Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, The

By Haley McGee

Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, The
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Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa, promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realized that the only things she could sell were gifts from her exes. Inspired by this call, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale: a play about love is a hilarious and daring play about ... Read more


Overview

Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa, promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realized that the only things she could sell were gifts from her exes. Inspired by this call, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale: a play about love is a hilarious and daring play about the cost of love. ..or what love costs us. So: can we translate sentimental value into cold hard cash? Why does Haley want to -- and why now? The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale smashes together personal divulgences, mathematics, interviews with Haley's ex-boyfriends, economics, and the politics of commerce in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth. This autobiographical work offers eight items "for sale" -- all gifts from Haley's real ex-boyfriends -- and introduces a brand new formula, developed with math expert Melanie Frances, to calculate the cost of love.

Haley McGee

Haley McGee is an actor and writer. Born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, she lived in Toronto for twelve years before relocating to London (UK), where she's currently based. Her solo shows have toured extensively internationally, receiving four and five-star reviews, enjoying sold-out performances, and winning awards. As a writer, Haley has developed new work for the stage with Battersea Arts Centre, Camden People's Theatre, The Stratford Festival of Canada, The Banff Playwrights Colony and the Tarragon Theatre. She has received commissions from Camden People's Theatre, Wilderness Festival and Common Boots Theatre. Haley teaches artists how to create their own solo shows in her Solo Show Creation Lab. She holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and was a member of the Second City Conservatory.

Excerpt

Haley removes email from bra. Lights focus on the typewriter.

Hi --

I'm making a new show called THE EX-BOYFRIEND YARD SALE

It's an experimental piece in which I try to figure out the worth of various objects based on the

stories and feelings around them. .. how their value increases or decreases based on the ways

we invest in the relationships -- time, emotion, money -- they came from. It's about the cost of

love or what love costs us. ..

I want to talk about the typewriter you gave me

And my experiences with you

I know, in the past you've said that you don't want to talk about our relationship in art

That's fine

But I would love to have your voice in the show

Would you be up for a conversation?

Average appraisal price for necklace from that night's audience arrives on a zip line.

Haley drops the email and grabs the price.

Based on your bids earlier this evening, without any context, on average tonight's audience

thought this necklace was worth $XX. XX

Haley rips up the price tag.

What if I told you that I suffered a flesh wound for this necklace?

I did.

I was doing long distance with the guy who gave it to me

when I went to visit him I took a bus

and on the bus someone had wedged a box cutter -- a scalpel -- between the seats

but I didn't notice the blade

till I moved to get comfortable

and the knife

sliced through my new jeans

through the flesh of my bum

and drew blood

So, do you think that flesh wound increases or decreases the value of the necklace?

Waits for audience response.

okay

and what if I told you, the person who gave me this necklace is the first person I had sex with?

Increase/decrease?

Reviews

Every time you think McGee's gone as far as the show will go, the whole thing turns again, and becomes something cleverer, funnier, more enjoyable. .. (Exeunt)

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