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The Nuttalls

The Nuttalls
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michael Healey
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 67
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0887549837
ISBN-13: 9780887549830

About the Play:

The Nuttalls is a full-length comedy by Michael Healey. Living on the shores of Lake Huron, an agoraphobic mother and her dropout son jointly run a quirky tourist camp. Both compulsive liars, mother and son teeter between love and hate as they belly flop into the deep end of manic domestic discord.

The Nuttalls are a "nutty" family living in relative seclusion. Set in a tourist camp on the shores of Lake Huron dubbed the Confederation Cabins, the play's premise is simple: Family members treat other family members far worse than strangers. Ev Nuttall and her son Ec rely on the kindness of strangers as they struggle with their own internal and external problems. Ev has her problems. The collector of Royal Doulton figurines not only suffers from agoraphobia, she is apparently dying from what she believes is a fatal degenerative disease. We know different. Ec has his own problems. He is obsessed with his eleventh toe (which he has named Toto) and is grieving over his estranged fiancée who left him dangling at the altar. We know what really happened. Although Ev declares that hell hath no fury like a mother's love for her son – ditto for a son's love for his mother – the Nuttalls prove that sometimes family can be your worst enemy.

The Nuttalls premiered in 2009 at the Blyth Festival (one of Canada's most widely-praised producers of new plays).

Cast: 2 women, 1 man

What people say:

"…skillfully crafted… suitably silly summer fare." — The Globe and Mail

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.