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Courageous

Courageous
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michael Healey
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 103
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0887549306
ISBN-13: 9780887549304

About the Play:

Finalist for the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama

Courageous is a full-length comedy by Michael Healey. Will you fight for your principles? How far will you go to define and defend your rights? Michael Healey paints a provocative and comical picture of "justice" in Canada.

Courageous is a wicked comedy that pits character against character, and exposes the hot-button issues of gay marriage, religious freedom, and liberal immigration policy as battlegrounds for individual expression. A play in two acts, Michael Healey introduces two sets of characters. In the first, a lawyer and his partner seek a civil ceremony, but are stopped when the officiant won't perform a homosexual marriage because tenets of his religious beliefs won't allow it. But tensions only mount when they learn that the officiant himself is openly gay. In the second act, a young couple decide to marry to secure a family for their unborn child, despite their poor financial situation. Facing eviction, the husband – a young Aboriginal man – meets his new neighbour, a refugee from Somalia, and they become fast friends. As the young couple finds happiness, prosperity, and friendship, their competing civil rights tears that friendship apart.

The second in a trilogy of award-winning plays (Generous, Proud), Courageous premiered in 2010 at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. Winner of the 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play.

Cast: 1 woman, 7 men (alternate casting 1 woman, 3 men with doubling)

What people say:

"...a thoroughly hilarious comedy willing to take on big ideas about our culture...." — Vue Weekly

About the Playwright:

Michael Healey is a renowned Canadian playwright and actor. He trained as an actor at Toronto's Ryerson Theatre School in the early 1980s. After ten years working as an actor on stages across Canada, his first play, a solo one-act called Kicked, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. Since then, he has become an exceptional voice in Canadian theatre. With an outstanding breadth of work, Michael has won a number of awards as a playwright, including Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, and a Chalmers Canadian Play Award, as well as awards across Canada and internationally.