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A Fable for Twelve


Co-Commissioned by The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University and Tarragon Theatre
Workshop Presentation (in partnership with Tarragon Theatre), TMU School of Performance
 2023/24 Season
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Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh
A melodramatic high school apocalypse play. A runaway mutt. A band of estranged friends haunted by strange apparitions. And an untimely brush with a high speed locomotive. It’s New Year’s Eve in Hamilton, Ontario, and the Year 2000 is just around the corner. Strung together by a collage of fortuitous events in the months prior to Y2K, twelve personalities navigate the unique juncture between adolescence and adulthood in a world marked by burgeoning internet culture, media saturation, techno-scares, and social change, all narrated by an omnipotent carp-infested marsh. CLICK BUSH TRAIN BUG is a new play about young adults coming of age on the brink of perceived disaster— and tracing their fears, desires, and dreams from one epoch into the next.


CLICK BUSH TRAIN BUG: A Fable for Twelve was co-commissioned by Tarragon Theatre and The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University for in-course workshopping and public performances in the Fall of 2023. Its premiere workshop production was directed by Christina Pastor with stage management by Sarah Yeoman, assistant stage management by Rebecca McDonald, production management by Nathan Gregory, technical direction by Joanne Tutor, apprentice technical direction by Kale Bautista, lighting coordination by Erwin Lau, costume coordination by Emma Haynes, and set, props, and projections coordination by Tina Chu. The fourth year graduating class who first workshopped and performed this show, and whose contributions were integral to its creation, were Ailsa Wilson, Austin White, Karim Butt, Aiden Altow, Dean Marcynuk, Hugo Huang, Alice Zheng, Mya Wong, Diego O'Brien, Heather Thomas, Sebastian Reimer, and Jeff Clement.

To Stephanie Avery, Liz Buchanan, Amanda Cosby-Nesbitt, Heather Elaine, Chris Fothergill-Brown, Mathew Iantorno, Patrick Imbeau, Olga Kwak, Maggie MacDonald, Ainsley Murno, and Emily Nixon, for their time and insight into Y2K teenhood—and for their fantastic stories, many of which have made it into this piece. And to Mike Payette, for the opportunity.
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