16 Mar The Drawer Boy
June 12 – July 4, 2010
By Michael Healey
Directed by Domenique Lozano
Starring Warren David Keith*, Max Rosenak, and Howard Swain*.
Shows run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.
This poignant tale of friendship, memory and the loss of love, beautifully illustrates the transformative nature of art and the healing power of theatre.
The Drawer Boy, one of the most successful plays in Canadian theatre history, tells the story of two aging farmers and their long-buried family secret, which is uncovered when an actor visits them to research life on a farm. The actor takes their stories back to his theatre group, profoundly affecting the trajectory of the farmers’ lives and forever altering their understanding of their past and their future. The Drawer Boy entices audiences with its quirky humor and questions the role of art in our day-to-day lives. Since its premiere in 1999 at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, The Drawer Boy has won countless awards, including Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and The Helen Hayes Award. It continues to delight audiences across Canada, The United States, and around the world. In 2001, The Drawer Boy made Time Magazine‘s top ten list as “a new classic”.
Michael Healey trained as an actor at Toronto’s Ryerson Theatre School in the mid-eighties. He began writing for the stage in the early nineties and his first play, a solo one-act called Kicked, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. He subsequently toured the play across Canada and internationally, and in 1998 it won Toronto’s annual theatre prize, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, for best new play. The Drawer Boy, Healey’s first full-length play, premiered in Toronto in 1999 and won the Dora Award for best new play, a Chalmers Canadian Playwriting Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. It has been produced across North America and internationally, and has been translated into German, French, Hindi, Portuguese and Japanese. His other plays include The Road to Hell (co-authored with Kate Lynch), Plan B (which won the Dora in 2002), Rune Arlidge (which was nominated for the Governor General’s award in 2004), and The Innocent Eye Test. Michael continues to work as an actor, and is a writer-in-residence at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. His latest play, Generous, won the Dora when it premiered at the Tarragon in September 2006.
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*appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association.