Bigfoot! Sasquatch! Yeti!
What do you believe?
Have you ever been alone in the woods? In this new audio storytelling presentation, playwright Stephen Near does a deep dive into his personal obsession with the enduring and mysterious phenomenon known as Sasquatch. Listen as he recounts the strange sounds he heard in northern Ontario as a child and decide for yourself what’s real and what’s myth in the woods of the world.
This audio monologue is a new piece of digital theatre written and developed as part of the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals Initiative to help artists, arts groups, and organizations pivot their work for online sharing during the COVID19 pandemic. Creature was originally developed as part of the Theatre Aquarius Junction and broadcast through the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s PlayConnect program in partnership with Theatre Aquarius.
This newest audio version of the play will make its world premiere as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival‘s Digital Exclusives Series in 2021.
Written and Performed by Stephen Near
Sound design by Luke Brown
July 14 – 25, 2021
Accessible | Kids: $5 (fees waived)
Regular: $12 + handling fees
Support The Artist: $20 + handling fee
Stephen Near (Playwright, Performer): Stephen (he/him) is a writer and educator living in Hamilton. He is a graduate of York University (BFA), the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (B. Ed) and the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. Stephen is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and an alumnus of both the Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Banff Centre. Recently, he was named the inaugural Writer-In-Residence for the Cotton Factory in Hamilton. He is co-founder of Same Boat Theatre alongside Aaron Joel Craig; together they have collaborated on such shows as Finding Mr. Right, Conspiracy of Michael, Your Own Sons, and Test. Other projects include Monstrous Invisible (Theatre Aquarius), Governing Ourselves (Alumnae Theatre), Rattle (Essential Collective Theatre), and Whale Fall (Same Boat Theater Collective). stephennear.com
Luke Brown (Sound Design): Luke is a director, writer, composer who works in live performance, audio and video. As a theatre director he’s worked across the country. Seance and Strange & Unusual, magic story telling shows he’s created with Nick Wallace, have played to sold out houses and have had segments of them featured Penn & Teller: Fool Us and America’s Got Talent. In Hamilton, Luke has recently directed Ordinary Days (Hamilton Theatre Project), Mary’s Wedding (Rook’s Theatre), Kafir (Theatre Aquarius), and There’s No Place Like Home (Diversion). For Theatre Aquarius, Luke oversees new play development, working closely with emerging writers in Hamilton. In addition to Creature, Luke is working on the release of his audio project called Modern Myths and Legends.
Thanks to Theatre Aquarius, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Idil Djafer, Gregg Taylor, Ryan Sero, Carlyn Rhamey, Allison Hossack, Annie Rosenberg, the Theatre Aquarius Junction, Leanne, Rebecca and Brenden, Vicktoria and Imogen.
Creature was written and developed with support and funding by