A social media CEO and his spiritual advisor are on a forest retreat, working to develop new technology for communicating with the natural world. An inventor and her bear live in the same woods, and are working on the same thing. Both their devices work. Sort of.
Nothing but Flowers is a play about the twin human delusions of loneliness and grandeur. It’s about the blurry line between humans and the natural world. It’s about our need for connection and the various technologies — language, relationships, the internet — we’ve invented to achieve it.
Initially developed at the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab. Further developed at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Premiere production as part of the New Words Festival. April 29-May 4, 2019. Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National, Montréal QC.
Direction by Rose Plotek. Dramaturgy by Andrea Romaldi. Set and props design by Erika Parra Bernal. Costume design by Hannah Fisher. Lighting design by Hannah Kirby. Sound design by Samuel Boucher. Video design by Pedro Melão-Ferreira. Stage management by Gloria Mok. Production management by Claire Bourdin. Technical direction by MacKenzie Poole. Assistant stage management and roomba driving by Aurora Torok.
Produced by Major Matt Mason Collective. Directed by Geoffrey Simon Brown. Pumphouse Theatres, Calgary AB, June 21-30 2018. Sold out run.
Production design by Alison Yanota. Animation and projection design by Tyler Klein Longmire. Sound design by Tori Morrison. Stage management by Meredith Johnson. Intimacy direction by Alexis Lerigny. Photos by Ty Carson.
Premiere cast: Mikaela Cochrane, Zoe Glassman, Vanessa Jetté, Evan Medd, Jay Northcott, Joe Perry.
Blair makes videos. Blair needs a project. Blair has a webcam. Blair has some friends. Blair’s friends are into some kinky shit.
Premium Content is a play about art, consent, polyamory and the internet. It’s a play about boundaries: In relationships, in art, and the grey space where they converge. It’s a play about the difference between a funeral and a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s a play about trying really hard to be really cool.
The premiere production was staged with rotating casting. 6 actors each learned 3 of the play’s 5 roles, for a different casting combination with different gender dynamics every performance. Tyler Klein Longmire’s video design incorporated live video from 4 cameras and live 3D animation mapping.
Shortlisted in the 2017 Alberta Playwriting Competition. Developed at the 2016 Citadel Theatre Playwrights Forum.
“The Major Matt Mason Collective’s production of Premium Content is a unique, unconventional experience… A production this reckless and inventive deserves to run for months with people returning not once but three or four times.” — Louis B. Hobson, National Post/Calgary Herald
“Premium Content is a bold, refreshing play about personal boundaries and breaching personal boundaries. What is free and what is not free? Rigorous in form and intellectually stimulating, the young characters in Walker's play live on the edge of their desires, bringing us into a world that is as up to date as tomorrow.” — Colleen Murphy
The Big Ship
Developed at the National Theatre School of Canada. Dramaturgy by Jonathan Garfinkel.
April 2018 workshop cast: Chip Chuipka, Mary Harvey, James Loye, Alex Petrachuk, Julie Trépanier.
Gordon has lived in an abandoned warehouse for 30 years. Lou and Laurie have been there for two. Lisa just moved in. Owl is 300 000 years old. Everything ends tonight. Blurring lines between naturalism, surrealism, performance art, and documentary theatre, The Big Ship considers the war on drugs from two different global perspectives, exploring how the desire to feel better and the impulse to self-destruct so often intertwine in our increasingly precarious world.
“I just want to say I think everyone is basically good And everyone wants to do good Even when they’re not acting like it And I think when people are in pain We should help them I think that’s an ok start”
Winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award. Longlisted for the 2018 Theatre503 Playwriting Award (London, UK).
“The dialogue really sang. The characters sang. What it has to say about existence is really powerful.” — Jury member, Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award.
Playwright, performer, producer. Created and performed with The General Radio Service.
First developed at the National Theatre School of Canada. Dramaturgy by Brian Drader.
June 2017 Calgary workshop with Major Matt Mason Collective. Direction by Joe Perry. Cast: Geoffrey Simon Brown, Mikaela Cochrane.
Subsequent development residencies at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. Dramaturgy by Sarah Elkashef.
The General Radio Service production creative team: Direction by Harrison Thomas. Production design by Alison Yanota. Sound and video design by Tori Morrison. Cast: David Gagnon Walker, Judy Wensel.
A fallen angel and a human being have made a presentation to help humanity reckon with the spiritual toll of living in the Anthropocene. Pink Moon is that presentation. It transforms into a series of experimental performance vignettes. Then it morphs again into a participatory ritual with the audience, an open-ended attempt to make collective meaning and learn to live with the coming crisis.
Pink Moon can be presented with an optional Long Table discussion that serves as an informal “second act”, further extending the discursive space of the show and seeking strategies for living and making art in the age of ecological collapse.
There’s also a goose, a pug, and a wheel of fortune.
Winner of the 2017 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. 2nd runner up in the 2018 Toronto Fringe New Play Contest.
The Observed Flight of Birds
Dramaturg and Co-Playwright.
Created with 2b Theatre and the National Theatre School of Canada. Directed by Anthony Black and Christian Barry. October 23-28, 2017. Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National, Montréal QC.
Text by Anthony Black and David Gagnon Walker, with the ensemble. Set and costume design: Kita Mendolia. Lighting design: Adam Walters. Video design: Rebecca Durocher. Sound design: Jessie Potter. Stage management: Meghan Froebelius. Production management: Cosette Pin. Technical direction: Crystal Chettiar. Photos by Maxime Côté.
