Mary's Wedding

by Stephen Massicotte

Mary's Wedding
Bretty Ryback & Ashley Bell



Director
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Properties Design
Production Stage Manager
Public Relations
Technical Director
Set Construction
Production Crew

Scenic Artist
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Stage Crew
Cover Art
Photographs


David Rose
David Potts
Jeremy Pivnic
A. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Cricket S. Myers
MacAndME
Leesa Freed
David Elzer/Demand PR
Robert T. Kyle
Elephant Set - Studio Scenery
Watson Bradshaw, Justin Kief,
Christopher Rivera, Daniel Tuttle
Tim Sellers
Kathryn Horan
Amelia Worfolk
Andrea Dean
Ricky Vodka
Michael Lamont


CAST
(in order of appearance)

Charlie
Mary/Flowers

TIME

1914 - 1920

PLACE

The Canadian prairies and the European battlefields of The Great War

FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT

Mary's Wedding is nothing like the play I set out to write. It was always intended to be a big war story. Gordon Flowerdew's charge at Moreuil Wood is not fictional. It happened near the end of the First World War. 

So this was going to be a war play. However, I was in love when I wrote it and the more I loved her, the more Mary and Charlie loved each other. The more I longed to return to her, the more they longed to return to each other in the play.

I did it to forget her and to get her back and to remember her and to let her go. Mary's Wedding is 'our' love story with 'their' war in it. 

It is a memorial to both the Great War and Great Love. 

That is how this play turned out nothing like the one I set out to write. I'm sorry for not finishing what I started. Getting the girl back may not be the best reason to write a play. 

But it sure is pretty for trying.

-Stephen Massicotte


THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918
A SELECT CHRONOLOGY

Mary's Wedding features the character Gordon Flowerdew, a real lieutenant during The Great War (World War I). The play's description of the battle at Moreuil Wood, where Lt. Flowerdew led his Canadian Calvary Brigade squadron, is based on true accounts.

1914

June 28: While visiting Sarajevo in Serbia, the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne and his wife are assassinated by nationalist extremists.

July 28: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

July 31: Russia comes to Serbia's aid, keeping their promise to assist Serbia. 

Aug.1: Threatened by Russia's mobilization, Germany declares war on Russia and, two days later, on France.

Aug. 4: Germany marches into Belgium en route to Paris. Britain, which has a protection treaty with Belgium, declares war on Germany. The Canadian government decides that, as a close ally of Britain, Canada is also at war.

Aug. 5: Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia.

Aug.10: France declares war on Austria-Hungary.

Aug.12: Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary.

Oct. 16: Canadian troops arrive in Britain and train to join the British Army.

1917. 

Apr. 6: United States declares war on Germany. 

Apr. 12: Canadian Army captures Vimy Ridge, a battle of great importance which spelled the beginning of the German retreat.

1918

Aug.11: At Moreuil Wood, the Canadian Calvary Brigade helps drive back the German advance. Squadron commander Lieutenant G.M. Flowerdew wins a Victoria Cross for bravery. 

Nov. 11: Armistice signed, fighting stops, and the Great War ends.

SPECIAL THANKS

Hope Alexander, Andrew Barnicle, Derek Bjornson, Brad Brown, Ellen Geer,
Susan Gratch, Peter Grego, Megan Monaghan, Charles Northcote, Brie Quinn,
Andrew Robinson, Phil Torf & House of Props, Wadler Data Systems