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PRODUCED AND Directed by: JOHN STARK
STARRING JOHN DEYOUNG
Multi-media slideshow & lighting design by Joe Morissey (New Mexico Production)
Design and Technical Director
(Vancouver, Montreal & Toronto productions) J. Kent Inasy
Production video by Jaret Sacrey
Recorded Voice and Image of “BETH” by Donna Luisa Guinan
Johnny Canuck by Jovanka Bach stars John DeYoung as a wandering troubadour who returns home from a nightclub engagement to find that his wife Beth has run off with another man named Bert. In Beth’s farewell letter to Johnny, she asks him not to follow her, but Johnny is determined to win his wife back, so he leaves his dear daughter Lilly Sue with their Aunt Marie and begins a trek across Canada, in search of his wife.
In this musical odyssey, the tale is told through song and story by Johnny Canuck. It’s a one-man-show, with a series of backdrop projections showing all the clubs and locations that Johnny travels to in search of Beth. Many of the musical compositions are original pieces by John DeYoung, with Lyrics by Jovanka Bach, while others are timeless folksongs that reflect various cultures and eras.
As Johnny follows Beth’s trail, he learns that she is being gravely corrupted by Bert leading her down a dangerous path. Little by little Johnny’s rage escalates into thoughts of violence.
He procures a gun and plots Bert’s demise and has to face himself in the process.
Watch this video trailer!
(Produced by by Jaret Sacrey)
“DeYoung is the heart and soul of this play…He is a charming performer with a strong stage presence and an enchanting voice.
Paying close attention to his audience, he makes a lot of eye contact and feeds on the crowd”
The Independent, August 2011 New Mexico