The Lies that Bind

About the Playwrights

Chris Gilpin (Playwright/Orson)

An insightful and poetic satirist, Chris Gilpin weaves rich, imaginative commentaries on social mores, fixations and frustrations in his e-zine The Brazen Orchid: Because Nothing is Better Than Good Text. Whether he's discussing his latest intimate experience with a mind-blowing book or using fancy words like "nascency", Chris' essays always prove eloquent and evocative.

Chris completed a B.A. in Film Studies at the University of British Columbia. His graduating project, a 16mm short film called Remembrance Dance, was accepted as an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. He has worked in the film industry as both an editor of images, and an editor of screenplays, with credits on such films as Better than Chocolate, It's All Gone Pete Tong, and the currently unreleased documentary Growth Rings : Elder Woodsmen of the West Coast.

Besides his work in film, Chris has continued to follow his interest in the fields of both writing and performing. His literary work has been published in vancouveReview, Forget Magazine, 42opus, The GIG, and others. He has qualified for the Vancouver Poetry Slam playoffs with his spoken word performances, and he continues to act. Some recent acting credits include a lead role in The Spoon River Anthology, and a supporting role in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Rosemary Rowe (Playwright/Ursula)

Rose got her start as a playwright at the now-defunct Citadel Theatre Teen Festival of the Arts in Edmonton, where her first play, Mrs. Dickerhoff Gets Up Close and Personal, was produced when she was sixteen. Her head thus inflated beyond all reason, Rose went on to write a dozen more plays, including Edmonton Fringe hits Alice Didn't Have Those Mondo Ears and And Also, You're Evil, and the critically acclaimed Benedetta Carlini, Carlill v. the Carbolic Smokeball Company and Tired of Rhetorical Questions? Rose's play, Benedetta Carlini, was published by NeWest Press as part of the NeXt Fest Anthology.

Rose's directing credits include directing and dramaturging writer/performer Paul Dunn's play Boys for Theatre Direct Canada's Buncha Young Artists Festival, directing her own No One Showed Up for the Anarchist Rally at the Toronto Fringe and directing The Meeting (which she co-wrote with marketing expert and blogger Kate Trgovac) for the SummerWorks Festival. Her most recent projects include presenting a reading of her lesbonic historical fiction play, Kiss With Your Teeth, which she developed as part of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Ante-Chamber Playwrights Unit.

Most recently, Rose has performed in her own work, presenting short pieces like the donut sex fetish piece The Dirty Dozen (Hysteria Festival 2004), Your Love Gives Me a Rash (Cheap Queers 2005) and most recently, Anne and Diana Were TOTALLY DOING IT (Hysteria Festival 2005 and Edgy Women Festival, 2006).

Rose holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Directing from York University. Don't hate her because she is beautiful.