Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

A World Premiere Comedy

August 14 - September 13, 2015
Firehall Theatre

“Change isn’t easy. But if you don’t change, you just stay the same, and where’s the fun in that?”




by Mark Crawford

  • Thousand Islands Playhouse is thrilled to present the world premiere of Mark Crawford's BED AND BREAKFAST.

    When Brett inherits the family home, he and Drew move out of quick-paced Toronto to set up a B&B in a quiet little tourist town. But will these big city boys face friction in their new community? With dozens of hilarious characters all portrayed by two men, BED AND BREAKFAST is a heartfelt comedy about “being out” in small town Ontario, skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

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    Playing at the Firehall Theatre
    from August 14 - September 13, 2015

    Tuesday to Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8pm
    Friday and Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30pm
    (No Saturday matinee on opening day of show)

    Running time: approximately 2 hours, including intermission

  • Cast

    Drew: Paul Dunn
    Brett: Andrew Kushnir


    Director: Ashlie Corcoran
    Set & Costume Designer: Dana Osborne
    Sound Designer: John Gzowski
    Lighting Designer: Rebecca Picherack
    Stage Manager: Michael Barrs
    Assistant Director: Krista Colosimo

    MICHAEL BARRS (Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Eight seasons with the Canadian Opera Company; Rock of Ages, The Sound of Music (Mirvish Productions); Jersey Boys, The Toxic Avenger (Dancap Productions); the premieres of Arrabal (BASE Entertainment/Marquis Entertainment); and Queen for a Day (April 30th Entertainment); Damn Yankees, 9 to 5: The Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Drayton Entertainment); Just For Laughs.
    Upcoming: The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio tour of The Bremen Town Musicians.
    Other: Michael trained in the BFA Theatre Production and Design Program at York University.

    KRISTA COLOSIMO (Assistant Director)
    For the Playhouse: Boeing Boeing, Don't Dress for Dinner.
    Elsewhere: Boeing Boeing (WCT); The Seagull (The Segal Centre); Seven Seasons with the Shaw Festival, selected credits include: Misalliance, His Girl Friday, When the Rain Stops Falling, Candida, The Doctors Dilemma,The Entertainer; Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours (Theatre North West); The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre 4×4 Directors Lab).
    Other: Graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada.

    ASHLIE CORCORAN (Director)
    For the Playhouse: Artistic Director since November 1, 2012. Director for: Don’t Dress For Dinner, The Pirates of Penzance, The Ugly One, Waiting for the Parade, She Loves Me, Driving Miss Daisy, Salt-Water Moon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Third Floor.
    Elsewhere: As Director: The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/Tarragon Theatre); The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia); Don Giovanni, Le Lauréat, Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters (The Glenn Gould School, RCM); The Brothers Grimm, Isis and The Seven Scorpions, Cinderella, The Bear (Canadian Opera Company); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre). As Artistic Producer & Director: Tiny Dynamite, Tijuana Cure, A Boy Called Newfoundland, The Ugly One (Theatre Smash) and Durango (Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Theatre).
    Upcoming: Dear Johnny Deere (TIP); The Bremen Town Musicians, Operation Superpower (COC); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times and National Tour); Mustard (Tarragon Theatre); Das Ding (The Thing) (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage).

    MARK CRAWFORD (Playwright)
    For the Playhouse: Actor: Mary’s Wedding, Cost of Living. 2014 Playwrights’ Unit.
    Elsewhere: Mark’s first play, Stag and Doe, premiered in 2014 at the Blyth Festival and has since been produced at Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Upper Canada Playhouse, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and Festival Players of Prince Edward County. As an actor, selected credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (Young People’s Theatre); Stag and Doe (Port Stanley); Harvey (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Memorial (Next Stage); It’s a Wonderful Life (Theatre New Brunswick); The Normal Heart (Studio 180); See How They Run (Theatre Aquarius); The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); Vimy (Blyth Festival).
    Upcoming: Mark will appear in Peg and The Yeti at Manitoba Theatre for Young People and The Winter’s Tale with Groundling Theatre. Stag and Doe hits the stage at Neptune Theatre and Theatre Orangeville in 2016. Bed and Breakfast and Stag and Doe will be published by Scirocco Drama this fall.
    Other: Mark grew up on his family’s beef farm near Glencoe, Ontario and studied theatre at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. He lives in Toronto, but he loves it here.

