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The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union ()

Produced by

Canadian Stage

Playwright: David Greig
Director: Jennifer Tarver


Bluma Appel Theatre


April 16th, 2011 – May 14th, 2011


A pair of Russian cosmonauts abandoned by a crumbling state have been circling the globe for twenty years. Below, a couple confronts their failed marriage, a prostitute searches for love and a scientist struggles to make contact with outer space.

The cosmonaut’s last message… follows these inter-related storylines as lovers and strangers attempt to connect across living rooms, countries and into outer orbit. Neither the tools of technology nor the characters’ physical proximity can free them from their inability to communicate with one another.  (


Tom Barnett Casimir / Patient
Raoul Bhaneja Eric / Proprietors
Fiona Byrne Vivenne / Sylvia
David Jansen Keith / Bernard
Tony Nappo Oleg / Patient
Sarah Wilson Natasja / Claire

Creative Team

David Greig Playwright
Jennifer Tarver Director
Birgit Schreyer Duarte Assistant Director
Julie Fox Set Designer
Julie Fox Costume Designer
Robert Thomson Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Eric Armstrong Dialect Designer
Jeremy Mimnagh Projection Designer


Nancy Dryden Stage Manager
Sandy Plunkett Assistant Stage Manager
Susanna Hood Movement Consultant


Alistair Hepburn Director of Production & Operations
Chris Carlton Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Douglas Arculus Operations Manager
Timothy Wisener Company Manager
Kate Ann Vandermeer Production Coordinator
Michael Legouffe Head of Wardrobe
Ming Wong Alternate Head of Wardrobe
Ming Wong Sewer
Susan Batchelor Bluma Wardrobe Mistress
Natalie Ireland Production Management Intern
Megan Paquette Production Management Apprentice
Alex Vass Properties Intern
Katie Horrill Props Builder
Shelley McCafferty Props Builder
Chris Root Head Technician
Reg Taylor Head Carpenter
Douglas Parker Property Master
Keijo Makela Sound Operator
Tim Flawn Assistant Electrician
Tim Flawn Theatre Technician
Frank Erhardt Flyman
Frank Erhardt Theatre Technician