The Play

During the first weekend of May of 2014 a stage production of Mennonite Cobbler was presented at Meaford Hall in Meaford Ontario. The play had 3 performances on consecutive nights and involved Ken and most of his family as well including, Elyse Hiller, Angela Ishaka, David Hiller, Julia Hiller, the author, Luke Hiller, Isaac Hiller, Genevieve Hiller, Adam Hiller and Micah Hiller.

The play was a light-hearted theatrical look at how one of our buggy-driving brethren came to wield a funny-looking hammer. This piece is entirely written and produced by Kenneth David Brubacher in a quest to record his contribution to Mennonite history. All proceeds of the production were given directly to the local food bank.

The Cast

From Left: Elyse Hiller,  Angela Ishaka, David Hiller,  Julia Hiller,  the author, Luke Hiller,  Isaac Hiller, Genevieve Hiller, Adam Hiller, Micah Hiller
From Left: Elyse Hiller, Angela Ishaka, David Hiller, Julia Hiller, the author, Luke Hiller, Isaac Hiller, Genevieve Hiller, Adam Hiller, Micah Hiller

The Rehearsals

The Blessed Idea


Revelation of the (not so) Blessed Idea

Here we observe the author hard at work and being illuminated by the Blessed Idea for the stage production.  It had been occurring to him for quite a considerable while that very few people had knowledge of where both Mennonites and shoemakers come from.   It did not occur to him that even fewer people actually care to find out, especially at the behest of an aging miscreant banging away with a funny-looking hammer.    For many years people had been coming up to him and saying  things like  “Where do you come from? And why don’t you go back there again,  together with your funny -looking hammer and other such truck pretty much straight out of the dark ages!”

And for these and other similar words of encouragement – much thanks!

Pondering the Blessed Idea


The author in earnest communion within himself concerning the inception and formation of the Blessed Idea, especially regarding its potential side effects in the deconstruction of existentialism and the possibility of its dematerialization and oozing out through the cosmic keyhole with re-formation via wormhole time travel to an alternate reality in the multi-verse.  Also the possible impact on the general contemplation of chakra kundalini with regards to the unraveling of the devious mazes of tender passion.

Either that or he is simply enjoying and after dinner nap.




Here we observe the author making great progress in the matter of the writing of the script.  Note the delicate nature of the artistic license employed in the compilation of the many songs and sketches surrounding him already in final form.  He is thanking the Almighty for the very rapid wisdom and guidance in conveying the necessary inspiration.  This has taken roughly about the time it takes to harness 482 horses (so far).


Production Set Design


Observation of the production design department putting the final touches on the engineering and technical blueprints for one of the sets of the play.  Note the precision renderings of the very complex issues to be overcome.

Production Design Instruction


Here we see an engineer going over some of the finer points of a technical drawing with the chief production designer.  Of particular interest to the production designer is that it is clearly evident that  production was to be fabricated mostly  from wood,  which meant the use of a lot of  bark.

Creation and Assembly of Sets #1


Note the precision cutting circumstances of the Set Engineer, especially those regarding health and safety.  Always employing the latest in ear, eye, and breathing protection, together with the state-of-the-art     blade-arresting  technology.  A table saw is especially susceptible to issues of this nature as long cuts are common-place.   One of the antidotes to these problems is to make very few long cuts.

Creation and Assembly of Sets #2


Here we  follow the continued religious observation of set production safety, yet in view of the engineering specifications required.

Creation and Assembly of Sets #3


Ensuring the cosmetic values of the sets is facilitated by the ensuring of fine milling of all materials.  Here it is to be observed that the ensuring of precision care is applied to  ensuring that the feeding mechanism of the planer is ensured, thus ensuring quality control of the ensuring of  all set materials and the subsequent ensuring of construction.

Creation and Assembly of Sets #4


The band saw was clearly invented by personages ( unrecorded)  who played in a band.  It would appear by any operator of this device that it was created pretty much with the sole (not soul) objective of pissing you right off.  It is impossible to cut anything straight with it.  It is impossible to cut any repeatable curve with it.  When you try to cut a tight curve it yells and smokes at you.

When you try to change the blade you look at the instructions.   The instruction  writer was evidently paid by the counting of the word “simply”.  Simply do this and simply do that and you will simply end up yelling and screaming at it until you revert to  becoming  a  monosyllabic  frothing simpleton.   Then, in frustration,  after you finally get the blade to go around without falling off the tracks, you will have forgotten what you wanted to do in the first place.  This is why band saws last so long.  You put them off into the corner where you can only see them, not have them out there front and centre in your shop where they can aggravate so badly all day every day.

Much like people in your  band.

Musical Instrument Design


Here we observe the Instrumentation Design Department hard at work.  It is not easy to make musical instruments out of leftover copper pipe and bits of wood happening to float around.  However, with enough suspension of belief in musicality and an audience with similar inclination (pretty much tone deaf helps), it appears to be a testable circumstance.   Also manufacturing the device with no ear protection, and thus rendering the designer pretty much deaf,  assists greatly in the matter.



The engineering set production designer seeking refreshment after many exertions.  It would appear from this rendering that such refreshment had already been partaken of in no small measure.

Oratory Rehearsal


Here we observe the author practicing a portion of  the spoken script  to a riveted audience.    On review of the above scenario it was at this point that the addition to the billing “An Excellent Cure For Insomnia” was formulated.