Double Bill

White as Snow, Red as Blood, Black as Ebony”
Headstrong Collective is proud to present
a Double Bill of one-person plays

Man to Man
by Manfred Karge
Translated by Anthony Vivis
Starring Lisa Karen Cox
Directed by Kelli Fox
Assistant Directed by Leslie McBay
Sound Design by Matthew Lawrence and Tom Perry


Licking Knives
Written and Performed by Melanie Hrymak
Sound Design by Tessa Springate

Stage Managed by Sandi Becker
Projection, Set & Costume Design by Karyn McCallum
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
Produced by Leslie McBay and Melanie Hrymak

*These are Canadian Actors’ Equity Association productions under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
**Ms. McCallum is a member of Associated Designers of Canada.


About Man to Man
“A life of Germany” in monologue form. Ella Gericke, also known as Snow White, has an ill, but employed, husband. As the Nazi Party rises, she becomes Max Gericke the Crane-Operator and hides his widow under the mattress for sixty years. Do not mistake this for a fairytale.

“I, my own widow, my late lamented husband, had to be man enough to wear the fucking trousers.”
— from Man to Man

About Licking Knives
Exploring the themes of identity and self-determination, Licking Knives is a darkly funny story told by a confident, confused, indignant young woman who decides to leave home in the spring of 1939. It is a journey that will take you across Europe from a stick in the Ukrainian mud to the City of Lights.

“Ukrainian people are convinced that everything will turn out shit because it always has. And they are always right.”
— from Licking Knives

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 416.504.7529 or in person at Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Ave).

A “bold company that does bold theatre” (Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter & CIUT 89.5FM)
Lisa Karen Cox “captures the poetry and grimly comic irony” (Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine)
✭✭✭✭ “[A] provocative portrait of the plight of women living during wartime” (Christopher Hoile, Stage Door)
“[A]chingly tragic…utterly compelling” (Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World)
“[P]owerful, poetic… [Melanie] Hrymak’s performance is frank, dark and wryly funny” (Cathy McKim, life with more cowbell)