... I wish you'd stop sometime and really take a look at me, really look, and while you're doing that, try thinking about what the world looks like through my eyes... Mom, we've spent our whole lives going like this. We've never connected unless I made the effort...

(Jason in Two Ships Passing) 


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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Two Ships Passing in Port Hope!

Tickets are now on sale for the production of Two Ships Passing, November 17 - 26, at Port Hope's Engine Gallery. To order from Eventbrite, go here. 

For a short clip of Scott Kuipers and Drew Carnway, go here.

Drew Carnwath, Anne Page and Scott Kuipers in Two Ships Passing, at the Engine Gallery, Port Hope, November 2016. Photo by Sam Gaetz.

A liberal judge, a progressive cleric - and an MBA. It's a combustible trifecta and the basis of a three characters pile-on inTwo Ships Passing. The sequel to Dave's popular comedy Midnight Madness, Two Ships Passing premiered at Hamilton's Theatre Aquarius in 1998 and has enjoyed many subequent productions, including an Arts Club tour of British Columbia. The play is being produced in Port Hope in November, following on the heels of a 2015 sold-out run of Midnight Madness in that delightful burg. Helping with the production end of things is Ontario Street Theatre and the show stars Drew Carnwath, Scott Kuipers and Anne Page

In this production shot: Jason Jazrawy, Gina Wilkinson and Ric Reid from the Theatre Aquarius production, which was directed by Chris McHarge.

Canadian Rajah - Wesleyville Conquered - Next Stop Warkworth!

Chick Reid and Richard Lee starried in a sneak preview of Dave's new play Canadian Rajah. The 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. The eldest son of the then independent country's rajah, Esca by rights should have been the Rajah of Sarawak - but that country's loss is our gain. Join actors Chick Reid and Richard Lee (below), as well as some of Esca's descendents -  and hear discover more about the incredible life of Esca.

Next Stop on Esca's journey is a presentation in Warkworth, early in 2017. Details TBA soon.

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."

Like A Blueberry Podcast - Release date January 19!

Kerry O'Malley, Kelly Deadmon and Wally Dunn are starring in the podcast of Like A Blueberry, scheduled for release in January by Amy's Horse. The piece - inspired by a true-life subway encounter by Tony Hamill - centres on a transit rider's growing impatience with uptalk, newspeak and the over-use of 'like'. To access the podcast or for more information on Amy's Horse, click here. Below: Kerry O'Malley.