at Cahoots Theatre.  Selected acting credits: Roseneath Theatre’s The Money Tree and In This World, thelivingproject's The Living at Summerworks 2015, TiltHaus with Next Stage's production of Polar Opposites, Necessary Angel/Luminato's Tout Comme Elle, Tarragon Theatre's If We Were Birds, Cahoots Theatre Company's The Madness of the Square, and Factory/Luminato's  Tough!  (Dora Nomination Best Emsemble for Theatre for Young Audiences.) Thank you to all those who have put up with me, inspired me, travelled with me, supported me, and pushed me.   

Stephanie Jung (Rose)

Stephanie Jung is a graduate of the Acting Conservatory at York University.  She was recently the Associate Artistic Producer Intern at Cahoots Theatre.  Selected acting credits: Roseneath Theatre’s The Money Tree and In This World, thelivingproject's The Living at Summerworks 2015, TiltHaus with Next Stage's production of Polar Opposites, Necessary Angel/Luminato's Tout Comme Elle, Tarragon Theatre's If We Were Birds, Cahoots Theatre Company's The Madness of the Square, and Factory/Luminato's  Tough!  (Dora Nomination Best Emsemble for Theatre for Young Audiences.) Thank you to all those who have put up with me, inspired me, travelled with me, supported me, and pushed me.   

Briana Brown (Director, Dramaturge) Briana Brown is a playwright and theatre director based in Toronto. Selected directing credits include:Wait (Theatre SKAM's Skampede, Victoria), The Way Back to Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, In Tune Festival, Vancouver), Pitch Blond (Next Stage Festival), and assistant directing the Canadian premiere of True Love Lies with Brad Fraser. Selected writing credits include: The Concessions (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver), which earned a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, Almost, Again (Best of Fringe, Toronto, published in Out on a Limb anthology), and Cassandra (Canadian Fringe tour, Winnipeg's FemFest, published in One for the Road anthology). She was an invited participant in the Stratford Festival Playwright's Retreat (2014) and recently completed a residency with Driftwood Theatre, and is currently developing a rural farce through the Thousand Islands Playhouse Playwright's Unit.   

Briana Brown (Director, Dramaturge)

Briana Brown is a playwright and theatre director based in Toronto. Selected directing credits include:Wait (Theatre SKAM's Skampede, Victoria), The Way Back to Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, In Tune Festival, Vancouver), Pitch Blond (Next Stage Festival), and assistant directing the Canadian premiere of True Love Lies with Brad Fraser. Selected writing credits include: The Concessions (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver), which earned a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, Almost, Again (Best of Fringe, Toronto, published in Out on a Limb anthology), and Cassandra (Canadian Fringe tour, Winnipeg's FemFest, published in One for the Road anthology). She was an invited participant in the Stratford Festival Playwright's Retreat (2014) and recently completed a residency with Driftwood Theatre, and is currently developing a rural farce through the Thousand Islands Playhouse Playwright's Unit.   

Deanna Galati (Assistant Stage Manager) Deanna Galati is a recent graduate of York University's Devised Theatre program. She is an emerging arts administrator and creator. She is absolutely thrilled to join the ensemble of Salt and excited to be working as their ASM. Some of her recent credits include: Eraser (Performer, Toronto Fringe 2016) and We Are XX (Producer, Toronto Fringe 2016). Deanna wishes to share her passion, dedication and hard work on every project she steps foot in.

Deanna Galati (Assistant Stage Manager)

Deanna Galati is a recent graduate of York University's Devised Theatre program. She is an emerging arts administrator and creator. She is absolutely thrilled to join the ensemble of Salt and excited to be working as their ASM. Some of her recent credits include: Eraser (Performer, Toronto Fringe 2016) and We Are XX (Producer, Toronto Fringe 2016). Deanna wishes to share her passion, dedication and hard work on every project she steps foot in.

Philippa Domville (Vivian) Philippa Domville has worked in theatres across Canada including several seasons at the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Her most recent credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Within the Glass, The Trouble with Mr. Adams, If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre), Macbeth, Lucy (Canadian Stage), Top Girls (MTC), The Penelopiad (Royal Shakespeare Company/NAC), Time after Time, The Chet Baker Project (Crow’s /Theatre Passe Muraille – Dora nomination). Her most recent film and TV credits include: The Imposter (CFC Short film), Ikomi (Ubisoft), Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, Sworn to Silence (feature film).

Philippa Domville (Vivian)

Philippa Domville has worked in theatres across Canada including several seasons at the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Her most recent credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Within the Glass, The Trouble with Mr. Adams, If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre), Macbeth, Lucy (Canadian Stage), Top Girls (MTC), The Penelopiad (Royal Shakespeare Company/NAC), Time after Time, The Chet Baker Project (Crow’s /Theatre Passe Muraille – Dora nomination). Her most recent film and TV credits include: The Imposter (CFC Short film), Ikomi (Ubisoft), Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, Sworn to Silence (feature film).

Erin Vandenberg (Playwright) Erin Vandenberg is a Toronto based playwright, screenwriter and producer. Her work has been selected for Glasswater Theatre Company's Potluck Play Reading Series in 2012 and 2014, as well as Women On Screen's inaugural Short Film Incubater in 2014. Her full length play Salt was shortlisted for Tarragon Theatre's 2013 RBC Emerging Playwriting Competition and for Nightwood Theatre's 2014 National Play Reading Series, part of the Groundswell Festival. She is currently developing a new play, A Trick with the Light, with Pat the Dog Theatre. Erin holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Writing and Playwriting from the University of British Columbia. 

