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Michael Healey

MICHAEL HEALEY

  (1963 - )

Nationality:    Canadian
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Literary Agent:    Gary Goddard Agency Ltd  

Playwright Michael Healey trained as an actor at Toronto's Ryerson Theatre School. He began writing for the stage in the early nineties and his first play, Kicked, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. He subsequently toured the play across Canada and internationally, and in 1998 it won Canada's leading Theatre award  the Dora Mavor Moore award for Best New Play. the Drawer Boy, his first full-length play, premiered in Toronto in 1999 and also won the Dora award for Best New Play, as well as the Chalmers Canadian Playwriting award, and the Governor General's Literary award. It has been produced across North America and internationally, and has been translated into German, French and Japanese. It has also been produced in various Theatres around the UK, most recently at the Tron in Glasgow. His other plays include the Road To Hell (co-authored with Kate Lynch), Plan B (which again won the Dora Mavor Moore award for Best New Play in 2002), Rune alridge (nominated for the Governor General's award in 2004), and the Innocent eye Test (Manitoba Theatre Centre and Toronto's Royal alexandra Theatre 2006).

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        Button Stories         Dangers of Tobacco, The         Drawer Boy , The         Generous         Innocent Eye Test         Kicked         Kreskinned         Plan B         Proud         Rune Arlidge         Yodellers



Button Stories

Synopsis:
a daughter goes to her father's office

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Snappy Shorts at the Tarragon" published by Playwrights Canada Press 2005   978-0887547508

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Dangers of Tobacco, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

1st Produced:
Du Maurier Theatre Centre, Toronto     03 Sep 2002

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Drawer Boy , The

Drawer Boy , The
based on the making of theatre Passe Muraille's landmark the Farm Show

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1st Produced:
Toronto     1999

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1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Press,    978-0887545689

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Generous

Synopsis:
What happens when someone is overwhelmed with the desire to help? a minority government is on the verge of collapse; a ruthless oil executive tells the truth to a reporter; an effusive young law clerk engages in an excruciating post-coital chat with an aging judge; and a spectacular battle wages over a bucket of fried chicken. Through four interconnected stories, Michael Healey questions the idea of the selfless act. Politically-charged, sharply-written and hilarious, Generous is a tour-de-force from one of Canada's most successful playwrights.

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1st Produced:
Canada     2007

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  doubling

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Innocent Eye Test

Synopsis:
a grand hotel in Tuscany. an art dealer is there to sell a work of art and some shady characters to sell weapons grade plutonium. the deals get mixed up.

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Organisations:
co-production with Mirvish Productions

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Kicked

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
-     1996

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Genre:
Monologue play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Kreskinned

Synopsis:
Joyce and Dennis are given tickets to a show by a mutual friend who thinks that they should get to know each other. During the hypnotist's act they both go on stage and are hypnotised. Joyce thinks that she is a chicken and Dennis a fast car. Having a meal afterwards Joyce finds out that the word used to send Dennis into a trance still works and when he is out of it he forgets eveything that has just happened. On a later date Dennis finds out that Joyce still responds to her trance word.

Notes:
Written with Kate Lynch

1st Produced:
Taragon Theatre     1998

Organisations:
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1st Published:
the Road to Hell published by Playwrights Canada Press, 1999   -

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Plan B

Synopsis:
High level meetings to negotiate the departure of Quebec from Canada disintegrate into farce.

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1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Press,    -

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Play/Drama

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Proud

Synopsis:
Shortly after the Conservatives win a majority government, the prime minister discovers a secret weapon in his caucus - Jisbella Lyth, a single mother with a limited understanding of her role as a MP. Using her ignorance to his advantage, the PM hatches a plan to have Jisbella front and center in a campaign of misdirection and distraction. . .A stunning new play from multi-award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Healey, Proud explores the corrosive nature of the politics of division and asks what we actually want out of our politics and our politicians

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Play/Drama

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Rune Arlidge

Synopsis:
Twenty five years in the life of a dysfunctional family.

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Tonight At the Tarragon - A Critic's Anthology" published by Playwrights Canada Press 2011   -

Music:
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Yodellers

Synopsis:
a professional woman golfer has just won a major tournament and she is waiting for a reporter to interview her. He is late and she is not very happy with this. She baits him when he does arrive but somehow they strike up a friendship. He spends the night but they just talk.She later tells him she is a lesbian but they are both attrachted to each other. Later whilst she is on tour he hides in her hotel rooms as they try to work out their situation

Notes:
Written with Kate Lynch

1st Produced:
Toronto Fring Festival     1997

Organisations:
Hugh Bris Co

1st Published:
the Road to Hell published by Playwrights Canada Press, 1999   -

Music:
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Genre:
One act. - - Lesbian, one act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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