Thriller/Dark comedy
90 minutes
4 characters (2 F, 2 M)
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, and Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting at the 2018 Eastern Ontario Drama League Theatre Festival in Kingston. 


"Her name is Grace, she’s filthy rich, and she wafts trouble like expensive perfume. She’s invited the two men—Chuck and Tony the lawyer—to her home for some purpose. But before she explains her reasons, she leaves them alone for a while. Chuck and Tony know each other, slightly, from high school long ago, and dislike each other. Chuck is aggressively rude to Tony. Tony, after trying to be polite, fires a few barbs back at Chuck. Then Grace returns, makes a diabolical demand, and the three-way verbal cutting and thrusting gets even more vicious. The twists and turns the script takes reminded me of the Tony Award-winning play Sleuth."

- Barbara Popel, Apt. 613

Burn

Thriller
100 minutes; no intermission (optional with permission)
4 characters (2 m, 2 f)

There are 2 minor roles appearing in the beginning of the play as a voice-over
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, who is recently deceased.  Why has she come, and who is she really?  Over the course of the evening, the friends must face the truth of their past in order to make sense of the present and save their futures. As the characters are skilled murder mystery writers who share a love of games and storytelling, tension builds as the audience must discern what is fact and what is fiction. Eventually each character is revealed for who they really are. Running in real time, "a taut script is the highlight of this psychological thriller."
- 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?  Burn is “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

An Act of Grace

John Muggleton

Playwright