Spring 2021 Mainstage Production


Adapted from the Spanish Golden Age classic by Calderon de la Barca, from Life’s A Dream. Directed by Gyllian Raby with Dillon Bernier and Samantha Rideout, Assistant Directors. Scenic design by David Vivian, costumes by Roberta Doylend, lighting design by Chris Malkowski, sound and projections design, videography and post production by James McCoy, choreography by Rachel Romanoski, and stage management by Diego Blanco and Alyssa Ruddock.

April 7 to 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Presented live on the MIWSFPA YouTube channel
To book your online viewing reservation, please visit Brock University Tickets.
View the official show poster in printable PDF format here

Sheila Callaghan’s Fever/Dream is a rollercoaster ride of lyrical absurdity with a soupcon of parody and the surreal.

Seizing on real anxieties of plunging stock markets and corporate mayhem Sheila Callaghan, the author of Netflix’ series Shameless, chronicles the fortunes of the Basil Family Dynasty in this wildly modernized adaptation of the Renaissance Spanish classic Life’s a Dream.

A radical social experiment begins when eccentric billionaire  Bill Basil abdicates control of his business conglomerate to his feral, estranged son. Segismundo emerges from incarceration in the Customer Service dungeon yearning for his day of power. Meanwhile, other contenders for the corporate Presidency plot a takeover. The coldest-hearted businesswoman in the world is thwarted by a vengeful bike messenger who, in turn, is distracted by the discovery of her dead-beat dad. The rules that govern the world of corporate finance are permanently derailed as Love teaches everyone a little civilization, to the tune of Yellow Brick Road.



Director: Gyllian Raby
Assistant Director, Dramaturgy and Drama and Education Outreach: Dillon Bernier*
Assistant Director and Choreography: Samantha Rideout*
Scenic Design: David Vivian
Sound and Projections Design, Videographer and Post Production: James McCoy
Lighting Design: Chris Malkowski
Costume Design and Head of Wardrobe: Roberta Doylend
Choreographer: Rachel Romanoski
Stage Manager: Diego Blanco*
Assistant Stage Manager: Alyssa Ruddock*


Segis, the feral son of C.E.O. Bill Basil – Luca d’Amico*
Rose, a spy; the disguised daughter of Fred Clotaldo and ex-lover of Aston Martin – Violet Brown*
Claire, Rose’s best friend and a deeply gifted office worker – Joanna Tran*
Bill Basil, CEO of Basil Enterprises (tops the Forbes 500 global business charts) – Matt Martin*
Fred Clotaldo, Bill’s loyal office manager; Rose’s estranged father – Taj-Alexander Crozier*
Aston Martin, a charmer whose real name is Reginald– Peter Herbert*
Stella Strong, a spectacular icon of business power and perfection – Emily Clegg*
Sparky, a Corporate Associate Intern – Yasmine Agocs*
Pixie, a Corporate Associate Intern – Jane Smith*
Daisy, a Corporate Associate Intern – Bianca Taylor*
Mick, a Security Guard / Chris, an Accountant – Lucas Irving*
Sergei, a Security Guard / Phil, an Accountant – Jonah Pace*


Production Manager: Brian Cumberland
Production Coordinator: Jordine De Guzman
Technical Director: Gavin Fearon
Assistant Technical Director: Alex Sykes*
Wardrobe Assistant: Julian Corlett*
Cobbler: Avery Delaney*
Properties Coordinator: Frances Johnson
Head of Stage Construction: Ed Harris
Theatre Technician: Dawn Crysler
Stage Management Supervisor: Carolyn Mackenzie

* DART student
** with permission of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association