Character Study: Hilda's Yard

March 27, 2019

With such a vivid cast of characters from playwright Norm Foster, how could  Hilda's Yard (Playwrights Canada Press) be anything but Netflix Original gold? Playwrights Canada Press had no issue pulling together this quirky cast of characters to bring this gem to life on the silver screen. 

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We had a lot of fun coming up with the perfect actors for these roles! Norm Foster’s comedies are always entertaining to imagine as movies, even though we love them as plays. In Hilda’s Yard, what’s supposed to be a relaxing afternoon of new empty nest bliss for Hilda and Sam Fluck ends up in calamity as their two thirty-something kids literally fall over their backyard fence needing help out of sticky situations. Their son Gary is on the run from a bookie named Beverly with his new girlfriend Bobbi, while their daughter Janey, ever-dependent, has just left her husband and is looking for comfort and distraction. These actors are known for being able to blend serious and cartoonish qualities and would present the perfect portrayals of some of Norm Foster’s most memorable characters!



Hilda – Martha Plimpton

Sam – Sam Neill

Gary – Adam Pally

Janey – Lily James

Beverly – Michael B. Jordan

Bobbi – Stephanie Beatriz


For a director, there’s Marielle Heller, who did a great job with Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

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With this casting and director in mind, we cooked up a poster for the Hilda's Yard movie adaption!


Hilda's Yard Movie Poster (1)


Photo Credit: Summer Ball, Kerri Lee Smith, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


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Thanks so much to Jessica and Playwrights Canada Press for standing in as casting directors for this round of Character Study. See more Character Study casting calls.


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