Daniel Brooks’s The Full Light of Day is a modern epic tragedy, a timely exploration of crumbling privilege and power, beautifully told and innovative in form. Mary’s family finds itself in serious difficulty, and some bad decisions lead to disaster. Mary soon falls ill, and as she is dying wrestles with what her family is, what she has done with her life, and how she wants to die. The Full Light of Day is a provocative film/theatre experiment which looks at crucial choices facing Canadians today – how to live, love, and die in a world in transition. Bold characters, bracing text, wit, and suspense all mix together in this new play by award-winning artist Daniel Brooks.
Daniel Brooks is one of Canada’s most accomplished theatre makers. As a writer, director and performer he has collaborated with some of the country’s finest talents in producing a body of daring and original work. He has created shows with Don McKellar, Tracy Wright, Daniel MacIvor, Guillermo Verdecchia, Leah Cherniak, John Mighton, Rick Miller, Diego Matamoros, and Michael Ondaatje, among others.
His many achievements include a series of monologues created with Daniel MacIvor, direction of work by John Mighton, Beckett, Chekhov, Ibsen, Sophocles, Borges, and Goethe, the musical Drowsy Chaperone, and many creations including Insomnia, The Eco Show, The Good Life, The Noam Chomsky Lectures, Bigger Than Jesus, Pokey Jones, and a series of plays created with Don McKellar and Tracy Wright (The Augusta Company). He was co-artistic director of The Augusta Company, Artistic Director of Necessary Angel from 2003 to 2012, and an associate artist at Soulpepper Theatre. He was also a playwright in residence at the Tarragon Theatre for seven years. He was recently the Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto. His many theatre awards include the Siminovitch Prize. His work has toured across Canada and around the world. He teaches regularly and has had a significant impact on theatre artists across Canada.
He is currently writing The Perfect Human, a play about cancer, madness, theatre, and death.