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The Stronger Variations ()

Produced by

Theatre Rusticle

Presented by

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Creator: Allyson McMackon
Director: Allyson McMackon

Devloped and created by the company.


The Alexander Street Chamber Theatre


November 27th, 2014 – December 7th, 2014

Awards & Nominations

2015 Dora Award Nominee (Independent Theatre Division) – Outstanding Costume Design (Dylan Bobier)


What happens when a woman decides to meet her husband’s mistress on Christmas Eve?

This is the question that playwright August Strindberg asked in his 1889 play The Stronger and that award-winning physical theatre company Theatre Rusticle revisits in their original work The Stronger Variations.

Set in the sumptuous world of the 1950’s, The Stronger Variations uses an intergenerational cast of five women to examine the many ways that feminine power, sisterhood, sexuality, compassion, and betrayal can express themselves. Srindberg’s original text was a ten minute monologue for two women – a wife who speaks and a mistress who remains silent. Theatre Rusticle blows apart the original text by giving multiple voices to each of the women, providing a rich and nuanced portrait of female relationships and allowing us to discover how we are not so different from each other. (


Liza Balkan Wife / Mistress
Andrya Duff Wife / Mistress
Viv Moore Wife / Mistress
Chala Hunter Wife / Mistress
Lucy Rupert Wife / Mistress

Creative Team

Allyson McMackon Conceived by
Allyson McMackon Director
Dylan Bobier Costume Designer
Sandra Mandich Costume Assistant
Lindsay Anne Black Set Designer
Michelle Tracey Set Design Assistant
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Geneal St. Clair Lighting Design Apprentice
Paul Humphrey Sound Designer


Sarah O’Brien Stage Manager
Matthew Lawrence Artistic Intern
Sue Edworthy Publicity
Adam Barrett Publicity
Wes Tyrell Artwork
Jeremy Mimnagh Photography
Matt Armour Crew
Paula Burrows Crew
Luke Dobson Crew
Kyle Fair Crew
Jazz Kamal Crew
Diana Lopez Soto Crew
Ashlee Marcus Crew
Shanna Miller Crew
Eric Read Crew
Allison Roth Crew
Adrien Whan Crew


Suzie Balogh Chamber Technician
Charissa Wilcox Head of Production
Adrien Whan Technical Director