World Premiere

of an Original Canadian

Sc-Fi Drama


by John Bandler

The Trial of Naomi Verne

(Now on YouTube)

Directed by Tom Mackan

recipient of the Theatre Ontario 2013 Maggie Bassett Award

The Hamilton Fringe Festival, July 18-27, 2014

“the latest instalment of a sophisticated sci-fi series”

John Bandler wants to scare your pants off.

Be warned this one's goosebumps time.”

Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator, July 17, 2014.

Brenna: “transitions powerfully from haughty outrage to desperation”

Genevieve: “unnerving as a querulous young child imbued with the abilities of an adult, gifts that bring a new meaning to the term 'daddy's girl' ”

Ryan McGreal, Raise The Hammer, July 19, 2014.

“ends with a shocking agreement”

“fine staging” “intense performances”

“Brenna Rae MacNaughton . . . moves skillfully between different versions of Naomi and between past and present”

“Steve O’Brien . . . frighteningly detached”

Rebecca Costie, View Magazine, July 24-30, 2014.

Andrea Adcock pitches the show . . . .  

Plot Summary


Held without charge for crime or crimes unspecified, Naomi Verne, ruler of the American Domain, recalls her secret summit with Luton Maxwell’s mother, representative of the theocratic rulers of the Empire of God, and faces the hideous bargain she struck as a way out of a lethal global deadlock.


The Luton Maxwell/Naomi Verne Trilogy


The Trial of Naomi Verne is the third episode in a sci-fi trilogy, sequel to 59 Minutes in the Maxwell Suite and That The Multitude May Live.




The Trial of Naomi Verne: set in the future, its thematic elements include a vision of technology, reality augmentation, psycho-technology, and what might happen if we reached a politically unacceptable level of human cognition.


Our Team


NAOMI VERNE—Brenna Rae MacNaughton





Tom Mackan—Director
Valerie VanLandschoot—Technical Director/Stage Manager
David Harris Smith—Virtual Reality Designer
Peter Jonasson—Sound Designer

Beth Bandler—Producer
John Bandler—Writer/Executive Producer




Just decades from now




A child’s playroom on board the “Luton Maxwell” hyper-yacht/An interrogation area at an unknown location/A dining room in a fish-and-chip shop in the neutral C-Free Zone.





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The Hamiltonian—“The Trial of Naomi Verne - Media Release”

McMaster Daily News—“Engineering professor's play set to open at Fringe Festival” by Lisa Cimini

YouTube—“I've done an opera.”

YouTube—“This place is bereft of facilities.”

YouTube—“The Court questions everything.”

YouTube—“Jerusalem's a real place.”

YouTube—“What are Aspirins?”

YouTube—“I believe you mean well.”

YouTube—Rehearsal and interview by TV Cogeco


The Trial of Naomi Verne on facebook


Online advance tickets on sale now
Show Times

(Latecomers will not be admitted)



July 18

10:30-11:30 pm



July 19

9:30 - 10:30 pm



July 20

6:30 - 7:30 pm



July 21

9:30 - 10:30 pm



July 25

8:00 - 9:00 pm



July 26

12:30 - 1:30 pm



July 27

11:00 am - noon

Venue: Hamilton Theatre Inc.


140 MacNab Street North, Hamilton, Ontario




Brenna Rae MacNaughton

Steve O’Brien

Andrea Adcock

Genevieve Jack

Tom Mackan

David Harris Smith

Peter Jonasson

Valerie VanLandschoot




The Trial of Naomi Verne is sponsored by Theatre Burlington.


Outstanding recent productions include Breaking the Code, The Miracle Worker, The Imaginary Invalid and The Diary of Anne Frank. Theatre Burlingtons 2014-2015 season offers The Handyman by Ronald Harwood.



University Plaza



James Ankers, Gregory Atkinson, Carl Ballstadt, Beth Bandler, Valerie Burke, Claire Calnan, Q.S. Cheng, Sybil Cohos, Gregory Cruikshank, Janet Delsey, J.R. Hewson, Steven Jacklin, Genevieve Jack, Catherine Janes, Crystal Jonasson, Dominik Kaukinen, Chuck Learn, Peter Malysewich, Janet Myers, Matt Szpirglas, Denyse Terry, and John Vlachopoulos, Teresa DiFalco, The Hamiltonian, John Harris, IEEE Hamilton Section, Linda Rourke, Kate Lane, Hamilton’s Cable 14 TV, Jessica Clarke, Samantha Henry, TVCogeco Burlington/Oakville, Tyler Welch, CFMU, Lisa Cimini, McMaster Office of Public Relations, La Rouge Consignment (Dundas), Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator.


Special thanks to Brenna Rae MacNaughton for her enthuisiasm, inspiration and story support. See her on YouTube in That The Multitude May Live.


John Bandler, Executive Producer

Last Update: August 18, 2014