"...in this dark psychological drama, Hannah Moscovitch’s Little One was not only masterfully performed and produced, but left an imprint on my mind as if a cigarette had been put out on my brain."
- Sam Tweedle, KawarthaNOW
Written by: Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by: Lee Bolton
Starring: Chris Whidden & Peyton Le Barr
Little One is a chilling story that raises complex questions about good intentions and the nature of love. One of Canada’s major contemporary playwrights skilfully unwraps the story of two very different adopted siblings and the choices and circumstances that shape their adulthood.
In photo: Peyton Le Barr, Chris Whidden
Grassboots Theatre is currently accepting tour dates for Little One in 2020/2021. To inquire about booking
Lee Bolton - Director
Lee Bolton has spent more than three decades in the theatre as a director, playwright, teacher, producer and presenter. She is a graduate of York University (BA) and the University of Leeds (MA) as well as of both the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and Directors Lab North. Her work has taken her from sea (Artistic Director, Yukon Educational Theatre) to sea (Artistic Director, Silk Purse Theatre Vancouver) to sea (Executive Director, Imperial Theatre Saint John) and recently returned her to her home town of Peterborough, Ontario (Theatre Coordinator, Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space).
Favourite directing credits include “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” for the Whitehorse Guild Theatre; “The Idle Hands Variety Show” “Just Friends” and “Jennie’s Story” for Vancouver’s Silk Purse Productions; “Vinegar Tom” for the William Davis Centre; “Jocasta” and “Pedalo” for Theatre Leeds; “Place Setting” and “A Spot of Tea” for the Fundy Fringe Festival and “Rapunzel: A Panto” for the Peterborough Theatre Guild. Lee also wrote the libretto for “Larger than Life: The Musical” which has been professionally produced in Vancouver and Toronto.
Chris Whidden - Actor
Chris is a new generation Peterborough based theatre writer and performer with a focus on mask, clown and physical storytelling. As the co-artistic director of Grassboots Theatre, Chris uses art as a tool to create social impact and change. Chris has been a professional actor for 9 years actively working across the Toronto theatre scene and Ontario as far as up to Manitoulin Island. As a writer Chris has had two plays produced Welcome to Hell! and Roaring Robert, the latter of which was produced by Shadowpath Theatre including a sold-out performance in the Toronto Fringe. In 2017 Chris partnered with Animacy Theatre Collective, Toronto Green Peace and Toronto 350 to create a collaborative mask performance piece based around climate justice and the Degrowth movement. In 2019, in addition to his work in theatre Chris started a YouTube channel that is currently sitting at over 52,000 subscribers. Chris is a graduate of the Performance Acting program from Ryerson University where he received his BFA and the Edna Khubyar Award for excellence in performance.
Peyton Le Barr - Actor
Peyton is a theatre artist based in the rural township of Havelock in the Peterborough County . She has been a professional actor for over a decade and has performed in Canada, the UK, and Russia. She is currently the co-artistic director of Grassboots Theatre, a company that creates new works through research and physical theatre practices with strong community engagement. In 2017 Peyton was a guest artist at Humber College, facilitating a workshop in site specific performance. As a facilitator,
Peyton has developed a number of successful arts programs and continues to develop new ways to integrate the arts into communities. Currently Peyton is partnered with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and the Elizabeth Fry Society developing creative storytelling workshops. In 2016, Peyton was identified as an emerging leading female artist through an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and received a yearlong apprenticeship in artistic direction with Shadowpath Theatre Productions. In 2019 Peyton was awarded a Metcalf Internship working in theatre production at Public Energy Performing Arts. Peyton holds an MFA (with merit) from East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex and a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor.