Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism is launched by Hagios Press, September 29 2010

Ducks on the Moon:
A Parent Meets Autism
Kelley Jo Burke
(based on her play, and CBC documentary)
Carey Shaw photo
"Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism" includes the text of Kelley Jo Burke's dramatic "stand-up documentary" covering the first five years in her "evolving" relationship with her autistic son, as well as current and salient interviews with other parents of children on the autism spectrum and leading experts in the field."

Hagios Press:
Swift Current: Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30
Lyric Theatre
Cover: $5 with a portion of the proceeds for Swift Current Home Care.
Saskatoon: Monday, October 4th - 7:00 p.m.
McNally Robinson Booksellers

Regina: Thursday, October 7th - 7:30 p.m.
Artesian on 13th, (at Angus) in Regina
Cover: $5 with a portion of the proceeds for SCEP CENTRE Society (Regina).
Cash bar and refreshments available.
launching with the very wonderful

A Book of Mourning, by
Phyllis Nakonechny
For more information
on the books visit

The Selkie Wife premiere in Toronto this month with Fly By Night Theatre


Original production poster by Louisa Ferguson

Time August 18 at 8:00pm - August 21 at 10:00pm


Location The Village Playhouse

2190 Bloor St. W

Toronto, ON


Created By Fly By Night Theatre Company


More Info:  Join FBN for an evening (or one special matinee) of amazing theatre from Toronto's best new independent theatre company as we present the closing show of our 2010 season, Kelley Jo Burke's The Selkie Wife!


We perform at the Village Playhouse, near Runnymede station in unique Bloor West Village. Performance dates are:

Wed. Aug. 18 @ 8 p.m.

Thurs. Aug. 19 @ 8 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 20 @ 8 p.m.

Sat. Aug. 21 @ 2 p.m.

Sat. Aug. 21 @ 8 p.m.


Hailed by critics as a beautifully-written story of love, longing and identity, The Selkie Wife is a strikingly original, bold and contemporary take on an ancient Celtic myth played out at the centre of a modern Canadian family. Mary has it all, a great family with her husband Callum and daughter Brigit and a life that she's built for herself – but when she gets a surprise visit from an old friend, Gen, a secret begins to surface about Mary's past that threatens to change everything. Mary is a Selkie, a seal who is able to shed her skin to come on land in order to mate with a human and then return to sea with her offspring. Years have passed and now Gen, a fellow Selkie, has come to bring Mary back to the deep waters. The Selkie Wife is filled with laughter and tension as the characters face questions of love and sex, freedom and oppression and ultimately a decision that will forever change their lives.



Mary- Peyton LeBarr

Brigit- Shannon Shura

Gen- Laura MacDonald

Callum- Tayves Fiddis

Dylan- Paolo Santalucia


Directed by: Tom Haxell

Stage Managed by: Meredith Henry


Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students/seniors, except the Saturday matinee, which features the lowest price EVER for an FBN show: just $15!

Please visit to purchase tickets, or e-mail us at for reservations.


You will NOT want to miss the Toronto debut of this funny, delightful play.



Fly By Night Theatre is both a non-union, not-for-profit Theatre Company and a registered Canadian charity.


Fly By Night runs on and works towards a three-tiered mandate:

*To contribute to the development of a vibrant arts community within the GTA, presenting outstanding theatrical productions and building local audiences.


*To nurture young artists by providing an encouraging, professional environment for emerging theatre artists, and offering opportunities for artistic development and training.


*To support underprivileged children in Africa by donating proceeds to Royal Seed Needy Home, an orphanage in Ghana that cares for 74 young children.



Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism, the CBC radio documentary based on the play I am currently touring, will air again tonight at 9 pm on CBC Radio 1. It contains excerpts from the play, and interviews with parents, and autism specialists.

The book of the same title, which contains the full play and extended interviews from the documentary will be released by Hagios Press this fall.

You can listen to the live stream here.


The Selkie Wife by KJ Burke gets it Toronto premiere with Fly By Night Theatre Aug 18--21 2010. 


will have it Toronto premiere with Fly By Night Theatre in Toronto Aug 18-21 2010.


IDEAS re-broadcasts "Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism"

my documentary based on my play, with the interviews that will be included in my upcoming book, will air again Friday, July 30 on Ideas, CBC Radio 1 at 9:00.


FMI: go to


Regina playwright and producer, Kelley Jo Burke was an orderly woman with an orderly life. In 2000, she had a perfect baby. But by 2004, order was out the window, as she tried to cope with her perfect but "special" boy. In this performance-documentary, annotated by comments from specialists and other parents, she talks about meeting and accepting her son's autism.