March 13 - April 1, 2018



Neptune Theatre presents Eastern Front Theatre's Production of
by Mary-Colin Chisholm


Scotiabank Stage

Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday - 4pm & 8:30pm
Sunday - 2pm & 7:30pm

Key Dates:
March 13 - Pay What You Can
March 15 - Opening Night
March 20 - Industry Night
March 21 - Talkback Night

Act I: 53 minutes
Act II: 50 minutes




Don't believe everything you're told

What do you have when you pair a questing folklorist in search of discovery and two spinster sisters with a knack for weaving fact and fantasy into an impossible blend of truth, fiction and gossip? A unique, quirky and hilarious comedy written by Nova Scotia playwright Mary-Colin Chisholm. When the car of a folklorist breaks down at the foot of Sugar Mary’s driveway, she believes it is destiny that they meet, much to the dismay of her fiercely protective sister Yewina.

Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary was workshopped and presented as a staged reading through LunaSea Theatre’s New Play initiative “The Furnace,” with Margaret Smith as Sugar Mary, Mary-Colin Chisholm as Yewina, Christian Murray as Scott, plus Martha Irving (Director), Ryanne Chisholm (Stage Manager and Choreographer), Jackie Torrens (Dramaturge), Emlyn Murray (Costumes and Chalk Drawings).

A second staged reading was performed in Eastern Front Theatre’s STAGES Theatre Festival in 2016 with Ryanne Chisholm assuming the role of Yewina and Gina Thornhill stage managing.

This production, co-produced with Eastern Front Theatre, is the world premiere with Murray reprising his role as Scott, Sharleen Kalayil as Yewina and Geneviève Steele playing Sugar Mary.





Role: Yewina Neptune: Debut. Other Theatre: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Doubt: A Parable, Oklahoma!, The Boyfriend (Theatre Arts Guild); Adult Entertainment (Taboo Theatre); Elephant’s Graveyard, Nunsense, American Beauty, Me and My Girl (Dartmouth Players); The Real Inspector Hound, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Juno and the Paycock, The Country Wife, The Sound of Music, Evita (Theatre Antigonish). Film/TV: Aliens With Knives (44Cinema Productions); Dirty Milk (Film 5).





Role: Scott EFT: Strange Humors, Refuge, Fool School. Neptune: The 39 Steps, The Producers, Stones in His Pocket, Seven Stories, To Kill a Mockingbird, What the Butler Saw, Seduced, Jest in Time Meet Beckett, Ernest and Ernestine, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other Theatre: And Slowly Beauty (NAC/Tarragon), Lauchie Liza and Rory (Frankie/Mulgrave), Strange, Anthony and Cleopatra (SBTS), Oliver (NAC), Afterimage (Artistic Fraud), Underneath the Lintel (Frankie). Other credits, co-founder of Jest in Time Theatre and Frankie Productions. Film/TV: The Mist (Small Town); The Healer (Topsail); Haven (Showcase); Call Me Fitz (HBO). Gemini Award for Comedy Writing (22 Minutes/CBC), Black Cop (Indiegogo).


Role: Sugar Mary Neptune: Snake In The Grass, The Comedy of Errors, Rabbit Hole, Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables. Other Theatre: The Birds and the Bees (Victoria Playhouse); Venus in Fur, Skylight, Educating Rita, Molly’s Veil (Festival Antigonish); The Donahue Sisters, Leaving Wonderland, Twelfth Night (LunaSea); The Overcoat (CanStage); Chekhov’s Shorts (Theatre Smith Gilmour). Film/TV: Relative Happiness (Ivy Cottage); All the Wrong Reasons (Strong Arm); Copperhead (Swordspoint); Seed (City TV). Special thanks to Margaret Smith, the original Sugar Mary; and to Mary-Colin, harvester of stories.


Role: Playwright Bio: Mary-Colin is known as an actor and sometime director as well as a playwright.  Her works include: Safe Haven – Mulgrave Road, Neptune, TNB, Blythe Festival; Strange Humours – Eastern Front; He'd Be Your Mother's Father's Cousin (original CBC comedy radio series, adapted as two act play) Mulgrave Road, Theatre Nfld & Labrador; To Capture Light – LunaSea Theatre, Mulgrave Road; By the Dark of the Moon (co-written with Christian Murray) Mulgrave Road, the Ship's Co. Theatre. For this coming summer at the Ship's Co., she is writing Hook, Line and Sinner, the third instalment of the Sr. Salter Mystery series. Next summer, A Belly Full (co-written with Marcia Kash) will premiere at The Mill at Sonning Theatre, England.


