The Boy in the Moon

“He is the sort of boy no one person can manage alone. That is the price and the marvel of his life.”


One family’s deeply moving story about raising an extraordinary son. 

Based on Canadian journalist Ian Brown’s memoir of life with his son, The Boy in the Moon tells a deeply moving story about a family’s struggle to raise a child with a severe disability. 

Ian and Johanna Schneller’s son Walker was born with a rare genetic disorder, Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome. It made him unable to talk, eat properly, or take care of himself. The family must face complex issues most of us do our very best to avoid. They say things which in other contexts might seem unforgivable but here are brave and critically necessary. 

The Boy in the Moon is a story of pain and beauty that asks vital questions about family, frailty, and the values we ascribe to human lives, our own, and those around us.

  • “This story gets right at the heart of why and how we connect to others, the investment we put into those we love that gives them meaning to us. I found The Boy in the Moon deeply moving and can’t recommend it highly enough.”   

    –Mooney on Theatre 
  • “A heart-aching invitation into the home of four unimaginably courageous humans…There are no heroes or villains.  There are only humans — imperfect, with an immense capacity for love.”

    –Broadway World 
  • “What is so brave about the play is how it prevents any sentimentalization of its subject.” 

    –Stage Door 
  •  “A tribute to the reconciliations that we all make in the name of love.” 

    –Jeniva Burger, Scene Changes 
  • “Masterfully adapted for the stage by Emil Sher… A deeply moving night at the theatre.”  

    –Karas Reviews

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MAY 7: 7:30PM
MAY 8: 2PM & 7:30PM
MAY 9: 12PM 

*all showtimes in PDT

Running time is approximately  80 minutes, no intermission

Written by Emil Sher based on the book by Ian Brown
Director Chelsea Haberlin
Performers Marcus Youssef (Ian), Meghan Gardiner (Johanna), Synthia Yusuf (Hayley)

Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre
Set and Prop Designer Drew Facey 
Assistant Set and Prop Designer Stephanie Wong
Lighting Designer Andrew Pye
Composer/Sound Designer Marc Stewart
Projection Designer Candelario Andrade
Choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima
Apprentice Stage Manager Sharon Wu
Technical Director Matt Oviatt
Production Manager Andrew Pye
Emotional Support Program Coordinator Natasha Zacher

Produced by Neworld Theatre | Presented by The Cultch | In partnership with the Rare Disease Foundation | With the support of Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver

The subject matter of the production might be sensitive to some audience members with related lived experience. There will be a facilitated talkback after each performance providing an opportunity for the audience to come together to discuss the show and share their stories with the presence of the cast, a facilitator, and an emotional support worker.

Tune in early to the livestream to watch a pre-recorded talk with show creators.

Plus, join us for a post-show talkback on Zoom with members of the cast and creative team after every performance.

Viewing with captions will be available for select performances. Plus, we are currently exploring options for an ASL interpreted performance. Check back for updates.

Show supported by

The Elsie and Audrey Jang Fund, held at The Vancouver Foundation

Photos of Marcus Youssef and Meghan Gardiner by Matt Reznek