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Paris is Dead: A Play In Three Acts

Paris is Dead is my first full length play.

It is based on a one-act play I wrote in '93 or '94. At the time, I knew it was unfinished. In 2006, I finally realized how to finish it. I rewrote the one-act as Act One, and wrote Act Two and Three on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. In 2010, while rereading it, I discovered one more element that finally put it to rest.

It is one of my better plays, and some consider it my best.

I produced and directed the one-act version for the Wilfrid Laurier Theatre Collective in '95 (I think).

The full version has not been produced. Interested? Email me at If you can do it right, you can have it for free.


The play is divided into three single-scene acts.

In the first act, via three interwoven monologues, ANDREW, THOMAS, and PATRICK (played by women) independently offer accounts of an event that took place in a Paris hostel that deeply affected all of them.

The second act presents a drunken debate between CALEB, ANDREW, and PATRICK that occurs on the night of the event discussed in the first act. In the third act, three siren-like women discuss and clarify the events recounted in the first act and they articulate the perspective of a woman who, until this point, has only been described by others.

The play concludes with a piece of movement between MALE and FEMALE which expresses a solution to the problem with which the play wrestles. The play is a challenging and original examination of personal identity, power-relations between the genders, and love.


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