Publicity shots of the August 2017 production of Burn at the Gladstone. Directed by Venetia Lawless.
Set from the 2017 Gladstone production, set design Geoff Gruson, lighting David Magladry.
a thriller by John Muggleton
90 min/no intermission
4 characters (2 m, 2 f)
mature content, strong language
Playwrights Guild of Canada
The Gladstone August 2017
A friendly get together turns dark when the daughter of a recently deceased friend begins to tell a ghost story, a story that is peppered with details from the hosts secret past.
Robert, Samira and David have gathered at the request of the daughter of their recently deceased friend, successful horror writer Paul Morris. A simple email from Eve states that she has something for the three friends; she offers to fly into town to deliver the mysterious package, writing that she also wishes to learn about her estranged father from those who knew him best.
After pressing the friends to explain her father's unique writing technique, Eve asks to tell a story she's been crafting. Following some initial hesitation, they relent and Eve begins to recount her story. Hers is a tale based on a ghost story she heard as a child - a tale which suddenly makes Robert markedly uneasy. The phone rings. Phone in hand, Robert turns to Eve... who is just about to get to the best part of her story.
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.