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.


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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.


Ducks head towards the Cariboo, July 9 to 11--species confusion abounds

Photo by Carey Shaw


Kelley Jo's one woman stand-up documentary "Ducks on the Moon" performs next on July 9, 10, & 11, 2010 (Show Times TBA)  at the Sunset Theatre, in Wells B.C.  Tickets $12 at the door or call 250-994-3400 or email .


This restored theatre is located in the picturesque and remote setting of Wells BC, an old Gold Mining town in the heart of the Cariboo Mountains. Built originally in 1934, the Sunset Theatre showed movies, held town hall meetings and dances and was once used as a morgue during the 1950's. It now houses a theatre and art season.


Ducks on the Moon Waddles into Victoria May 21-23, 2010


KJ's one-woman stand-up documentary "Ducks on the Moon" (previously known as "Special") plays at Intrepid Theatre's UNO Festival May 21 and 23, 2010.

See photos from the show here.

 Ducks on the Moon is a remarkably candid, humorous, and raw journey through Burke's early years as a parent of a child with atypical autism. Burke takes people inside the discovery that the kid who looks like a perfect, standard issue healthy child, the child she was expecting – is in fact a piñata full of the unexpected – a Chinese puzzle to be unlocked, a daily challenge to every parental resource, yet a fully complex human being who just happens to think, communicate, and sense a little differently that the rest of the tribe.

Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning playwright and poet, a director, storyteller, documentarian, and broadcaster. Her plays have been produced and published in Canada, and around the world, including her stage plays, “Special”, “The Selkie Wife”, “Jane’s Thumb”, and “Charming and Rose: True Love” and her most recent radio play “Big Ocean”, which was heard in 7 countries in 2000. She is the host/producer of CBC Saskatchewan’s radio art performance hour SoundXchange, and has written and produced a number of documentaries for CBC Radio’s Ideas.

Made possible with support from the City of Regina and  Saskatchewan Arts Board.


Click here to access the UNO page, and buy tickets.


Ducks on the Moon is also an IDEAS documentary. It includes excerpts from the stage show and interviews with parents of Autism Spectrum Disorder children and specialists in the field.


Listen to or download  the podcast here.


You can request a cd of the show here.

Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism, the annotated play, is coming out with Hagios Press this fall, and can be pre-ordered by contacting the publisher. It contains the full text of the show, plus interviews with parents, and leaders in the ASD diagnosis and treatment field, courtesy of CBC Radio's IDEAS