Public Speaking

Public Speaking

by Chris Craddock

April 21– May 8, 2011

An acid and funny morality tale. - Edmonton Journal
Public Speaking

“It’s not my fault and I don’t care anyway.”

Celebrated playwright and performer Chris Craddock returns in a one-man tour-de-force. Characters from opposing sides of the tracks collide when Johnny Three Fingers and his assistant, Brian, kidnap the rich and famous Dianna – a closet sex-addict and daughter of Canada’s “King of Self-Help,” Patrick Spencer. Craddock weaves together this intricate multi-character tale just as he did in his hit play, Moving Along.

Starring: Chris Craddock • Director: Bradley Moss • Set & Media Designer: Paul Bezaire • Lighting Designer: Scott Peters • Sound Designer: Dave Clarke • Costume Designer: Sheena Haug • Stage Manager: Shauna Murphy

“Craddock is absolutely brilliant.” – Winnipeg Free Press

READ: Interview with Chris Craddock

LOOK: Photos from a Workshop Presentation of Public Speaking

April 21– May 8, 2011

Previews April 19
Opening April 21




Chris is a friendly bon vivant with a penchant for weightlifting and a large Incredible Hulk action figure collection. He was born to a religious home in Kitchener, Ontario, and has been a writer ever since. His background is in the theatre, where he has penned over thirty plays, including musicals, solo shows and plays for young audiences. A highlight was BASH’D! A GAY RAP MUSICAL, which played Off Broadway and won a GLAAD media award.  He has since added TV and Film to his pursuits, co-creating TINY PLASTIC MEN with Mosaic Entertainment for SuperChannel. It’s now in its fourth season. It’s been nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy three times in a row, so it can longer be attributed to clerical error. He continues his work with Mosaic Entertainment, as series director on Season 4 of CAUTION MAY CONTAIN NUTS. Chris is also the writer/director of IT’S NOT MY FAULT AND I DON’T CARE ANYWAY, starring Alan Thicke and Quentin Aaron, based on his play PUBLIC SPEAKING. He has recently created his first VR project, and it has zombies.



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.



After 8 happy seasons as the Technical Director for Theatre Network at the (pre-fire) Roxy theatre Paul felt a need to do some touring and so, when the opportunity to Stage Manage for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s arose Paul jumped at it. Having now toured 2 shows across Canada, the US and throughout 5 countries in Europe the need to tour is really being satisfied. Theatre Network isn’t completely out of Paul’s blood stream however, so whenever the opportunity arises to come back he does. “It has been an enormous pleasure to work with this team again! Thanks Theatre Network!”



“Now is a time to storm; Why dost thou laugh? It fits not with this hour.” Recent Design credits include BED AND BREAKFAST (Theatre Network), EDAY (Serial Collective), Minerva Queen of the Handcuffs (Ghost-writer Theatre), THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER, WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW, INFINITY (Theatre Network), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THE WINTER’S TALE, HAMLET, A COMEDY OF ERRORS (Freewill Players), 9-5, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Grant MacEwan University). Scott is resident Production Manager for Theatre Network and Nextfest, and is a founding member of Edmonton band Captain Tractor. “Why, I have not another tear to shed.”



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).



Sheena is a freelance artist who loves to play dress up. Recent designs include: Co-Production Design for BEOWULF THE KING (with Daniela Maselis, Workshop West), Costumes for BOEING BOEING (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) and TOAD OF TOAD HALL (Red Deer College). Sheena is the Costume Associate for FRANKENSTEIN, NEVERMORE and HUNCHBACK (Catalyst Theatre). She has also acted as Wardrobe Assistant for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival (2007-2011). Other credits include head scenic painter for SEEDSAVERS (Workshop West) and production design for FAITH HEALER (Onion Theatre). Sheena holds a BFA in Theatre Design (U of A, 2008) and certificates for Costume Cutting and Construction (RDC, 2003, 2004).



Shauna’s first Theatre Network show as Stage Manager was Marty Chan’s, Mom, Dad I’m living with a White Girl, and she is happy to be back working with the lovely people at Network. She gained her appreciation of theatre via the Theatre Arts program at the University of Lethbridge. After graduating in 1994, Shauna returned home to Edmonton and began work in the community as both a Stage Manager and a technician.  Since then, she is privileged to have worked with the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, St. Albert International Children’s Festival, Workshop West, Northern Light Theatre, Rapid Fire Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Kill Your Television, Guys in Disguise, Firefly Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, and on many delightful co-ops.  Shauna is also a member of both Equity and IATSE local 210.  Thanks to Chris and Brad, and special thanks to her daughter Sydney for all of the support throughout her career…Enjoy.