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Mary's Wedding

by Stephen Massicotte

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On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humour, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together, they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where the tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them. A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.

About the Author

Stephen Massicotte

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.
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Contributor Notes

Stephen Massicotte was born in Trenton, Ontario, and spent his earliest years living on various Canadian Forces bases in Canada and Europe. For the most part, he grew up in Thunder Bay, where he developed his interests in reading, film, and art. He studied graphic design at Cambrian College, and later, theatre at the University of Calgary. After graduating with a BFA in Drama, he stayed in Calgary to work as an actor, helping to found Ground Zero Theatre and The Shakespeare Company. With the Fringe Festival circuit success of his play, The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook, Stephen began to focus on playwriting. In 2002, Mary’s Wedding premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects and has gone on to have more than a hundred productions in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and the UK. In the years following, Stephen has continued to write for the theatre, as well as opera, film, and fiction. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion is the winner of the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards and the Carol Bolt Award for Drama. The Clockmaker won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play and the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics’ Association Award for Best Canadian Play. He currently lives in New York City.

Awards
  • Winner, Alberta Literary Award for Drama
  • Winner, Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play
  • Winner, Alberta Playwriting Competition
Editorial Reviews

"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


"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


"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


"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


"NAFTA commerce should all be this good." —New York Theatre Wire


"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


"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

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