Monday, December 10, 2012




Origins Theatre Projects is pleased to present the first staged reading presentation of our artistic director’s new play with the working title, Monty and John: A Freudian Palimpsest.

Our company was offered a super theatre for December 17th to present a staged reading of the work-in-progress. It’s an excellent opportunity to have this space and invite an audience’s response to the early-development of the play.

Mr. MacKenzie's play is derived from research he has done on the creative dynamics represented within the making of the 1962 John Huston film, Freud.  Fraught with inter-personal tensions, the film features the 1950s iconic male actor, Montgomery Clift in the title role. Huston, the big-game hunting, master filmmaker and Clift, the sensitive, proto-punk bisexual, are a study in contrasting male identities. Joined with a cast of characters including, Sigmund Freud, and Jean Paul Sartre, who wrote the original screenplay rejected for being five hours too long, the tensions provide an ideal ground to study masculinity and the changing identities of authorship within the artistic process. The playwright has used auto/biographical and archival source material and “creative verbatim” techniques to present a multi-layered, palimpsest exploration.

The play is both a professional presentation with Origins Theatre Projects, and is also part of a larger research project into playwriting and education. Your attendance at the staged reading would be very much appreciated and it is expected to be an enjoyable event.  Light refreshments will be served. This is an ambitious large cast project for our company and we appreciate your support.

Directed by Professor Stephen Heatley, the reading features a cast of excellent professional actors from Vancouver’s theatre scene: Stephen Aberle; Scott Button; Evan Frayne; Claire Hasselgrave; David Mann; and Chris Robson.


Admission by donation, December 17th, 7:30 pm

Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street

The Centre is at Jericho Beach, near the Hostels and just before the sailing club, plenty of free parking, and on direct bus routes.

For further information,, email

Thank-you to the UBC Faculty of Education, and the Language and Literacy Department for their support.

We hope to see you at the theatre.