On a publicity tour in Japan, Carl, a Canadian author, finds himself falling in love amidst the sacred stages of Noh theatre and the seedy dance clubs in Tokyo, wired on cocaine and sake. His object of affection is the young, seductive actor, Yori, but the affair becomes complicated when Carl’s translator and Yori’s sister, Nushi, becomes entranced with him. As his tour continues, he straddles the fragmentary place between two cultures – one of individuality and directness, the other of tradition and formality – and uncovers the dualities that exist in life and love. Based on The Tale of Genji, one of the world’s oldest pieces of literature, MacIvor’s script takes us into the centre of a clandestine Japan as experienced by the visiting outsider.
Plays by Daniel MacIvor
Bunny Best has met her unfortunate end after a mishap at a Gay Days parade. Now her two sons, Kyle and Hamilton, have the task of arranging her funeral and caring for her most beloved companion, a troublesome Italian greyhound named Enzo. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface.
Five classmates come together for their thirtieth high-school reunion. Some see it as a welcome trip home, others see it as an obligation, while a few never even left. But as the night wears on, the one-time classmates start to reconnect and reminisce. The more alcohol that's consumed the closer the friends come to confronting their darkest secrets. Once again, Daniel MacIvor proves to us that just because we're all grown up doesn't mean we have everything figured out. His characters are sometimes naive, often crass, but always honest. As they try to reclaim their high-school glory days, these five friends charge headfirst into the secrets they all tried to run so far from.
In Communion, a recovering alcoholic and her estranged daughter try to negotiate a new relationship in spite of vastly different lifestyles.
Here Lies Henry is a story about a man alone on a room with a mission to tell you something you don't already know.
In House, Victor drags his audience through his life, his fantasies, his desires, and his recent push to the edge.
Man in Scrubs follows the story of a queer black nurse who is getting awfully tired of being put in a box. He's queer, not gay, and he'll tell you the difference. He’s always been an outcast and constantly finds himself at the bottom of any and every hierarchy. With his patience waning, he confronts what it means to be an outsider and, more importantly, what it means to take charge of one’s own identity.
Boy in Hoodie is the story of the ‘Dead Cat Kid’, as he’s known by his classmates. He’s fascinated by death – curious about it in a philosophical sense – but he’s not morbid, and he didn’t kill a cat. But which is more important, the truth or perception?
Woman in Prada centres on an attractive, middle-aged woman who enjoys the finer things in life. And now that she’s no longer a suburban housewife, she’s finally free to explore her own desires. But what if they are leading her to be with a much younger man? Can she choose to put social optics to the side and do what makes her happy for once?
A funny, satirical story, Never Swim Alone is about Frank and Bill, two egotistical men locked in a ruthless competition of one-upmanship for seemingly no reason.
Bob is on the road. Bob is on the run. But from what, or whom, is she running? Follow Bob as she hops from car to car telling her story to unsuspecting drivers as she tries to put her life in the rear-view mirror. Will she make it to her destination? And what will she find when she gets there? Find out in the critically adored See Bob Run.
Small Things explores how the little differences keep us from understanding each other.
A hilarious metaplay, This Is A Play follows three actors who, while performing, reveal their own thoughts and motivations as they struggle through crazy stage directions and an unoriginal musical score.
Most people hope for happy endings. For Warren, a gay divorcee, that means getting his stuff back; most importantly, his cherished John Denver CD. And then there’s Warren’s assortment of friends: Susan, a Percocet-fuelled divorce lawyer whose daughters are giving her a hard time; tarot-reading Aaron, who is dating Susan and who secretly used to be known as Erin; Mike, an alcoholic who sometimes sees his son on Saturdays; and Kevin, Mike’s kid who has an imaginary friend. Observing and directing all of their lives is the human will – or Will, as he prefers to be called – who doesn’t quite believe in those happy endings. This Is What Happens Next is an intensely relatable, multi-character story that explores the anguish of addiction and divorce as it delves into the fundamentals of human desire and asks the philosophical question, ‘What happens next?’
Was Spring tells the story of three women who suffered a tragic accident years ago.
In Wild Abandon we are introduced to Steve, a man alone in the world. Steve is acerbic, opinionated and desperate to figure himself out. As he recounts his life story, we follow Steve out the door of his strict Catholic home, through diners and bars and parks as we hear the tales that made the man. Wild Abandon is a story about running away and how to find your way home again.
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Daniel MacIvor is one of Canada’s most accomplished playwrights and performers. Winner of the prestigious Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize, the GLAAD Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and many others, Daniel’s plays have been met with acclaim throughout North America.