Created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long.
Produced by Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre
Presented by Artists Rep in association with Risk/Reward
Winners and Losers is a staged conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships as well as our most intimate experiences of self.
Theatre artists and long-time friends Marcus Youssef and James Long sit at a table and play a game they made up, called Winners and Losers. In it, they name people, places or things — Joe Biden, microwave ovens, their fathers, rainforests, druids, etc. — and debate whether these things are winners or losers. What starts out as a friendly competition becomes highly personal – unpacking layers of privilege, class and status – as each seek to defeat the other.
Theatre Replacement is an ongoing collaboration between James Long and Maiko Bae Yamamoto. Whether working together or apart, we use extended processes to create performances from intentionally simple beginnings. Our work is about a genuine attempt to coexist. Conversations, interviews and arguments collide with Yamamoto and Long’s aesthetics resulting in theatrical experiences that are authentic, immediate and hopeful. www.theatrereplacement.org
Neworld Theatre creates, produces, and tours new plays and performance events. We tell stories that are as complicated and contradictory as the enormously small country we live in. Historically, our work is rooted in an experience of ethnic and cultural diversity. While diversity remains a core value, our programming now asks a broader range of questions about political responsibility, identity, and difference. We ask artists and audiences to embrace work which challenges assumptions about the nature of theatre and its function in the world www.neworldtheatre.com
MARCUS YOUSSEF (writer/performer)
Marcus’ plays include Winners and Losers, Leftovers, Jabber, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, Everyone, Adrift, Peter Panties, Chloe’s Choice and A Line in the Sand. They have been performed dozens of times at theaters and festivals across North America, Australia and Europe, including: the Dublin Theatre Festival, Soho Rep, Festival Trans Ameriques, PuSh Festival (four times), Noorderzon (Netherlands), Ca Foscari (Venice), Brno Festival (Czech), Aarhus Festival (Denmark), On the Boards (Seattle) the Magnetic North Festival (five times), and many others. Marcus’ essays, journalism and fiction have appeared in Vancouver Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, Grain, This Magazine, the Georgia Straight, The Tyee, and many programs on CBC Radio and TV.
Awards and nominations include: Governor General’s, Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer’s Canadian Play, Seattle Times Footlight, Arts Club Silver Commission, and Vancouver Critics’ Choice (three times). Marcus is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre, sits on the city’s Arts and Culture Policy Council, and co-founded the East Vancouver production hub, PL1422. He has served on the faculties of Concordia and Capilano Universities, teaches widely, and is currently a Canadian Fellow to the International Society of Performing Arts. neworldtheatre.com, @marcusyoussef, marcusyoussef.com
JAMES LONG (writer/performer)
James Long has been making theatre since 1995 and currently artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Bae Yamamoto. The company’s work has been presented in 40 cities and venues across North America and Europe and includes Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, Sexual Practices of the Japanese, BIOBOXES: Artifacting Human Experience, WeeTube, Dress me up in your love, The Greatest Cities in the World, Winners and Losers and Kate Bowie among others. Upcoming works with TR include Town Criers and Three Lectures on the North. As a freelance artist he has worked as a director, writer and actor with Rumble Productions, Neworld, urban ink, Leaky Heaven Circus (now Fight with a Stick), The Only Animal, The Chop Theatre, CBC radio and The Electric Company, among others. Recent favorite freelance work includes: Morko and its upcoming partner piece Loch – both site oriented performances created with visual artist and animator Cindy Mochizuki; How To Disappear Completely created for the Chop Theatre with lighting designer Itai Erdal: and, with Neworld, a new incarnation of the King Arthur story as told by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef. In addition to creating new work, James has taught performance and methods of creation to established artists across Canada and to students at The University of British Columbia, The University of Regina, Simon Fraser University, Studio 58 and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. He is a graduate of SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts.
Chris Abraham has been the Artistic Director of Crow’s Theatre since 2007. At Crow’s, he has directed numerous productions including Eternal Hydra, I,Claudia, Boxhead, The Country, and Instructions to any future socialist government wishing to abolish christmas. Chris is a multi-award winning theatre and film director, dramaturg and teacher who has worked with Canada’s foremost artists and theatres, including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Tarragon Theatre, Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Globe Theatre, Theatre Junction, among many others. In 2000, he co-founded and was the Co-Artistic Director of Bill Glassco’s Montreal Young Company. In 2003, Chris directed the film adaptation of Kristen Thomson’s award winning hit I,Claudia for which he won a Gemini award. The film was also named one of 2004′s top ten Canadian films by the Toronto International Film Festival.
A graduate of the National Theatre School’s directing program, Chris later served as Co-Director of the school’s renowned directing program (2006-2010). Chris was the recipient of the John Hirsch and Ken MacDougall awards and the Siminovitch award for Directing in 2013, as well as the Siminovitch protege award in the award’s inaugural year. Chris has directed the highly lauded Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions of For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Little Years, The Matchmaker, Othello in 2013 and returns in 2014 to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chris lives in Toronto with his wife, actor Liisa Repo-Martell, their daughter Hazel and son Leo.
ELIA KIRBY (stage manager/production manager)
Elia Kirby (BA, SFU; MA, UBC), is a professional Technical Director and Production Manager for Theatre, Public Art, and Live Events. Significant recent projects include: scenery for Times of India Film Awards (May 2013, BC Place), CODE Live (VanOc 2010), Calm, Plaza, and Horizon Sky for Vancouver Art Gallery Off Site, West Side Story set construction for Vancouver Opera, and the international tours of Dress Me Up In Your Love,(Theatre Replacement) and Winners and Losers (Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre). In 2003, Elia founded and continues to manage the Great Northern Way Scene Shop, where he has been involved in over 300 art projects, theatre and film sets, and performance events. Elia has taught Production Management and Technical Direction at Capilano University, UBC and SFU; and Human Geography at UBC. Elia grew up with the Caravan Stage Company, the world’s foremost horse drawn theatre company. Elia has worked on site-specific spectacle theatre in the UK with Welfare State International & Theatre of Fire; and with Legs on the Wall in Australia. Elia is currently the President of the Arts Factory Society and working on developing 281 Industrial Avenue into professional artist studios and a scene shop.
JONATHAN RYDER (lighting designer)
Jonathan completed a BA Honours in Drama in 1989 at the University of Saskatchewan, and has since worked as a technician, technical director, stage manager, production manager, director, performer, producer and lighting designer. In Vancouver, he has designed for Kidd Pivot, Edam Dance, Touchstone Theatre, Carousel TYA, Green Thumb TYA, MovEnt, Mandala Arts, Coriograph Theatre, Shakti Dance, Modern Baroque Opera, Theatre Terrific, the shameless hussies, Judith Marcuse Projects, NeWorld Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Studio 58, Solo Collective, Ruby Slippers and The Electric Company. Jonathan is currently the Production Manager at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, co-artistic director of (r)evolution theatre, and bass player for the band China Repair.