The Boy In The Moon

The Boy In The Moon

Based on Canadian journalist Ian Brown’s memoir of life with his son, The Boy in the Moon tells a deeply moving story about a family raising a child with a rare disease.

Ian and Johanna Schneller’s son Walker was born with a rare genetic disorder, Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome. It made him unable to talk, eat properly, or take care of himself. The family must face complex issues most of us do our very best to avoid. They say things which in other contexts might seem unforgivable but here are brave and critically necessary.

The Boy in the Moon is a story of pain and beauty that asks vital questions about family, frailty, and the values we ascribe to human lives, our own, and those around us.

  • “The Boy in the Moon provides some of the most emotionally engaging and thought-provoking streamed theatre Vancouverites have seen over this year of lockdown.” — Janet Smith, Stir
  • “This production is the most satisfying piece of theatre I’ve experienced in a good long time.” — Colin Thomas


The Cultch (livestreamed from the Historic Theatre ) | Vancouver, BC

MAY 6-9, 2021 |


Written by Emil Sher based on the book by Ian Brown
Director Chelsea Haberlin
Assistant Director Kelsey Kanatan Wavey
Video Director Cameron Anderson
Performers Marcus Youssef, Meghan Gardiner, Synthia Yusuf
Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre
Set and Prop Designer Drew Facey
Assistant Set and Prop Designer Stephanie Wong
Lighting Designer Andrew Pye
Composer/Sound Designer Marc Stewart
Projection Designer Candelario Andrade
Choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima
Apprentice Stage Manager Sharon Wu
Technical Director Matt Oviatt
Production Manager Andrew Pye
Photographer Mark Halliday, Moonrider Productions
Featured photo of Walker Brown, Marcus Youssef, Meghan Gardiner by Reznek Creative
Featured video Cascade Film & Media
COVID Safety Officer
Sharon Wu
Emotional Support Program Coordinator Natasha Zacher
Community Consultant Sasa Brown
Post-Show Facilitators Stephen Drover, Chelsea Haberlin
Produced by Neworld Theatre
Presented by The Cultch
In partnership with the Rare Disease Foundation
With the generous support of Vancouver Foundation, City of Vancouver, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Produced with the cooperation of the UBCP/ACTRA

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