Bedford Players present
The Girl With the Golden Ear
Written by Ryan Van Horne
Directed by Kim Bartlett
March 9 – 12, 16 – 18, 23 – 26th, 2017
Thu, Fri, Sat – 8pm · Sun – 2pm
Marjorie is a single mother working in the male-dominated radio industry of the 1960s and 70s. She has innate musical talent and uses that to rise from receptionist to music director at CKRT. In doing so, she becomes a pioneer in commercial radio and has a profound influence on the North American music scene.
The Girl With the Golden Ear has a knack for picking hits – even from obscure artists – and people clamour to get their songs played on her station. Other radio stations copy her playlists which are full of cross-over hits – songs that defy stereotypes and act as ambassadors between classes, cultures, and races. For her, music is a salve for the soul and she uses it to help ease tensions during a race riot in her city. As her successes pile up over the years, she develops a reputation as a trendsetter who bucks conventional wisdom, often proving just how unwise conventional wisdom can be. Things aren’t always smooth, though, as she is forced to deal with sexism, a changing industry, and government bureaucracy.
The Girl With the Golden Ear is inspired by a real person who has a remarkable talent and accomplished remarkable things, yet in retirement values her privacy and prefers not to be identified. In a blend of fact and fiction, The Girl With the Golden Ear offers a glimpse into a little-known but fascinating part of Canada’s history.
The Girl With the Golden Ear went through a reading at the DaPoPo Live-In Festival in October 2013. The play has been revised after a Home Delivery dramaturgy by the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC). The Bedford Players production is the premiere.
Tickets will go on sale at Ticketpro on February 6, 2017.
|Assistant Stage Manager
Young Marjorie & Laurie Thompson
Record Store Clerk & Sam
Cyrus Jones & Nigel
|Ryan Van Horne|
Burton Cummings & Elton John
|Photos (except *) by Krista Lee Photography (Krista Roper)|
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