MATURE YOUNG ADULTS by Wesley J. Colford

SUMMARY: 

This story of innocence and discovery begins when two ex-lovers from Cape Breton are reunited in the park where their relationship bloomed, beginning a regression through time as the teens struggle with societal stigmas, repressed sexuality, and the peaks and precipices that surround first love. Can you escape the container your community places you in? And how do give yourself to someone without losing your identity?

TEASER TRAILER: 

DEVELOPMENT:

The piece began as a short play that was workshopped by Theatre St. John in 2011, and later published as part of the new play anthologyOut on a Limb: Short Plays by New Playwrights” edited by Kit Brennan (Signature Editions, 2011). From there, the play was developed through the Paprika Festival where author Wesley J. Colford served as writer-in-residence working with dramaturg Mel Hague. Aim for the Tangent further workshopped that draft, resulting in a three day presentation in the Tarragon Far Studio . In May 2013, Colford took part in the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre's annual Colony where he spent two weeks working on a new draft with dramaturg Kim McCaw. 

PRESS: 

Click here for an interview with Wesley J. Colford preceding the 2012 August workshop. 

 Click here for an interview in the Cape Breton Post preceding the 2013 Atlantic Fringe run.

Click here for an interview with Live With Culture preceding the 2013 Toronto/VideoFag run.

PAST PRODUCTIONS: 

Mature Young Adults was first produced by Aim for the Tangent Theatre at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as part of the Atlantic Fringe Festival on August 30th, 2013. The production featured the following cast and crew:

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CAITLIN MACDONALD                  Renée Haché
JONATHAN LAHEY                      Wesley J. Colford

Direction by Alexander Offord
Stage Management by Tracie Burgess
Produced by Wesley J. Colford

Lighting Design by Tracie Burgess
Digital Media by Nicholas Porteous
Poster Design by Nadia Pacey

PRESS EXCERPTS: 

"Everyone has been a teenager in love, or will be someday... [an] astonishingly real look at that most complicated of emotions."

- Andrea Nemetz, The Chronicle Herald

"...endearing and joyful, yet bubbling just beneath the surface are signs of manipulation, co-dependence and obsession... a strong piece with two compelling performances."

- 4 Stars, Amanda Campbell, The Way I See It Blog

"...vibrant and engaging... see it, think about it."

- Kate Watson, The Coast


 

Mature Young Adults was subsequently produced by Aim for the Tangent Theatre at VideoFag (Toronto, ON) on November 20th, 2013. The production featured the following cast and crew:

CAITLIN MACDONALD                  Renée Haché
JONATHAN LAHEY                      Wesley J. Colford

Direction by Alexander Offord
Set and Lighting Design by Joe Pagnan
Stage Management by Adriana Dimitri
                                    Kaitlyn Smith
Produced by Wesley J. Colford

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FUTURE PRODUCTIONS:

To inquire about the rights for Mature Young Adults contact:

Pam Winter
Gary Goddard Agency
149 Church Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5B 1Y4

info@garygoddardagency.com