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


Photos from the Premiere of Special

See the Photos link, for new photos from the dress rehearsal of Special, which premiered Sept. 10 in Regina.



Kelley Jo Burke's Play 'Special' Premieres Sept. 10 in Regina

The premiere production of Regina playwright Kelley Jo Burke's new play Special opens Sept. 10 at the MacKenzie Art Gallery's Shumiatcher Theatre.

Photo from a January workshop of Special.Burke’s one-woman show is a candid, humorous, and raw journey through the early years with a child with atypical autism. The creative non-fiction performance piece, about a family dealing with a child who communicates differently, is written and performed by Burke and directed by Curtain Razors artistic director Michele Sereda.  It is one of two one-woman shows premiering on alternate nights.

Two Premieres

Solo Performance Mix Premiere Performance
presented by Curtain Razors
at the MacKenzie Art Gallery
Tickets at the door:  $15 or $20 for both shows

by Kelley Jo Burke
September 10 and 12, 2009
7:30 p.m.


Navigating by Michele Sereda
September 17 and 18, 2009
7:30 p.m.

After opening in Regina, the two Curtain Razors productions will tour to Dancing Sky Theatre in Meacham (October 9 through 11, 2009 - call 306-376-4445), Prince Albert, North Battleford, Swift Current, and Yorkton (dates and times TBA).

For advance tickets or more information (including media), contact Carey Shaw at 306-543-4639 or

About Navigating

Created and performed by Sereda, Navigating is a performance/installation that draws from a trip taken to Ukraine in 2006 shortly after the Orange Revolution.  Sereda retells a series of events in a piece centering on memory, identity, and deep ancestry. The piece was directed by Kelly Handerek.



The website of Kelley Jo Burke


We are adding more info about the work of Kelley Jo Burke, writer, broadcaster and teacher.


In the meantime, here is a link to a Google Search for Kelley:


Search results for Kelley Jo Burke


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