Michael O'Brien

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Plays by Michael O'Brien

Mad Boy Chronicle

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

Set in the final days of the first millennium, Mad Boy Chronicle hauls the Hamlet story howling back to its origins. Join the Mad Boy as he sets out in fierce pursuit of his destiny, in a world where wolves, elves, spirits and Jesus Christ all compete for the future of humanity.

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Michael O’Brien was born on Saltspring Island, and grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and London, England. After collecting bits of paper from the University of Ottawa and the National Theatre School, he travelled across Canada on the Fringe circuit. His plays include The Last Temptation of Christopher Robin and Freaks: A Circus Tale with Music (National Arts Centre, Atelier); highly acclaimed stage versions of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist (Young Peoples Theatre); for Theatre Columbus he has created a new version of The Barber of Seville (Dora Award, Best Production of a Musical); and in 1996 his Viking epic, Mad Boy Chronicle (Alberta Theatre Projects) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Drama. Recent works include Hard Times, adapted from Dickens for the National Arts Centre, and for CBC Radio, Shores of Wonder, inspired by the Norse Vinland Sagas, as well as adaptations of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin, Restitution: An Irish Canadian Rhapsody (Factory Theatre, 2004), and a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The Invisible Man for The Shaw Festival (2006).