"Bunny Bunny: GILDA RADNER: A Sort of Love Story" by Alan Zweibel
"Flawlessly performed ... Kagan is mesmerizing ... Bunny Bunny is a gorgeous tribute to one of the most beloved comedic performers of all-time." - bloodyunderrated.net
"An entirely relatable experience made remarkable and special... I was watching Gilda herself for a spell." - charpo-canada.com
"Radner and Zweibel’s relationship plays out like your favourite song." - marblevictoria.com

a new theatrical abridgement of the book

Starring Rosaruby Kagan
Directed by Tanner Harvey

A solo performance of Zweibel’s tribute to Gilda;
recounting the friendship of two comics
who shared more than just a few good laughs. 

An homage to his long-time friend Gilda Radner, Zweibel's book recounts his "most cherished memories" in a melange of vignettes sketched in dialogue.
From 'complicated' beginnings during their Saturday Night Live heyday, to Gilda's battle against cancer, this new production tackles Zweibel's intimate memoir with a compassion and foolhardiness that's sure to affirm that, "the love and loyalty of a true friend may be the best kind of love there is." (Glenn Close, on Zweibel's original "Bunny Bunny")

In 1975, comedy writer Alan Zweibel got his big break with a new sketch comedy show to be called Saturday Night Live; he was 25 years oldDuring the show's first five seasons he collaborated with, and grew very close to, comedienne, Gilda Radner.  "Bunny Bunny: GILDA RADNER: A Sort of Love Story" is Zwiebel's 1994 sort-of-memoir of his friendship with Gilda; presenting moments from their fourteen year relationship in a series of 65 dialogues and illustrations.   

In its foreword Zwiebel disclaims that, "this book was never meant to be read," and describes it as, "very personal.  The kind of thing that one keeps to himself."  Nonetheless, he explains that, "the sense of loss that everyone, including those who never met Gilda, felt when she passed away," left him wondering if sharing it might help, "pay appropriate tribute to Gilda's time on this planet".

In 2013, actor and long time Gilda fan, Rosaruby Kagan, was so touched by Zwiebel's tribute that she approached director, Tanner Harvey, regarding its adaptation for the stage.  Tanner recognized Rosaruby's affinity with Radner straight away, and upon reading "Bunny Bunny", was equally moved by its candid humour, tenderness, and melancholy.

Thus we embarked on six months of working and reworking Zwiebel's 189 pages of memories-sketched-in-dialogue into a 75 minute, single-act, two-character, solo performance.

Zweibel's book, though composed primarily of dialogue, is not exactly a play.  While its chapters present scenarios patent of its comedy-writer's hand, at times it reads more as diary.  It was its intimacy and nostalgia that captured us: its wistful drawings, ironic diagrams, letters, a eulogy.  More than a biography of a relationship, “Bunny Bunny” is a love letter from the bereaved.

We think that Tanner's austere staging, teamed with Rosaruby's propensity for physicality, have culminated in an elegant and immediate medley of the friendship shared by two comics, who, from the high times to low, always knew that love and laughter would save them.


Presented by special arrangement with
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
P.O. Box 13819, Milwaukee, WI 53213

Rosaruby Kagan is a Grotowski based actor and has been performing, writing, and producing theatre for over ten years.  “Bunny Bunny” will be her third and most extensive solo production.  

Rosaruby holds a BA in theatre from The New School University in New York City and a MA in Drama Therapy from Concordia University.  Rosaruby has collaborated with companies from New York to Austin; including North American Cultural LaboratoryReverend Billy's Stop Shopping Gospel ChoirThe Living TheatreAriel Dance TheatreAustin Renaissance Theatre Co, and Rubber Rep.

Since moving to Montréal in 2007, Rosaruby has researched the therapeutic potential of physical acting training, dipped into the improv scene at Theatre St. Catherine,  was a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Dirty Little Spoons, wrote and directed "Buddha and the Rock Star" (2011 Montréal Fringe, New York Catskills Festival of New Theatre), and worked with numerous other theatre companies, most favourably Zeitgeist Theatre Collective's production of "Not Fit for Bears".

Tanner Harvey has been a theatrical jack-of-all-trades for almost 15 years.  Since getting the "bug" at Calgary's Crescent Heights High School, Tanner acquired a BFA from the University of Victoria and went on to work in theatres and play making places across Canada.

Recent credits include set and lighting design for "Chairs: a Parable" (Theatre Bazooka, 2013 Montréal Fringe), directing Cameryn Moore's "Release" (Mainline), assistant directing "Good People" (Centaur), lighting design for Shiong-En Chan's "Kissed by a Butterfly" (2012 Montréal Fringe), directing the theatrical debut of fusion-bellydance troupe "Ethereal Tribal" (2012 Montréal Fringe), and directing Jeremy Taylor's "Big Plans" (Freestanding/Summerworks; recipient of the Canstage Award for Direction).

Other favourites over the years include assistant directing for Leah Cherniak on "Past Perfect" (Tarragon), "John Gabriel Borkman" (Soulpepper), "The Little Years" (Neptune/NAC), and Beckett's "Happy Days" (NAC); directing Ned Cox's "Duplicity Girls" (Freestanding); and technical directing "Bacchae" and "Heretics of Bohemia" (Scapegoat Carnivale), Socalled's Puppet-Musical "The Season" (Pop Montréal), and "Schwartz's: The Musical" (Centaur).  Tanner is a founding member of Espace Freestanding Room and Technical Director and Faculty Member at Dawson College.