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The Play

The Play

     A remarkable story of a surprising friendship, this solo show has been affecting audiences and wowing critics across the country since it premiered at Toronto’s Summerworks  Theatre Festival in 2007.  


     In 1985, while she was a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Brooke Johnson became friends with Pierre Elliott Trudeau.


   In a mesmerizing seventy minute performance,  Brooke gives us a personal insight into the man and the times that is “not to be missed” . At once vital and charming; poignant and very funny, Trudeau Stories is about friendship and loss… and about who the heck we think we are.


Directed by Allyson McMackon

Produced by Long Black Car Productions

The Playwright-Performer

      Brooke Johnson is a 1987 graduate of the Acting Program of the National Theatre School of Canada. In addition to premiering new Canadian plays at theatres such as The Tarragon, Theatre Passe Muraille, Montreal's Centaur Theatre and Toronto's The Theatre Centre, she has played classics at regional companies such as Theatre Calgary, The Manitoba Theatre Centre and The Grand Theatre in London. 

    Brooke has performed Trudeau Stories in theatres from Newfoundland to the Yukon, from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the Milford Heights Senior's Residence on the Northern Arm of Halifax Bay.

     Among other acting honours, she has two Gemini Awards (now called "The Canadian Screen Awards") for roles in Canadian Television: "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" for Dangerous Offender, and  Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role" for Conspiracy of Silence. She has been nominated four times for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for leading roles in Toronto theatre. Brooke was awarded Best Actress (Mejor Actriz) for the film, "Finn's Girl", at the Festival del Mar in Majorca; and with the other actors in Atom Egoyan's film, "The Sweet Hereafter", Brooke shared  the Best Ensemble award presented by America's prestigious National Board of Review in New York City.

      Trudeau Stories is Brooke's first written work for the stage. She also wrote and illustrated a limited edition children’s book, with the nonsense title, "Uh Poo Fem Bon Furtz", and with her partner, Adrian Truss, made a documentary entitled, Massanoga, about her grandfather’s lumber mills in eastern Ontario.


      Brooke lives in her hometown of Toronto, although during the summer months she is somewhere on the water in the Grand Banks Trawler, Mary Mary, which she & Adrian sailed up the Intracoastal Waterway from the Gulf of Mexico. 

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For a look at some of Brooke's other creative endeavours, please visit:

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