updated information about “The Narrow Path” at the Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival


Campbell & Company Returns

2016 PotashCorp Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival






  • playwright: Donald B. Campbell (10 Fringe shows in Saskatoon and/or Edmonton 1982-2003)
  • director: David Creelman
  • cast: Damien Bartlett, Mitchell Larsen
  • 60 minutes, Drama and Comedy, Mature Audiences Only
  • chosen for Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New Plays competition 2015


VENUE: the Refinery (609 Dufferin Ave.)

Fri. July 29, 6:00-7:00 PM

Sat., July 30, 3:00-4:00 PM

Sun., July 31, 7:30-8:30 PM

Mon., Aug. 1, 9:00-10:00 PM

Tues., Aug. 2, 6:00-7:00 PM

Fri., Aug. 5, 7:30-8:30 PM

Sat., Aug. 6, 9:00-10:00 PM

TICKETS ($15): Available at 25thstreettheatre.org (until 9:00 PM the day before each performance), at the Fringe Office ( 3:00 – 9:00 PM during the festival – Victoria School, 639 Broadway Ave.), by phone at 306-664-2239, or at the venue beginning one hour before the performance.


Robert is a closeted, conservative pastor who struggles with his faith and sexuality. Past and present mix as someone forces Robert to make a decision. “The Narrow Path” is about the things that matter in life, being true to yourself, and opening the doors to possibility. Like its portrayal of God, the play combines drama and comedy.

THE PLAYWRIGHT   Donald B. Campbell, a graduate of the Drama and English Departments at the University of Saskatchewan, was a member of Twenty-Fifth Street Theatre’s former Playwrights Unit.  His work has also been chosen in festival competitions by the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre (three times), Regina’s Globe Theatre (twice), Saskatoon’s Short Cuts, and North Battleford’s On the River’s Edge.  He was part of the first Fringe Theatre Festival in North America (Edmonton, 1982) and the first full one in Saskatoon (1990).  One of his comic monologues is included in 2000% Cracked Wheat, an anthology of prairies humour published my Coteau Books.


Damien Bartlett , a graduate of the U. of S. Drama Department, has lived and traveled across Canada. A disciple of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre’s “Wild Theatre” style, he is an actor of stage, film, performance art and burlesque. When he is not collaborating and creating more performance pieces for stage and film, he is a stage manager helping organize dance companies in Saskatoon, as well as being a local host for the ‘Live Your Legend’ global community. (NOTE: Donald B. Campbell and David Creelman were fortunate to work with Damien in their Saskatoon Fringe Festival production of Campbell’s “Fishing Buddies” and “Dancing Backwards” in 2003.) Mitchell Kent Larsen is a multidisciplinary performance artist based in Saskatoon.  He trained in theatre arts at Grant MacEwan University and in clown under master teacher Jan Henderson.  Earlier this year he performed at the Refinery in “It’s Complicated: A Stephen Sondheim Cabaret”.  He is currently working with Free Flow Dance Theatre as a company dancer.  He is also a collaborating member of Contradictions Collective.  Mitchell is the son of a former pastor.


David Creelman is from Saskatoon but has a Drama degree from Minot State University. This will be his fourth Fringe Festival production as director, with an additional twenty community theatre productions in his resume. The theme of “The Narrow Path” is in his wheelhouse because he earned a Master’s of Theological Studies degree from St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon.

THE COMPANY (Campbell & Company Returns)

I first used “Campbell and Company” for a 1999 Saskatoon Fringe show, a mockumentary titled “Campbell & Company Comedy Hour”. It included three people with the last name Campbell. I kept “Campbell” in the company name to help people find out that I’m in the Fringe again (for the first time since 2003).   – Donald B. Campbell


Drama mixed with comedy – The Narrow Path

Please note that “The Narrow Path” has a lot of comedy mixed in with its drama, which isn’t apparent from the short description of the play for the Fringe program.

