Blood Lightning

Niagara-raised performer Joseph Recinos guides through the complex terrain of being from two places at once. Through the use of traditional storytelling, hip-hop, movement, song and poetry, and traveling from Niagara to Guatemala to Standing Rock, this one-person show chronicles the true story of one artist’s reclaiming of their ancestral voice.

Blood Lightning

Story by Joseph Recinos

Created by Joseph Recinos and Colin Bruce Anthes

Directed by Colin Bruce Anthes

Set, Lighting and Projections Design by James McCoy

Wardrobe & Props Designed by by Crystal Zettle

Sound Design by Classic Roots


Joseph Recinos*

Stage Manager – Jessica Campbell-Maracle

Production Manager – Rebecca Walsh

Scenic Construction – Thomas Hurst

Photography by – Phoenix Rising Studio

Graphic Design by – Lila Bata-Walsh

* Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association


The TEAM by Michael Kras

Essential Collective Theatre presents the world premiere of The Team penned by Hamilton playwright Michael Kras, winner of the prestigious Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize and nominated for the 2018 Tom Hendry TYA Award.

Ushering in a cast of five young women, The Team is a rapid-fire, heart-squeezing, fiercely funny portrait of five teenagers facing the crushing weights of expectation, grief, fear, and identity as they stand on the precipice of their uncertain futures.

Written to be relevant, accessible, and compassionate, the play wrestles with the often homophobic jock culture and cyberbullying found in high schools. With performances in both St. Catharines’ FirstOntario Performing Art Centre and Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius

THE TEAM  by Michael Kras

Produced by Essential Collective Theatre

In Association with: The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre & Theatre Aquarius

Directed by Colin Bruce Anthes


Lennon Bradford

Emily Lukasik

Kaitlin Race

Laura Welch

Kaylyn Valdez Scott

Set & Lighting Design – James McCoy

Costume Design- Joanne Pacinda

Sound Design – Ethan Rising

Production Manager –  Rebecca Walsh

Stage Manager –  Jessica Campbell Maracle

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON

March 20: 8pm  – March 21: 8pm – March 22: 8pm – March 23: 2pm – March 23: 8pm