Cast: Qianna MacGilchrist, Michael Chiem, Eva Foote, Charlotte Dennis, Kenzie Delo, Jake Wilkinson, Shauna Thompson, Simon Gagnon, Gabriel Richardson, Rosie Tremblay-Johnston, Robert Dunsmore-Van Wart, Kathleen MacLean, Cara Krisman, Christopher Mejaki.
A teenage girl starts uploading YouTube videos predicting dire geopolitical events. Her predictions start coming true. Is she a prophet? A terrorist? A scared, confused kid?
The Observed Flight of Birds, created by the 2018 class of the National Theatre School with 2b Theatre and David Gagnon Walker, asks what information we can trust and how we decide to trust it. Intersecting stories follow people in a society falling precipitously into chaos as they try to make sense of a new world order.
73-hour site-specific & online performance.
Presented by Common Ground Arts Society at Found Festival. A residential apartment, Edmonton AB, June 22-25, 2017.
Photos by Mat Simpson. Web design by Tynan Boyd.
I stayed in an apartment for 72 hours. A brought 3 days of food and a laptop and a printer and some books I thought might be helpful. I livestreamed myself from my laptop for the duration. During those 72 hours, I wrote and rehearsed a new 60 min performance. I worked in a public Google Doc.
After 72 hours, I invited an audience into the apartment (as many people as could fit) and performed the resulting work. This performance was also livestreamed from my laptop. It was about transparency and mystery and friendship and process. It wasn’t recorded, and will never happen again.
Thanks to everybody who came to that living room that day. We had a nice time.
One of Us Must Know
First production by Dirt Buffet Theatre. Directed by Ben Gorodetsky. Westbury Theatre, Edmonton AB. January 27 – February 7, 2016. Programmed as part of Chinook Series.
Remounted at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, August 11-21, 2016.
Production design by Cheyenne Sykes. Photos by Marc J. Chalifoux.
Premiere cast (pictured): Miranda Allen, Nancy McAlear. Remount cast: Philip Geller, Carmen Nieuwenhuis.
A doomed couple processes the wreckage of their relationship in a surreal, poetic dreamscape. The highly physical premiere production combined realist performance, object theatre, and contemporary dance.
“Thelonious Monk had a title for this show, Ugly Beauty. Imagine an irreverent breakup of two anonymous lovers, deconstructed into a random collage of dramatic vignettes, insinuations of dance, dialogues and monologues, repetitions, even a tiny self-referential moment when they turn to the audience wondering if they’re entertaining us.” — Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal
“BEST PHYSICAL THEATRE SHOW OF THE FRINGE FESTIVAL … An unnamed couple has a drinking problem – and that’s the setting for a surreal and darkly funny show filled with circular and frustratingly half-finished thoughts and sentences, interspersed with movement. Its sheer weirdness avoids triggering the minefield of clichés so commonly found in other depictions of this mundane, bleakly commonplace situation.” — Mel Priestley, Gigcity.ca
Particle # B
Royal Particle Productions. Contemporary circus show created with Kerttu Pussinen.
La fabrique des petites utopies (Grenoble, France), August 2018. Fringe World (curated series), Perth, Australia, Jan-Feb 2019. Adeleide Fringe (curated series), Adeleide, Australia, Feb-March 2019.
Upcoming: Cirko Centre, Helsinki, Finland, July-August 2019.
Written and performed by Kerttu Pussinen. Lighting and sound design by Tori Morrison.
A young woman is having an emotional crisis. She meets a fish who wants to help. By teaching her about particle physics. Makes sense, right?
Particle # B is a high-flying exploration of our uncertain universe and our strange place in it. A spiritual journey through quantum reality combining circus, theatre, and dance.
For all ages.
Fringe World Weekly Award (Circus), Perth.
”Go subatomic and marvel at the strange and beautiful quantum realm, where particles behave in unexpected ways and dance like nobody is watching … it’s incredibly versatile and takes on a whole new dimension as we zoom out for a spectacular astronautical acrobatic finale.” — Clare Peddie, The Advertiser (Adelaide)
Trying to Listen While not Giving a Fuck
Currently in development with Surreal SoReal Theatre. Written and directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart.
Montréal workshop presentation as part of Zone Homa Festival. July 28, 2018.
Music composition: Jonathan Kawchuk. Sound engineering: Daryl Hubert. Lighting design: John Cleveland.
Cast: Hilaire St. Laurent, Paul Ahmarani, Mounia Zazham, Julie Trépanier.
A dying orchestra, an award-winning videogame design, and a teen blogger who makes her living speed-running video games. The entire audience wears headphones and chooses one of three characters to follow, each representing a unique perspective on these strange events. In between scenes, audience will hear a private commentary from their chosen character, giving three possible paths for the audience experience. Trying to Listen While not Giving a Fuck is a technology-driven drama exploring a cross-country father-daughter relationship in the wake of the death of family. This production asks why sometimes those we love the most are the hardest to talk to, and whether we can really know ourselves.
The Zone Homa workshop was presented entirely in French.
The play will eventually premiere in a bilingual version accessible to Francophone and Anglophone audiences.
Little Urban Green
Toronto Laptop Orchestra. Composed by Robert Taylor.
Workshop performance at Array Space, Toronto ON. November 18, 2015.
Ensemble: Robert Taylor (laptop, singing bowl), Myriam Blardone (harp), Andy McNeilly (vibraphone), Rebecca Genge (soprano), Maeve Palmer (soprano), Loren Graziano (soprano).
Three sopranos, a harp, a laptop, a vibraphone, and two singing bowls full of water weave their way through a deconstructed cubist portrait of urban green spaces and the things that happen there.
Conceived as part of Toronto Laptop Orchestra’s inaugural season of experimental music and performance.