PIERRE BRAULT'S AWARD WINNING "BLOOD ON THE MOON" IS HEADING TO TELEVISION!

Arts • Posted by mcollins on September 15, 2006

ADAPTATION OF THE HIT PLAY RECOUNTING CANADA'S FIRST MURDER MYSTERY NOW IN PRODUCTION

IN THE NATION'S CAPiTAL.

 BLOOD ON THE MOON, Pierre Brault's hugely successful
play concerning the assassination of D'Arcy McGee, has been adapted for television
and is set to begin shooting on location in Ottawa next week.  From 2000 to 2004,
the play (a Sleeping Dog Theatre production) ran for three consecutive summers at
the National Arts Centre, toured Canada from coast to coast, and visited nine cities
in Ireland. It now makes its return to the nation's capital where filming for a
one-hour TV special takes place from September 18th to September 21st.  The
production is scheduled to air on Bravo in 2007.

Filming locations will include the Ottawa International Hostel on Nicholas Street,
formerly the Ottawa Jail, the actual site of alleged assassin James Patrick Whelan's
incarceration and hanging.  Whelan's cell and the gallows where he was hanged remain
virtually unchanged since Whelan's time.   Filming will also take place at Laurier
House, D'Arcy McGee's Irish Pub, and on Sparks Street, the site of the actual
murder.

 The story of BLOOD ON THE MOON is set in Ottawa in 1868-69, but the central
character of Whelan also interacts with the present-day audience.  The adaptation
will superimpose the story on the background of modern Ottawa, as Whelan's ghost
travels unseen through the story's key locales. The story follows Whelan from his
arrest to his execution, highlighting his relationship with his bride Bridget, and
his mistreatment by the nascent justice system.  Pierre Brault has adapted his own
stage play for television, in which he will also star as Whelan. Harvey Glatt will
be executive producer and Dennis Beauchamp will direct.


Pierre Brault's other major solo work for the stage is Portrait of an Unidentified
Man, a Sleeping Dog Theatre/National Arts Centre co-production which premiered in
2005 at the NAC and began touring nationally in 2006. Pierre won the inaugural
Audrey Ashley Award in 2005 for his body of work contribution to the Ottawa theatre
scene.  He is currently Playwright-in-Residence at the Great Canadian Theatre
Company.


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