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Orphans for the Czar ()

Produced by

Crow’s Theatre

Playwright: George F. Walker
Director: Tanja Jacobs


Streetcar Crowsnest – The Guloien Theatre


March 29th, 2022 – April 17th, 2022


ORPHANS FOR THE CZAR, George F. Walker’s newest high-stakes comedy, ruefully exposes the duplicity, revenge, and self-interest at the core of a culture about to go up in flames. Suggested by the novel The Life of a Useless Man by Maxim Gorky and set shortly before Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg, a hapless double agent tries to stay on the right side of both the revolutionaries and the czarists.

Our protagonist, the orphaned fool Vasley, leaves his impoverished village to work in his uncle’s bookstore in the city. He becomes engrossed by the women, the intelligentsia, the spies, and all their conflicting ideologies. A comedy of pathos about the fragility of people in unstable times, ORPHANS FOR THE CZAR is also a plea for the possibility of decency. (


Christopher Allen Yakov
Shayla Brown Rayisha
Kyle Gatehouse Sasha
Patrick McManus Makarov
Michelle Mohammed Olga
Eric Peterson Piotr / Master
Paolo Santalucia Vasley
Shauna Thompson Maya

Creative Team

George F. Walker Playwright
Tanja Jacobs Director
Lorenzo Savoini Set Designer
Ming Wong Costume Designer
Logan Cracknell Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Siobhan Richardson Fight Director


Kat Chin Stage Manager
Christina Hernandez Assistant Stage Manager
Farnoosh Talebpour Apprentice Stage Manager
Lisa Nighswander Head of Properties
Laura Delchiaro Head of Wardrobe
Shauna Thompson Fight Captain


Jay Hines House Technician
Michael Gutowski Technical Director
Shireen Norouzi Assistant Technical Director