Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures
By Mark Crawford
Deep in Simon’s basement is a secret world of imagination and adventure – where a young prince can transform into mythological creatures! Simon invites new neighbour Abby to help save a princess in a battle against a fire-breathing dragon. Meanwhile, in reality, Simon’s older brother Zach is not so sure about all this dressing up and fairy tale business … A thoughtful and hilarious new play about our ability to transform!
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Schools and teachers interested in booking a performance of Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures can contact TNB Operations Manager Joanna Bryson at firstname.lastname@example.org
February - March 2020
Written by Mark Crawford
Directed by Alexis Milligan
Featuring Robbie Lynn, Michelle Raine and Rebecca Wolfe
Set Design: Steve Lucas
Sound Design: Ian Sherwood
Costume Design: Sherry Kinnear
Stage Manager: Alex Rioux
Mark’s newest play, The New Canadian Curling Club, premiered at the Blyth Festival in June, 2018. Its second production at Alberta Theatre Projects in March, 2019 broke box office records; the play became the highest-grossest non-holiday show in the company’s history. Upcoming productions include: Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Western Canada Theatre, Theatre Orangeville, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Mark’s first play, Stag and Doe, premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2014. It has received several other professional productions across Canada and recently made its international premiere at Teatr Powszechny, in Lodz, Poland.
Bed and Breakfast premiered at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 2015 and has since been produced at Centaur, Belfry, Magnus, Soulpepper, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Globe Theatre Regina, Arts Club, Ship’s Company, and Blyth.
The Birds and the Bees premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2016 and quickly became one of the most-produced Canadian plays of the decade with a dozen professional productions to date. It opens the Granville Island Stage season at Arts Club Theatre Company in fall, 2019.
Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures is a play for young audiences which premiered with Carousel Players in 2017. It’s since been remounted by Carousel, produced by Theatre Orangeville, and has upcoming productions at Theatre New Brunswick and Neptune Theatre.
All of Mark’s plays are published by Scirocco Drama.
As an actor, he has performed on stages across the country. He grew up on his family’s farm near Glencoe, Ontario, studied theatre at University of Toronto and Sheridan College, and now lives in Stratford.
Alexis Milligan is the founding director of Transitus Creative, an interdisciplinary arts organization specializing in Art Communication and public engagement through the arts transitus.ca. She has been a project partner in knowledge translation and exchange with The Dalhousie University School of Nursing (Palliative Education through Art Communication and Engagement), the Association of Nova Scotia Museums (Touchstones), and with gender consultant Michelle Raine (It’s A Girl!).
Alexis is also an acclaimed actor, movement specialist and director with a number of awards and nominations to her name. She is currently in her fourth season as Movement Director at The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. As a noted artistic collaborator she has created choreography and movement for many theatre companies across Canada including Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Mermaid Theatre, Off The Leash Ltd., OneLight Theatre and Theatre Gargantua. Other credits include movement and puppetry director for the sold out run of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at The Stratford Festival, as well as En Jülefortelling (A Christmas Carol) with the National Theatre of Norway in Bergen.
She is a recurring guest teacher at NYU Tisch School for the Performing Arts, and has been on the faculty of the Fountain Academy of the the Sacred Heart, and Neptune Theatre School. For more information about Alexis and her work please visit her website: alexismilligan.com
Robbie Lynn is a local theatre artist and graduate of St. Thomas University. His directing credits include The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder (STU) and Greg Everett’s Carrion Birds (NotaBle Acts). Recently, he produced and directed his own adaptation of Plato’s Symposium titled Philosophia with The Apartment 4 Players. He is delighted to be spreading Christmas cheer with this timeless classic and would like to thank Natasha for having him on board.
Michelle Raine has been a creative-junkie her whole life. She has completed acting training at the Fountain School of Performing Arts and has had the opportunity to work with Luna Sea Theatre, Transitus Creative, Xara Choral Theatre, and other companies to create performances that educate and change the way we think about the world. "I think it’s important for everyone to think critically about their own life, what we know and why we know it, and to make sure that we are never living by someone else's script. It is truly an honour to be presenting two shows with Theatre New Brunswick that deal with subject matter that is so personal to me.”
Rebecca is an emerging actor-dancer and aspiring director-writer. Specializing in devised theatre, she is a recent graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program. Rebecca is the Artistic Producer of Alinea Theatre, which recently premiered her new play, Penny. Direction: Elf The Musical Jr. (Halifax Regional Arts), Zomblet (Asst. Director/Choreographer, The Villains Theatre), Down the Line (Nostos/KiDanCo), The Little Prince (Ryerson YCP). Stage: Penny (Alinea Theatre), PEACE Project (Transitus), Infinity Machine, Sycorax Brood, U.R.U., High Point Fields (Humber Theatre), Four Hours (Alumnae Theatre),The Nutcracker (Symphony Nova Scotia). Film: Diggstown, Trailer Park Boys, Mr. D. A passionate arts educator, Rebecca is overjoyed to be combining her love of acting and working with youth during this tour with TNB!
Since 1987 Steve has designed award winning sets and lighting for more than 500 productions of theatre, dance and performance art.
His work has run the gamut, Starting with his design debut at the the Poor Alex with See Bob Run [also Daniel Macivor’s Toronto Debut] he has done everything from family Christmas pantos to radical eastern European avant garde. Working in Large venues to Storefronts, from Off Broadway to The woman’s washroom at Buddies in Bad times. From Tokyo to St Petersburg to Port Dover.
His work has toured extensively and has been seen all across Canada, the United States, the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Australia, and Asia. 25 countries so far!
Steve’s work in theatre has mainly been focused on new and original plays; he has designed the world premieres of literally hundreds of shows, many of which have gone on to further acclaim. These include: 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Never Swim Alone, The Drowsy Chaperone, Time After Time: The Chet Baker Project, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Stag and Doe, bloodclaat, Revolutions in Therapy, 7 Important Things, and The Drawer Boy.
Composer and Sound Designer
Armed with a saxophone, guitar, looping pedal and a voice that won him a Canadian Folk Music Award for contemporary singer of the year, Sherwood has charmed his way across the country and UK with his unique brand of genre-shifting music and stage show.
A natural storyteller with a timeless sound, his influences are some of the best folk/pop/country singer-songwriters; from Bruce Springsteen to Tom Waits and Blue Rodeo.
Named Best Male Artist by the International Acoustic Music Awards.
Twice named Musician Of the Year by the Nova Scotia Music Awards.
Winner of a 2017 Robert Merritt award for Outstanding Original Score for the play Tompkinsville.
Sherry is the costume designer for the TNB Young Company and TNB Theatre School as well as the Head of Wardrobe for all branches of the company. Sherry most recently designed costumes for The Boat, , The Snow Queen, A Sunday Affair, Marion Bridge, Vigil, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Eighth Fire, and The Net, as well as Guys & Dolls, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables and has created costumes for A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors, Gifts of the Magi, The Dollar Woman, Treasure Island, and many other TNB productions over the past ten years.
Alex Rioux is an emerging theatre artist based in Fredericton who has worked with a multitude of local companies. He recently debuted his first original work Fruit Machine as the main stage production at the Notable Acts Theatre Festival. He is also the producer for The Plain Site Theatre Festival, a new queer works project that aims to give platforms for aspiring queer artists.
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