Recapping Touchstone’s production of ‘Haunted’ by Daniel Karasik

Touchstone recently dropped the curtain on our world premiere performance of Haunted by Daniel Karasik. Presented as part of the 2013 Chutzpah! Festival Haunted was staged at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre located at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver with 7 performances from Feb 27th to Mar. 3rd. The play was the 2011 winner of the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition and this inaugural production was directed by Touchstone’s Artistic Director Katrina Dunn. Work on the play started in November of 2012 when the cast (Kerry Sandomirsky, Patrick Sabongui,  Carmel Amit & Kayla Deorksen) workshopped the play with playwright Daniel Karasik.
Production on Haunted began in late January 2013 with the design team comprised of Pam Johnson (Set Design), Sydney Cavanagh (Costume Design), Adrian Muir (Lighting Design), Jeff McMahan (Sound Design) and Tim Matheson (Projection Design). Rehearsals began a couple of weeks later in early February. A really exciting day was the 1st read-through of the script which was followed by presentations by the designers. It really helped paint in everyone’s mind what the production was going to look like on the stage. Here is a look at the maquette of the set for Haunted as well as some sketches & clippings from Costume Designer Sydney Cavanagh:


Rehearsals took place at the fantastic PL1422 for the next few weeks and before we know it we came to opening night. Taking place at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre and closing out the 2013 Chutzpah! Festival, the building was abuzz as people poured in from the rainy evening. The opening performance was very well received – check out our newsletter recapping the reviews of the performance. Following the performance there was post-show reception catered by Solly’s Bagelry. Here are a few pics from our opening night reception. Check out the full gallery on Facebook here.

Haunted was the 2011 Winner of the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition and we were very excited to partner with the Miles Nadal JCC & Chutzpah! to present a special staged reading of the 2012 winner of the competition, Shiksa by Winnipeg playwright Cairn Moore. The reading took place at the Rothstein Theatre and featured a cast of local professional actors (Nicola Lipman, Lindsey Angel, Stephen Aberle & Josh Drebit) directed by Touchstone Theatre’s Artistic Director Katrina Dunn. Check out these shots from the event:

We want to thank everyone who came out to see Haunted for their support of Touchstone. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to produce a world premiere of an exciting new work. Our thanks to the Chutzpah! Festival for presenting this production as part of their fantastic 2013 festival. Next up for Touchstone? The return of the In Tune Conference. Here are a couple of production shots from Haunted. Photos by Tim Matheson. Check out a full gallery on our Facebook page.


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