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category: Drama
published: Aug 2010
publisher: Playwrights Canada Press


by Michael Healey

tagged: canadian, gay & lesbian

A play in two acts, Healey introduces two sets of characters. In the first, a lawyer and his partner seek a civil ceremony, but are stopped when the officiant won’t perform a homosexual marriage because tenets of his religious beliefs won’t allow it. But tensions only mount when they learn that the officiant himself is openly gay. In the second act, a young couple decide to marry to secure a family for their unborn child, despite their poor financial situation. Facing eviction, the husband—a young Aboriginal man—meets his new neighbour, a refugee from Somalia, and they become fast friends. As the young couple finds happiness, prosperity, and friendship, their competing civil rights tears that friendship apart.

About the Author

Michael Healey is one of Canada's leading theatrical voices. Some of his plays include Courageous, The Drawer Boy, Proud, and Rune Arlidge, among others. With an outstanding breadth of work, Michael has won a number of awards as a playwright, including Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, and a Chalmers Canadian Play Award. He lives in Toronto.

  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award- Best New Play
  • , Governor General's Literary Award
Editorial Reviews

"Healey's dialogue is sushi-knife sharp, his dialectic banter is both ideologically solid and theatrically fascinating and you start to think that if Tom Stoppard were to have been Canadian, he would have written like this." —Toronto Star

"Healey combines a keen observational eye and a finely honed wit with a love of the English language that is as dazzling as it is rare." —Toronto Sun

"Healey writes plays for Canada like nobody else does." —National Post

"It's great to see a playwright grapple with contemporary issues without fear and with a genuinely questioning mind." —Globe & Mail

"The combination of humour, witty dialogue and ideas that link the private and the social is a rare thing in a play. Healey delivers." —Edmonton Journal

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