Erin Vandenberg (Playwright)

Erin Vandenberg is a Toronto based playwright, screenwriter and producer. Her work has been selected for Glasswater Theatre Company's Potluck Play Reading Series in 2012 and 2014, as well as Women On Screen's inaugural Short Film Incubater in 2014. Her full length play Salt was shortlisted for Tarragon Theatre's 2013 RBC Emerging Playwriting Competition and for Nightwood Theatre's 2014 National Play Reading Series, part of the Groundswell Festival. She is currently developing a new play, A Trick with the Light, with Pat the Dog Theatre. Erin holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Writing and Playwriting from the University of British Columbia. 

Gabriel Cropley (Lighting Designer) Gabriel Cropley is a Toronto based lighting designer. Recent credits include Fairy Queen for Toronto Masque Theatre, Funny/Funeral for Sabina Perry/Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, The Mystery of Mr Leftovers for Jillian Peever Dance Creations  and Cinetic Creation (2016 DORA Nomination), Sporting Life for Julia Sasso Dances, Ever Onward for Tom Brouillette, The Apes for NAfro Dance Production (Winnipeg), fractured black for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and The Thirst for Love and Water for Cinetic Creations (Sharon B. Moore and Derek Asland) as part of Panamania. 

Gabriel Cropley (Lighting Designer)

Gabriel Cropley is a Toronto based lighting designer. Recent credits include Fairy Queen for Toronto Masque Theatre, Funny/Funeral for Sabina Perry/Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, The Mystery of Mr Leftovers for Jillian Peever Dance Creations  and Cinetic Creation (2016 DORA Nomination), Sporting Life for Julia Sasso Dances, Ever Onward for Tom Brouillette, The Apes for NAfro Dance Production (Winnipeg), fractured black for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and The Thirst for Love and Water for Cinetic Creations (Sharon B. Moore and Derek Asland) as part of Panamania. 

Laurie Merredew (Stage Manager) Laurie Merredew is a Toronto based stage manager. Recent credits: The 39 Steps, The Odd Couple, Spoon River, Marat/Sade, The Dybbuk, Of Human Bondage, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Norman Conquests, Our Town, The Time of Your Life (Soulpepper Theatre Company), Killer Joe (The Coal Mine), City of Angels, Crazy For You, The Tempest (Theatre  by the Bay), The War of 1812, The Life & Times of MacKenzie King, The Great War (VideoCabaret), The Great Gatsby (The Grand Theatre ), Dancing With Rage (Mary Walsh), Laws of Motion (Small Elephant Co-op), On The Other Side of The World (Harley Dog), Rigoletto (Opera Hamilton), The Merry Widow (Toronto Operetta Theatre). Laurie is a graduate of York University.

Laurie Merredew (Stage Manager)

Laurie Merredew is a Toronto based stage manager. Recent credits: The 39 Steps, The Odd Couple, Spoon River, Marat/Sade, The Dybbuk, Of Human Bondage, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Norman Conquests, Our Town, The Time of Your Life (Soulpepper Theatre Company), Killer Joe (The Coal Mine), City of Angels, Crazy For You, The Tempest (Theatre  by the Bay), The War of 1812, The Life & Times of MacKenzie King, The Great War (VideoCabaret), The Great Gatsby (The Grand Theatre ), Dancing With Rage (Mary Walsh), Laws of Motion (Small Elephant Co-op), On The Other Side of The World (Harley Dog), Rigoletto (Opera Hamilton), The Merry Widow (Toronto Operetta Theatre). Laurie is a graduate of York University.

FWYC Donors - THANK YOU

This production would not have been possible without the generosity of the donors to our Fund What You Can Campaign. We are delighted to say that because of their support, we reached our fundraising goal. They are: 

Dave & Cathy Armour, Patti Breen, Genevieve Georget Smyth, Clive Ledger, Joseph Hickey, Mark & Tamz Sykes, Don Baker Sr, Don Baker Jr, Naomi MacLeod, Teresa Hallas, Meg Hickey, Gerry Hill, Chantelle Laliberte, Glen & Rosemary Nevin, Lynn Nevin & Brent Millar, Shaun Robbie, Mike, Laura & Jake Lanteigne, Jeremy Doiron & Hannah MacDonald, Dan Chapman-Smith, Christina Lisinska, Robin Whitehead, Steve & Rosanna Mitchell, Gerry Jordan, Bryan & Amanda Kazragis, Marie Salcioglu, Kelly Read, Janet & Reg Thursby, Gabi Epstein, Christine Pellerine, Hallie Seline, Rennie Hickey, Jeni Walls, Ruth Smillie, Alix Kazman, Aviva Zimmerman, Ella Batten, Philip Connolly, Esther & Sheldon Spring, Fay Karp, Dan Leberg, Rebecca Hales, Danette Baker, Brianna Goldberg, Sarah Miller, Matthew MacFadzean, Emily Hughes, Wendi Schwindt and Lisa Li.

Our love and gratitude to all of you.