Mika Laulainen

freelance director

February 1, 2014




Look for updates about Runaway’s workshop process with Theatre SKAM here, or on my “In Development” page. The new production received two professional workshops this December under the amazing scrutiny of Matthew Payne, Kathleen Greenfield, and Max Johnson. The play also received two dramaturgy sessions with Shawn Macdonald. Runaway will be making its way from page to stage May 2-4, 2014, as part of the Kaleidoscope Family Fest in Victoria, BC in centennial square. I could not be more thrilled!


Runaway by Mika Laulainen Presented by Theatre SKAM

A show about love, loss, acceptance, and extraterrestrials.

Sixteen year old Sam Stewart values the environment – she doesn’t even eat fish. She’s gone under the radar and organized a rally led by David Suzuki… who hasn’t shown up! Sam now needs to convince his supporters to help her save the world from a devastating fate. But her concerns are much more imminent than global warming, threats of a pipeline, or the need to embrace veganism. With frantically little time, Sam will take any help for her campaign, even from a mysterious stranger who may be more than they appear to be.

Sam’s story takes us on a journey from crazed activism to a place of real heart. A bittersweet slice of life with a dash of humour and a pinch of song.

Performance Schedule:

Friday May 2nd – 6:30pm

Saturday May 3rd – 4:30pm

Sunday May 4th – 12:30pm

Sunday May 4th – 4:30pm