Elephant Shoes

Elephant Shoes

by Ian Ferguson

April 5– May 6, 1990

The play gets a fine premiere production from TN's Stephen Heatley. - Edmonton Journal
Elephant Shoes

“I have a good job. Good home. Good friends…. Life. Is. Good. Which is why I feel guilty. Which doesn’t make any sense.”

Bill is not a conventional hero. He washes dishes in the south side bus depot, he lives in a single room without a phone, and he can neither read nor write. Erin is upright, uptight, upwardly mobile and riddled with liberal guilt. They meet as tutor and student, but what evolves is a relationship filled with great caring, great respect and new found respect for themselves. Presented in repertory with Waves. (1990 Repertory Festival).

Playwright: Ian Ferguson
Director: Stephen Heatley
Cast: Patricia Darbasie, Bonnie Green, Jeff Haslam and John Wright
Set and Lighting Designer: Daniel van Heyst
Costume Designer: Leona Brausen
Assistant Stage Manger: Sherry Bailey


April 5– May 6, 1990

Opening April 5




Jeff last appeared with Theatre Network in HABITAT in 2006. Among his previous credits with the company are THE LAST BUS, UNCLE JOE AGAIN, and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POLE. He’s just completed his second years as Artistic Director of Teatro La Quindicina, where in addition to recent onstage appearances in THE OCULIST’S HOLIDAY, MOTHER OF THE YEAR, CONNIE IN EGYPT, HAPPY TOES, and A ROCKY NIGHT FOR HIS NIBS, he also directed THRUBWELL’S PIES, and produced the hit musical EVERYBODY GOES TO MITZI’S. Jeff’s other recent projects include appearing in HMS PINAFORE for the Edmonton Opera, and writing and performing for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW. He’s a four-time Sterling Award winner, for performances in BURN THIS, 2-2-TANGO, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and CITIZEN PLATE. He’s also a core company member of the live improvised soap opera DIE-NASTY, and last February, he improvised for 50 straight hours in the SOAPATHON in London, England. Jeff continues to appear as Eros, god of Love on the monthly variety show OH SUSANNA at the Varscona. In December, he’ll once again appear as George Bailey in Teatro’s holiday presentation of the live radio version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and in the New Year he’ll be in DIAL M FOR MURDER at the The Mayfield Dinner Theatre.




A 35 year veteran of the canadian stage, john has appeared across the country from halifax’s neptune theatre to the vancouver playhouse.

2006-2009 theatrical engagements include titus andronicus and a comedy of errors for the freewill shakespeare festival,  palace of the end for theatre network, fire for canstage and the citadel,  yhe mighty carlins for workshop west, still desire you for wctc and alberta theatre projects.  the winters tale and two gentlemen of verona for the rivercity shakespeare festival, the flyfisher’s companion for shadow theatre, oliver and a christmas carol for the citadel theatre and of mice and men for theatre calgary and canstage.

He is also a regular tv and film performer whose credits include cbc opening night, chasing the chameleon, mentors, macgyver, the beachcomers, danger bay, ray bradbury theatre, small sacrifices and the features deadly arrangement, walls and the assasination of jesse james.

A four time sterling award winner, john is delighted to be back with the TN team.



In the past few seasons Leona has designed costumes for Theatre Network’s productions of EXCAVATIONS, PERFECT PIE and ALL CLEAR. Other recent credits include HONOUR, THE ODD COUPLE, THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST, THE GLACE BAY MINERS’ MUSEUM and THE LAST TRAIN, all for Shadow Theatre,The Citadel Theatre’s HOMEWARD BOUND; THE MARGIN OF THE SKY, SKIRTS ON FIRE, THE VILE GOVERNESS and PITH for Teatro la Quindicina; Leona recently returned from performing in Winnipeg and New York in PITH and she will design and perform in that companies upcoming production of FEVERLAND. Leona is a regular cast member of Edmonton’s on-going weekly soap opera DIE-NASTY.