Every day after school, seventeen-year-old Timothy waits at the neighbourhood crosswalk where years earlier his older sister disappeared. Every day he crosses the street with Jim, the elderly crossing guard. It’s a ritual Timothy thinks might go on forever, until one day he arrives and Jim is absent. Instead, standing at the crosswalk is a young woman – a young woman who looks a lot like his missing sister. The Crossing Guard is a tender meditation on the limits of fidelity.
Plays by Daniel Karasik
Ben’s teenaged daughter Claire is hit by a car. To ease his conscience, Leon, the driver, approaches Ben with a cheque. Which Ben takes. But now why is Leon calling Ben at work and showing up on his front lawn? And what’s going on with Claire, now recovered, throwing rocks at the window of the boy who lives across the street? In Full Light is a riveting exploration of obligation, obsession and desire.
Convinced she is not like the rest of her boring family, nine-year-old Marnie McPhee decides it's time to leave Earth and take her place among the stars. But as she builds her spaceship, she realizes that maybe Earth isn't so bad after all, even if it is filled with imperfect human families. The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee is a charming story of the infinite reaches of the imagination and the pleasure of dreaming.
Daniel Karasik is a writer, actor and artistic director of the independent theatre company Tango Co. In Full Light was a hit at the 2007 SummerWorks Theatre Festival, where it won the festival's Jury Prize for Best New Play and was voted Outstanding New Play by NOW Magazine. His poetry and fiction have appeared in major literary magazines across Canada and in the United States, including The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly and Per Contra.