An absurdist comedy about family and catastrophe.
Rebel environmental activist and elder millennial Mona is placed under house arrest after smashing a police car topless during a peaceful climate march. Forced to serve her term in her parent’s suburban home, tensions flare as Mona rails against the shopping habits of her Boomer parents and her Gen Z sibling’s apparent apathy in the face of looming catastrophe. But as Mona’s burning drive for her family to “do better” begins to turn the home on its head, an unimaginable disaster happens right in the middle of their living room, forcing them to reckon with themselves and a future in crisis.
A crazy mushroom trip, a giant talking frog, and catastrophic family dysfunction: Hurricane Mona is a hilarious and arresting cautionary tale for our times.
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Written by Pippa Mackie
Directed by Roy Surette
“Strong cast, vivid staging, and an imaginary frog bring story of a family’s clashing enviro beliefs to humorous life” – Stir
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Playwright Pippa Mackie looks the climate crisis in the eye in Hurricane Mona. – The Province
In dark climate comedy Hurricane Mona, Alex Gullason plays a spunky environmental activist on house arrest. – Stir
Hurricane Mona, a new absurdist dark comedy, dives into the dynamics of the climate crisis for the middle class. – Vancouver Sun
About the Playwright
Pippa Mackie is an award-winning actor, playwright, and producer of feisty and satirical theatre. Her work has been performed on stages and at festivals across North America. Most notable credits include The Progressive Polygamists co-written/performed with Emmelia Gordon, which toured across Canada for many years including the Just For Laughs Festival and the Firehall Arts Centre and won Vancouver and Edmonton’s Pick of The Fringe. Juliet: A Revenge Comedy, which she co-wrote with Ryan Gladstone, was nominated for six Jessie Richardson awards, including Outstanding Original Script and Best Production Small Theatre, and has been touring Canada since 2019. Juliet: A Revenge Comedy will be presented as part of The Cultch’s 2023/24 Season in February 2024.
Her one-act play Starman, which was originally commissioned and produced as part of Upintheair Theatre’s The Array, was adapted into an audio drama as part of Sound the Alarm Theatre’s podcast series in 2021 and received 3 Berlin Film Haus nominations including Best Scriptwriting and Best Podcast. She is also co-writing a mockumentary comedy podcast titled Philippa Po: Changing Minds with Ryan Gladstone produced by Sound the Alarm Theatre.
Hurricane Mona was created as part of the Arts Club Theatre’s Emerging Playwrights Unit and was awarded Touchstone Theatre’s David King Prize for Comedy in 2022. Pippa was also a participant of the 2023 Banff Playwrights Unit with Hurricane Mona.
Pippa is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.