Thursday, May 9th / 2002; The body of 30 year old Chloe Traeger was found brutally murdered in the basement of her own home through what appeared to be some kind of sinister sacrificial ceremony. The Hastings County Police Department believe of the 6 suspects they have rounded up so far, they are definitely harbouring the guilty party.
The Police Chief has them contained in an unused witness protection house somewhere outside of Marmora, Ontario; they are each in their own locked, guarded room waiting to be questioned. You’ll have to scan through the case files of the suspects, look over photographs taken at the scene of the crime, and examine physical evidence found on the night of to aid in this disturbing investigation.
As an officer of the Hastings County Police, it is up to you and your partner to talk to, question, and interrogate these suspects in order to decipher not only the truth of this complex and harrowing crime, but determine who exactly is the most culpable for the murder of Chloe Traeger.
Be warned, this investigation contains content involving crimes of a sexual and religious nature, and walking around a 3-storey house for an extended period of time. Once the interrogation period starts, you will NOT be allowed to join in late; please arrive early or on time if you expect to be a part of this investigation.
"My companion and I had never participated in anything like it before..."
- Allison Gerson for Mooney on Theatre
May 23rd, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm / 9:00 – 11:30pm
May 24th, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm
May 25th, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm
May 26th, 2018; 9:00 – 11:30pm
May 30th, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm / 9:00 – 11:30pm
May 31st, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm / 9:00 - 11:30pm
June 1st, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm / 9:00 - 11:30pm
June 2nd, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm / 9:00 – 11:30pm
Cast & Show Specific Crew
Police Chief Joanna Daly
Sofia Demidova (She/Her) is an independent theatre professional, with experience in acting, directing, dance, management, and make up design. She is a York University graduate, with a double major in theatre and psychology. During her time at York, Sofia was a part of the devised theatre program, which gave her experience in collective creation, physical, political, and traditional theatre. Sofia, Ryan Boulet, and Melanie Petriw are also all members of the interactive collective Typo Theatr, with their most recent work being Inverted Spotlight. Sofia had so much fun exploring the twists and turns of the human psyche through The 6th Degree and wants to thank the cast and crew for this wonderful adventure.
Jarrod Hodgins (He/Him) was excited to portray Jack Traeger The Lighthouse Troupe’s performance of The 6th Degree. Jarrod graduated from York University with a BA & BEd in the Theatre Studies and Concurrent Education program, where he has gained experience utilizing Drama and Theatre as a means to teach youth to think critically and empathetically about many society. This will be his first time performing with the Lighthouse Troupe and he is honoured to have worked with the rest of the cast as they created and produced a memorable interactive Theatre experience.
John Fast (AKA. Benjamin Schwab)
Danny Morrison (He/Him) has been known to act in things. He did some theatre lab summer programs as a kid, and then a few musicals in high school, and some Gilbert & Sullivan and even The Lion in Winter with the McGill Savoy Society in Montreal. After coming to Toronto, he managed to bluff his way into a York theatre group despite being a Seneca student, and quickly found his character "type": depressing dads and morally-questionable religious figures! He also played Pythagoras in the 2016 EOS Festival's production of Hap, and when off-stage, writes comedy-horror radio dramas and reads dumb fanfiction on YouTube.
Larissa Watson (She/Her) is performing as Lily Whitlock in The 6th Degree. Larissa is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Studies program, specializing in Set and Costume Design and Devised Theatre. In the summer of 2017 she performed, devised, and designed costumes in an Edinburgh fringe show called Inebriated. She was also a performer in The Lighthouse Troupe’s show The Wedding. Larissa loves working with this troupe and enjoys experimental and interactive theatre. Currently Larissa is working at a place called Kidville where she teaches music, dance, art, and sports to young children. She plans to continue pursuing performance and design opportunities within the theatre community.
Stephen Purdy (He/Him) is the Director of The Lighthouse Troupe's Improv and Sketch group Yes Trespassing. He recently played the role of Kent in The 6th Degree. Stephen studied history at York University, while being involved with Vanier College Productions. Through this he performed in the Vanier Improv Company and directed it for 2 years. His previous performances include The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Darren (He/Him) has been acting for seven years in various university, Fringe and independent theatre productions as a hobby to satiate his thirst for the arts. He’s had roles in many different genres of theatre; another notable role being the Groom, Peter, in The Lighthouse Troupe’s inaugural production The Wedding. As a returning cast member of the Lighthouse Troupe, Darren was extremely humbled to play the role of Ned Lourne and to be able to help bring to light more experimental interactive theatre to Toronto.
Melanie (She/Her) is an emerging Toronto theatre artist with a passion for physical theatre and innovative storytelling. She is a graduate from York University’s Specialized Honours Theatre program with a concentration in devised theatre and set and costume design. This is Melanie’s second venture into immersive/interactive theatre after performing, devising and costume designing for typo theatr’s Inverted Spotlight as a part of York University’s Devised Theatre Festival (March 2017). Other selected credits include performing as Claudette in Illusion, Coffee and Poetry’s two-woman mime show Silence S’il Vous Plaît in the Toronto Fringe Festival (July 2017) and devising and performing in Probably Still Drunk Collective’s Inebriated as a part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland (August 2017).
Writer, Director, & Performer -
Police Sergeant Matthew Gregson
When it comes to creating unique and engaging productions, Interactive Theatre is Ryan Boulet’s (He/Him) specialty. Often drawing from the comedic & macabre aspects of life, he greatly enjoys investigating these contrasting themes, showcasing them through a rarely explored medium. As the founder of The Lighthouse Troupe, Ryan is no stranger to Collective Creation and utilizes his background in Devised Theatre from York University to manage & direct this exceptional band of artists. The Troupe’s first production The Wedding garnered great success, then The 6th Degree solidified their position in the interactive sector, establishing them in the Toronto theatre scene as a new and uncommon entity to be reckoned with. Whether it be writing, directing, performing, or producing, Ryan wears many hats within the company and enjoys the variety that these many roles bring. He can only hope that his future productions defy people’s expectations about what live performance can encompass, and that maybe he can support his sandwich addiction through his art too.
Managing Director (2017-2019)
Jessie Whyte (They/Them) is a Toronto-based deviser, dramaturg, and photographer who was absolutely thrilled to be working with The Lighthouse Troupe as the Managing Director. Jessie has a BA in Theatre Studies at York University, with specializations in Devised Theatre and Dramaturgy. Jessie has experience in a variety of areas in theatre, and enjoys learning about everything they possibly can. Recent credits include Festival Photography for The Paprika Festival and assistant directing Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave by David Yee (directed by Lindsay Bell and Margaret Legere at York University) & Rochdale by David Yee (directed by Nina Lee Aquino at York University).
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator (2018)
Katrina Seltzer (She/Her) is a Toronto-based communications free-lancer, theatre creator, graphic designer & barista. Katrina has a BA in Theatre Studies at York University & graduated in 2017. She worked within The Lighthouse Troupe as the Marketing & Outreach Co-ordinator for The 6th Degree & was instrumental in the creation of the original 2018 site.