An Original




by John Bandler

Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel

Directed by Tom Mackan

recipient of the Theatre Ontario 2013 Maggie Bassett Award

The Hamilton Fringe Festival, July 14-24, 2016


Photo: John Bandler   Image Designer: Paulina Rzeczkowska

“Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel is a taut, disturbing tale of confused passions and sexual desires that flirts with violence.”

Director Tom Mackan gives Bandler's piece a graceful ebb and flow, connecting the dots in a puzzle that purposely doesn't reveal itself completely.

Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator, July 18, 2016.

“The performances of both Aimee Kessler Evans and James Thomas were compelling.”

“There was a moment when I felt there was no way all the loose ends could be tied together before the play ends. Then the details of the characters' life stories are revealed in a very satisfying way.”

“If you are in the mood for a good adult suspense drama, then do go and see this play!”

Marianne Daly, Raise The Hammer, July 18, 2016.

“John Bandler’s area debut with Julibee Motel worth the wait,” wrote Tom Mackan in The View on July 17, 2010 about our 2010 production of Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel. “There’s a film waiting to be made of this play.” “Not to say it doesn’t work on stage, but dear readers, it is haunted for this viewer by the ghosts of new wave cinema of the 50s and 60s. Local writer John Bandler makes his area debut at Fringe with this well-crafted and searching story.” “Bandler owes a debt to the European film writers of the mid-20th century, a debt to the likes of Renoir, Godard, and even Hitchcock, in his tale of the seemingly inadvertent and random encounter.”

Plot Summary


Christmas Eve finds Cassie about to close her Julibee Motel when a storm sweeps in the well-heeled Mick. She insists her motel is closed. He wants a room at any price. His name is familiar, but she doesn’t let on. Instead, she kicks their hard-core banter into a rollercoaster of confessions, threats, and unfulfilled desires. As they struggle, Mick must decide whether he wants to die, Cassie must decide whether she wants him to live.


Our Team


CASSIE—Aimee Kessler Evans
MICK—James Thomas
GIRL (recorded voice)—Aimee Kessler Evans
GIRL’S FATHER (recorded voice)—Steve O’Brien

Tom Mackan—Director
Anne Hogan—Technical Director/Stage Manager
Daniel VanAmelsvoort—Assistant Stage Manager/Technical
Graeme McArthur—Assistant Stage Manager
Peter Jonasson—Sound Designer
Beth Bandler—Producer
John Bandler—Writer/Executive Producer




The present




The lobby of a bare-bones motel.

Aimee Kessler Evans pitches the show . . . .  





YouTube—“Tomorrow, I'd like to find you still breathing”

YouTube—“You're not into drugs, or anything deep?

YouTube—“That was just so-so sex

YouTube—“You're much too good looking”

YouTube—“Suicide's too easy, dude

YouTube—“Your ultimate and certain death


CFMU Radio Interview with Mark Gonzalez—“Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel”
CHCH TV Interview with Annette Hamm—“Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel”

The Theatre Reader Magazine Interview with Veronica Appia—“Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel”


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Aimee Kessler Evans

James Thomas

Tom Mackan

John Bandler


Anne Hogan

Daniel VanAmelsvoort

Peter Jonasson

Beth Bandler

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Show Times

(Latecomers will not be admitted)



July 15

9:00-10:00 pm



July 16

6:00 - 7:00 pm



July 17

3:00 - 4:00 pm



July 18

9:30-10:30 pm



July 20

8:00 - 9:00 pm



July 22

4:30 - 5:30 pm



July 23

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Venue: The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, Inc.


80 Queen Street South, Hamilton, Ontario





Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel is sponsored by Theatre Burlington.


Outstanding recent productions include Breaking the Code, The Miracle Worker, The Imaginary Invalid and The Diary of Anne Frank.

2016-2017 offers Papers by Allan Stratton.






Jessica Anderson, Veronica Appia (The Theatre Reader), Beth Bandler, Marilyn Bastedo (Canadian Motor Cycle Association), Scott Bloxom, Valerie Burke, Canadian Motorcycle Association, Claire Calnan, Jessica Clarke (CogecoTV), Sybil Cohos, Sarah Mae Conrad (MSU), Teresa DiFalco, Dundas Little Theatre, Jacob Fabroni, Mark Gonzalez (CFMU), Annette Hamm (CHCH), The Hamiltonian, Hamilton’s Cable 14 TV, John Harris (IEEE Hamilton Section), J.R. Hewson, Steven Jacklin, Genevieve Jack, Lynne Jamieson, Erin Kiley, Shane Lansing (CogecoTV), Chuck Learn, Peter Lloyd, Lotus of Oakville, Brenna Rae MacNaughton, Peter Malysewich, McMaster Students Union, Janet Myers, Barbara Pollard, Rose Pye, Linda Rourke (Cable14), Saverina Scozzari (Cable 14), Gary Smith (The Hamilton Spectator), Jane Snider, Valerie VanLandschoot, Vikki Velenosi, John Vlachopoulos, Mickey Wagg, Allison Warwick, and Sally Watson.



John Bandler, Executive Producer

Last Update: September 9, 2016