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Produced by

The 1979 Group

Playwright: Michael Healey
Director: Miles Potter


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


January 9th, 2019 – January 27th, 2019


In June of 1979, at the age of just 39, Joe Clark was sworn in as Canada’s 16th prime minister. By Christmas, it was all over. 1979 is a new comedy by Michael Healey (Proud, The Drawer Boy) that looks at Clark and the pressure he was under in the dying days of his government. Everyone – friends, foes, family – has an opinion about what Joe should do. Should he stick to his principles, or bend to remain in control? A hilarious play about trust, power, and ambition, in which a dozen characters (Trudeau senior, Mulroney, Maureen McTeer, even a very young Stephen Harper) are played by a skilled company of three actors. (


Philip Riccio Joe
Christopher Hunt Actor A
Jamie Konchak Actor B

Creative Team

Michael Healey Playwright
Miles Potter Director
Steve Lucas Set Designer
Nick Blais Lighting Designer
Jennifer Lee Arsenault Costume Designer
Thomas Geddes Sound Designer
Scott Reid Projection Designer


Martin Nishikawa Sound Coordinator
Martin Nishikawa Projection Coordinator
Arwen MacDonell Stage Manager
Théa Pel Assistant Stage Manager
Michael Healey Producer
Marcie Januska Producer
Miles Potter Producer
Crystal Lee Production Manager
Tim Moore Scenic Carpenter
Brett Hunter Scenic Carpenter
Wes Babcock Scenic Carpenter
Megumi Hari Scenic Painter
Elizabeth Traicus Scenic Painter
Carrie Cooley Barbour Head Dresser
Nati Atuan Wig Head


Sally Roberts Head Venue Technician