The Mill

Created by Daryl Cloran, Matthew MacFadzean
By Matthew MacFadzean, Hannah Moscovitch, Tara Beagan, and Damien Atkins

The Mill
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It's 1854 at the start of Now We Are Brody. The mill is boarded up as the townsfolk attempt to bury a dark shame from their past, but the arrival of a young woman with the deed to the mill threatens to unearth its secret. In The Huron Bride it is 1834 and Hazel Sheehan has braved ... Read more


Overview

It's 1854 at the start of Now We Are Brody. The mill is boarded up as the townsfolk attempt to bury a dark shame from their past, but the arrival of a young woman with the deed to the mill threatens to unearth its secret. In The Huron Bride it is 1834 and Hazel Sheehan has braved the perilous journey across the Atlantic to work as a hired hand at her cousin's sawmill. When her cousin James asks her to marry him, Hazel is overjoyed, but will the ghost of James's ex-wife spoil their wedding plans? The mill does not yet exist in The Woods, and the land is the site of a First Nations burial ground. The interactions between the First Nations people and the first settlers put the wheel in motion for the terror that will haunt this area for hundreds of years to come. In part four, Ash, the mill stands: battered and surrounded by ash. Inside, five young people cling to life. Can hope take root on such poisoned ground?

Matthew MacFadzean

Matthew MacFadzean is an award-winning writer and actor and a 2010 graduate of the Canadian Film Centreâ??s Prime Time TV Program, with degrees from both the National Theatre School of Canada and McGill University. He has written nine plays, performed as far away as Spain and Singapore, including richardthesecond, also published by Playwrights Canada Press. Included among his awards is New Yorkâ??s prestigious Fox Foundation Award, which he used to travel and work in Southeast Asia. He is currently in development of two one-hour television series and lives in Parkdale with his dog, Connor.

Matthew MacFadzean

Matthew MacFadzean is an award-winning writer and actor and a 2010 graduate of the Canadian Film Centreâ??s Prime Time TV Program, with degrees from both the National Theatre School of Canada and McGill University. He has written nine plays, performed as far away as Spain and Singapore, including richardthesecond, also published by Playwrights Canada Press. Included among his awards is New Yorkâ??s prestigious Fox Foundation Award, which he used to travel and work in Southeast Asia. He is currently in development of two one-hour television series and lives in Parkdale with his dog, Connor.

Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright, TV writer, and librettist whose work has been widely produced in Canada and around the world. Recent stage work includes Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes and Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (co-created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan). Hannah has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, Trillium Book Award, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Angel Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She has been nominated for the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Drama Desk Award, and Canada’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. She is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. She spends her time between Halifax and Los Angeles.

Tara Beagan

Tara Beagan is a proud Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian” halfbreed based in Calgary, Alberta. She is co-founder/director of ARTICLE 11 with her most cherished collaborator, Andy Moro. She served as the artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013. A Dora Mavor Moore Award–winning playwright, she has been in residence at Cahoots Theatre, NEPA, the National Arts Centre, and Berton House. Five of her twenty plus plays have been published, and her first film script, 133 Skyway, co-written with Randy Redroad, won the imagineNATIVE award for best Canadian drama. Beagan is also a Dora and Betty Mitchell Award–?nominated actor.

Damien Atkins

Actor and playwright Damien Atkins was born in Australia, grew up in Alberta, and now makes his home in Toronto. He is the author of the solo shows miss chatelaine, Real Live Girl, and We Are Not Alone, and the plays Good Mother, Lucy, The Mill Part Four: Ash, The Gay Heritage Project (with Andrew Kushnir and Paul Dunn), and an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's Prince Caspian. He has been produced all across Canada and the US, including at both the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. Damien has been playwright-in-residence at Canadian Stage, Crow's Theatre, Factory Theatre, and Necessary Angel. He has received ten Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for acting and writing, winning four. 

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