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Mad Madge ()

Produced by

Nightwood Theatre and VideoCabaret

Playwright: Rose Napoli
Director: Andrea Donaldson


The Theatre Centre – Franco Boni Theatre


April 9-10, 2024


April 9th, 2024 – April 21st, 2024


Meet Margaret Cavendish, 17th-century philosopher, poet, playwright – a scandalous Jill-of-all-Trades and mistress of none. In her unapologetic pursuit of fame, Madge ditches her dysfunctional family to join the court of an unruly Queen and leave her mark on history.

Paying homage to Jane Austen and Tina Fey in the same breath, this laugh out loud contemporary-period mashup suggests that perhaps a woman’s hunger for unbridled attention is not so shallow, after all.



Rose Napoli Margaret
Karl Ang William
Wayne Burns Thomas, Trudy, Robert Hooke
Izad Etemadi Elizabeth, Judy, Announcer
Farhang Ghajar Dycker, John, Brothel Bob
Nancy Palk Queen Henrietta, Pye, Samuel Pepys

Creative Team

Rose Napoli Playwright
Andrea Donaldson Director
Astrid Janson Set, Costume and Props Designer
Abby Esteireiro Set, Costume and Props Designer
Merle Harley Set, Costume and Props Designer
Maxim Luca Bortnowski Design Assistant
Rebecca Vandevelde Lighting Designer
Olivia Wheeler Sound Designer
Frank Incer Associate Sound Designer
Christina Fox Intimacy Director
Christina Fox Fight Director
Kate Amesbury Commissioner


Alessia Urbani Costume Builder
Jennifer Purcell Martin Costume Builder
Des’ree Gray Costume Builder
JB Nelles Costume Builder
Tsz Ting Lam Dresser
Hannah MacMillan Stage Manager
Nika Jalali Script Supervisor
Nika Jalali Production Assistant
Maya Royer Production Manager
Sarah “Pip” Bradford Production Consultant
Victoria Laberge Producer
Victoria Laberge Publicist