An Act of Grace
Mature themes, strong language
Greed, an illicit affair and a dying woman’s last wish force two men to turn to violence in order to survive a business meeting. From the writer of Burn comes this dark comedy/thriller that was awarded Best Production, Best Ensemble, The People’s Choice Award and Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting Award at last years Eastern Ontario Drama League Theatre Festival in Kingston.
- The Gladstone, Ottawa
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. 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. John's new play An Act of Grace, which was performed at the Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival in November 2018 was awarded Best Production, Best Ensemble, People's Choice Award and Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting.
John Lives in Ottawa with his wife Dana, a psychotherapist, and their three year old Daughter Janey Summer.
100 minutes - no intermission (optional with permission)
6 characters (3m, 3 f)
2 are minor roles appearing in the beginning of the play only
mature content, strong language
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Three friends meet in a stylish downtown loft apartment. They have history. They are awaiting the arrival of the estranged daughter of a fourth friend, recently deceased. Why has she come and who is she really? Over the course of the evening, the play, which runs in real time, must reach into the past to make sense of the present and change the future for each of the close friends.
A taut script is the highlight of this psychological thriller as truth is revealed about the relationships between a group of friends who share space in the world of murder mystery writing. Their love of games and storytelling helps to build tension as the audience must try to discern what is fact and what is fiction. As the play unfolds, each character is revealed for what they really are.
- Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill, ON.
Three longtime friends have had little contact since the death of the fourth member of their close-knit group, a best-selling horror writer. Now his estranged daughter has brought them all together again – but why? “A highly suspenseful ghost story that holds you in its fiery grip right up until the final moments.” (Onstage Ottawa).
- Ottawa Little Theatre, Ottawa, ON