Midnight Baby has benefitted from support from a number of different sources. The original inception of the piece began in March 2020 with the support The Guild’s (Charlottetown, PEI) Writer In Residence, Rob MacDonald. Initially, this piece began as a collection of comedic stories (akin to standup comedy) but early in the process, MacDonald and Shaw discovered an underlying message of the piece that is deeply personal. Over the course of six months, several drafts were submitted to MacDonald to review, and with each passing phase of development, they got closer and closer to unearthing the main premise of the piece.
In Summer 2020, Shaw became a member of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC,) and was fortunate enough to have a dramaturge home-delivery with Brian Drader, the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights. Drader was the head of the Playwrighting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada while Shaw was studying in the Acting program, and he knew Shaw’s interests in solo theatre based on my work in Wrench Man (dir. Carly Chamberlain, pw. Gary Mok). He and Shaw shared a very engaged work session where the pair discovered what is a clearer premise of the overall piece that would give way to the latest draft.
Since then, Shaw has had the pleasure of discussing the piece with other sources, including writer and musician Dave Bidini (West End Phoenix, The Rheostatics) and playwright Carmen Aguirre (Anywhere But Here, Refugee Hotel.) These discussions gave way to a clearer understanding of the piece’s theme and counter theme, while elements of the comedy have been repurposed and road-tested as standup comedy around Ontario.
This play is scheduled for a May 2021 premier in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.