By George M. Johnson

"It's only nonsense if you're not attending to your senses."

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.

"undeniably charming...truly brave!"

- Jennifer Will, The Omega

Artistic Personnel

The Cast

Andrew G. Cooper

George M. Johnson

Cassandra Watson

Skylar Desjardins

Kai Hall

Kyla Ferrier

Nichol McIntyre

Mikee Ames

Simon Mallet

Jelena Minshall

Eszter Gorombey

Alex Suska

Melony Sallow

Javier Guillot

Gloria Ramirez

Director/Choreographer/Fight Director

Playwright

Assistant Director

Set Designer/Technical Director

Lighting Designer

Composer/Sound Designer

Costume Designer

Head of Properties

Magic Consultant

Intimacy Adviser

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Production Assistant/Circus Consultant

Cultural Consultant

Cultural and Language Consultant

Kristy Benz

Jerod Blake

Jelena Minshall

Kayla Mackenzie

Caitlyn O'Connor

Shaylea Pangle

Braedan Pettigrew

Kodie Rollan

Susan Rowland

Mockus Aurelius

Juan Antonio

Sofia Antonio

Messenger 1

Messenger 2

Messenger 3

Parades

Will Garipissimo

Faustina Antonio

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).

Reviews & Awards

"colourful...bold!" - Jessica Wallace, Kamloops This Week

"highly original" - Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition

Production History

February 2016: Workshop with Chimera Theatre, Kamloops

February 2017: Chimera Theatre, Kamloops

March - April 2020: Jupiter Theatre, Calgary (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Future Development

We’re currently seeking partners and residencies for Mockus. If you feel an artistic calling to this show and are interested in the project, please get in touch with us.

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