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The Little Years: May 11 at the Westin Resort, Whistler

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The Little Years, by John Mighton is Emerald Pig's entry into the Fraser Valley Zone drama festival this May. Directed by Sharon Malone, it is a story of gender inequality, unrequited dreams, the struggle to find meaning in the chaos of the world and, ultimately, to discover the value of one's life.

The Little Years follows Kate over the course of 45 years from her youth, filled with creative ideas about time and space, but quashed by a rigid system into which she does not fit, into her adult years, empty with disappointment and bitterness. John Mighton’s own experience with the education system has shaped much of his literary and mathematical career. “I’m hoping that the play will also bring some attention to the work we’re doing with kids so that they won’t have the same experience as Kate. Because it’s still happening, kids feeling that they can’t do something or don’t have the potential to succeed. I think that is a great tragedy.” The Little Years is an opportunity to explore our ideas of time and space, the intersection of art and science, our hopes for the future and the unexpected ways we inspire each other.

Dr. John Mighton is a playwright turned mathematician and author who founded JUMP Math as a charity in 2001. His work in fostering numeracy and in building children's self-confidence through success in math has been widely recognized. He has been named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Canada, an Ashoka Fellow, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received three honorary doctorates. John is also the recipient of the 10th Annual Egerton Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education.

Author's Agent: Great North Artists Management, 350 Dupont Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R 1V9

The Little Years premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, November 1995 as part of the Why Theatre Conference. This version was commissioned by The Stratford Shakespeare Festival where it received its World Premiere in 2011. Des McAnuff, Artistic Director; Antoni Cimolino, General Director.

More Information is available on our website at http://www.emeraldpig.ca/?q=content/little-years

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