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Dr. Silver

created by Anika and Britta Johnson
music and lyrics by Anika and Britta Johnson
book by Nick Green
directed by Logan Vaughn
dramaturg: Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1 p.m.
Julianne Argyros Stage


Laurie & Steve Duncan
Kristen & Adrian Griggs
Peter & Joy Sloan
Julia Voce
Jean & Tim Weiss

The day has come. It is time for Dr. Silver and his followers to drink the divine tonic and join the heavenly orchestra. But in order for his congregants to face the end, they must first think back to how it all began.

First presented as a Samples from The Lab excerpt in PPF 2022, Dr. Silver takes the next step in its development with a full concert reading.

Recommendation: Ages 16+. Dr. Silver contains strong language and mature themes, including discussions of suicide.

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About the Creative Team

Anika Johnson (Creator/Music & Lyrics) is an award-winning Canadian composer and performer. With her sister Britta, Anika's credits include Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life (Outside the March/The Musical Stage Company), Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (YPT) and Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan). She serves as dramaturg for Britta’s Life After and assisted on its productions at San Diego’s Old Globe and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. As a company member with Corpus Dance Projects, she has performed its repertoire across Asia, Europe and North America, and most recently co-created their Dora-nominated new work Divine Interventions. Upcoming projects include a commission for the Stratford Festival and a verbatim docu-musical about competitive eating for Crow’s Theatre in Toronto. Anika would like to thank her mother Holly Shephard for keeping her last name and leading the way.

Britta Johnson (Creator/Music & Lyrics). Heralded by the Toronto Star as “Canadian musical theatre’s next great hope”, Britta Johnson is a writer, composer and lyricist based in Toronto. Her original musical Life After had an extended multiple Dora award-winning run at Canadian Stage before playing at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and, most recently, Goodman Theatre in Chicago in the summer of 2022. Her other writing credits include: With her sister Anika Johnson: Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan, Dora Award), Jacob Two Two (YTP, Dora nomination), Trap Door (Theatre Sheridan). With Sara Farb: Kelly v. Kelly (MSC/Canadian Stage; winner of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada best new musical award), Reframed (MSC/Art Gallery of Ontario, Dora nomination). With Katherine Cullen: Stupidhead! (Dora nomination). Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Kelly v. Kelly at Canadian Stage and a new project in development with the Stratford Festival. She was the inaugural Crescendo Artist with Toronto's Musical Stage Company, which included a commitment to produce three of her shows in three years, and was named one of Fifty to Watch by the Broadway Women's Fund of America.

Nick Green (Book) (he/they) is a Dora Mavor Moore, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes, and Tom Hendry Award-winning playwright in Toronto. Featured writing credits include Casey and Diana, which is premiering at the Stratford Festival of Canada this Summer; Every Day She Rose (co-written with Andrea Scott, Nightwood Theatre); Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre); Living the Dream (book; Canadian Music Theatre Projects); In Real Life (book and co-lyrics; Canadian Music Theatre Projects, recipient of the Tom Hendry Award); Body Politic (lemonTree Creations/Buddies in Bad Times, Dora Mavor Moore Award); Dinner with the Duchess (Next Stage, BroadwayWorld Toronto Award); Fangirl (book; Musical Stage Company); Poof! The Musical (book and lyrics; Capitol Theatre); and Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom, and the Fabulous Buddha Boi (Guys in Disguise, Sterling Award). Green has been a part of the Stratford Festival’s Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program; Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources unit; Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip; and Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Projects.


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