The Drawer Boy

The Drawer Boy

by Michael Healey
THE DRAWER BOY tours to Taos on Saturday, October 30th. For Tickets Call: 575 758-2052. A poignant tale of friendship, memory and the loss of love, which beautifully illustrates the transformative nature of art. It touches the mind and the heart in equal measure.

Performance: [at the TAOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS]

Saturday, October 30-		7:00 pm;

The Play:

Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy tells the story of an ambitious young Toronto actor who visits the rural Ontario home of two bachelor farmers to research farm life for a new play. In doing so he shows how appropriating the stories of people can change their interpretation of their lives. In an interview, Healey explained: “I had an idea for a play about two farmers, slightly isolated, whose lives are governed by myth and ritual. The myths were the stories they told each other, the ritual consisted mainly of the preparation of the same meals, over and over. I was interested in setting up their life, and seeing what might happen when society intrudes.” The two farmers, Morgan and Angus, have achieved a precarious balance in their lives together. Morgan cares for Angus, who was wounded in the Second World War. Angus is called the “drawer boy” because, as Morgan puts it, “He used to draw things from inside, outside and all around.” The play is about the power of storytelling in creating and interpreting reality, and how it can transform lives. It is humorous, poignant and deeply human - a true modern classic.
“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it we are nothing.”

Luis Buñuel

  The Drawer Boy introduces us to two men, lifelong friends and partners, who depend solely on each other. Storytelling fills their lives. Circumstances necessitate that they retell their life story almost daily. We come close in on their bond of friendship, their fierce loyalty and the manner in which they are tested.

The Playwright:

Michael Healey is a Canadian Playwright and actor. He graduated from the acting program at Toronto's Ryerson Theatre School in 1985.His plays include:  The Drawer BoyPlan B, Courageous and Rune Arlidge. He is playwright-in residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. The Drawer Boy has received international acclaim and productions all over the world, most notably by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company, and earned Healy the Governor General's Award for Drama, four Dora Awards and a Chalmers Award. It was named one of the ten best plays of 2001 by Time Magazine. It has been translated into many languages, including German, French and Japanese.

The Cast:

Jonathan Dixon (Angus) is a member of the permanent company of Theaterwork, appearing in many productions, including Molly Sweeney, the Inspector General, Of Mice and Men, The Rainmaker, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Sound of Music, A Shayna Maidel, The Diviners, Rock Shore, Ophelia, Dialogues of the Carmelites,  A Few Stout Individuals, Amadeus, Anna Karenina, Belle Moral, Emil's Enemies and several others. He is also a composer and published artist, having illustrated Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the SnarkThe Mouse's Tail and the first printing of Carroll's previously lost La Guida Di Bragia. Jack Sherman (Morgan) is a member of Theaterwork, and has appeared in many productions, including: Bus StopKing Lear, Lady From the Sea, Uncle Vanya, The Threepenny Opera, The Lion in Winter, Of Mice and Men, M. Butterfly, The Notebook of Trigorin, The Rainmaker, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Price, Waiting for Godot, Bach at Leipzig, Hysteria, Anna Karenina, and many others. He was part of Cherry Creek Theatre in Minnesota. Ian Sproul (Miles) is an apprentice actor at Theaterwork. He appeared in Emil's Enemies and The Tempest last season. He started his work in theater at Southwest Children's Theater, Pandemonium Players, The Armory for the Arts and the Santa Fe Playhouse.

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