Canadian actor, director and writer, John Stark, who left Vancouver over thirty years ago to tour internationally with his one-man-show An Evening With Stephen Leacock, which included performances at Carnegie Hall and the Edinburgh Festival, returns to his home town Sept. 1st for a weekend of performances of a new one-man-show entitled Johnny Canuck at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville island.
This time John has directed a one-man muscial based on a script by his wife Jovanka Bach which tells the tale of a wandering troubadour, Johnny, searching for his wife, Beth, who has suddenly deserted him and his daughter for no apparent reason. In Beth’s farewell letter to Johnny, she asks him not to follow her, but Johnny is determined to win his wife back, so he leaves his dear daughter Lilly Sue with their Aunt Marie and begins a trek across Canada in search of his wife.
As Johnny follows Beth’s trail, he learns that she is being corrupted by another man, and being led into a life of drug abuse. Little by little Johnny’s rage escalates into thoughts of violence. He procures a gun and plots Bert’s demise and has to face himself in the process.
The show opens for a trial run at the University of New Mexico August 12th, and stars John DeYoung, a composer and musician from Albuquerque. In this musical odyssey, the tale is told through song and story by Johnny Canuck. Many of the musical compositions are original pieces by John DeYoung, while others are timeless folksongs that reflect various cultures and eras.
DeYoung first worked with Stark on his recent musical The Great Election, a satire based on Leacock's Sunshine Stories Of A Little Town, which had a successful run at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, where Stark has produced over a dozen plays in recent years. Currently Stark's award winning motion picture, Chekhov and Maria which he successfully staged off Broadway, is now airing on Super Channel Canada and is coming up soon on PBS TV and Russian TV.
Johnny Canuck is presented at The Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver from September 1-4, 2011 at 8pm. Tickets: $23/$18 For tickets phone 604-684-2787.
For more information visit www.johnstarkproductions.com