Click Bush Train Bug: A Fable for Twelve

Written by:

Camille Intson

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+
D/deaf, Disabled, and/or Mad

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 2
  • Men: 5
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Comedy
Drama
TYA

Themes:

Coming of Age
Death
Grief
Queer
Social Media
Technology

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2023

Synopsis:

A melodramatic high school apocalypse play. A runaway mutt. A band of estranged friends haunted by strange apparitions. And an untimely brush with a high speed locomotive. It’s New Year’s Eve in Hamilton, Ontario, and the Year 2000 is just around the corner. Strung together by a collage of fortuitous events in the months prior to Y2K, twelve personalities navigate the unique juncture between adolescence and adulthood in a world marked by burgeoning internet culture, media saturation, techno-scares, and social change, all narrated by an omnipotent carp-infested marsh. Click Bush Train Bug is a new play about young adults coming of age on the brink of perceived disaster— and tracing their fears, desires, and dreams from one epoch into the next.

Characters:

1 // Lex (late teens to early 20s f) A teenage girl struggling with grief, regret, and remorse in the fallout of her best friend’s accidental death.

2 // River (non-gender specific) A curious, eccentric, and philosophical stray dog; adopted by Zain.

3 // Zain (late teens to early 20s m) The comic relief of the group, albeit paralyzed by uncertainty about his future; a close friend to Noah and Sebastian.

4 // Kevin (late teens to early 20s m) A quirky and slightly cringey aspiring radio announcer.

5 // The Train (non-gender specific) A high speed Hamilton locomotive; an Angel of Death.

6 // Noah (late teens to early 20s m) An aspiring law student from a financially unstable family; a close friend to Zain and Sebastian.

7 // Cass (late teens to early 20s f) A hopelessly romantic biology student who develops feelings for Sebastian; a close friend to Lex.

8 // Jo (late teens to early 20s f) A young queer Buffy the Vampire Slayer FanFiction writer; Hayley’s sister.

9 // Sebastian (late teens to early 20s m) A young queer man who comes into his sexuality while travelling abroad; a close friend to Zain and Noah.

10 // Hayley (late teens to early 20s f) The pretty, popular, and powerful social butterfly of the group; struck by The Train.

11 // Jeremy (late teens to early 20s m) A young filmmaker and conspiracy theorist, intent on capturing the fallout of the Y2K disaster.

12 // Cootes Paradise (non-gender specific) An omnipotent carp-infested marsh; our elusive narrator.

First Produced:

Click Bush Train Bug: A Fable for Twelve was co-commissioned by Tarragon Theatre and The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University for in-course workshopping and public performances in the Fall of 2023. Its premiere workshop production was directed by Christina Pastor with stage management by Sarah Yeoman, assistant stage management by Rebecca McDonald, production management by Nathan Gregory, technical direction by Joanne Tutor, apprentice technical direction by Kale Bautista, lighting coordination by Erwin Lau, costume coordination by Emma Haynes, and set, props, and projections coordination by Tina Chu. The fourth year graduating class who first workshopped and performed this show, and whose contributions were integral to its creation, were Ailsa Wilson, Austin White, Karim Butt, Aiden Altow, Dean Marcynuk, Hugo Huang, Alice Zheng, Mya Wong, Diego O'Brien, Heather Thomas, Sebastian Reimer, and Jeff Clement.

Resources:

Please contact the playwright at info.camilleintson@gmail.com (or camilleintson.com) for information about current and future development, a reading copy of the text, and-or rights acquisition.

Warnings:

Play contains mentions of grief, some sexual content and strong language.

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