Redheaded Stepchild

By (author): Johnnie Walker

Nicholas is a twelve-year-old with red hair whose dad just remarried. This makes Nicholas a redheaded stepchild. Literally. And tomorrow at lunch, the biggest boy in grade six plans to beat him up—he even made a Facebook event about it.

Should Nicholas skip school? His new stepmom, a chain-smoking, ex-Jehovah’s Witness golf pro named Mary-Anne, doesn’t want him playing hooky. His secret alter ego, the fabulous and charismatic Rufus Vermilion, thinks his ginger genetics will doom him either way. But when events in the schoolyard leave both Mary-Anne and Rufus speechless, it’s up to Nicholas to pick up the pieces and do some serious growing up.


Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker is a queer writer and performer from Toronto best known for his solo show Redheaded Stepchild. He has held residencies with Canadian Stage, Buddies in Bad Times, Theatre Passe Muraille, Videofag, and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. His work has appeared at SummerWorks, Rhubarb, Next Stage, Uno Fest, and at Fringe Festivals across the country. His most recent play, Shove It Down My Throat, premiered at Buddies in 2019. Johnnie is also a popular nightclub DJ, and has spent over a decade writing and hosting shows for queer burlesque troupe BoylesqueTO. He wrote, directed, and starred in the short film Saturn Devours. 


“Walker’s creation is one of the most endearing and hilarious examples of pubescent precocity in recent memory. His absolute skepticism about pop culture and the pious jargon of the helping professions, his elaborate ironies, his matter-of-fact assessment of social reality (“only girls can dye their hair”), his perspectives on classic art (Rita Hayworth’s “smouldering red-headed intensity”)—all are wincingly judged.” —Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal
(5 out of 5 stars) “A virtuoso display of storytelling” —Calgary Herald
“Walker is funny, poignant, angry and ultimately steals your heart in Redheaded Stepchild.” —Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald


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64 Pages
7.69in * 5.14in * .23in


October 06, 2016



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