September 13 – October 21
By John MacLachlan Gray with Eric Peterson
Music and Lyrics by John MacLachlan
Directed by Robert Boles
The story of irreverent hero and Canadian WWI flying ace Billy Bishop remains one of the most critically-acclaimed Canadian plays of all time. The New York Times called it “a high flying ace of a show, capturing the humor, the hellfire, and the derring-do of an extraordinary career.” Billy Bishop calls himself “a convicted liar and cheat who was the worst student ever at the Royal Military College…. so of course they made me an officer.” The music is comprised of martial arts, barracks room ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.
In his heyday, no one was more famous in Canada than Billy Bishop, a pugnacious young pilot from Owen Sound, who was the terror of the skies during World War I. Eric Peterson and John MacLachlan Gray’s buoyant celebration of this complex man has a rich, nearly 40-year history of touring nationally and internationally.
“A snappy, totally fulfilling evening of music and theater that should not be missed.”
-New York Times
John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson began their writing collaboration in 1970 while they were theatre students at the University of British Columbia. In 1978 they premiered BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR in a tour across Canada with its two authors in the cast. On that tour, famed stage and film director Mike Nichols caught a performance and immediately optioned it for Broadway where it opened on May 22, 1980. It has since been performed all over the world. Gray and MacLachlan have continued to perform the play to this day – most recently this past summer in Toronto. The film version was released in 2010. John MacLachlan Gray is a multiple award-winning writer and composer for stage, television, film, radio, and print. Eric Peterson’s career as a Canadian actor spans more than forty years.
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