When Mary and Charlie, filled with the passion, vulnerability, and impulsiveness of youth, unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times. A play with a heart as big as the land that serves as its backdrop, Mary's Wedding is a wonderfully tender, poignant story of innocent first love and the vicissitudes of fate.
Stephen'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's filmwriting credits include Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning and The Dark. He has a BFA in drama from the University of Calgary.
"As dreams do, Massicotte's script collages things prosaic with things fantastical, things recalled with things imagined—heightened, skewed memories, letters, news from the war." —CityBeat, Cincinnati
"Puts you in mind of the grand passion of Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, the vastness of their love mirroring the wild tangle of nature." —Washington Times
"If this production had been a videotape I would have rewound it and watched the whole thing all over again the minute it ended." —New York Theatre Review
"NAFTA commerce should all be this good." —New York Theatre Wire
"With an impressive economy of means—only one set, two actors and no intermission—Massicotte has combined a fictional romance with the true story of a heroic World War I exploit." —New York Times
"Mary's Wedding could only have been written by a young playwright because only the young would dare skirt so close to the edge of pulp fiction sentimentality. And only a playwright with mature promise could pull it off." —Calgary Sun
"Massicotte doesn't push his anti-war message. He doesn't have to. The charm of his romance juxtaposed against prosaic descriptions from the trenches… do it for him." —San Francisco Chronicle