Role: Director Neptune: Salt Water Moon Other Theatre: Anne and Gilbert (NAC, The Guild, Harbourfront), The Donahue SistersLeaving Wonderland, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Woman and Scarecrow (LunaSea), Tompkinsville (Go Fly a Kyte Prod.)  Film/TV: as an actor The Child Remains; The Lizzie Borden Chronicles; Roaming; Haven; Faith, Fraud, and Minimum Wage; Just Buried; Snow Angels; Pit PonyOther: Co-founder of LunaSea Theatre, Merritt Award Best Actress for LunaSea's Ghosts, Recipient of the Mayor's Award for Achievement in Theatre in 2011, love and thanks to her husband, Anthony.




Role: Assistant Director Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: Director - Bone Cage, Bitter Rose, In On It, Oleanna (Matchstick Theatre); Going West (Matchstick Theatre and AXE Productions); Salt-Water Moon, 'Art' (Sackville Student Theatre). Training: Mount Allison University.







Role: Scenic Artist Bio: Holly Carr is a painter, designer and illustrator. She has performed internationally painting live on stage producing vibrant larger than life silk paintings, with orchestras and a variety of performers, including a across Canada tour with Stuart Mclean and the Vinyl Café. Holly has designed for Mermaid Theatre and created room size gallery installations. Holly designed and painted the silk screens for this wonderful production during rehearsals and is happy to have her artwork represent the experience and enjoy the production as a member of the audience.




Role: Set Designer Neptune: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Spring Awakening, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bingo!, Speed Dating for Sperm Donors. Other Theatre: Cradle and All, Eighteen, Tompkinsville (Eastern Front Theatre); Dilligent River Daughter, Our Eliza, Habit of Murder, Romeo Initiative, Chasing Champions, After Eepersip Disappeared, Pugwash (Ship’s Company). Garrett received his B.A. in Scenography at Dalhousie. He has spent the majority of his career working for Neptune Theatre, and has received three Robert Merritt awards. Garrett is very excited to be working with Holly Carr towards making this set a vibrant and whimsical as the story of Half-Cracked itself. Many thanks to Carri, who is his inspiration and drive, and to his parents who raised him in the theatre. 


Role: Costume Designer Neptune: Speed Dating for Sperm Donors (Neptune/DMV Theatre). Other Theatre: Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Valley Summer Theatre); The Hour's Turn To Nothing, The Bell Sisters (Xara Choral Theatre); Arden, Duchess of Malfi, Gallathea, The Maid's Tragedy, The Roaring Girl (The Villains Theatre). Other:







Role: Sound Designer Other Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher (Whalesong Theatre). Upcoming: In A World Created By A Drunken God (Neptune Theatre). Other Theatre (Stage Management): It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Stag and Doe, Shout! (Neptune YPCo), I'll Be Back Before Midnight (Valley Summer Theatre); Broadway on Argyle Street (Off the Leash Theatre); Leaving Wonderland (LunaSea Theatre); Spoon River (SoulPepper/Charlottetown Festival 2016); The West Woods, The Longing & The Short of It (Mulgrave Road Theatre); Glenda's Kitchen, Kronborg 1582 (Charlottetown Festival 2017). Training: Neptune Pre- Professional Program. Other: Memorial University of Newfoundland, NSCC (Nova Scotia Community College).


Role: Stage Manager and Lighting Designer EFT: Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion, Messenger, Eighteen. Neptune: Snake in the Grass, ARTSmall Things (MRT); Drowning Girls (DMV); RED, Bingo! (MRT). Other Theatre: The Donahue Sisters (LunaSea Theatre); Speaking in Tongues (DMV); Watching Glory Die (Mulgrave Road Theatre); The Weekend Healer (Kazan Co-Op); five seasons with Ship’s Company Theatre. Ingrid has received two Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards for her work.








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