…and these are a few of them. If you’d like to read something by me, you can leave a comment to that effect or find me through the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.
Sense and Sensibility
Coming soon! Stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, commissioned by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. World premiere in October 2018.
(The Goose received a workshop and staged public reading at the Prairie Theatre Exchange Carol Shields Festival, 2017)
Part play, part cello concert, The Goose is a retelling of the traditional Japanese Folk Tale “The Crane Wife.” A young man lives with his mother on a poor prairie farm in the 1930’s. One day while out hunting he rescues a goose who has become tangled in barbed wire. Soon after, he meets a young woman and they marry despite his mother’s objections. When the hard times get harder, the wife saves they day by weaving beautiful blankets they are able to sell, on the condition that he never watch her work.
A cellist plays selections from Bach’s Suite’s for Solo Cello before the play begins, and provides the soundtrack throughout.
One or two acts, 3 characters. Younger man, younger woman, and older woman. One cellist.
(Written and workshopped at the Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre Colony, 2016)
A one-act comedy that could be called “Pygmalion on a Tightrope.” Maria Spelterini and “the Great Blondin” were two of the most accomplished funambulists ever to walk a rope over the Niagara Gorge. He did most of his stunts in 1859-60, and she did not appear on the scene until the 1870’s, so they probably never met. Until now. Sex, death, and existentialism on a real live high wire.
One act, 2 characters. One male (40ish) and one female (20’s). Note: the female performer will need to be great on the highwire.
The Eight Tiny Reindeer of the Apocalypse
(Commissioned and produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba, 2012)
Christmas Eve, sometime in the not too distant future. Downtown Winnipeg is a wasteland. Josie, a disgraced economics professor and doomsday prophet, recounts how the end of civilization as we know it was caused by the so-called festive season. Along the way we meet Deanne, a wife and mother who is trying to make Christmas perfect. This has her frazzled to put it mildly. She might be about to crack. We also hear a sermon by Reverend Rosbert, a minister in the Church of All Things Kri$$mu$$y and good.
“This is how the world ends my friends: not with a bang, but with a Boxing Day Sale.”
One act, 3 characters. One character is female, two are non- gender-specific. Can be performed by one actor. Originally produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba, December 2011.
The Kamloops Kid
(Workshop and staged public reading at the saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre Spring Festival, 2014)
On Christmas Day 1941 Hong Kong fell to the Japanese. The Canadian soldiers who survived the battle were taken prisoner and subjected to years of starvation and abuse. One of the prison guards was a Japanese Canadian named Kanae Inouye. He had been raised in Kamloops British Columbia and, partly out of bitterness for how he had been treated there, made it his mission to torture Canadians. He was eventually tried and hung for war crimes, making him Canada’s first War Criminal.
In the play, a group of Canadian soldiers led by Captain Kenneth Larkin display resourcefulness, resilience and sometimes decency in an impossible situation. They also put on a hell of a show. The photo seen here was taken in one such camp.
Two Acts, Six characters (5 male, one female)
World Premiere Production at Prairie Theatre Exchange, 2013)
Jim Sullivan is a former Olympian and the son of the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. It is now 1969 and he’s running a small printing company with his sister and his niece. The business is failing, but they secure one big order that may change everything.
They take in a young man who has run to Canada to avoid going to Vietnam. Jim must now confront his own memories of time in a poW camp in World War II.
Someone makes a very small, very costly mistake. A play about freedom, duty, and the nature of courage.
Two acts. Five actors (2 male, 3 female) playing six characters.