Saskatoon Fringe Festival tickets on sale

There’s a complete Fringe program insert in the print version of the June/July issue of Flow magazine, which is free. One of the places where you can get it is the main branch of the Saskatoon Public Library (across from the elevator on the first floor). http://www.flowmagazine.ca/ Of course, you can also get information from the Fringe website below. Click on “Buy Theatre Tickets” to read about all of the shows (in alphabetical order by title). Then click on the highlighted name of a theatre company to go to its website.

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thinking of “The Narrow Path” in NYC

DSC01717Here’s proof that our director (David Creelman) and I (playwright Donald B. Campbell) were thinking about “The Narrow Path” when we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge last month. We were on our way to see an incredible production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” starring Gillian Anderson (of “The X Files”, etc.). By the way, rehearsals for “The Narrow Path” are going very well. I’m proud of this script and pleased with the work of our director and cast (Damien Bartlett and Mitchell Larsen).


2016 Saskatoon Fringe Festival

“The Narrow Path”

Campbell & Company Returns

actors:  Damien Bartlett   Mitchell Larsen

director:  David Creelman

playwright:  Donald B. Campbell

60 min.

performance category:  Traditional Theatre (drama and comedy)

Mature Audiences Only

VENUE:  The Refinery

(607 Dufferin Ave.,

beside Emmanuel [formerly St. James] Anglican Church)

Friday, July 29  –   6:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 30  –  3:00-4:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 31  –   7:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, August 1  –  9:00-10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2  –  6:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 5  –  7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 6  –  9:00-10:00 p.m.

I’m very happy that our venue will be the Refinery. It’s a great space where I’ve been involved with various performances, including our last Fringe show (2003) and the first year of the Short Cuts festival (2014).

positive feedback about “The Narrow Path”script


Noted Canadian playwright John Lazarus (http://www.johnlazarus.ca/) selected plays for the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s 2015 Spring Festival of New Plays (the third time that I’ve had a script chosen for that festival).

Here’s part of the written feedback that he gave me about “The Narrow Path”:  “I chose this play as one of my favourites from among those submitted because it addresses a very current, very hot topic, and does so with sympathy for both sides of this contentious issue. You make Robert likeable and sympathetic and you treat him respectfully.”

It meant a lot to me that John Lazarus chose my play because I remember seeing a performance of his play “Babel Rap” when I was a student in the University of Saskatchewan’s Drama Department many years ago.

As many of you know, “The Narrow Path” will be part of the 2016 Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival ( http://www.25thstreettheatre.org/ ).  The festival dates are July 28 to August 6.  Details about our performance dates, times and venue will be announced soon.

fun photo shoot for “THE NARROW PATH”


Yesterday we had fun–despite the wind and smoke–trying out different ideas for a photo that will go in the 2016 Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival’s program.  It’s for the production of my play “The Narrow Path” by Campbell & Company Returns.  I took the photos  of Damien Bartlett and Mitchell Larsen (in the suit), and chose the one with the detour sign.  Director David Creelman was also our “location scout”.

“THE NARROW PATH” – 2016 Saskatoon Fringe Festival (festival dates: July 28 to Aug. 6; our performance dates, times and venue to be announced soon); 60 minutes; Drama and Comedy; Campbell & Company Returns

Robert is a conservative pastor struggling with his faith and sexuality. The play mixes past and present as someone forces him to make a decision. It was selected for the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s 2015 Spring Festival of New Plays. Playwright: Donald B. Campbell (10 Fringe productions in Saskatoon and/or Edmonton 1982-2003) ; Director: David Creelman ; Cast: Damien Bartlett, Mitchell Larsen

[NOTE: These photos that I took today are related to the play’s title (and thematic content) but don’t literally show events in the script, which you may have already guessed.]

To find out more about the play and keep up to date with the production and festival, please check out the following websites.  Thanks!



https://www.facebook.com/yxeFringe/  (July 28 – Aug. 6, 2016)