by Jon Lachlan Stewart

by Jon Lachlan Stewart

A bold experiment that goes right - Edmonton Journal

“It would be a tragedy. Not to be sure. The effects we have.”

A 1950’s Homelife Nightmare
Presented by Surreal SoReal Theatre

Edward and Vally Bright have a lovely marriage, not too high above average, and certainly not below. As a brilliant young psychotherapist and a hostess in a restaurant, things can’t be going better. But in the wake of a sudden and unexpected miscarriage, a blanket of depression covers their entire lives. Luckily, Edward happens to be in the middle of some new experiments in the pharmaceutical treatment of depression. In the meantime, Vally finds a stray Dog to keep her company in her loneliness, but when she begins to hear the voice of her miscarried child through the Dog, lies are uncovered, betrayal ensues, and a great adventure leads to the invention of history’s most effective anti-depressant. Let yourself be lured into the madness of Dog. This is all there is and all there ever was.

Vincent Forcier, Jon Lachlan Stewart, Sarah Sharkey
Director: Bradley Moss
Set and Costume Designer: Cory Sincennes
Sound Designer:
Dave Clarke
Promotional Designer:
Daniel Kinsman


by Jon Lachlan Stewart

Opening March 17




Sarah is a recent grad from the University of Alberta. Selected credits: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Spine, Good Woman of Setzuan (Studio Theatre); Tornado! A Musical Prairie Tragicomedy (Mischief and Mayhem); The Author’s Voice (Surreal SoReal). Upcoming credits: Dog (Surreal SoReal), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Studio Theatre).



Jon Lachlan Stewart is a playwright, performer, composer, sound designer, and director. Plays include Little Room (nominated for two Edmonton sterling awards) Grumplestock’s (co-written and published with the NextFest anthology), Twisted Thing (honorable mention, Larry Corse world-wide playwriting contest), Eleanor, The City Green (Walking Fish Festival), The Gooble Portrait (in production in 2012 with Theatre la Seizieme), The Survival of Pigeons as Studied by Human Lovers, Dog (nominated for six Edmonton Sterlings, including Best New Play, winner of Best Independent Production), and Keeping Peace. Acting credits include The Goat, or Who is Sylvia (Citadel Theatre), Guys and Dolls, Richard III (Studio 58), The Palace Grand (understudy, Electric Company), The Play About the Baby (Theatre Network), Assassins (Studio Theatre), Whale Riding Weather (Zee Zee), Ecran Fumee, Flocons Pour Alicia (Seizieme), Fraises en Janvier (LuniTheatre), and the Blue Light (Keyano), as well as many Surreal SoReal productions. Jon is currently at work on three commissions for new plays with The Citadel Theatre, Shadow Theatre, and Teatro la Quindicina, all out of Edmonton. Jon has worked under the instruction of Vern Thiessen, Chris Craddock, and Daniel MacIvor, in various workshops. This year, Jon is excited to be assistant directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Citadel Theatre, as a part of the Citadel Robbins Academy, and sound designing for Shadow Theatre’s production of The Country. Jon has also been nominated for two Vancouver Jessies for his acting, and is co-artistic director of Surreal SoReal theatre with Vincent Forcier. Jon is a graduate of Studio 58, Vancouver.



Bradley is an MFA graduate in directing from the University Alberta. He joined Theatre Network in 1996 to create the multidisciplinary emerging artist festival – Nextfest. In 2014 Bradley accepted the dual role of Artistic & Executive Director for Theatre Network. Some recent productions include: BED AND BREAKFAST, THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER, MINERVA – QUEEN OF THE HANDCUFFS, INFINITY, The Sterling Award Winning Production IRMA VOTH, BUST, GORDON, RED, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, ARMSTRONG’S WAR, the Governor General Nominated THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF BERNICE TRIMBLE, the Sterling Award Winning LITTLE ONE, DRIVING MISS DAISY, the Governor General Award Winning PIG GIRL, the Sterling Award Winning LET THE LIGHT OF DAY THROUGH, WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES, IN ON IT, MOVING ALONG, TWELFTH NIGHT, PUBLIC SPEAKING, DOG, THUNDERSTICK, BUDDY, ALIAS GODOT, MISERY, CLOSER AND CLOSER APART, the Sterling Award Winning SUMMER OF MY AMAZING LUCK, TRUE WEST, GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL, HOSANNA, MARION BRIDGE, A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, the Sterling Award Winning glam rock musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and HIGH LIFE.



Cory is an award winning designer, currently residing in Charlottetown, PEI. His set, costume and lighting designs have received both national and international recognition. His work has been seen throughout Canada, as well as throughout Europe and Russia. Cory earned a degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University before studying design at Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Recent Designs: EVANANGELINE, BITTERGIRL THE MUSICAL (Charlottetown Festival) LIBERATION DAYS (Theatre Calgary/WCT), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, LES MISERABLES (WCT); MARY POPPINSNEXT TO NORMAL, (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre); MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, VENUS IN FUR, ROMEO AND JULIET, SPAMALOT, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Citadel); LAST 5 YEARS, MICHEL AND TI-JEAN, and LET THE LIGHT OF DAY THROUGH (Theatre Network).



Dave is a musician, actor and writer.  He has composed music and produced sound designs for theatre, film, dance and multi-media for three decades. Recent designs include MOVING ALONG (Theatre Network), 6.0 HEAP & PEBBLE (Northern Light Theatre) and EVIE’S WALTZ (Shadow Theatre). Other projects include THE MISSIONARY POSITION (University of Alberta),  a soundtrack for the feature film THE PHARMACIST and a family musical about a profoundly deaf mother with a hearing son based on his own experience entitled SONGS MY MOTHER NEVER SUNG ME. Dave is the co-writer and composer for the animated cartoons at He is also the sound guy for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW. Dave has won several awards for his work, including Sterling Awards for Outstanding Score (DOG, Surreal SoReal Theatre), Musical Direction (ILSA, QUEEN OF THE NAZI LOVE CAMP) and Sound (SHAKESPEARE’S WILL, VIMY, THE ECSTATICS).