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Through Playwright's Corner Interviews ArtsAlive.ca introduces you to playwrights with whom the National Arts Centre English Theatre department had the pleasure of working in the 2002-2003 season.
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Stephen is a Calgary-based writer and actor. In recent years his acting credits include several episodes of Disney's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and CBC's Tom Stone as well as many stage appearances including roles in Ground Zero Theatre's Shopping and F***king, Eugene Stickland's The Hockey Pool for Alberta Theatre Projects playRites '99 and A Boy's Own Jedi Handbook and A Murder is Announced for Pleiades Theatre. His plays have been performed nationally on the Canadian Fringe Circuit. The last few seasons have seen his plays A Farewell to Kings: A Banger Play and Looking After Eden produced by Ground Zero Theatre in Calgary and at the NeXtFest Next Generation Arts Festival in Edmonton. His play Mary's Wedding premiered at the 2002 playRites Festival at Alberta Theatre Projects and was the winner of the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play. His play The Emperor of Atlantis was the winner of the 24 Hour Playwriting Competition at playRites 2000 and was featured at the National Arts Centre On The Verge Theatre New Works Festival in Ottawa in the Spring of 2002. Stephen is presently the Writer in Residence at Theatre Calgary. He is a member of the Alberta Playwrights' Network, the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and the Playwrights' Union of Canada. He has a Diploma in Graphic Design and Advertising from Cambrian College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Calgary and a black lab named Agnes.
It is the eve of Mary's wedding, a night filled with dreams: dreams of love, dreams of war and dreams of what might be.
When Mary and Charlie, filled with the passion, vulnerability and impulsiveness of youth, unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and their fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times. A play with a heart as big as the land that serves as its backdrop, Mary's Wedding is a wonderfully tender, poignant story of innocent first love and the vicissitudes of fate.
A National Arts Centre English Theatre: Main Stage
Presented from October 15 - November 2, 2002
Directed by Marti Maraden
Set and costume design by Christina Poddubiuk
Lighting design by John Munro
Music and sound design by Peter McBoyle
With Stephen Holmes and Jenny Young