Your Own Sons (Fringe)


“A powerful, exceptional drama”

Pauline’s son has left Canada to join ISIS. Desperate to understand, she sets out on a journey of her own to confront his fate. Pursued by the government and the media, her path takes her to the heart of homegrown radicalization and the fall-out of her son’s actions. From the creators of the acclaimed Finding Mr. Right comes a new drama tackling the politics of faith and fear and the collision between love and loss.

Written by Stephen Near
Directed by Aaron Joel Craig
Dramaturgy by Lauren Repei

Featuring: Laura Ellis, Michael Kras, Amy Milligan, Stephen Near, Amber Wood, and Ramzey Zourob

VENUE: Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton, ON
Follow the LINK for Tickets
Sunday, August 6 at 6:00pm

Your Own Sons was written with the support of the Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve program and Theatre Aquarius.

A portion of the proceeds from the Festival performance of Your Own Sons will go to Hayat Canada to assist parents and families coming to terms with violence and radicalization involving their children. For more information on Hayat Canada, or to donate, please follow the LINK.

Creators Note: The Fringe production of Your Own Sons is the first step in a process of new play development that will culminate in a new production to be staged early next year in Hamilton. We invite audiences to offer comments and observations about this play and this issue so we can continue the process of telling a difficult story that needs to be told. Send your feedback to


LauraLaura Ellis (BRIAR): Laura is an actor and director who works throughout the GTA and is currently based in Hamilton. Select Acting Credits: Shame, Itself (Tough Love Collective – Frostbites Festival), The Tragedy of Othella Moore (Perplexed Productions – Hamilton Fringe Festival (Best of Fringe)), Caleb & Rita (Theatre Mischief – HamilTEN festival (Audience Choice Award)), Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy (Make Art Theatre – HFF (Best of Fringe/Critics Choice Award)), See Bob Run (As You Were Productions/Artword Artbar), The Jewel in the Crown (Alumnae Theatre), Macbeth (Classical Theatre Company), Hamlet (Fanshawe College). In 2015, Laura was the recipient of the Hamilton Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Theatre. She can also be found on stage as part of her sketch comedy duo The Awkward Rebels. Many thanks to the cast and crew who made this production amazing and to LK for cheering her on xo


Michael Kras (TYLER): Michael is a Hamiltonian theatre-maker and theatre-doer. He was last seen with Same Boat Theatre in a staged reading of An Ordinary Asset at the University of Toronto’s Festival of Original Theatre. A graduate of the acting conservatory at Humber Theatre School, Michael is also an award-winning playwright; his recent play #dirtygirl won the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Hamilton Fringe, and his newest play The Team, developed with Theatre Aquarius, won Second Place in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest. The Team is also a national finalist for the Safe Words New Canadian Play Award. Michael is a two-time Hamilton Arts Award emerging nominee, a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit, and the artistic director of Hamilton’s own Broken Soil Theatre.


Amy Milligan (PAULINE): Amy has had a love of storytelling for a number of years. She has studied improv at Second City and is a graduate of Humber School of Comedy where she was awarded “The One To Watch” by Joe Flarhety of S.C.T.V fame. Amy was accepted into The Straeon Acting Acedemy in 2007 and is still going strong. Represented by Kate Kellner at The George Agency in Toronto has allowed her to book a number of commercials, print, and several television roles such as Paranormal Witness, Ghostly Encounters, Final 24, and Room and Bored recently launching at The New York Television Film Festival. Amy has also landed lead roles in several Indie films, and was thrilled to share the screen with academy award winner Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson in Adam Agoyans Chloe. Amy’s passion for indie theatre reignited in 2014 when she landed the lead in Adam Ball’s 5 Women Wearing The Same Dress at Toronto’s premiere Aztec Theatre, and recently took on the role of April White in John Patrick Shanleys Savage in Limbo to rave reviews and sold out crowds. Amy is honored to be welcomed into Hamilton’s emerging indie theatre scene and is thrilled to be working and creating with this talented cast!


Amber Wood (CECILE): Amber makes her Same Boat Theatre debut. In Canada: The Vagina Monologues (Spice Factory). Regional U.S credits: The Diary of Anne Frank, King Lear: The Storm at Home, The Elephant Man (Virginia Stage Company); Macbeth, As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Grove); Under African Skies (Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads); Crooked (Skydive/Common Ground); Life is a Dream (Deep Dish);  The Homosexuals, 70 Scenes of Halloween (Manbites Dog Theater); Trojan Barbie (Streetsigns Center for Literature and Performance); and Romeo & Juliet (Koka Booth Shakespeare). Devised theatre and new play development: Urban Garden Performing Arts (in North Carolina – The Bread Show, The Gaming Show), Haymaker (Elektra, America Forever), and Summer Sisters (Monster Camp). Up next: a new iteration of The Bread Show/Presentando Pan in Holland, MI.


Ramzey Zourob (YUSUF): Ramzey is making his Hamilton theatre debut with Your Own Sons. He is Hamilton-based voice actor and performer.






Stephen Near (Playwright/DAN): Stephen is a playwright and performer from Ottawa, ON and a graduate of York University. His plays have been performed across Canada in such festivals as the Ottawa Fringe, the Toronto Fringe, the Hamilton Fringe, New Ideas, and Summerworks. He is an alumnus of the Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Banff Centre and has studied playwriting with Linda Griffiths, David Copelin, Daniel MacIvor, Brian Quirt, and Beverley Cooper. Stephen is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit. Recent writing credits include Monstrous Invisible (Theatre Aquarius), Interface (2011 Hamilton Fringe – New Play Contest 1st Prize), Plain Speak (2012 HamilTEN Festival), Test (2013 Hamilton Fringe – New Play Contest 2nd Runner-Up), The Conspiracy of Michael (2014 Hamilton Fringe), and Finding Mr. Right (2015 Hamilton Fringe).


Aaron Joel Craig (Director): Aaron is a theatre director and performer. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, studied Theatre Performance at Redeemer University and lives in Hamilton with his wife, Cath and daughter, Georgia. Directing credits include Finding Mr. Right with Same Boat Theatre, Conspiracy of Michael and Test for Reaching Symmetry, inbetween.places for Make Art Theatre, Power Play for Redeemer University and The End and the Beginning for ClipClop productions. Performing credits include A Modicum of Freedom, Don Quixote, and Orpheus with Make Art Theatre.



Lauren Miller (Dramaturge): Lauren is a long time Hamiltonian who graduated from McMaster University with a BA in English and Theatre and Film. Some past theatre credits include Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice (Black Box Fire), Sarah in Company (Hammer Entertainment), Janet in Waiting for the Parade (The Citadel), Emma in The Conspiracy of Michael (Reaching Symmetry), and Shelly in Finding Mr. Right (Same Boat Theatre) . She directed an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie with Black Box Fire, and Cakewalk with Dundas Little Theatre. She has served on the steering committee for the Hamilton Arts Awards for two years and is a participant in the Hamilton Fringe’s ALERT program.


Diana Bronsema (Stage Manager): Diana is a 4th year Theatre and Biology student at Redeemer University College. This is her first show working with Same Boat Theatre Company and the first time being involved with Hamilton’s Fringe Festival. The productions she has acted in at Redeemer include ‘Harvey’, ‘Hecuba’, ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’, and ‘Front’, and she was an Assistant Stage Manager of ‘The Rivals’ this past March. Diana is honoured to be working with these amazing artists, and looks forward to more opportunities to be involved in the local Hamilton theatre scene in the future!