Wayward Artists

The Selkie Wife, by Kelley Jo Burke will be read at 7:00 pm at the West Village Theatre.

"Bag 'em, shag 'em, bring the kid home." This is the code of the selkies, the shape shifting seals of Celtic mythology. Three years away maximum. But Mary has been away for 20 years, having fallen love with and married her human lover, raised a child, and lived a human life.

When her people finally track her down in Saskatchewan, they bring with them powerful memories of the sea and a very different life -- one of freedom and pleasure. And to daughter Brigit, Dylan is the sexiest young man she has ever seen, with an open, free selkie sensuality that puts her father Cal very much on edge.

Brigit doesn't know of her selkie nature, and Mary must convince Cal she should learn from them before sister Gen tells her with her own persuasive selkie spin. And he knows despite their love, Mary has sighed for the sea for all their time together. He stands to lose both of those whom he loves most.

The Selkie Wife, by Kelley Jo Burke, has been produced several times in Canada since 2008, but not yet in Calgary. Wayward Artists is happy to present this public reading at West Village Theatre on January 31st, 2016, at 7:00 pm.

Blair Young
Blair Young 's journey has been a crooked one that includes stints as a teacher, journalist and postal carrier. Theatre credits include A Chorus Line, The Mousetrap, The Threepenny Opera, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, The Raven, and The Apple Kingdom. Film and tv credits include Goosebumps, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Hell on Wheels and Bluff!.

Eric Pettifor
Eric Pettifor is a Calgary writer, actor, and director and is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School. He is the founder of Wayward Artists and is very happy to have the opportunity to present this public reading as its inaugral project.

  Consulting Director
Kelley Jo Burke
Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning playwright, director, storyteller, documentarian (for CBC Radio One’s IDEAS), and radio producer and broadcaster. Her plays have been produced and published in Canada, in the U.S. and around the world, including Somewhere, Sask., Ducks on the Moon (Hagios), The Selkie Wife (Scirocco), Jane's Thumb (Signature), and Charming and Rose: True Love (Blizzard). She dramaturges, directs and produces for stage, and regional and national radio and was for many years the host/producer of CBC Saskatchewan’s radio arts performance hour SoundXchange. She was 2009 winner of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the 2009 City of Regina Writing Award (her third time receiving that award), and the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting.

  Playwright, Mary
Liam Volke
Liam Volke is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a degree in acting. Selected Credits: Billy in Top Gun! The Musical (Lower Ossington Theatre); Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (UVic Phoenix Theatre); B1 and B2 in A Number (UVic Studio Production); Nix in The Ethical Six-some (UVic Student Alternative Theatre Company); Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Victoria Fringe Festival).
Amanda Liz Cutting
Amanda Liz Cutting: Selected credits include Comedy of Errors (Luciana), Fat Pig (Helen), Rumors (Chris), Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Under Milk Wood (9 Characters), Until the Glass Stops Working (Gillian), The Vibrator Play and Arden of Faversham and a Poker Girls webisode. She is a Mount Royal University Graduate in Theatre Arts
Megan Baldrey
Megan Baldrey is a Calgary based actor and graduate of Mount Royal University's Theatre Performance program. Previous credits include Persephone (Full Circle Theatre); Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and Double Falsehood (Shakespeare in the Park), The Vibrator Play and Arden of Faversham (Artists' Collective Theatre). Megan is also touring to elementary schools this season with Bigs and Littles Theatre's Gravy and Moe.


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Special thanks to West Village Theatre, Collis Inusurance, and Morpheus Theatre.

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