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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