Four Island stories woven together through a collection of songs and observations about life on the Island. We travel down the red dirt road of Prince Edward Island, and on the way, collect impressions and images of the people who live there, like the colourful patchwork pieces of a quilt.
Compelling, poignant, and often very funny, the stories and songs introduce a collection of unique and lively characters who each, in their way, persevere, overcome, and ultimately make the choice to hope, forgive, and give back to the world. Drawn from different time periods and with different textures and qualities, the characters we meet along the road come alive through these stories and songs – creating a colourful and joyful patchwork of Islanders and Island life.
Adapted by Marlane O’Brien from book “And My Name Is…Stories From The Quilt” by Margie Carmichael
Directed by | Ann Hodges
Music Director/ Arranger | David Terriault
Choreographer | Brittany Banks
Set Designer | Ken MacDonald
Costume Designer | Bonnie Deakin
Lighting Designer | Kim Purtell
Sound Designer | Barry Vessey
RAISED IN: Sedley, SK FOR THE CENTRE: Spoon River, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS!, Anne™, Stories From the Red Dirt Road, Mamma Mia! THEATRE: P.S. Cabaret #1 (T.O.); A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); Guys and Dolls (Montreal); Hairspray (Canadian premiere, 1st U.S. Nat’l); Cinderella (London); Closer Than Ever (Canadianpremiere, T.O.); 3 seasons at Stratford. UPCOMING: The Adventures of Pinocchio FILM/TV: Channeled Lives, Saving Hope, A Sigh into My Looking Glass, Mary Kills People. — Married to a talented actor; mother to two talented sons; deeply grateful.
RAISED IN: Windsor, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Stories From the Red Dirt Road, Evangeline, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Ring of Fire, Canada Rocks! THEATRE: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Elf (Theatre Aquarius); Come From Away; Theory of
Relativity; Spring Awakening; Oklahoma! (Sheridan). Film/TV: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC).
RAISED IN: Comox Valley, B.C. FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, Stories from the Red Dirt Road, A Misfortune, Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian! SELECTED THEATRE: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre); Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (Razzle Dazzle Productions); Scotland Sings! (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). TRAINING: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. — Love and thanks to the Festival, Bruce and the Talent House, my teammate Bailey, and my family for all their support.
Indigenous Affiliation: Métis Nation (Manitoba), lives in Vancouver For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Thanks For Giving (Arts Club); Evita, Only Drunks and
Children Tell the Truth (Persephone); The Velvet Devil (NAC); The Rez Sisters,
Joni Mitchell: River (PTE); Great Expectations (Gateway). Other: TV: Blackstone;
Supernatural; Moccasin Flats, Rabbit Fall. Her one-woman show The Velvet Devil
was made into a TV movie. @andreamenardmusic
Raised in: Proud I.B.C. For the Centre: Glenda’s Kitchen, Alice Through the
Looking-Glass, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS!, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, If You Could Read My Mind, Dads Theatre: Grace in
Grace and Glorie (1st annual PPTF Festival in Charlottetown); Maddie in the world
premiere of Toronto Mississippi (Tarragon Theatre); Miss Hannigan in Annie (Neptune). Film/TV: Mrs. Stuart in TV’s Emily of New Moon; Cat in Thom Fitzgerald’s feature film Cloudburst; voice of Clara in Teletoon’s Eckhart. — Thrilled to have my show, Stories From The Red Dirt Road, at The Mack this summer.
Raised in: Moose Jaw, SK For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ (Mrs. Spencer/Sloane), Belles Soeurs: The Musical, A Misfortune, Kronborg: In Concert Theatre: Belles Soeurs: The Musical (NAC), Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Lady
Windermere’s Fan, My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George, Mack and Mabel, The Women, Follies, The President, Hotel Peccadillo, Wonderful Town (Shaw Festival, 7 seasons); Hairspray (Mirvish); Molière (Tarragon); Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, The Buddy Holly Story (Drayton); CATS (Stuttgart). Other: Film/TV: Degrassi, Luggage, and 15 television commercials. — Thrilled to be back on the Island!
Shawn Wright – Ensemble
Raised in: Saint John, NB For the Centre: Anne™; Ghost Light; Stories from
the Red Dirt Road Theatre: Stratford Festival-7 seasons; Shaw Festival-6 seasons; Jersey Boys ( Toronto premiere); Mamma Mia! (U.S. premiere); Lord of the Rings (world premiere); London Road (Toronto, Dora Award); decades of leading roles across North America. Other: TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Due South. Playwriting: Ghost Light (LAMBDA–international playwriting award nomination).
Born in Peace River Alberta. For the Centre: Evangeline
Theatre: Crazy For You, Alice Through The Looking Glass, One Man Two Guvnors, Julius Caesar, A Prairie Boy’s Winter and Vimy(Citadel Theatre), BEARS (Pyretic Productions), The Crackwalker (Kill Your Television), Tartuffe, Sound of L’Homme de la Mancha (L’Unithéâtre), HROSES: An Affront to Reason (Maggie Tree), NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre), HAIR The Musical, Shear Madness, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, The Buddy Holly Story and The Full Monty (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). TV credits: Hank Williams’ First Nation (APTN), Hell On Wheels, (AMC). He is the co-star, writer, and Co-Executive Producer on Delmer and Marta and CAUTION: May Contain Nuts (APTN) He is also a core-member of the ukulele rock band sensation, The Be Arthurs.