Casting Announcement: Casimir and Caroline

The Howland Company has announced its cast for the North American premiere of Casimir and Caroline!

Written by celebrated European playwright Ödön von Harváth, the 1932 tragicomedy has been a frequently staged production in the modern German collection and is considered a modern German classic. The play is coming to North America for the first time, at Crow’s Theatre’s East-end arts hub Streetcars Crowsnest. This adaptation by Paolo Santalucia, Holger Syme, and The Howland Company is based on an original translation by Holger Syme and will be directed by Paolo Santalucia.

Casimir and Caroline cares little for decorum,” says director Paolo Santalucia, “It relentlessly reminds us that we’ll never be rich enough, happy enough, or important enough to satisfy our desires. And when faced with the disappointment of falling short, it laughs at how outrageously we try to prove everyone otherwise.”

The play is about two people who find love in the cold atmosphere of modern capitalism. Follow these star-crossed lovers as they experience clingy co-workers, superficial best friends, questionable HR representatives, the playboy boss, and many more colourful characters. Every single one of them longs for a deeper connection and none of them knows what that might be. But hey…as long as their lives look #goals on Instagram.

The creative team consists of lighting designer and Howland Company member Jareth Li, with set and costume design by Ken MacKenzie and sound design by Evan MacKenzie. With stage manager and Howland Company member Sam Hale, and associate director Thom Nyhuus.

Casimir and Caroline runs from January 14 to February 9, 2020, at the Scotiabank Community Studio Theatre at Streetcar Crowsnest. Opening night is on January 16, 2020, and for more information, click here.

The cast:

  • Alexander Crowther (Pure – CBC/WGN) – Casimir
  • Hallie Seline (The Wolves – Howland Company/Crow’s Theatre) – Caroline
  • Cameron Laurie (Punk Rock – The Howland Company) – Frank 
  • Caroline Toal (To Kill a Mockingbird – Young People’s Theatre) – Liz 
  • Michael Ayres (The Boys – Amazon) – Sanders 
  • James Graham (Othello – Shakespeare BASH’d) – Rankin 
  • Kimwun Perehinec (Fortune of Wolves – Theatre New Brunswick) – Shira
  • Shruti Kothari (Three Seasons – Stratford Festival) – Ellie
  • Veronica Hortiguela (Dryland – Cue6) – Mary
  • Michael Chiem (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare in Action) – Trevor

The Howland Company: Established in 2013, The Howland Company is one of Toronto’s independent ensemble theatre companies that is dedicated to telling stories that impact their generation. Their productions, training opportunities, and free community play reading group aim to connect and encourage a community that will feel ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow. For more information about The Howland Company click here.

The cast of Casimir and Caroline answer the following question:

What is the most embarrassing/awkward thing that has happened to you/you have done/ you have seen at a party?”


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Mariam is Associate Editor at Intermission. Mariam earned her Honours BA in English literature from York University and recently completed a Graduate Certificate program from Centennial College in Book and Magazine Publishing. When she's not busy reading books and plays, she takes pictures of books for her "Bookstagram", watches as many movies and shows as she can, and is a self-proclaimed Chocoholic.