Solo Productions Presents MARY'S WEDDING By Stephen Massicotte At Streetcar Crowsnest
One of the most celebrated plays in Canadian history, MARY'S WEDDING by Stephen Massicotte, will have its first professional production in Toronto at Streetcar Crowsnest. A love story set against the backdrop of the Great War, this is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival. MARY'S WEDDING stars Fraser Elsdon and Kate Ross, directed by Kent Staines, and is co-produced by Mary Young Leckie's Solo Productions and by Derrick Chua. It will be presented at Streetcar Crowsnest January 31 - February 16, 2019 (Media Night February 1).
When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and they must surrender their fates to the tumultuous times of the First World War. Their love story extends from the fields of Canada's Prairies to the battlefields of France's Moreuil Wood, as the playwright weaves time, dreams and memory together to remind us that the heart is beautifully resilient.
The timing for this production was chosen by the creators, in part, to honour the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Stephen Massicotte's MARY'S WEDDING is a moving memorial to both the Great War and great love. First premiering at Alberta Theatre Project in 2002, the play has since had over a hundred productions in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and the UK.
Director Kent Staines is a Toronto-based director, actor, playwright and screenwriter. Directing credits include Private Lives, Sylvia, Mary's Wedding, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Forever Plaid (Globe Theatre, Regina). Television writing credits include: Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (Tapestry Pictures / CTV), co-creator and writer of the series MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives (CBC), and the award-winning web series Chateau Laurier. Kent wrote the libretto for the musical adaptation of his film Prom Queen (Prom Queen The Musical, The Segal Centre, Montreal) and is currently writing the libretto for the musical adaptation of the award-winning feature film Maudie.
Fraser Elsdon (Charlie) select acting credits include There's Always Juliet, An Inspector Calls and Candida (Classic Theatre Festival), Chariots of Fire (The Grand), Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (Globe Theatre), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre North West), and Mary's Wedding (Dir. Justin Goodhand, P.U.C.Site Specific). Kate Ross (Mary) select acting credits include Alias Grace (Netflix, CBC), October Faction (Netflix) Covert Affairs (USA), Rookie Blue (ABC), Defiance (SYFY), Lost Girl (Showcase), and has had recurring roles on such shows as, Heartland (CBC), 24 Hr. Rental (Super Channel), Reign (CW), and American Gothic (CBS). For the Theatre, Kate has appeared in The Big Sleep (Dir. Ron Ulrich, Theatre Aquarius) Mary's Wedding (Dir. Justin Goodhand, P.U.C.Site Specific) and Clerambard (Dir. Gina Wilkinson, George Brown/SoulPepper Theatre).
Playwright Stephen Massicotte continues to write for theatre, opera, film, and fiction. Select credits include The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion, winner of the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards and the Carol Bolt Award for Drama and The Clockmaker, which won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play and the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics' Association Award for Best Canadian Play.
Performances are at STREETCAR CROWSNEST, 345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. To purchase tickets please visit www.crowstheatre.com. Performances run from Monday to Saturday at 8pm, and Wednesday matinées at 1pm and Saturday matinées at 2pm. Tickets range from $35 - $55.
The show is 85 minutes long with no intermission.