Written by:

Kat Sandler

Cast Size:

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 2


Dark Comedy


Growing Up


120 min.

Year Written:



“Mustard shouldn’t still be here, but he is. Imaginary friends don’t normally stay with their Person until that Person is a troubled teenager, exhibiting strangely violent behaviour. Imaginary friends don’t suddenly become visible to their Person’s mom and then go on a date with them, either. But Mustard is special. At least that’s what he thinks. And he’s not ready to leave his best friend, Thai, even though he’s in deep trouble with some unsavoury characters who are ready to enforce some serious rules. And, oh yeah, he’s falling in love with Sadie, Thai’s recently separated, wine-guzzling mom, who doesn’t believe he’s real.

A twisted fairy tale about friendship, love, growing up, moving on and finding magic where you least expect it, this darkly comedic bedtime story by Canadian theatre’s indie darling blurs imagination with reality in order to save a family from its own destruction.” (From the Playwrights Canada Press Website)



SADIE, in her forties or fifties

THAI, sixteen



JAY, twenty

First Produced:

Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, 2016.


Mustard is available through the CPO Website and the Playwrights Canada Press Website.

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Selection Notes:

Everyone has moments where their brain wanders and wonders the oddest questions, like, "Where do imaginary friends go after children grow up?" Most would just let the thought pass, but Kat Sandler evidently had the thought, took it and ran with it, and wrote this play. Mustard is a hysterical delight filled with so much heart from the first moment to the very last. Magic realism is what we need to see more of in the world today and this play is the perfect example of that. Simply reading the script makes you want to be involved with a production of Mustard, as an actor, director, designer, production team, audience member--in whatever capacity you can, just to get a slice of the magical world Sandler has created.