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MORGAN'S JOURNEY

Produced by Robert Morgan
From Toronto, Canada

About Robert Morgan
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From the moment of his birth, we follow Morgan on an intriguing journey of discovery, learning valuable lessons along the way about love,  friendship, and the true meaning of happiness. 

 

The play is a captivating exploration of joyous yet challenging life experiences and offers audiences a unique opportunity for active participation. We share Morgan's delight as he celebrates his first birthday and meets his first friend, a humble sock puppet named Herkimer who becomes his companion and mentor. And we help guide Morgan along his journey through moments of happiness, jealousy, and compassion. 

 

MORGAN'S JOURNEY is a piece of interactive theatrical magic that has become the longest-running touring play in Canadian history. It won the prestigious Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play and has rightly earned the distinction given to it, "a true family classic." This charming piece, which can be adapted for specific audiences and performance venues, has been delighting children, adults and elders around the world, from extended runs at the Seattle Children's Theatre and The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, to international festivals in Hong Kong, India, Edinburgh, & Juarez.

“There's no praise too high for a piece of theatre that can encourage children to reflect on and value their own lives in this way."

—The Scotsman

Best for Grades: PreK - 3rd
Audience Size: Small to Medium Venues

  Please contact us to watch a full length archival recording.

 

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About Robert Morgan,
writer & performer of
MORGAN'S JOURNEY

Robert Morgan has enjoyed a lengthy and eclectic career. His work has helped establish Canada as one of the worldʼs foremost producers of theatre for young audiences. Over the past 25 years he has written more than 20 professionally produced plays and acted in and directed over 40 productions. He has won the prestigious Chalmers Award for outstanding play writing six times and his work, which has received a total of ten Dora nominations – with four winning best production – has been performed around the world, including Cuba, the former Czechoslovakia, the United Kingdom, France and extensively throughout Canada and the United States.

In 2001, Robert founded the Childrenʼs Peace Theatre in Toronto, Canada. In its first six seasons, the Peace Theatre has involved thousands of children and young people in active programs of training and performing. In his role as Artistic Director, Robert delivered two official presentations to the United Nations in New York at the 2002 Special Session on the Children of the World. The Peace Theatre is part of a global movement committed to establishing "a culture of peace for the children of the world" and its work has been honoured with several awards, most recently a Leonardo Da Vinci Award for creativity and innovation in 2007.

In 1986, Robert formed Roseneath Productions with David S. Craig in order to produce and tour his solo show Morganʼs Journey. The play, which has been performed every year since and become the longest touring play in Canadian history, has been called "a true Canadian classic" and the company, which incorporated as Roseneath Theatre in 1993 has gone on to establish an international reputation for producing plays of the highest quality for audiences of all ages. Robert has been a strong advocate for bringing the arts to all children. While he has enjoyed performing in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, Robert continually welcomes opportunities to perform in rural and remote areas.

Throughout his career Robert has planned, produced and presented a variety of special celebrations and spectacles nationally and internationally: ʻLiving Water,ʼ the Easter Sunday celebration for more than 16,000 in Lourdes, France; ʻThe Circus of the Heartʼ with Dom Helder Camara and a cast of over 150 performers at the University of Toronto; ʻOne Heart at a Time,ʼ with a cast of 60 members of the communities of LʼArche at the Winter Garden and Markham Theatres in Toronto; officially thanking Mother Teresa at a peace rally at Varsity Arena in Toronto. Robert was invited to direct ʻA Time for Magic,ʼ co-authored with David S. Craig, at an international festival of the arts in Belfast; he has given countless workshops and made many appearances as a keynote speaker.

He is perhaps best recognized in theatrical circles for his groundbreaking work with Theatre Columbus. His creation with Leah Cherniak and Martha Ross of the often- produced ʻAnger in Ernestineʼ helped usher in a new era of creation of new work in this country. His other work with the founding co-Artistic Directors of Theatre Columbus, ʻBetrayalʼ won the 1999 Chalmers Play Writing Award. Other disparate artistic endeavours include: writing and directing ʻWhen the Bough Breaksʼ for Dancemakers, Patricia Fraser AD; the musical version of his Chalmers Award winning, ʻHow I Wonder What You Areʼ for Tapestry Music Theatre, Wayne Strongman AD; ʻNot As Hard As It Seemsʼ for Frontier College (featuring unknown U of T students Yanna McIntosh, Valerie Buhagiar and Don McKellar); directing and co- creating a one-woman show for Michele George; writing and directing two shows for symphony orchestra starring Mag Ruffman; writing, producing and starring in ʻThe Heart of Mine Tour,ʼ David S. Craig directing, a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan with a 7- piece rock band backing.

In 2006 Robert was honoured for his "vision, commitment, creativity and leadership within his field or beyond" by being named one of 20 inaugural recipients of Trent Universityʼs ʻDistinguished Alumnae Awards.ʼ He currently lives in Toronto with his wife Susan Morgan.

Critical Acclaim

Two award winning Canadian playwrights, Robert Morgan and David Craig, put their heads together on this one. What they have come up with is a brightly wrapped look at life.
 

The play has everything: Mime, movement, magic and more! It also has Robert Morgan. With his help, the lucky children in the audience see more clearly, listen more intenty, and feel more deeply.

—Lethbridge Herald

After Morgan has learned to walk, talk and open birthday presents, he tackles some tough stuff about the inner demons of aggression and selfishness that even little children know. But by the end, the children have become like a little team of wise counselors, searching their own experience for reasons why Morgan and his glove puppet friend Fred should sort out their differences and go out into the world together; and all this with plenty of fun and laughter too. There's no praise too high for a piece of theatre that can encourage such young children to reflect on and value their own lives in this way.

—The Scotsman

Tuesday's first school audience generously taught Morgan to speak English. He gratefully argued back. His rapport with the entire audience was overwhelming.

—Anchorage Times

Time and time again, Morgan got the audience involved as the story unfolded.

 

Fred taught Morgan and the onlookers the most valuable lesson of all – that true and lasting happiness comes from friendship and love, not from things. Some children left the theatre humming the tune Morgan had taught them, "Look what's been given to me." The only sad thing was that the performance was over.

—The Star Orleans

Morgan's been performing the show, touring it worldwide, since 1986. It's to his credit that it still feels as fresh and innocent as a newborn.

—Seattle Child

After the show, I experienced something rare, even for SCT: one could feel the warmth that Morgan's Journey inspired. Families and friends in the theatre seemed happy to be with each other on their own journeys. It was a remarkable effect – and not entirely theatrical.

—Christine Johnson-Duell

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2018/2019 Dates

February 9, 2019 at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ
February 16, 2019 at The Goodwill Theatre in Johnson City, NJ
March 2, 2019 at Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College in Easton, PA
March 9, 2019 at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO

 

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

  • Language Arts: Language and Vocabulary Acquisition, Differences between Abstract Concepts and Concrete Objects

  • Natural & Physical Science: Child Development, Acquiring Movement

  • Community Values: Friendship, Sharing, Materialism, Growing Up

  • Performing Arts: Puppetry, Music, Mime

 

Sample Study Guides

 

Minimum Technical Requirements

Morgan's Journey has played in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues. Contact us for more information.

  • Space : Recommended: 22’ wide, 14’ deep, 15’ Height Clearance

  • Lighting: Simple Theatrical Lighting, General Washes, 3 Specials

  • Crew: 2 – 3 Crew Members

  • Load In Time: Approximately 2 hours

 

Outreach and Workshops

In addition to his performance, Robert Morgan can also offer master classes, meet and greets, community events and specialized workshops for children and educators.


Sensory Friendly Performances

This performance is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.