Deep in Simon’s basement is a secret world of imagination and adventure—where a young prince can transform into mythological creatures! Simon invites new neighbour Abby to help save a princess in a battle against a fire-breathing dragon. Meanwhile, in reality, Simon’s older brother Zach’s not so sure about all this dressing up and fairy tale business… A thoughtful and hilarious new play about our ability to transform!

Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures follows young Simon on a quest to battle a fearsome dragon, with the aid of their friend Abby. Along the way, Simon’s older brother resists the pair’s magical world and shares his discomfort with Simon dressing up to transform into their ‘true self.’

This playful and moving story explores the search for a place to be ourselves safely, fully express who we are without judgement, and to find out what we are made of with the support and celebration of our friends and family.

Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures explores gender identity, transformation, and magic with the same humour, charm, and compassion that playwright Mark Crawford brings to his successful works for adults: The Birds and The Bees, Bed and Breakfast, Stag and Doe, and The New Canadian Curling Club.

Download the Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures Study Guide

The premiere production of Boys, Girls, And Other Mythological Creatures was produced by Carousel Players in the spring of 2017.

On Tour January 2019:
Brampton, Brantford, Oakville, Toronto

Playwright: Mark Crawford
Director: Jessica Carmichael
Set & Costume Designer: Brian Dudkiewicz
Sound Designer: Sam Ferguson

  • Matt Pilipiak as Simon
  • Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks as Abby
  • Drew O’Hara as Zach

Show Image: Clelia Scala
Production Photos: Lauren Garbutt Photography