BURN

a thriller by John Muggleton
90 min/no intermission
4 characters (2 m, 2 f)
mature content, strong language

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Professional Productions
Avalon Studio, Ottawa Nov/Dec 2016

The Gladstone August 2017


Community Theatre Productions 

Tsawwassen Arts Centre, Delta BC


​Synopsis

Longtime friends Robert, Samira, and David meet after some time apart at the request of the daughter of their recently deceased friend, successful horror writer, Paul. None of the three friends know precisely why Eve, the daughter, wants to meet them, except to deliver something – whether it’s news, a portion of their friend’s will, or a package isn’t clear. When she arrives, she easily and somewhat aggressively inserts herself into the conversation. Thing start quickly falling off the rails when she insists on telling her own ghost story, peppering it with unsettling secrets from Robert’s past. It’s at this point that Robert, Samira, and David realize that there is something undeniably eerie about Eve. Things get considerably worse for Robert and his friends as secrets are revealed and accusations of murder are made. Is it time to call the police or take matters into their own hands?

Set from the 2017 Gladstone production, set design Geoff Gruson, lighting David Magladry.

John Muggleton

John has been an actor, director and playwright for over over 25 years. Recent acting credits include David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Production 2015 Capital Critics Awards), Speed-The-Plow (Outstanding Male Actor nomination Prix Rideau Awards, Best Actor Nomination Capital Critics Circle Awards), and The Extremely Short New Play Festival. John was commissioned by Parks Canada in 2004 to write and direct a series of plays celebrating Canadian history and folklore: Spirits Rising, Shadows of the Fort, The Islands, Ghosts of the Rideau and Sir John, were performed across Eastern Ontario over an eight year period. For television, John was a writer on Showcase’s Mann to Mann, directed by Derek Diorio (Hard Rock Medicine, House of Luc)  and featured Patrick McKenna. A member of ACTRA, The Canadian Actors Equity Association and the Playwrights Guild of Canada, John is a the co-founder of the Ottawa Acting Company and a recipient of the Audrey Ashley Award for longstanding dedication to the Ottawa theatre community.

Publicity shots of the August 2017 production of Burn at the Gladstone. Directed by Venetia Lawless.


Robert.....Chris Torti

Eve........Zoe Gregarous

Sam......Tahera Mufti

Dave......Michael Thompson

With Dana and our daughter Janey