    PAUL DUNN (Drew)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: The Gay Heritage Project, Pig (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); HAIR (The Grand Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood); East of Berlin, After Akhmatova (Tarragon Theatre); The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Canadian Stage); Hana’s Suitcase (YPT); Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, Caesar and Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, The Swanne, Richard III, Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Elizabeth Rex, Hamlet, Glenn (Stratford Festival).
    Film and Television Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, Elizabeth Rex.
    Upcoming:  The Gay Heritage Project (National Tour).
    Other: Paul is also a playwright, director and acting instructor: His new play, Outside, about homophobia and gay-straight alliances, will be touring Ontario schools throughout 2015 (Roseneath Theatre).  He’s been a guest director at Fanshawe College, and a guest instructor and the National Theatre School, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse Young Company.

    JOHN GZOWSKI (Sound Designer) 
    For the Playhouse: Salt-Water Moon, The Ugly One.
    Elsewhere: 200 shows or so from Stratford, Shaw, Canstage, Mirvishes, Luminato, Soulpepper, NAC, MTC, Tarragon.
    Other: 6 Dora awards, 9 more nominations, a couple dozen CD’s, some concert music, lots of live shows and some dance and film work as well. For those gluttons for punishment there are more lists and examples at He’s happy to be back here, enjoying the lovely country and town.

    For the Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  
    Elsewhere: Small Axe (Project: Humanity/The Theatre Centre); Peter and the Starcatcher (Western Canada Theatre Company); Cock (Studio 180); The Gay Heritage Project (GHP/ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre); Passion Play (Outside The March/Convergence/Sheep No Wool -- Dora Award Outstanding Ensemble); The Middle Place (Project: Humanity, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, national tour); Frankenstein (Catalyst Theatre, 3 national tours); The Last Five Years (Theatre&Co.); Hair (Canadian Stage); Floyd Collins (Shaw Festival); King Lear (Colorado Shakespeare Festival).  
    Upcoming:  The world premiere of his play Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre) and the national tour of The Gay Heritage Project directed by TIP’s Ashlie Corcoran. 
    Other: Andrew is the creative director of Project: Humanity Inc. ( as well as a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program.

    DANA OSBORNE (Set Designer/Costume Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Boeing Boeing, The Importance of Being Earnest.
    Elsewhere: Carousel, Possible Worlds (Stratford Festival, 15 seasons); The God Who Comes (2b Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (YPT); Ladies Foursome (Grand).
    Other: Cooper Award for Costume Design 2012, Dora Awards (The Mill – Theatrefront, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - Soulpepper).

    REBECCA PICHERACK (Lighting Designer)
    Rebecca Picherack designs lights for theatre and dance. Recent companies include adelheid, The Blyth Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Volcano, the National Arts Centre, Buddies in Bad Times, Young People’s Theatre, and The Theatre Centre. Rebecca has received three Dora Awards for outstanding lighting design.

  • BED AND BREAKFAST at the Thousand Islands Playhouse
    Photos by Jay Kopinksi, 2015

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    A Message from Playwright Mark Crawford

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  • Review Articles

    Welcome Home to “Bed and Breakfast” At the Firehall Theatre
    A Fresh News Start, Lorraine Payette, August 17, 2015

    Hello, World, and welcome home to Gananoque! In this world premiere production, playwright Mark Crawford is well on his way to proving himself an absolute genius in his creation of “Bed and Breakfast”, a romantic dramady about two boys from the big city of Toronto who end up moving to small town Ontario and opening a bed and breakfast. <Read More.

    Theatre Review: "Bed and Breakfast" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse
    North Country Public Radio, Connie Meng, August 21, 2015

    "Bed and Breakfast" is running in the Firehall at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque through September 13. Developed in their 2014 Playwrights' Unit, this World Premiere comedy was written by Mark Crawford. <Read More. 

    Video Preview

    Video Preview of Bed and Breakfast
    Eastern Ontario Network, August 13, 2015
    Watch a video preview of BED AND BREAKFAST, plus an interview with playwright, Mark Crawford! Click here.

    Preview Articles

    Playhouse in Gananoque prepares for launch of home-grown production
    Inside Brockville, Jan Murray, August 6, 2015

    The Thousand Islands Playhouse will soon present the world premiere of Mark Crawford's BED AND BREAKFAST on Aug. 14 through Sept. 13. B&B is a play that was first developed in the playhouse’s Playwrights’ Unit back in 2014. <Read more

    Thousand Islands Playhouse Welcomes You In for "Bed and Breakfast" 
    A Fresh News Start, Lorraine Payette, August 12, 2015

    Get ready for warmth and familiarity, laughs and thoughtful moments as you face the trials and tribulations of running a B&B in small town Ontario. Leaving Toronto for the more peaceful atmosphere of a tiny tourist town, Brett (Andrew Kushnir) and Drew (Paul Dunn) lead us through the experience of having a dream come true when they inherit a house and turn it into a bed and breakfast. <Read More


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