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We’re very proud to announce our next show, the Canadian Premiere of SMART PEOPLE by Lydia R. Diamond.  The show will run November 2nd – 18th at our usual digs at Studio 16 in Vancouver.

The show reunites director David Mackay (Boeing Boeing – Arts Club) with cast members Aaron Craven and Kwesi Ameyaw.  All three worked on our company’s previous production of David Mamet’s Race.  Craven is the Artistic Director of Mitch and Murray Productions and can be seen in the upcoming TV series Somewhere Between.  Ameyaw features on the TV show Legends of Tomorrow.

Rounding out the cast and appearing for the first time with our company are actors Rukiya Bernard (TV’s Van Helsing) and Olivia Cheng (TV’s Marco Polo).

Brilliant, hilarious, and incisive, playwright Lydia R. Diamond (writer of The Bluest Eye and Broadway’s Stick Fly) explores the deep questions of race and identity in this controversial and fiercely funny play. On the eve of Obama’s first election, four intellectuals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to racial differences—find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics. Everyone wants to be successful, to find love, and to feel as if they’ve made a positive impact on the world. But what influence does race have on that quest?

In the great tradition of Clybourne Park and Disgraced, Smart People asks the questions that don’t always get asked in public.   “A challenge to complacency … Smart People (is) a splendid new play about race.” – The Boston Globe.

Mitch and Murray Productions is very excited to bring this dynamic, funny and relevant new play to town.  Stay tuned for our upcoming fundraising campaign, a yearly staple of our company which helps us keep bringing great modern theatre to Vancouver.


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Audition Workshop with Casting Director EDWARD REA – Sunday September 10th.

Workshop fee is $125 for the day. Sunday September 10th, 11am – 5pm. Previous training and on-camera experience required for admission. To apply, please email a head shot and resume to

Edward has over 100 casting credits in film, TV and multimedia projects. Notable clients include Universal, MGM, The CW. More recent credits include the Emmy nominated series “Project Mc2 – Season 2” for Netflix & “The Romeo Section” by veteran showrunner Chris Haddock for the CBC. In 2017 you will see some of his anticipated works with the feature “Okja” starring Jake Gylenhaal & Tilda Swinton,“Drone” starring Sean Bean as well and as the dance spectacle “Bring It On: International.”

Edward has assisted in the management of talent for almost a decade at various top talent agencies. His comprehensive experience in the area of talent management and development has made Edward a sought after commodity in many forums across Canada.

Through his work as a frequent guest instructor on industry topics Edward has been called on by such institutions as Emily Carr, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver Youth Theatre, Actorvan, Biz Studios, Act One Studios, Vancouver Acting School, New Image College of Fine Arts, PullFocus Film School, the Rock Star Academy & Anthony Meindl`s Actor Workshop.

His involvement and outreach in the entertainment community continues to expand through previous volunteering as a Casting Director & workshop host for Vancouver’s Crazy 8’s in 2016, currently on the panel for 2017 Queer Film Festival as an entry judge, and consulting with new productions, teaming them with industry leaders.

Over the past year alone Edward has cast films with premieres at the Toronto & Vancouver International Film Festivals. Edward is the recent recipient of a Leo Award for his Casting work on the series “Romeo Section” and was involved in projects also winning acting and feature categories for these prestigious awards.

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