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Hurricane Mona show image:
Pictured L-R: Sherine Menes, Diane Brown, Alex Gullason, Craig Erickson, Raugi Yu
Show Image by Emily Cooper Hurricane Mona show image: Pictured L-R: Sherine Menes, Diane Brown, Alex Gullason, Craig Erickson, Raugi Yu

Hurricane Mona

A Touchstone Theatre and Ruby Slippers Theatre Production
Written by Pippa Mackie | Directed by Roy Surette

Historic Theatre, The Cultch

November 18-December 3, 2023 Previews: Nov 18; OPENING: Nov 22

Hurricane Mona is a fast-paced and absurdist dark comedy about an upper-middle class family at the literal center of a climate emergency.

Rebel environmental activist and elder millennial Mona is placed under house arrest after smashing a police car topless during a peaceful climate march. Forced to serve her term in her parent’s suburban home, tensions flare as Mona rails against the shopping habits of her Boomer parents and her Gen Z sibling’s apparent apathy in the face of looming catastrophe. But as Mona’s burning drive for her family to “do better” begins to turn the home on its head, an unimaginable disaster happens right in the middle of their living room, forcing them to reckon with themselves and a future in crisis.

A crazy mushroom trip, a giant talking frog, and catastrophic family dysfunction: Hurricane Mona is a hilarious and arresting cautionary tale for our times.

Running Time: 90 minutes

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ruby Slippers Theatre, opening the 23/24 with Pippa Mackie’s urgent ‘crisis comedy’ Hurricane Mona. It shines a burning light on our fears and sense of helplessness about climate change in hilarious, loving, and surprising ways,”

"Like many of us, we at Ruby Slippers Theatre feel the urgency to address and respond to the climate crisis in a way that helps inspire resiliency, action, and therefore hope. Partnering with Touchstone Theatre on this important project is part of our response and we are honoured to be working with them and this company of artists.”

SHOWTIMES Nov 18 - Dec 3

Sat, Nov 18 @7:30PM – Preview
Sun, Nov 19 @2PM – Preview
Tues, Nov 21 @7:30PM – Preview  – Talkback with Tamiko Suzuki + Peter McCartney
Wed, Nov 22 @2PM – PWYC
Wed, Nov 22 @7:30PM – OPENING
Thurs, Nov 23 @7:30PM
Fri, Nov 24 @7:30PM
Sat, Nov 25 @2PM
Sat, Nov 25 @7:30PM
Sun, Nov 26 @2PM
Tues, Nov 28 @7:30PM – Talkback with Karl Perrin and guests (TBD)
Wed, Nov 29 @2PM –PWYC
Wed, Nov 29 @7:30PM
Thurs, Nov 30 @7:30PM
Fri, Dec 1 @7:30PM
Sat, Dec 2 @2PM – VocalEye audio description
Sat, Dec 2 @7:30PM
Sun, Dec 3 @2PM – CLOSING


Director: Roy Surette
Assistant Director: Cameron Peal
Starring: Diane Brown, Craig Erickson, Alex Gullason, Sherine Menes, Raugi Yu
Set Designer: John Webber
Lighting Designer: Hina Nishioka
Sound Designer: Mary Jane Coomber
Costume Designer: Sheila White
Dramaturgy by Stephen Drover
Stage Manager: Stephen Courtenay
Apprentice Stage Manager: Finnley O’Brien
Technical Director | Production Manager: Alistair Wallace

Diane Brown


Diane is an acclaimed actor and director, and is the Artistic Director of Ruby Slippers Theatre. She has been honoured to receive awards for her work including the prestigious Bra D’Or from Playwrights Guild of Canada, a national award in recognition of her years of commitment to furthering under-represented voices. Select acting for RST: The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson, Communion, A Beautiful View. For Touchstone: Sled, Happy Place. Select directing for RST: Benevolence, You Will Remember Me, Les Belles-soeurs, Trout Stanley, Aprés Moi, The Leisure Society. Diane heads up Theatre Cares and sits on the Advisory Board for Vancouver Civic Theatres. She earned a BFA from SFU and an MFA in Directing from UBC.

Craig Erickson


For Touchstone: Prodigal Son (with Pacific Theatre). Other:
Henry V (Bard on the Beach), The Cull (Arts Club), Yellow Fever
(Firehall), Wakey Wakey (PT) East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz
(Theatre Replacement), Forget About Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts
Club), Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 (Arts Club), As You Like it
(Bard on the Beach), Titus Buffonius (Rumble Theatre), Who’s
Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Arts Club/Blackbird Theatre), Tear the
Curtain (Arts Club/Electric Company), The Great Gatsby
(Theatre Calgary). Also in production: Craig and castmate Raugi
Yu have created a TV comedy pilot about security guards called
Calvin and Jerzy.

