STAG AND DOE
by Mark Crawford
(January 10 to February 1, 2020)
Director: Meg Gibson
Producers: Bridget Jankowski and Diane Kuipers
Production photos by Thomas Kowal
About the play….
Bonnie and Brad are having a party to raise money for their upcoming wedding—the cost of which has secretly gotten out of control. Their wisecracking Maid of Honour, Dee, is still getting over being left at the altar seven years ago—and now she has to come face-to-face with the guy who did it. Bridezilla Mandy and her doting groom Rob are getting married today—even though their big white tent blew away in last night’s storm. And oh yeah…single dad Jay just found out his entire catering staff is in jail! It’s all happening at the same time, in the same community hall kitchen, in the same small town.
Taking place over one eventful Saturday in June, the two couples strike a deal to share the local reception hall for their Stag and Doe and wedding. Among the unset Jell-o shots, a missing wedding cake, and a disastrous first dance, past relationships are examined, current couples are put to the test, and new romance blossoms.
About Mark Crawford, the playwright….
As an actor, Mark has performed on stages across the country with companies such as Canadian Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Centaur Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Blyth Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Studio 180 Theatre, Groundling Theatre Company, and many others.
Stag and Doe, his first play, premiered at Ontario’s Blyth Festival in 2014. It has gone on to receive several professional productions at theatres across Canada, including Neptune Theatre, Theatre Orangeville, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre.
His more recent plays have played theatres such as Montreal’s Centaur, Toronto’s Soulpepper, and Victoria’s Belfry, and include Bed and Breakfast, The Birds and the Bees, Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures (young audiences), and The New Canadian Curling Club.
A graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, Mark grew up on his family’s farm near Glencoe, Ontario. He now lives in Stratford.
What’s a Stag and Doe?
“No one really knows the origins of the tradition, but one thing is clear: it’s a quintessentially Ontario thing.” Playwright Mark Crawford explains…HERE
About Meg Gibson, the director…
Meg got an early start in community theatre doing backstage “tech stuff” in Scarborough when she was 13. She says of those days: “I’m a theatre brat, so I came around to rehearsals because it was cheaper than a babysitter. I would do my homework but I was also paying attention.” She started acting soon after and hasn’t stopped since. Village Players’ audiences will remember her from recent appearances on-stage as Germaine Lauzon in Les Belles Soeurs (2016) and Kim in The Willow Quartet (2014).
Now she’s directing for the first time with us, but elsewhere, Meg has directed comedy (Caught in the Net), suspense (Death Trap), and musicals (You’ll Get Used to It: War Show, and Oklahoma!) She was nominated at last year’s ACT-CO awards as best director and also shared the award for best set design for the latter show. Her resume shows how her early interests continued to expand; it includes a BFA degree in drama from University of Calgary, and experience in choreography, fight coordination, sound design, stage management, and teaching drama and dance.