A play about politics, religion and other things you can't talk about in the house.
The year is 2003. George Bush has ramped up his war on terror and is flailing about in Iraq. Jimmy McKay is not flailing about at all. In fact, the 80 year old farmer from Waterloo County is not going anywhere. He won’t leave the barn until George Bush comes to visit. His friends and family try to dissuade him, but Jimmy is determined. Someone needs to talk some sense into George W. Someone needs to give the leader of the free world some good ol' fashioned “barn talk”.
About the play
Barn Talk was originally produced in Perth County (in 2003 and 2004) in the beautiful barn of Rick and Louise Cober Bauman. This 200 seat venue had a set constructed of hay bales and a real cow on stage. Local people flocked to see this play. Harry Currie, Arts Reviewer from The Record also made his way to the barn: "The writing was smart, witty, tight and very natural," Harry wrote "...(the) right amount of ebb and flow to keep the play moving forward...it's a darn good play!" (The Record, Friday, August 29, 2003)
When will you see it?
Fundraising for a remounting of Barn Talk is underway and if successful we hope to transform the Backyard Theatre venue (The Honey House) into a "barn" for a run in 2021. We also hope to tour the play to a location outside of Waterloo Region. Preliminary discussions with Charlene Zehr ("Emma Martin"), John Moyer ("Jimmy McKay") and Rick Cober Bauman ("John S. Martin") are going well and they are eager to reprise their roles in the 2021 show. Lois the cow (who played "Victoria the cow" in the original Barn Talk) has her nose out of joint as she was not asked back. She does not understand how we can let urban by-laws and other such trivialities get in the way of her artistic expression. What can we say? Some actors are like this... Update: Due to Covid 19, this project is on hold. We hope to return to live theatre in 2022. Stay tuned.