Alex Gullason


Alex is a Jessie and Ovation award-winning actor, singer and comedian hailing from North Vancouver, BC. She is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University.

Select theatre credits include Cabaret/Company/Sweeney Todd (Raincity), Mamma Mia! (Chemainus Theatre), We Now Know/Jesus Christ:The Lost Years/The Canada Show (Monster), Hair (Renegade), Broken Sex Doll (Virtual Stage) Titanic/Bye Bye Birdie/Joseph (TUTS). Film/TV credits include Schmigadoon! Season 1 & 2 (AppleTV), Christmas in Tahoe (Hallmark), Riverdale/The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (The CW). 

Alex performs weekly with the main stage ensemble at The Improv Centre and is one half of the two-women comedy duo The Dangerous Janes. 




Sherine Menes


Sherine Menes is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines and is honoured to practice their artistic work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. They trained under the Intensive Acting Program at Vancouver Institute of Media Arts in 2021. After graduating, Sherine joined the cast of buto/buto : Bones are Seeds, a community devised theatre project that reflected the intergenerational stories of

Vancouver’s Filipinx. Sherine was a part of a residency at the James Black Gallery and exhibited their multimedia work alongside other queer Filipinx artists at  ‘bahay na babalik-balikan (a home to always return to)’. 

Raugi Yu


Raugi Yu is a graduate of The Dome Theatre program at Dawson College and The BFA Acting program at UBC, he makes his home in BC with his lovely wife and their two kids who love and support him unconditionally. This will be Raugi’s third show with Ruby Slippers Theatre having previously performed in, “The Duchess” and “I Lost My Husband”. For Touchstone Theatre this will be his debut performance! Raugi is extremely honoured and excited that it will be in this particular show with such stellar people. As always, Raugi sends you love and light and wishes you a great experience. 

Pippa Mackie is an award-winning actor, playwright, and producer of feisty and satirical theatre. Her work has been performed on stages and at festivals across North America. Most notable credits include The Progressive Polygamists, co-written/performed with Emmelia Gordon, which toured across Canada for many years, including the Just For Laughs Festival and the Firehall Arts Centre, and won Vancouver and Edmonton’s Pick of The Fringe. Juliet: A Revenge Comedy, which she co-wrote with Ryan Gladstone, was nominated for six Jessie Richardson awards, including Outstanding Original Script and Best Production Small Theatre, and has been touring Canada since 2019. Juliet: A Revenge Comedy will be presented as part of The Cultch’s 2023/24 Season in February 2024. 

Her one-act play Starman, which was originally commissioned and produced as part of Upintheair Theatre’s The Array, was adapted into an audio drama as part of Sound the Alarm Theatre’s podcast series in 2021 and received 3 Berlin Film Haus nominations, including Best Scriptwriting and Best Podcast. She is also co-writing a mockumentary comedy podcast titled Philippa Po: Changing Minds with Ryan Gladstone produced by Sound the Alarm Theatre.

 Hurricane Mona was created as part of the Arts Club Theatre’s Emerging Playwrights Unit and was awarded Touchstone Theatre’s David King Prize for Comedy in 2022. Pippa was also a participant in the 2023 Banff Playwrights Unit with Hurricane Mona.

Pippa is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.


Touchstone has been a mainstay of theatrical innovation and excellence on the West Coast for 47 years. The company’s all-Canadian mandate has helped launch and develop some of the country’s most respected theatre artists, while its substantial body of work has garnered over 75 local and national awards. The company explores the contemporary Canadian play through content and form and stimulates public interest in Canadian cultural perspectives.


For three decades, critically heralded Ruby Slippers Theatre has given voice to under-represented artists garnering over sixty awards, three national tours, and the creation of five original full length works. We are the premiere purveyors of Québec works in English translation within our region, translations that we at RST often commission, and have a reputation for smart social satire that is infectiously entertaining. RST’s annual Advance Theatre Festival provides development and showcase opportunities to female identifying and gender non-conforming playwrights and directors who also identify as Indigenous, Black, or Persons of Colour. Our two annual main stage offerings and Artist in Residency program also reflect our values and commitment to advance the radically inclusive stage.

RST’s Artistic Director Diane Brown is a recipient of the prestigious Bra D’Or from Playwrights Guild of Canada, a national award in recognition of her many years championing and furthering under represented voices.