By George M. Johnson
March 26 to April 4, 2020
West Village Theatre
2007 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Mockus is a thrilling tale based on true events of a mayor desperate to save his city and the clown who inspires him through a world of imagination. The clown’s antics, and his success, provoke fear and jealousy. Will they survive, armed only with laughter and love? Featuring spectacular acrobatics and exhilarating music and dance, Mockus will transport you to the sublime world of the three-ring circus.
Tickets are available online now through the Jupiter Theatre Online Box Office.
This Premiere production runs March 26th to April 4th, 2020 at the West Village Theatre, 2007 10th Ave SW. Evening shows begin at 7:30 pm and there will be Pay-What-You-Can Matinees on Sunday March 29th and Saturday April 4th at 2:00 pm
There will be Q&A sessions with the performers on the stage after the first preview on Thursday, March 26th and with the playwright on Friday, March 27th. An Opening Night Gala will be held directly after the performance in the lobby on Saturday, March 28th.
The Mainstage Production is proudly brought to you by Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Arts.
Andrew G. Cooper
George M. Johnson
Set Designer/Technical Director
Head of Properties
Assistant Stage Manager
Production Assistant/Circus Consultant
About the Playwright
George M. Johnson’s “Still Life With Nudes” has won several awards, including the Gladys Cameron Watt Award in the Ottawa Little Theatre’s 67th Canadian One Act Playwriting Competition and the National Playwriting Competition, sponsored by the Regina Little Theatre, which produced the one-act version in October 2009. It was published in Ryga: A Journal of Provocations and in the U.S.A. in 2013 by ArtAge Senior Resource Center. Another play, “Look Up, America,” was short-listed for the Tennessee Williams playwriting competition. A ten-Minute play, “Rest Assured,” was selected in 2011 by Los Angeles’s Little Fish Theatre for their “Pick of the Vine” production, and also for the InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. His Screenplay “The Wonder” was a Finalist in the British Independent Film Festival Competition. Most recently his screenplay “Peace Pledge” received Honorable Mention in the Euroscript Screenplay Competition (London) and was a Finalist in the Script Doctor “Contest of Contest Winners Screenplay Competition” in L.A.. Johnson is Professor and Chair of the English and Modern Languages Department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, where he teaches creative writing and literature.
NOTE: The idea for “Mockus” came from hearing activist Mary –Wynne Ashford speak about the anti-politician Mayors of Bogotá, Colombia, particularly Antanas Mockus, and by the description in her book Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War. Mockus employed creative antics, such as replacing corrupt traffic cops with street mimes and developing a “vaccine against violence” to encourage people to overcome the city’s severe social and environmental ills, with varying degrees of success. Mockus held the Mayor’s office twice, from 1995-97 and 2001-2003. During his second term he turned fifty (he was born in in 1952 and the second term ran from 2001-03).