Common Ground Arts Society presents

Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree

by Harley Morison

as part of Found Festival 2018

July 5-8, 2018

Rollie Miles Athletic Field
University Avenue & Calgary Trail

She’s scrolling through Tinder. Left, left, left, right, left. She freezes. Something about the picture, something about the bio, something about choice of emojis. Swipe right. It’s a match. She flirts. She flirts back. “Let’s meet up?” First dates are best held in public: a café, a bar, a mall, she suggests. The other responds, “Meet me under the gnarly tree.”

Caitlin Kelly
Priya Narine
Designed by
Elise Jason
Staged Managed by
Izzy Bergquist
Dramaturgy by
Taylor Chadwick
Produced by
Jessica Glover
Directed by
Harley Morison
Caitlin Kelly, Actor.
Caitlin is delighted to be joining Cardiac Theatre in FoundFest this summer! In the fall Caitlin will be returning to the University of Alberta for her 3rd year in the BFA Acting program. Her past credits include: The Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson, The MilkyWay Express by Juniper Wisniewski, and Ministers of Grace by Neil Kuefler.

Harley Morison

Harley Morison, Playwright.
Harley is an Edmonton based director and playwright and is a co-founder of Cardiac Theatre with Jessica Glover. Recent directing credits include The Listening Room, Pompeii, L.A., Peter Fechter: 59 MinutesPacamambo and Hot Mess for Cardiac Theatre; Orestes 2.0 for ABBEDAM Productions; and assistant director on Adult Entertainment and The End of Civilization with Punctuate! Theatre. His plays include Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree and Razz the StarChild. Harley holds a BA (Honors) in Drama from the University of Alberta and currently works as the Operations Manager for Theatre Network. He is so thrilled to be presenting Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree in the open air as part of Found Festival 2018!

Izzy Bergquist, Stage Manager
Izzy has recently graduated from the University of Alberta, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre majoring in Stage Management. In the past few years she has had the pleasure to work with Catch the Keys Productions, Opera Nuova, StageLab Festival, Nextfest, Dancefest, Foundfest, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Blarney Productions, Praise Doris Productions, Theatre Network, and on various productions at the UofA. Izzy is thrilled to be working on Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree at the Found Festival this year!

Priya Narine, Actor.
Priya is an emerging actor and singer currently based in Edmonton. She is a brand new graduate of the BFA Acting program’s class of 2018. In May, she was cast in the staged readings of Touchy by Michelle Robb and 1000 Is a Number by Siân Godsmark for the Citadel Theatre’s Young Playwrighting Company. Studio Theatre credits include The School For Scandal, The Lower Depths and A Bright Room Called Day. In 2015, Priya participated in a four-week Shakespeare intensive at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where she played the title role in King Lear. She thanks her family and friends for their endless love and support. She loves this sweet, hilarious play and hopes that you will too!

Taylor Chadwick, Dramaturge.
Taylor is honoured to work alongside Harley and help him develop Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree. As a dramaturge Taylor works primarily with emerging playwrights as one of The Nextfest Arts Company’s dramaturges. His directing credits include: The Aliens, Nighthawk Rules, Ligature Marks (What It Is Productions), Twenty-Five (The Joel Crichton Emergency), Tongues (Watch Me Productions)Miss Electricity, Robin Hood for the Snowglobe Festival of Children’s Theatre; El Dorado (Surreal SoReal Theatre), Juggernaut (Nextfest 2008), Urban Tales 9 & 10 (Northern Light Theatre) and The C-Word (Theatre Elysium). Taylor is the host of the Award-Winning Edmonton Arts Interview podcast, What It Is (available on iTunes) and is the Marketing & Publicity Director for Theatre Network.
Elise Jason, Designer.
Elise [they/them/theirs] is an Alberta-based Theatre Designer and Installation Artist, and recent graduate from the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design program. They aspire to integrate sculpture and installation into theatre, as well as connect with the audience through interactive, non-traditional performances and experiences. Interested in working primarily with stories of queerness and the experience of the modern other, Elise is interested in a diverse spread of work and non traditional practices. Recent credits include: After Miss Julie (University of Alberta), Queers on Queerz: The Mechanical Cabaret (Nextfest), and On the Margin (Found Festival). 

Jessica Glover, Producer.
Jessica is an arts administrator, producer, sometimes playwright, and co-founder of Cardiac Theatre. She has co-produced all of Cardiac’s shows to date, and was the Stage Manager for Pompeii, L.A. during the 2017 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Her playwriting debut, Maps to the Stars, was featured at the 2016 New Works Festival at the University of Alberta. Jessica is a graduate of the U of A (BA in Drama and Women’s and Gender Studies), and has recently completed the Arts and Cultural Management diploma at MacEwan University.