A play in two acts, Healey introduces two sets of characters. In the first, a lawyer and his partner seek a civil ceremony, but are stopped when the officiant won't perform a homosexual marriage because tenets of his religious beliefs won't allow it. But tensions only mount when they learn that the officiant himself is openly gay. In the second act, a young couple decide to marry to secure a family for their unborn child, despite their poor financial situation. Facing eviction, the husband – a young Aboriginal man – meets his new neighbour, a refugee from Somalia, and they become fast friends. As the young couple finds happiness, prosperity and friendship, their competing civil rights tears that friendship apart. Nominated for the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama
Plays by Michael Healey
Living in relative seclusion, Ev and Ec rely on the kindness of strangers as they struggle with their own internal and external problems. Ev not only suffers from agoraphobia, she believes she is dying from a fatal degenerative disease. Ec, who is obsessed with his eleventh toe (which he has named Toto), is grieving over his estranged fiancée who left him at the altar. Although Ev declares that hell hath no fury like a mother's love, the Nuttalls prove that sometimes family can be your worst enemy.
Shortly after the Conservatives win a majority government in the 2011 federal election, the prime minister discovers a secret weapon in his caucus – Jisbella Lyth, a single mother with a limited understanding of her role as an MP. Using her ignorance to his advantage, the PM hatches a plan to have Jisbella front and centre in a campaign of misdirection and distraction. Humorous and clever, Proud explores the corrosive nature of the politics of division.
A family of women – the eldest incapable of keeping stories to herself, her two daughters on the verge of making life-altering decisions, a granddaughter wise beyond her years. Healey takes us on a 25-year-long trip to the family cottage.
Michael Healey performed in his first one-act play in 1996 as part of the Fringe Festival of Toronto. Since then he has become an exceptional voice in Canadian theatre. With an outstanding breadth of work, he has won a number of awards as a playwright, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award, a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Chalmers Canadian Play Award. Michael Healey is currently a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre.