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The Mystery Play

The Mystery Play
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Josh MacDonald
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 1772012165
ISBN-13: 9781772012163
Cast Size: 2 women, 2 men

About the Play:

The Mystery Play is a full-length drama by Josh MacDonald. A supernatural chiller of rattling cupboards, overnight séances, and spectral possessions, featuring a crime-solving nun struggling with her dwindling faith – in which the word "faith" can also mean a miracle beyond all logic – while digging into her neighbours' lives.

The Mystery Play is a detective story, a ghost story, and a memory play: a theatrical blending of Wit and The Woman In Black. Sister Vivian Salter, a flinty, fifty-ish Catholic nun forced into the role of amateur sleuth, has returned to her family home in Parrsboro, N.S., in order to care for her ailing father. She recounts her late-stage struggles with her own beliefs while also detailing her father George's descent into Alzheimer's. In his seventies, George is becoming prone to semi-violent outbursts, to speaking with phantoms in the middle of the night, and to eerie sleepwalking – all of which leave Salter exhausted and questioning the existence of God's love. Then, into the adjoining suite next door moves a young schoolteacher, Jennifer Craig, and her husband, Peter. This newlywed couple seems perfect, and very much in love … until they don't. By creeping attrition, Salter begins to suspect that terrible spousal abuse is taking place other side of the wall, and, despite herself, she gets drawn into mystery once more. But this time it's a frightful mystery that sneaks increasingly closer... and closer... to home.

The Mystery Play premiered in 2017 at Ship's Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men

What people say:

"MacDonald has crafted a deliciously twisty 'what-if,' populated with compelling characters, spectral thrills, and bluenose ghosts." — Ami McKay, New York Times bestselling author of The Birth House and The Witches of New York

"The writing is bright, poetic, surprising, and funny. And to top it off, The Mystery Play really is a mystery, as well as a ghost story and a love story." — Wendy Lill, award-winning author of The Glace Bay Miners' Museum and Memories of You

"MacDonald's The Mystery Play has four vulnerable characters seeking connection, but at its core is a rollicking good story – really creepy, very mysterious, with unexpected twists to keep an audience wondering. MacDonald beautifully marries his characters' authentic hearts with an existential mystery." — Catherine Banks, Governor General's Award–winning author of It Is Solved by Walking and Bone Cage

About the Playwright:

Josh MacDonald is an award-winning Canadian playwright, screenwriter, and teacher. He graduated from Concordia University in Montréal where he specialized in theatre performance. He has written for CBC Television and Radio, the National Film Board, the Smithsonian Channel, Reelz, Blue Ant, and others. He has taught creative writing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University. Also a professional actor for stage and screen, he is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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