OCTOBER 2019 | Volume 184
Paul Dunn and Mark Crawford. Set and costume design by Dana Osborne and lighting design by Rebecca Picherack. Photo by Moonrider productions.
Bed & Breakfast, the charming comedy about being out and finding home, kicks off the Arts Club’s 31st touring season with a stop at the Evergreen from October 29 – November 02.
The play follows a gay couple in their 30s living in Toronto. When Brett (Mark Crawford) inherits a family estate, he and his partner, Drew (Paul Dunn), move to a quiet little tourist town to set up a B&B. Once they arrive, however, they’re greeted with outright homophobia by some of the residents, which makes them reconsider whether they made the right decision after all. With dozens of hilarious characters all portrayed by two actors, Bed & Breakfast is a heartfelt comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.
Mark Crawford is an actor and a playwright. His first play, Stag and Doe, premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2014. It quickly became one of the most-produced Canadian plays of the decade, with nine professional productions since its premiere. Bed & Breakfast premiered in 2015 at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, where it broke box office records. It’s had productions all over Canada, including the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage earlier this year.
The Arts Club’s Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran directs this production of Bed & Breakfast, which will tour the province. She was also the dramaturg and director for its premiere at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. She said, “The form of this play is really exciting—both actors play about a dozen roles each. They use a form of theatre called vocal masque, an athletic and physical form of theatre where actors make sharp shifts in voice and body to help differentiate between different characters. It’s an exciting thing to watch, especially combined with the 300 sound and 300 lighting cues that fly along, supporting the actors’ specific gear shifts. I am thrilled to bring this piece—a show I deeply love—to our touring audiences.”
“A definite hit… well worth a visit” —Vancouver Sun
Mark Crawford (Brett), Paul Dunn (Drew)
Ashlie Corcoran (Director), Krista Colosimo (Assistant Director) Dana Osborne (Set & Costume Designer), Rebecca Picherack (Lighting Designer), Ted Roberts (Tour Lighting Director) John Gzowski (Sound Designer), Joshua Quinlan (Assistant Set & Costume Designer), Ronaye Haynes (Stage Manager), Alannah Korf (Apprentice Stage Manager)
“Bed & Breakfast charms with its view of gay life in a small town” —Montreal Gazette
“Bed & Breakfast a virtuoso dance of characters” —Times Colonist
“Bed & Breakfast a rom-com romp with a hint of reality” —Artsfile
$48 Adult | $39 Seniors | $15 Student
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