Marin Theatre Company Presents an MTC Family Series Production of 'Hare & Tortoise'
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Marin Theatre Company Presents an MTC Family Series Production of 'Hare & Tortoise'

January 27, 2017


Production Dates: February 25 –  March 5, 2017

Aesop’s Retold Classic On Marin Theatre Company’s Family Series Stage

MILL VALLEY, CA—On your marks, get set, GO! Marin Theatre Company brings the spirit of sportsmanship, friendship, and living in the moment to its magical production of Brendan Murray’s Hare & Tortoise. MTC’s third Family Series show this season features slow and steady Tortoise, versus speedy and impatient Hare, racing to understand that determination and will for success truly matter in life. Directed by MTC’s Director of Theatre for Youth and Communities Courtney Helen Grile, this light hearted, fun-filled production will have little ones and their parents cheering for both Hare and Tortoise to succeed in their journey. The excitement and warmth of this classic tale will have the audience’s hearts racing for an encore.

From the Director, Courtney Helen Grile

“I’m overjoyed to bring this adaptation of the well-known story of The Tortoise & the Hare from Aesop’s Fables to Marin. Brendan Murray’s adaptation (Hare & Tortoise) embraces not only the slow and steady nature that Tortoise possesses, it makes space for the energy and excitement inherent in Hare. I was particularly excited to direct this play because it illustrates that there is a time and place for both silly and sensible while mirroring the wonder, adventure, and uncertainties that come along with growing up.”

Winner of The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain

Brendan Murray grew up in Salford, Lancashire and graduated in Drama from Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1978.  He then trained as an actor at Drama Studio London and worked in regional repertory, commercial touring, fringe and young people’s theatre. In 1997 he was awarded an Arts Council Bursary and nominated for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Children's Play and was runner-up for the John Whiting Award in 2000. In 2001, he won The Brian Way Award, and in 2009 and again in 2012 The Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play: Children & Young People for Hare & Tortoise. This award-winning production has since toured Great Britain, greater Europe and the United States capturing the attention and imagination of young audiences.



"Even if you consider yourself a tortoise, this is worth racing to see.’
Nottingham Post

"Beautifully told ★★★★★"
- Mumsnet

“Brendan Murray's take on Aesop's fable has as much a message for busy adults as it does for small children...”
-The Guardian


Theatre/Performing Arts

Marin Theatre Company’s Family Series Produces
Hare & Tortoise

By Brendan Murray
Directed by Courtney Helen Grile

Lizzie Calogero, previously seen in MTC’s 2015 production of The Little Prince, and Kenny Toll, previously seen in MTC’s 2016 production of The Jungle Book

February 25 - March 5, 2017

Sat, Feb 25, 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm
Sun, Feb 26, 10:00am, 12:30pm
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00am, 12:30pm

Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Ave | Mill Valley, CA 94941

Young, excitable Hare wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend--the older, slower Tortoise. While Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time, whether doing chores or having fun. Hare and Tortoise is a fun, fast (and slow) show about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up.

Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

TICKETS $18 Child
$22 Adult

Discounts are available for seniors, teens, military families, Bay Area teachers and groups of 7 or more. Contact the Box Office for more details. | (415) 388-5208 |