Nicholas is a twelve-year-old with red hair whose dad just remarried. This makes Nicholas a literal redheaded stepchild. And tomorrow at lunch, the biggest boy in grade six plans to beat him up – he even made a Facebook event. Should Nicholas skip school, even if it means missing the chance to audition for the class play and impressing his English teacher Mr Barton? His new stepmom, a chain-smoking, ex-Jehovah’s Witness golf pro named Mary-Anne doesn’t want him playing hooky. And Rufus Vermilion, Nicholas’s fabulous and charismatic alter ego, also has opinions about it. But when events in the schoolyard leave both Mary-Anne and Rufus speechless, it’s up to Nicholas to pick up the pieces and do some serious growing up.
Plays by Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker is a playwright, performer and director. He received the 2010 SummerWorks Emerging Artist Award for Redheaded Stepchild, which he has performed in Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and New York City. Johnnie Walker is the founder and co-artistic producer of Nobody’s Business Theatre. His plays include Scheherazade, The Other Three Sisters and Muhammad of Yorkville. He lives in Toronto.