Casting Announcement: Soulpepper’s Fool For Love and A Streetcar Named Desire

Top Row: Leah Doz, Mac Fyfe, Gregory Prest, Amy Rutherford

Bottom Row: Eion Bailey, Cara Gee, Alex McCooeye, Stuart Hughes

Soulpepper has announced casting for two of its upcoming shows!

A fresh mix of longtime favourites and newcomers will headline Soulpepper’s productions of two American Classics opening at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts beginning this summer.

Fool For Love

First up, Cara Gee (The Expanse, Amazon) and Eion Bailey (Band of Brothers, HBO) will make their Soulpepper debuts, taking on the roles of explosive former lovers May and Eddie in Sam Sheppard’s Fool For Love, directed by Soulpepper’s own Frank Cox-O’Connell.

Also joining the cast, Soulpepper vet Alex McCooeye (Bedroom Farce, Soulpepper) and founding member Stuart Hughes (Wedding at Aulis, Soulpepper) will return to the Young Centre stage as Martin and the Old Man, respectively.

Set to open July 13th, Fool For Love will feature set design by Lorenzo Savoini, costumes by Shannon Lea Doyle, lighting by Simon Rossiter and composition by Andrew Penner.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Next, Amy Rutherford (Molly’s Game) and Mac Fyfe (Bakkhai, Stratford Festival) will return to Soulpepper to take on the iconic roles of Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ seminal work: A Streetcar Named Desire, opening September 21st of this year.

This much-anticipated production will be directed by Soulpepper’s newly minted Artistic Director, Weyni Mengesha in her first time directing as the company’s AD.

“I’m so moved by this play; every time I read it I uncover a new gem. It is a deep dive into human pain and our hunger for belonging,” she says.

Joining Rutherford and Fyfe, Leah Doz (August: Osage County, Soulpepper) will portray Stanley’s wife Stella. Soulpepper’s current Baillie Fellow and longtime company member Gregory Prest (Bed in Breakfast, Soulpepper) will feature in the role of Mitch.

Additional casting for Streetcar includes Sebastian Marziali (Blood Wedding, Aluna Theatre) who will be making his Soulpepper debut, and returning members Akosua Amo-Adem (Idomeneus, Soulpepper), and SATE (for colored girls…, Soulpepper). Additional casting for Streetcar’s company will be announced at a later date.

This production also includes set design by Lorenzo Savoini, with costumes by Rachel Forbes, lighting by Kimberly Purtell, and sound by Debashis Sinha.

For tickets and more information on both of Soulpepper’s upcoming shows be sure to click here to visit their website.

The casts of Fool For Love and A Streetcar Named Desire answer the question:

“Why are you excited to be stepping into your role?”


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Dylan is a journalism student at the University of King's College, Halifax. His internship at Intermission is the only thing that stands between him and his degree. Dylan has a passion for (and a BA in) theatre history and is an Aquarius, with a Leo moon, and a Scorpio rising.