Soup’s On! Celebrating 20 Years of Theatre Soup
Saturday July 21, 2018
Performance begins at 8 PM followed by an Unscripted talk around 9:00 PM
2018 marks Theatre Soup’s 20th anniversary! To celebrate these years of producing exceptional theatre and building community, with over thirty productions as part of our history, the company will host “Soup’s On! Celebrating 20 Years of Theatre Soup,” an evening of live performances of three original short plays written by local playwrights. This special anniversary event will be directed by Justin Quesnelle and will reunite the company’s founders Anne Marie Caicco, Lil Malinich, and Sookie Mei, who will star in the original plays. The performances will be followed by an Unscripted panel discussion highlighting Theatre Soup’s history, as well as the contributions of artists and audience members through including them in the dialogue. The discussion will be lead by a professional local host who will interact with the panel. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served after the performance and during the Unscripted discussion.
A visual display of “Soup’s On! Celebrating 20 Years of Theatre Soup” will include a compilation of 20 years of Theatre Soup press and production materials. This includes posters, playbills, newspaper articles, photos, and web materials. The artistic display of these materials at TAP will provide a visual trip down memory lane!
Tickets: $10 General Admission (post-show Unscripted is free to attend)
Advance tickets also available for purchase at our 203 Dundas St. box office or by calling us at 519-642-2767
Box office opens one hour prior to each performance to purchase tickets at the door.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. There is no late admission.
About Theatre Soup’s Artists
Many moons ago, Sookie Mei came to London from Sudbury to attend UWO, graduating with an Honors BA in English and Dramatic Arts. Early roles with Hit & Run Theatre and AuxFaux Theatre convinced her that there was something great happening in London theatre, so she stuck around to be a part of it! Sookie co-founded the independent theatre company Theatre Soup in 1998, and continues as its Artistic Director today, having produced or co-produced over 30 productions with the company. She received several Brickenden Award nominations over the years, winning twice for acting (The Tower Series and Love, Loss, and What I Wore), and as part of the production team for shows including Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Jenny’s House of Joy, The Miracle Worker, The Cherry Orchard, Blood Relations, and Agnes of God. Sookie recently enjoyed bringing a new play to London audiences, Cleaning Up, during the London Fringe Theatre Festival in June. She is the Arts Coordinator for the London One Act Festival.
A true music lover, Sookie was a DJ at CHRW for many years, hosting as part of Spin/Stir Radio, and then on her own shows, Sookie’s Radio Hour (and a Half) and The All-Syrup Super Squishee Show. She played bass guitar in The Tissues and The Lava Lamps Band, and is now playing with Venus in Furs, a 70s/80s cover band. She works at a software company during the day, and enjoys yoga and riding her Vespa at night. Sookie is super excited to reunite with Lil and Anne-Marie, and relive the memories!
Lil moved to New York City to work with the Broadway-affiliated theatre company Working Artists Theatre Project in 2007. Originally from London, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Arts and Education in English and Dramatic Arts. She co-founded Theatre Soup in 1998, one of the resident companies at The Black Lodge theatre. Lil received Brickenden Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayals of Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker and double roles of Lizzie Borden and Bridget in Blood Relations. She played pivotal roles in Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love and Boulevard which won Brickenden Awards for Bravest Productions. Other favourite roles include Mary in Run for Your Wife at PSFT and Timothy in Sea Marks with Ausable Theatre. The Deluxe Illustrated Body (co-written with Jayson McDonald) received its NYC premiere in 2005 with producer Spiral, Inc. Since moving to NYC Lil has developed, produced and acted in several productions with WAT Project which have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her diverse body of work as an actress includes leading roles in WAT Project’s Timberlake: American Pulp, Rope, Open Call! Life Without Parole, and the biographical play Fruits Unheard Of in which she portrayed American photographer Diane Arbus. She played various leading roles in Chamber Theatre Production’s 2006 U.S Encore Tour and Jelena in Uncle Vanya with New York Space Ensemble. Feature film and TV credits include Vision Vehicle’s Construction directed by Malcolm Goodwin, Paradise written and directed by Marc Lafia, TV movie Red Hook High, ABC’s “All My Children” and FOX’s “Gotham.” Since 2009, Lil has been doing charitable work with the David Lynch Foundation (For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace) through developing the NYC screening series for David Lynch’s documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace and play reading performance fundraisers. Currrently, she is honored to be on staff at the Susan Batson Studio and is developing two screenplays: National Pastime and The Mother Puckers.
Anne-Marie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Combined Honours in English and Dramatic Arts and a Bachelor of Education in English and Dramatic Arts. She co-founded Theatre Soup in 1998 in London, Ontario. Anne-Marie received the Brickenden Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in Theatre Soup’s production of The Miracle Worker. She also received Brickenden Award nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Actress Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations, for her portrayal of Nadia Melnyk in behindthewire’s production of Home and Native Land, and for her multiple character portrayals in Theatre Soup’s production of Mercury. She was nominated for Best Actress by the Western Ontario Drama League for her portrayal of Doris in the play Same Time Next Year produced by Ingersoll Theatre. Some of her other favourite stage roles include Liberty Lady in Chelsea and Boggs with Rubberfunk Theatre, Kate in Old Times, Mollie in The Mousetrap, Yelena in Uncle Vanya, Cordelia in King Lear, and Babe in Crimes of the Heart, all with Theatre Soup. In addition to her theatre background, Anne-Marie is a trained Master Teacher of the Usui and Karuna® methods of Japanese Reiki. She is also a workshop facilitator, an Access Bars® Practitioner, and a Healing Touch Practitioner. In addition, she has studied Applied Physiology with the Institute of Bioenergetic Arts and Sciences, and she is trained in Therapeutic Touch, Touch for Health, Axiatonal Alignment, and as a Life Coach with the Women Together Agency. Anne-Marie is also a member of The Ontario College of Teachers, and she taught high school Dramatic Arts and English for ten years. Anne-Marie currently offers private healing sessions, group workshops, as well as practitioner and teacher training courses. She recently opened a Wellness Centre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario called, The Healing Loft. Anne-Marie is thrilled to be traveling back to London, Ontario to reunite with Sookie and Lil, and with so many amazing thespians, and to be performing for Theatre Soup after all these years!