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The Drawer BoyThe Drawer Boy
By Michael Healey
Jan. 13 - Feb. 4, 2006

Directed by Rhonda Clark

Full of rich and savvy humor, this heart-warming story by Michael Healey is a testament to the power of friendship, loyalty and storytelling. Performances are in Stage Center’s arena theater at 400 W. Sheridan in downtown Oklahoma City.

THE DRAWER BOY was named one of Time Magazine’s Ten Best Plays of 2001 and was the most produced play in American regional theaters in 2004. The comedy-drama was the recipient of four Dora Awards (Canada’s Tony), as well as other prestigious Canadian theater awards.

Set on a small farm in Ontario in 1972, two farmers scratch out a meager living. They grew up together, served in WWII together and have lived under the same roof for thirty years. Morgan runs the operation and carefully watches over his buddy Angus who suffered a head injury during the London blitz. Due to the accident, Angus has lost his memory, and is given to emotional outbursts and excruciating headaches. He is the "drawer boy" of the title, a moniker derived from his love of drawing and design when he was young. Now, Morgan marshals their daily routine, and works hard to keep his buddy out of harm’s way.

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Into this ritual existence comes Miles, a young actor from Toronto who is doing research for a play about farm life. Morgan begrudgingly takes Miles in, but assigns him such asinine tasks as scrubbing gravel with a vegetable brush or cleaning out the dairy barn with a fork. One night, Miles overhears Morgan telling Angus the story of their lives, a nightly ritual between the two men, and Miles incorporates the story into the play he’s developing. Unwittingly, Miles stumbles upon the key to painful memories locked in Angus’ mind that ultimately unlocks the hearts of them all. Consequently, what begins as a typical fish-out-of-water comedy becomes an absorbing exploration of how art can transform someone’s life.

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THE DRAWER BOY is a fictitious tale based on an historic chapter in Canadian theater history. In 1972, a group of Toronto-based actors with the Theatre Passe Muraille ("theatre beyond walls") embarked on a project where they invented localist theater. They lived with farm families in Clinton, Ontario, worked on their farms and collected stories from the locals. The stories were developed into a theatrical production called THE FARM SHOW, which premiered in a barn in Clinton and later toured the cattle markets and community halls of rural Ontario before moving to city theaters and eventually became a successful film, television special and radio show. Twenty-seven years later in 1999, the Theatre Passe Muraille premiered Michael Healey’s THE DRAWER BOY loosely based on their seminal work. The premiere was directed by Miles Potter and starred David Fox, both of whom were members of the original company of "The Farm Show."

THE DRAWER BOY

 

 THE CAST    


THE DRAWER BOY

Angus   Mike Waugh
Morgan   Steve Vann
Miles   Corey Whaley
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Rhonda Clark
Set & Sound
Design
  Rhonda Clark
Steven Gillmore
Lighting Design   Steven Gillmore
Costume Design   Corey Martin
Stage Manager &
Light Technician
  Bob Cross
Sound Technician   Vickie Zipf
Set Construction   Steven Gillmore
David Mays
Anthony Bullock
Christi Newbury
Scenic Painting   Rhonda Clark
Doobie Potter
Roger Oxford
Vickie Zipf
Vikki Simer
Properties   Rhonda Clark
Mona Cross
Running Crew   Mona Cross
Tom Gibson
Poster Design   Jeni White
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Garman Productions - Harn Homestead - Nick Backes - Terry Veal - Vikki Simer - Jon Womastek - Thelma Vann - Doobie Potter - Greg Thorsen - United Engines - Cusack Equipment

Additional thanks to the "Stage Demolition Crew": Angela Brock - Jeni & Jonathan White - David Mays - Farah Shaukat - Doobie Potter - Christi Newbury - Steve Vann - Mike Waugh - Michael Gibbons

Cast Sponsors - Linda Manaugh
Opening Night Party Sponsor - Trattoria Il Centro


 
   

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