Tag legend
Equity-Seeking Group Content
Cast Types
Other Tags
Show Format
Dramatic Genre
Canadian Content
Close Window X
Close Window X
Show Poster
Poster:
Photography by Andre Goulet with graphic design by Jennifer Merio

Crossing Swords

Love, drama and sword fights at a high school production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" prove that the drama room was always the first gay-straight alliance.

in development
Comedy
Drama
Period/Historic
Set In Canada
Canadian Story
2SLGBTQIA+
Ensemble Cast
Question mark image
"a sophisticated, warm-hearted musical with subtlety, a great cast, some strong tunes and ambition… [Goldin] directs with aplomb and sensitivity…A smart and very enjoyable show bursting with talent both onstage and off!”
Michael Giltz, Huffington Post
“…an enthralling new musical… thoughtful, humorous and heartwarming… Crossing Swords is a play that will appeal to a very broad audience of theatergoers. It is a genuine and uplifting show that you will long remember after the curtain call. Bravo.”
Marina Kennedy, Broadwayworld.com

Coming Soon To...

"Crossing Swords" is a modern re-telling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Originally conceived as a tragedy in the spirit of Rostand's play, playwright Joe Slabe was inspired by Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign to re-think the show. Realizing the world didn't need another coming out tragedy, he decided that the world needed the story of a coming out hero, and "Crossing Swords" was born. "Crossing Swords" premiered in Calgary, Alberta, in March of 2012 where it was nominated for five Betty Mitchell Awards and three Calgary Critics’ Awards including Best New Play and Outstanding Production of a Musical. In August of 2012, "Crossing Swords" received a staged reading as part of the Davenport Theatrical Reading Series in New York. "Crossing Swords" was produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July of 2013, where it won five NYMF awards including Excellence in Writing (Book) and the Theater for the American Musical Prize. "Crossing Swords" was then produced by the American Theater Group in Rahway, NJ in April of 2016 and went on to have two industry readings in New York on May 12th of that year. Most recently, "Crossing Swords" returned to Calgary where it was produced by Forte Musical Theatre in 2019. Members of this production also recorded the original cast album, which is available to purchase or stream wherever you get your music.

A red and white star
It's set in Canada, has Canadian references and has overarching themes of the Canadian experience embedded in the material, i.e., tension between an English and a French character, differing Old and New World perspectives, and promotes the Canadian values of understanding and compassion.
A red and white star
A gay coming of age story that centres the experience of its protagonist in a positive and uplifting manner.

notes about Development

roles
1-5
Contemporary Musical Theatre
acts
2

sample media

Cyrano de Bergerac (Excerpt)
Katie McMillan, Troy Goldthorp, Adam Forward, Shari Wattling and Tory Doctor sing the opening number from the 2019 Canadian Cast Recording of "Crossing Swords". Accompanied by Joe Slabe on Piano, Morag Northey on Cello and Gerry Hebert on Reeds.
Heart On My Sleeve (Excerpt)
Adam Forward and Katie McMillan share an awkward walk home from the 2019 Canadian Cast Recording of "Crossing Swords". Accompanied by Joe Slabe on Piano, Morag Northey on Cello and Gerry Hebert on Reeds.
Home To Me
Troy Goldthorp and Katie McMillan sing about how the drama room is their sanctuary the 2019 Canadian Cast Recording of "Crossing Swords". Accompanied by Joe Slabe on Piano, Morag Northey on Cello and Gerry Hebert on Reeds.
Non, Merci (Excerpt)
Troy Goldthorp rehearses a number from the school play,"Cyrano de Bergerac" from the 2019 Canadian Cast Recording of "Crossing Swords". Accompanied by Joe Slabe on Piano, Morag Northey on Cello and Gerry Hebert on Reeds.
Tory Doctor, Adam Forward, Troy Goldfarb, Katie McMillan and Shari Wattling perform in the StoryBook Theatre and Forte Musical Theatre co-producton of "Crossing Swords" with Joe Slabe on Piano, Gerry Hébert on Reeds and Morag Northey on Cello. Writing and Musical Direction by Joe Slabe, Directed by Val Pearson assisted by Chris Thompson, Fight Direction by Karl Sine, Choreography by Jocelyn Leiver, Set and Lighting Design by JP Thibodeau, Costume Design by Darcie Howe, Stage Management by Sara Turner. Videography by JP Thibodeau.
Instagram Logo

Perusal Materials

Coming Soon!
A decorative Gold Leaf