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Oil and Water ()

Produced by

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland

Presented by

Factory Theatre

Writer: Robert Chafe
Director: Jillian Keiley
Composer: Andrew Craig
Music Director: Kellie Walsh


Factory Mainspace Theatre


April 18th, 2012 – May 6th, 2012


Oil and Water is a theatrical retelling of the incredible true story of Lanier Phillips. Shipwrecked in 1942, Mr. Phillips was
the only African-American survivor. He was saved and openly embraced by the “people of St. Lawrence” and his life was
forever altered. Lanier passed away this February, two days shy of his 89th birthday, his legendary story still resonating
with relevance and power. A ten-person cast sings an a cappella score that blends the Newfoundland folk tradition with
African-American gospel. (


Ryan Allen Phillips
Neema Bickersteth Adeline
Petrina Bromley Violet
Clint Butler Bergeron
Starr Domingue Vonzia
Mike Payette Langston
Mark Power Levi
Jody Richardson John
Jeremiah Sparks Lanier
Alison Woolridge Ena

Creative Team

Robert Chafe Writer
Jillian Keiley Director
Andrew Craig Composer
Kellie Walsh Music Director
Shawn Kerwin Set Designer
Marie Sharpe Costume Designer
Leigh Ann Vardy Lighting Designer
Don Ellis Sound Designer
Clare Preuss Assistant Director
Iris Turcott Dramaturge
Sarah Garton Stanley Dramaturge


Ron Snippe Technical Director
Jean-Phillipe Trepanier Technical Director (Original Production)
Erin French Production Manager
Kai-Yueh Chen Stage Manager
Mark Denine Assistant Stage Manager
Paul de Jong Voice Coach
Sharon King-Campbell Production Assistant
Steve Frecker Set Construction
Flora Planchat Props
Maggie Keiley Graphic Designer
David Somers Graphic Designer