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The Mouse House

Richard Palimaka and Tom Abram

Richard Palimaka (left) and Tom Abram

by Robert Ainsworth
directed by Morgan Mainguy
Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 18-Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

Carson, a successful author, has arrived at a cottage somewhere in Ontario at the end of the fall season to write his latest book. He chose this time of year to be in complete isolation; with no phone, and away from his tormented life. His agent Bobby, who drops him off at the cottage, is doubtful about leaving him alone without any connection to the outside world, but Carson believes that's just what he needs to get the novel done.

Late one night, Carson is jolted awake by the sounds of an intruder climbing in through the window. He hits the intruder with a wine bottle, knocking him out. The next morning Troy, an angry teenager, regains concousness and discovers Carson has chained him to a heavy metal bed.

“Get ready to shake your head, hold your breath and enjoy the show.”

- Bloor West Villager (Toronto)

These two fierce opponents come face to face with their inner demons and an emerging unspoken trust. Then a visit from Carson's brother Thomas changes the situation—though not in the way you might first expect.

The Mouse House premiered in Peterborough in 2012. It was the Peterborough Theatre Guild's entry in the Eastern Ontario Drama League Full-Length Play Festival that year, where it won multiple awards including Best Production, then went on the Theatre Ontario Festival with similar success. Since then it has been produced by a number of theatre companies, including Ottawa Little Theatre and Toronto's Village Players.

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Robert Ainsworth

Robert Ainsworth

Playwright, director and actor Robert Ainsworth was born in Birmingham, England, and moved to Peterborough, Ontario in 1980, where he has been an active member of St. James Players and the Peterborough Theatre Guild while working as a real estate agent.

Ainsworth first got involved in theatre as an actor. Later he turned to writing, first for children, then moving to drama for adults. He is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

He has written and directed several plays for the Peterborough Theatre Guild and Trinity Players, including Frozen Dreams, Labour Pains, A Life Before, Slainte the musical (music by Paul Crough), and Pip, a musical based on Dickens’ Great Expectations, first produced in 1995.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 530-2050 and online, until 2 p.m. on day of performance, and at the door (cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay or Android Pay) on performance nights when available. Seniors and members $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Children and students $10.


Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia: Robert Ainsworth