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A Monica Bradford-Lea & Nicholas Leno Production
Created & Performed by Monica Bradford-Lea
Created & Directed by Nicholas Leno
Composition & Sound Design by Angela Schleihauf
Dramaturgy by Emily Pearlman
Props & Set by Katie Rochford
Stage Management by Nicole Titus

Ottawa, Ontario
40 minutes | PG


Middle part ponytail. Pony sweater. Meet Beth-Anne, a horse crazy girl who just wants to be loved and desired. She can’t work up the confidence to ask her crush on a date, and she might not really have any friends. So, she decides to transform herself in an effort to become more desirable. And what’s THE most desirable creature? A horse, of course. Beth-Anne must become a horse. This hilarious solo comedy is created by Ottawa theatre artists Monica Bradford-Lea and Nicholas Leno. Creators of 2019 Prix Rideau Award nominated play-without-words Light(less), Beth-Anne is also a play that is highly physical, and features very few spoken words.

The Beth-Anne team acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Ottawa.


THURSDAY, February 6 at 8:00pm
SATURDAY, February 8 at 4:00pm
Library Studio
Beth-Anne is a work in progress performance, as part of the Discovery Series.


  • Nominee EMERGING ARTIST AWARD Monica Bradford-Lea, Prix Rideau Awards (2019)
  • Nominee EMERGING ARTIST AWARD Nicholas Leno, Prix Rideau Awards (2019)


Monica Bradford-Lea – Creator & Performer
Monica Bradford-Lea is an Ottawa-based theatre creator, actor, and producer. With a double-major in theatre and music from the University of Ottawa, as well as diverse training in clown, puppetry, and Shakespeare, Monica is passionate about creating multidisciplinary performances. She is co-founder of award-winning theatre company Spicy Day, theatre company Second Step, and a producer of the new UPROAR arts festival showcasing cis/trans women and non-binary artists. By day she works in marketing at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Nicholas Leno – Creator & Director
Nicholas Leno is the Interim Artistic Director at a Company of Fools, where he recently directed Romeo & Juliet. He also works as the Festival Director of Ottawa’s Fresh Meat Festival, which programs 10 new 20 minute performances each year. Last year he directed and co-created Light(less) at undercurrents, which received an outstanding new work nomination from the Prix Rideau Awards. Nick wears a lot of hats.

Angela Schleihauf – Composer & Sound Designer
Angela Schleihauf is an Ottawa-based musician, sound designer and composer. Theatre credits include live music for Swan River (Skeleton Key Theatre), Circles Polaires (The Rideau Project) and Cardinal (Aplombusrhombus) as well as original compositions for GCTC’s production of Bang Bang and Raising Stanley/Life with Tulia. She received GCTC’s Shannon Reynolds Memorial Fund for an internship in sound design during the 2018-2019 season. As a live performer on oboe and vocals, she has toured in Canada, Sweden, and South Korea, and can be heard on Three Little Birds’ self-titled album, and Wood of Ypres’ Juno award-winning album Grey Skies and Electric Lights.