About the Book
Deep in Simon’s basement, there is a secret world of imagination and adventure. When his new friend Abby comes over after school to work on a class assignment, Simon steers their work toward creating a play. However, Simon’s older brother, Zach, is uneasy with their play-acting and dressing up… because, as he reveals to Abby, Simon wishes to be a girl.
As the three characters struggle through their conflicts, they improvise a fairy tale about a magic prince, an evil king, a brave young girl, and a fire-breathing dragon who’s getting more real by the minute. Can Abigail save Princess Simone from the Tower of Light? Will Zach succeed in turning his brother back into being a boy once and for all? And will Simon overcome fear and finally become their true self? Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures is a thoughtful and hilarious new play about our ability to transform.
News & Reviews
“Bravo to Mark Crawford for writing such an important play, and addressing gender issues so sensitively.” — Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
About the Author
Mark Crawford‘s plays include New Canadian Curling Club, Stag and Doe, Bed and Breakfast, The Birds and the Bees, and Chase the Ace, as well as a play for young audiences, Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures. Mark’s plays have become some of the most frequently produced plays in Canada, and have been performed across the country, often breaking box office records. As an actor, he has performed on stages across the country. Mark grew up on his family’s farm near Glencoe, Ontario, studied theatre at University of Toronto and Sheridan College, and now lives in Stratford.