By Mark Crawford
From Theatre Orangeville

May 22nd-26th, 2018

Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home with her mother, a beekeeper. They live across the road from Earl, a farmer who’s been keeping busy with a long list of ladies ever since his divorce. Things get interesting when Ben, an eager young grad student, arrives to study the declining bee population. This raucously funny new comedy tackles sex, love, science, family, and the artificial insemination of turkeys!

Gail used to be married to Frank, and Earl to Sheila. Then one day, Frank ran off with Sheila leaving Gail and Earl sitting alone on opposite sides of their concession road. Earl is trying to move on but Gail has given up on love and turned to beekeeping. When Gail’s turkey-farming daughter moves back home and a young man studying the decimation of the local bee population shows up, things really start to buzz!

This play is laugh out loud funny! You won’t want to miss it! It portrays adult situations and language…all in good fun and, of course, in the very best of taste!


Mark Crawford
Mark Crawford Playwright
Mark Crawford is excited to have The Birds and the Bees on stage at Theatre Orangeville and then on to Theatre Collingwood! Mark’s plays have been produced from Victoria to Halifax and many points in between! Also an actor, he is currently performing in Prairie Nurse at Toronto’s Factory Theatre. His play Bed and Breakfast will be produced this August at Soulpepper Theatre Company and his brand new play, The New Canadian Curling Club, premieres at the Blyth Festival in June. Thanks to David Nairn for his continued support, to Jane Spence for taking a turn in the director’s chair, and thank you for coming. Gobble gobble!
Jane Spence
Jane SpenceDirector
Jane has had the pleasure of performing professionally in theatres across Canada for the past 18 years including four productions for Theatre Orangeville: Ed’s Garage, Melville Boys, Elvis and Mavis and Ladies Foursome. She is thrilled to be returning as Director of The Birds and the Bees. Thanks to Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program she has been studying directing with her amazing Mentor David Nairn at Theatre Orangeville. There she assisted on productions of The Ghost Island Light, Miracle on 34th Street and Sexy Laundry. Other directing credits include: Associate Director for Numbers Game Lighthouse Festival Theatre, The Julius Caesar Project for Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Company, The Little Prince for Compass Theatre, Auto-Erotic Misadventure for the Pumphouse Festival of One Act plays for which she was awarded Best Director and Best Production. Jane would like to thank Mr. Nairn for his support and wisdom on this journey.assic Theatre Festival).
Rose Napoli
Rose Napolias Sarah
Rose is a Toronto-based actress and playwright. Acting favourites include: bridezilla, Mandy, in Mark Crawford’s Stag and Doe (PSFT), Juliet (twice!) and Romeo (once!) in Romeo & Juliet (Citadel, SLSF, Ruff) and Jamie in Roseneath’s Canadian and US tours of The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Dora nomination). She’s the author of six plays and is the Playwright in Residence at Theatre Front. Upcoming: Rose will be taking on the Shrew in Taming of the Shrew at St Lawrence Shakespeare. When she’s not being tamed this summer, she will be co-writing her first feature film! Tweet to her @rosenapoli1
Sheldon Davis
Sheldon Davisas Earl
Theatre Orangville: Debut
Other Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, and A Christmas Story (Neptune Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, All Shook Up, Anything Goes, Sexy Laundry, The Odd Couple, and Weekend Comedy (Drayton Entertainment); And Then The Lights Went Out, and The Producers (Stage West); Rob Ford: the Musical (Factory Theatre); She Loves Me (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Last Resort (Globe Theatre); Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary). Upcoming: Harvest (Thousand Islands Playhouse); and Angel Street (aka Gaslight) (Classic Theatre Festival).
Michael Pearson
Michael Pearsonas Ben
A theatre graduate of Brock University, Michael is incredibly excited and grateful to be making his professional debut with The Birds and The Bees. His most recent credits include: The Melville Boys and Foxfinder at The Village Playhouse, Divine Wrecks at Alumnae Theatre, and the award winning Hamilton Fringe production Places. When not on stage Michael can be found guiding the next generation of actors as a high school drama teacher.
Susan Johnston-Collins
Susan Johnston-Collinsas Gail
I am thrilled to cross the boards at Theatre Orangeville in this beautiful play with good friends old and new. Favorites elsewhere include Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Liz in The Last Resort, Olive Madison in The Female Odd Couple, Marilla and Rachel in Anne of Green Gables and Maria in Lend Me A Tenor. Heartfelt thanks to Jane for your trust and friendship and to My Love Jeff for our amazing life together! I hope the thoughtfulness, laughter and tears we all share here tonight will help to heal our troubled world. Enjoy!