Actor-turned-playwright Mark Crawford explores gender identity: Wednesday Matinée

Mark Crawford's first play for young audiences grew out of observations of kids who "weren't locked into" the gender binary.

How do you become a successful playwright? There’s no one formula, but some of the most interesting Canadian playwrights working today got there via acting. Erin Shields, David Yee, Lisa Codrington, Kate Hennig and Anusree Roy, to name a handful, all started their careers as actors.

Add Mark Crawford to that list. After over a decade working as a performer — most recently giving standout performances in Groundling Theatre’s A Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure in February — 35-year-old Crawford is making a significant mark as a writer of popular comedies.

His first play, Stag and Doe, has been produced eight times since it premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2014 (a production this summer at Bluewater Summer Playhouse in Kincardine, Ont., will make it nine) and he’s performing in his own play, Bed and Breakfast — with his real-life partner Paul Dunn — at Centaur Theatre in Montreal, following its premiere last year at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ont.

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