As the recipient of Neptune’s 2018/2019 Open Spaces program, Matchstick Theatre presented Michael Melski’s Joyride for six shows only January 24th-27th on the Scotiabank Theatre Stage.
As part of an initiative to make the show more accessible, tickets for Joyride were Pay What You Can for all of December, and became $15 each in January.
Joyride, the play that launched the celebrated Cape Breton playwright’s career, was first performed at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in 1994. It is a reflection of post-industrial Cape Breton, a setting that is recognizable today. In the play we meet Rachel, earning minimum wage as a convenience store clerk, Jess, working for his father’s seasonal landscaping business, and Craig, home on probation and unemployed. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, the three friends get caught up in a whirlwind.
Rachel – Kya Mosey
Jess – Henricus Gielis
Craig – Taylor Olson
Directed by Jake Planinc
Stage Management by Chelsea Dickie
Produced by Alex Mills
Set Design by Wesley Babcock
Vehicle Design Consulting by Ryan Dickie
Costume Design by Kelsey Stanger
Lighting Design by Alison Crosby
Sound Design by Jordan Palmer
Promo Photos and Poster Design by Stoo Metz Photography
Photocall by Samm Fisher (Samm Fisher Photography)