THE LIFE and TIMES of MACKENZIE KING
Written and Directed by Michael Hollingsworth
The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1918 - 1939

DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION
CHALMERS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY

The Life and Times of Mackenzie King premiered in 1993 at the Theatre Centre. The show earned Dora Awards for Outstanding PRODUCTION and LIGHTING DESIGN, Nominations for Outstanding PLAY, SET, COSTUMES, MUSIC & ACTING, the Chalmers Award for Outstanding PLAY, and was remounted in 1995 in co-production with Factory Theatre. VideoCabaret presented a new production of The Life and Times of Mackenzie King this past Fall at Toronto's historic Cameron House, playing to sold-out crowds for its seven-week run.

 

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(Clockwise from left) Greg Campbell, Rickard Alan Campbell, Paul Braunstein, Jacob James, Linda Prystawska & Mac Fyfe
Photo by Michael Cooper, 2011

The Life and Times of Mackenzie King begins with the end of World War I, and ends with the beginning of World War II – a zeppelin-ride through the soaring twenties and the diving thirties with Canada's longest-running Prime Minister. As the grandson of the notorious rebel William Lyon Mackenzie, King was driven by a sense of destiny and spurred by ghostly outriders. He fell in love regularly but never married, preferring the companionship of other men's wives, and seances with his late mother and other great departed souls.
 
King's occult companion Mrs. Joan Patteson, beloved dog Pat, political foes Prime Ministers Meighen and Bennett, contemporaries James Shaver Woodsworth and Samuel Bronfman, are joined in the play by Joe and Vince, a couple of Great War veterans who find employment in the rum-running business, and Molly, a war widow with nothing left to lose.  Vince rolls it all on the gal and the hooch, while Joe never stops fighting whatever is fighting him – union-busters, gangsters, mortgage-holders, work-camp bosses. 
 
Between the shadows of two world wars, ideas clash and markets crash. The action spans the Winnipeg Strike of 1919, the One Big Union movement, the King-Byng Crisis, the Great Depression, the 'On To Ottawa Trek', Mackenzie King's infatuation with the Third Reich and many other events that show how Canada discovered its inner communist.

 

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Music By Brent Snyder