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Scott Burke

Michael Melski

Donna Smyth
Maiden Voyages: Ship’s Company Theatre Premieres 2000-2002
Scott Burke, editor

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Chairmaker, the Musical
by Scott Burke, lyrics by W. Edgar Fisher and Alastair Macdonald
A heartwarming and hilarious musical about life, young love, growing up and growing old, going down the road, making chairs, making do, and making fun.
“Here’s something to ‘chair’ about!”
Truro Daily News
“A magical night of theatre that leaves audiences rolling in the aisles.”
The Record

Miles from Home by Michael Melski
The story of Johnny Miles, Nova Scotia’s Marathon King; a child-miner and grocery cart delivery boy who won the Boston Marathon twice and rose to the pantheon of all-time sports heroes.
“Miles triumphs on the stage!”
The Halifax Chronicle Herald

Sole Survivors
by Donna E. Smyth
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop’s lifestory has all the ingredients of an artist’s biography: struggle with adversity, financial challenges, public versus private life, a passion for beauty and truth and how to distill her experience of them into art.
“Well-crafted, inspirational and gutsy.”
The Citizen
“Sole Survivor satisfies.”
Halifax Daily News

For 20 years, Ship’s Company Theatre has played an integral role in the cultural life of Nova Scotia’s picturesque Fundy Shore. The mission of the company is to be a centre for the production and development of Canadian and Atlantic theatre. Ship’s Company has built a reputation for innovative theatrical staging of some of the finest original theatre on the East Coast. All this in a unique and remarkable performance venue — under a bright blue tent aboard the M.V. Kipawo, last of the Minas Basin ferries.

Scott Burke is Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre and the new Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick in Fredericton NB. He is founding Artistic Director/General Manager of Harbinger Theatre, Toronto. For Ship’s Company, he wrote and directed Chairmaker, the Musical, directed The Last Tasmanian, Miles From Home, and Sole Survivors, and directed Kilt at Neptune’s du Maurier Theatre. His first script, Crazy Quilt, was produced in Toronto and in London, England, as part of the London New Play Festival.

Michael Melski is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from Cape Breton Island. His plays include Joyride, Caribou, and Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad. He was playwright-in-residence at the Shaw Festival. A screenwriter and film director, Michael wrote the features Mile Zero and Touch and Go, and the half-hour films Serenade and Lift Off. Michael has been called “An Important New Voice in Canadian Fiction” by Atlantic Books Today. He divides his time between Halifax and Toronto.

Donna E. Smyth has been playwright with Mermaid Theatre for Young Audiences in Wolfville NS. Her books include Giant Anna (Playwrights Canada); Running to Paradise (Gaspereau); Quilt (Roseway), and a new collection of short stories, Among the Saints (Roseway, 2003).

• launch: 4 July 2003, 4 pm, @ Ship’s Company Theatre, Parrsboro NS
• ads in Quill & Quire, Canadian Theatre Review, Atlantic Books Today, The Organizer 2004 (TheatreBooks), Books for Summer . . .
• media and review copy mailout

July 2003 / drama anthology (BISAC: DRA002000, DRA013000)
192 pp / 6 x 9 / 5 photos / trade paper
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-55391-023-0 / $22.95