If someone offers you acceptance you don't argue. I wanted to belong. I'd waited eighteen years to belong. It was full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes. They said I'd knock them dead. So I went home and found an old sheet. And made myself a toga...

(Wesley in Midnight Madness - a 30th anniversary production, part of Summer Theatre in Picton


Dave Carley is a Canadian playwright. His plays have had over 450 productions across Canada and the United States, and in many countries around the world. They include Writing with our Feet (nominated for the Governor General's Award), The Last Liberal, The Edible Woman, Taking Liberties and, most recently, Twelve Hours.

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Picton - Here We Come!

Two great shows are coming to Picton. Midnight Madness and Two Ships Passing are both having one week runs this August, in the Lipson Room at Books and Company. Above - Michelle Langille and Andrew Perun, in a scene from Midnight Madness (photo by Sam Gaetz). 

Tickets are available at the venue: Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton. Tickets are $25.

Tickets can also be ordered online at eventbrite

Midnight Madness (starring Sean Carthew, Michelle Langille and Andrew Perun) - August 9-12
Unjustly (by Krista Dalby) - August 14. A stage reading - admission is pay-what-you-can.
Two Ships Passing (starring Drew Carnwath, Scott Kuipers and Anne Page) - August 16-19 

Below: Drew Carnwath, Anne Page and Scott Kuipers in a scene from Two Ships Passing. (Sam Gaetz photorapher).

Midnight Madness in Port Stanley

Almost thirty years after it premiered at Tarragon/Arbor/Muskoka Festival theatres, Midnight Madness continues to spin its magical tale of redemption in the bed department of furniture store. This new production - one of three this year - runs through August at Por Stanley Festival Theatre.

The Festival's artistic director Simon Joynes is directing Madeleine Donohue (pictured above), Scott Garland (below: photo by Pierre Gautreau) and Jeff Culbert. Set design is by Eric Bunnell, LX design by Karen Crichton.  

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Climbing To God in Illinois...

Maybe and Rose are sick of their lives in the tiny Yorkshire village of Oxgodby. More to the point, they are sick of the men in their lives, Alf and Alf. At Mabel's behest, they've decided to visit God, whom they believe resides six miles above earth in a small box. The women are adherents of the Muggletonian faith, which holds that women can be returned to life on earth as men. Mabel and Rose both have their own reasons for wanting to make the change. The play opens just after they've begun their ascent.

A special reading of Climbing to God is happening as part of the Rockford New Play Festival at the Mendelsohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford, Illinois. August. The text will be available after the premiere, on this website in September.

The Muggletonians

A small Protestant Christian sect, the Muggletonians were founded in 1651, when Lodowick Muggleton and a tailor-colleague announced they were the last prophets, as foretold in The Book of Revelation. Among other beliefs, the Muggletonians held that God had appeared directly on Earth once as Jesus Christ, and now He could care less about everyday events on this benighted planet. In fact, God apparently wasn't planning to make another appearance until it was time to bring the world to an end. In the meantime He was living in a small box six miles above Earth.

Devout Muggletonian women like Mabel and Rose could be reborn as men, which author J.L. Carr said contributed greatly to the sect's attraction for the fairer sex. Muggletonians didn't have church services, but would meet in pubs for socializing, endearing the faith to many men.

Lodowick(e) Muggleton. Perhaps proof that one need not be Godlike in appearance to found a religion.

I would not have discovered the eccentric sect known as the Muggletonians were it not for J.L. Carr. The author of the Booker-nominated novel A Month in the Country, Carr also self-published a series of small books, wonderful curiosities of facts and foolishness. A brief teaser of information on Lodowick, the sect's eponymous founder, can be found in Carr's Welbourn's Dictionary of Prelates, Parsons... 

Climbing to God is dedicated to J.L. Carr.

Digging Up Hoffa

The 1975 disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa continues to fascinate North Americans. A great deal of time and money has been spent looking for Hoffa's body. Meanwhile, in a tiny house in a Detroit suburb, a mother worries about her future, and that of her grown son. She's a resourceful woman - and decides that desperate times require bold action.

Digging Up Hoffa is a one act play and its current production schedule bears out our ongoing fascination with Hoffa, even fictionally. 2017 has seen three productions thus far, and one more about to happen...

- A live recorded presentation by Radio Theatre Project in Tampa in January
- Shakespeare in the Burg, Williamsburg VA March
- North Park Theatre, San Diego CA May
- Boxfest, Detroit Michigan, Aug 19-26 

Here's Jimmy in livelier times:

Urban Nun Published...

Urban Nun, the stand-alone opening monologue from INTO has just been published in 'Red Bull Shorts', a volume of short plays celebrating the best of the Red Bull Theater Short New Play Festival. Urban Nun was produced at the New York City festival in 2012. The Steele Spring publication also features short plays by John Guare, David Ives and Jen Silverman, among others. 

Just Arrived at a Bookstore Near You...

Twelve Hours has just been published by Scirocco Publishing. It can be ordered through your favourite bookstore or from Playwrights Guild of Canada

Twelve Hours premiered last year in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch hailed it, saying, "Twelve Hours packs a lot of humanity into 90 minutes of gripping theatre."