NOVEMBER 2019 | Volume 185
Directed by Rick Roberts, celebrated actor/writer and comedian Melody A. Johnson returns to the Evergreen Cultural Centre with her new solo comedy drama, Person of Interest, November 12-16 (8pm + 3pm Sat).
Person of Interest is the mostly true story of an actor driven to the brink. After applying for a police background check to volunteer at her son’s school, Johnson discovers she has a criminal record, thanks to the Neighbours from Hell. It’s a story of how tensions between neighbours can escalate, and the unpredictably manic way that Johnson chooses to arm herself and wage a war that is so uniquely compelling, comical and, against the law
Debuting at the Tarragon Theatre Workspace in Toronto in 2018, Person of Interest has begun to tour the country this year. Audiences who have enjoyed the wave of stand-alone storytelling like NPR’s The Moth and CBC’s Vinyl Cafe will crave this yarn spinning, comedic tale. Told simply and skillfully, it is the journey of a good, law-abiding neighbour like Johnson, gone bad.
“I thought I’d be the last person to be in trouble with the law,” says Johnson. “I couldn’t take the pressure of our bad neighbours. The most shocking part was when I applied for a background check to volunteer - that’s when I found out I had a record. It was the final missile launched by the people next door. The day you discover your rights and freedoms have been snatched away is a stunning, extraordinary day, and that’s what this story is all about. It’s also a reminder to everyone out there to thank their lucky stars if they have good neighbours.”
Person of Interest reunites the creator/director team of Melody Johnson and Rick Roberts (CBC’s Jack, This Life, Soulpepper Theatre’s Waiting for Godot, Why Not Theatre’s Hamlet), with additional dialogue by Toronto creator Eric Woolfe (The Haunting of Brimstone McCready, and Space Opera Zero).
The same team created the award-winning Miss Caledonia, written in 2010 by Johnson. Premiering in Toronto’s Summerworks Festival, Miss Caledonia has toured extensively across Canada and the UK. It was a stand-out at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto with two 2013 Dora nominations for Best New Play and Outstanding Actress. Melody was awarded the 2014 Ontario Presents Touring Artist of the Year. In 2018, the Betty Mitchell Award was awarded to Jamie Konchak in the title role of Miss Caledonia at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre. Miss Caledonia was also produced at Western Canada Theatre, starring the incomparable Holly Lewis.
Melody’s contributions to Canadian theatre and comedy also include her Dora-winning performance in Little Mercy’s First Murder for Tarragon and the Shaw Festival, and numerous Dora nominations for plays such as Trout Stanley and It’s All True. Melody has directed touring company and mainstage revues at Toronto’s Second City, and has ‘comedyturged’ Second City Chicago’s #DateMe, which made its off-Broadway debut this summer.
Thrilled to return to The Evergreen Cultural Centre, Melody has toured the show west earlier this year and garnered a Betty Mitchell nomination for Theatre Calgary’s 7 Stories. She has appeared in the award-winning TV shows Slings & Arrows, Michael Tuesdays & Thursdays and has been nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards several times for shows including An Awkward Evening with Martin & Johnson (Bob Martin, book writer The Drowsy Chaperone). Melody currently voices the character of Nola on Treehouse TV’s animated show Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe.
“The performance is seamless. Johnson powers through with not an ounce of apprehension. It’s very cool to watch. It’s a fun, quirky and clever night of theatre…” - Jennifer, Enchin, Mooney on Theatre
“Endearingly Puck-like, full of energy, mischief and irreverence for the mundane, but genuinely wanting to get along, [Johnson] weaves this sometimes shocking tale of neighbourhood warfare with candour and an edgy sense of fun.” - Cathy McKim, Life with More Cowbell
“Melody A. Johnson proves once again, she is the kook supreme of the Canadian stage... I truly would pay money to see Johnson read the phone book..." -Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star
Tickets: $44 Adult | $36 Seniors | $15 Student
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