‘WHO ARE YOU?’ Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich’s unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical roller coaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession bring so much attention to an unassuming clockmaker? Maybe because that’s two more things than anyone else in this place remembers . . . ? Soon, Heinrich is reminding his new friend Frieda of memories she’s forgotten and even summoning up a few of his own – of forbidden love, and crimes he may or may not have committed. Is it possible to be guilty of being about to commit a crime, as Monsieur Pierre suspects? And why wouldn’t one recall something so significant as premeditating murder? Armed with a newfound-yet-familiar love for each other, Heinrich and Frieda set about solving this Kafkaesque puzzle. Winner of the Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play (2009) and named best Canadian play of the 2010-2011 season at the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards.
Plays by Stephen Massicotte
On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humour, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together, they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where the tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them. A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.
Stephen Massicotte’s award-winning plays Looking After Eden, Pervert and The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook series originated at Calgary’s Ground Zero Theatre. In 2002, his play Mary’s Wedding premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites Festival and won the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play and the 2003 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards. Mary’s Wedding continues to be produced throughout the US, Canada and the UK. In 2006, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion was produced as a co-production between the Tarragon Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and was a hit off-Broadway in 2007. The play won the 2007 Canadian Authors Association Carol Bolt Award and the 2007 Gwen Paris Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards. Stephen Massicotte’s filmwriting credits include Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning and The Dark. He has a BFA in drama from the University of Calgary.