april, 2023

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tue11apr7:30 pmtue9:30 pmThe How & The Why7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio TheatreEvent Type :Theatre Series

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Evolution, Feminism and Destiny collide in Sarah Treem’s (House of Cards,The Affair) poignant play about science, family, and the difficult choices that women face.  Why do women menstruate? Modern science has supplied us with the “How”, but no one seems to have answered the “Why”. Rachel, a young grad student in Evolutionary Biology visits Zelda, a pioneer of the field.  She posits a radical new hypothesis to answer this very question, which just happens to challenge Zelda’s own ground-breaking work. As the two brilliant women spar over their contrary views on science, career and generational divides, the ulterior motives surrounding their intense meeting slowly begin to unravel… 

This production was nominated for a 2019 Jessie Richardson Award.  


“ZELDA” – Bronwen Smith [she/her] | An actor, producer and teacher, Bronwen was born in Toronto, but beautiful Vancouver has been her home for most of her life. Whether it is working in film, television or theatre, she is most fulfilled when she is a part of the storytelling process. Recent stage credits include The Cherry Orchard  (Smoking Gun Collective) and The Learned Ladies (Western Gold Theatre) and on screen in A Series of Unfortunate of Events and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency . See her next on screen in CBC’s Unspeakable and on stage in Classic Chic’s Much Ado About Nothing. She feels lucky to spend her life with her favourite actor and husband, John Prowse. 

“RACHEL”- Annie Arbuckle [she/her] | Annie Arbuckle is a Vancouver born actor who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles. Some performing highlights include: Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Vagabond Players), Agnes in Agnes of God (Alchemy Theatre), Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (AMDA), and Dorcas in The Winter’s Tale (Classic Chic). This will be Annie’s second production with Aenigma Theatre; she played Estelle in Aenigma’s inaugural production of Jean Paul Sartre’s, No Exit

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR- TANYA MATHIVANAN [she/her] | Tanya is a Vancouver-based director and founder of Aenigma Theatre, who moved to this beautiful city from Singapore ten years ago.  She graduated from UBC with a Double Honours BA in Theatre and English. Past directing credits include VIVA, COPENHAGEN, Dying City, RED, Blackbird, The Zoo Story, No Exit (Aenigma Theatre), Approaching Lavendar (Bright Young Theatre), The Pillowman (UBC Players Club). Other favourite credits include A Charlie Brown Christmas (Carousel Theatre), Twelfth Night, Comfort Cottages, The Dining Room (Western Gold Theatre), The Trial of Judith K,, Macbeth (UBC Theatre). She is grateful to have such an amazing cast and crew working with her, as always.   

SET/POSTER DESIGNER- SARAH MELO | Sarah Melo is set designer, scenic artist, and graphics designer currently working in Seattle Washington since completing a scenic painting internship at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.  After graduating with her BFA in Theatre Design & Production from UBC, she worked as the scenic charge artist for Bard on the Beach and Western Canada Theatre, Set coordinator/props master for Project Limelight, technical coordinator/designer/props master for the Gateway Theatre’s Academy for Preforming Arts, and of course has worked since the beginning with Aenigma Theatre in many ways shapes and forms. Her favorite design credits with Aenigma are far and away for Red and No Exit; as well as Comedy of Errors (Gateway Academy), The Illusionist (Trinity Western University), and Ubu Roi (Theatre@UBC). For more about Sarah, please visit http://www.sarahasmelo.com

LIGHTING DESIGNER- CHENGYAN BOON [he/him] | Originally from Toronto, Chengyan is a Vancouver-based lighting and projections designer for independent and professional theatre all around town. He completed his BFA degree at UBC in 2015, designing two mainstage shows in his third year: Ubu Roi and Pride and Prejudice. Since then, he’s frequently been seen working with Theatre in the Raw (The Raymur Mothers, Twelve Angry Jurors, The Threepenny Opera), at the Jericho Arts Centre (Welcome to Thebes, People, The Beaux Stratagem, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mary Queen of Scots), and with kids for Gateway Academy (Comedy of Errors, Solo Sisters, Not So Different) and Notre Dame Regional Secondary (Footloose, Shrek: The Musical). Chengyan previously worked with Aenigma Theatre on The Turn of the Screw, The How and The Why, Viva, and RED. He’s delighted to continue working with Aenigma Theatre producing incredibly rich and intellectually stimulating plays. Design portfolio at chengyanboon.com. 

SOUND DESIGNER- SCOTT ZECHNER [He/him] | Scott is a Toronto-hailing, Vancouver-based sound and lighting designer and technical director. Scott has designed multiple shows for Aenigma Theatre including doing both Lighting and Sound for The Turn of the Screw, COPENHAGEN, Dying City, Blackbird and The Zoo Story. Scott has also worked with Touchstone Theatre for multiple seasons, including Late Company, The Best Laid Plans: A Musical and In Tune. Other select credits include The Post-Mistress and Bakersfield Mist (Arts Club), The Duchess AKA Wallis Simpson (Ruby Slippers), Foreign Radical (Theatre Conspiracy), Made of Stone (Prohibition Theatre). The Concierge of Vancouver (Matchmaker Productions). Scott holds a BFA in Theatre Production from UBC and has received two Jessie nominations for sound design and an Ovation nomination for lighting design. 

COSTUME DESIGNER- Ro MILLER [They/Them] | Alix Miller is a costume designer and textile artist based in the PNW.  Between Aenigma productions, they work at Little Hands Creations teaching sewing to elementary students throughout Seattle.  Their theatrical interests include elevating minority voices, and epistemological approaches to design.  Ro holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of British Columbia. Their online portfolio can be viewed here: alixmiller.weebly.com 



Adults: $45 | Seniors: $38 | Students: $16


(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio Theatre

1205 Pinetree Way