In 2004, my brother Reed married his wonderful wife Jane. Before the big day, we all gathered in the Glencoe Agricultural Hall for their Stag and Doe. Luckily, that day was nothing like the one on stage! But unbeknownst to me at the time, the seed was planted for this play - Stag and Does are a rural Ontario phenomenon. So what do these events say about us? Sure, we love a good party. And yeah, we believe in helping young couples start a life together. But does this ritual also suggest that we, as communities, are uniquely invested in the relationships of our members? Do we - as a culture - place extra value on weddings? On marriage? Or even on love itself?
Thank you to director David Nairn, the cast and crew, and most of all, thank you for coming. I hope you have a rip-roaring time at this Stag and Doe and I hope it touches your big old romantic rural Ontario heart.
A little bit about Mark - Mark's first play, Stag and Doe, premiered in 2014 and has quickly become one of the most-produced new Canadian plays of the decade. His second play, Bed and Breakfast, premiered last summer at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and goes to Centaur Theatre next season. His newest play, The Birds and the Bees, premieres this summer at the Blyth Festival, and has productions lined up at Port Stanley Festival Theatre and Prairie Theatre Exchange. As an actor, Mark has performed on stages across the country. He grew up on his family's beef farm near Glencoe.
David Nairn, Artistic Director Theatre Orangeville - Director's Note
I have loved this play since the very first time I read an early draft that was sent to me by Mark Crawford, the playwright. I had the opportunity to truly experience the play during the sensational premiere production at the Blyth Festival, where just by chance, Mark happened to be sitting directly in front of us during a performance. He must have thought me a completely raving lunatic when at the intermission, I corralled him in the aisle - no small feat I assure you given that he simply towers over me. He smiled and nodded ever so politely as I wildly gushed and rambled on about how much I was enjoying his play and how I was committing right then and there to creating our own production of his witty and wonderful play as soon as possible. So here we find ourselves two years later, with a sparkling production of our own - one that we are thrilled to share with you! I just know that youâ€™re going to love it as much as "I Do"!
For Stag & Doe Theatre Collingwood is calling out to any bridal parties, as this show would be a great way to celebrate you upcoming nuptials with your "team" to enjoy a fun show together. For any wedding groups who wish to purchase tickets there is a group rate (minimum of 4 purchased tickets), and the bride's ticket is FREE.
Theatre Collingwood would like to thank the generous support of their production sponsors, Noble Insurance and Harrison Denture Clinic. Both companies generously donated $5,000 each to the production. For tickets call 705-445-2200 or visit our website.
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