Hannah Levinson as Polly, 2018 Fringe. Photo by Sam Gaetz.

The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel

THE PREPOSTEROUS PREDICAMENT OF POLLY PEEL explores a family grappling with death through the eyes and imagination of a biology-obsessed eleven-year-old girl. Originally inspired by acclaimed Canadian painter Paul Peel’s ‘The Young Biologist’, an early incarnation was presented in 2016 at The Art Gallery of Ontario as part of The Musical Stage Company’s Reframed.


Commissioned with funding by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals.

Originally commissioned by The Musical Stage Company (Mitchell Marcus, Artistic & Managing Director; Robert McQueen, Director of New Musical Development)" and Yonge Street Theatricals (Linda Barnett and Natalie Bartello, Producers) as part of Reframed.


Book by
Julie Tepperman

Music and Lyrics by
Kevin Wong


Frequently Asked Questions

Show Calendar


  • APRIL 2016: Performance as a part of The Musical Stage Company’s REFRAMED at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
  • SPRING 2017: In Tune Festival Reading, produced by Touchstone Theatre.
  • SUMMER 2018: Toronto Fringe Festival Performance of Act One.
  • FALL 2018: 12 day Toronto Writing Retreat funded by The Musical Stage Company.



Julie Tepperman is a Dora nominated and published playwright, Dora award-winning actor, and avid arts educator. She is the co-Artistic Leader of Convergence Theatre, with Aaron Willis.

Julie’s work as a playwright ranges from full-length plays, one acts, and shorts, as well as books for musicals and librettos for operas. She has a particular interest in writing plays with site-specific intentions, as well as creating one-on-one encounters in unique and intimate settings.

Julie has received several Toronto and Ontario Arts Council playwriting grants, as well as a Canada Council for the Arts grant which funded her Playwriting Residency at Theatre Passe Muraille, where she largely developed her play YICHUD (Seclusion).  She was invited to participate in The Stratford Festival’s 2017 Playwrights’ Retreat, and was one of a handful of Canadian playwrights selected to participate in The Musical Stage Company’s programs NoteWorthy & ReFramed, and Tapestry Opera’s LibLab. Julie’s work is published with Playwrights Canada Press.

Julie is also an actor, and has performed with indie theatres across Toronto, including:  The Theatre Centre, Crow’s Theatre, Outside the March, Precisely Peter Productions, Binocular Theatre (to name a handful), as well as several Fringe/Next Stage Festival productions, and two seasons at The Stratford Festival, where she is a graduate of The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training, and a regular teaching artist.

Julie has written several articles for The Canadian Theatre Review, was a co-producer for the political pop-up event The Wrecking Ball for three years (including lead-producing an evening dedicated to renowned playwright Edward Bond, at which he was present). She was Board President of Generator for three years, and is a proud recipient of a Harold Award for her work in indie theatre.

Julie continues to be a teaching artist with The Stratford Festival, is a guest artist in high schools for school boards across Ontario, and is a regular arts educator & youth mentor with the Luminato and Paprika Festivals. She is also a guest teacher at Ryerson University’s ACT II Studio, The University of Toronto’s Continuing Education Program (where she teaches Intro to Playwriting), Humber College, and George Brown Theatre School, where she herself is a graduate.

NOW Magazine selected Julie as an “Artist to Watch” in their August 8, 2019 issue for her SummerWorks installation Worry Warts.

KEVIN WONG – Composer & Lyricist

Kevin Wong is a Toronto-based composer-lyricist, singer/musician, and dramaturg.

Past works include: Recurring John: A Song CycleSTAR!(ving): A Collection of SongsMisprint (with bookwriter Lauren Toffan); Drama 101 (with bookwriter & co-lyricist Steven Gallagher, Bravo Academy 2017 / Etobicoke School of the Arts 2018 / Stage Door Academy 2018); and Reframed (Musical Stage Company / Art Gallery of Ontario, Dora Nomination – Best New Musical/Opera).

Current projects: Believers (with bookwriter & co-lyricist Ali Joy Richardson), Polly Peel (with bookwriter Julie Tepperman, 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival and winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada Stage West New Musical Award), and In Real Life (with bookwriter & co-lyricist Nick Green, most recently presented in reading at Sheridan College).

Kevin is an Artistic Associate at the Musical Stage Company. He is a member of the vocal group Asian Riffing Trio (with Chris Tsujiuchi and Colin Asuncion).