#181 – Miriam Goldstein & Blythe Haynes
Pregnancy Pact is a pop-rock musical which tells the story of a group of teens who make a pact to become single mothers together. The 15-year-old Maddie is devoted to her three best friends and they are to her. So, when Brynn gets pregnant, the friends all plan to have children, raising them together and living a dream. Inspired by the 2008 news story of the Gloucester pregnancy pact that took the world by storm, Pregnancy Pact provides a unique chance to examine the intense journey this kind of decision creates.
Tickets to Pregnancy Pact: https://www.edgeproductions.ca/store/c3/Toronto_Tickets.html
Miriam is a theatre director and producer based in Windsor, On. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Edge Productions, now entering its ninth season. Miriam’s work as a director focuses on underrepresented human experiences. Miriam is a graduate of the Ward Acting Studio in New York, NY where she studied the Meisner Technique, she holds a certificate in Shakespeare in Performance and Contemporary Acting from the Royal Academy of Drama in London, UK, and a Bachelor of Art in Drama from the University of Windsor. Miriam’s most recent large scale project (as of summer, 2018) was an all-female production of Henry V by William Shakespeare which focused on deconstructing gender in performance and the construct of theatre itself, putting women in roles that have historically been barred from them. This performance toured Ontario and also performed, pro-bono, in Grand Valley Institute for Women. After Pregnancy Pact (May 2nd-19th), Miriam will be directing The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte and 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane.
Blythe is a Toronto-based actor and Producer. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Gangway! Theatre Co. Blythe holds a BFA from the University of Alberta in Acting. Gangway! Theatre Co was co-founded with writer KT Bryski to explore female voices and develop Canadian content. Previous to the founding of Gangway! KT and Blythe jointly proposed and established the “History Actor” museum theatre program at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Their partnership culminated in the original podcast release of Six Stories Told at Night (written by KT Bryski, performed by Blythe Haynes and funded by the Ontario Arts Council), for which it won a PARSEC Award in 2017. Six Stories debuted as a theatrical production at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2018, and was short listed for the Best of Fringe. AfterPregnancy Pact (May 2nd-19th), you can see Blythe in An Atlas, A Necktie and Other Concerns at Toronto Fringe and in the next co-productions with The Edge Productions – The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte in 2019.