Everything in my garden is from somewhere else. The magnolia is a hybrid from China. I bought it at a nursery in Ottawa. I got the bulbs for those Irises at a botanical garden in New Jersey. The white pine? I transplanted it from my cottage near Kingston. And then there's me. Apparently I crawled out of a cave, somewhere near Madoc, Ontario.

(Esca in Canadian Rajah) 


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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Canadian Rajah - Special Play Reading Event in Warkworth!

Chick Reid (above) and Jon de Leon (below) are starring in a Rajah Collective staged reading of Dave's new play Canadian Rajah. The reading is set for the Warkworth Town Hall theatre, Saturday Jan 28, 2017 at 7 pm and Sunday Jan 29 at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online or by calling Sean Carthew at 905-885-8042. Tickets can also be bought at the General Store on Main Street, Warkworth. "This is a Canadian Actors' Equity Association production under the Artists' Collective Policy."

In August, a staged reading took place in front of a full house at the enchanting Wesleyville Arts Centre, just west of Port Hope, on Monday, August 29. Read the Northumberland Today article here. Canadian Rajah tells the bizarre but true story of Esca Brooke Daykin, who was exiled from Sarawak (now part of Malaysia) and ended up in Madoc, Ontario. 

Picton - Here We Come!

Watch this space for an announcement in early January about an exciting new development in Prince Edward County...

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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."