On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humour, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together, they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where the tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them. A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.
Stephen Massicotte was born in Trenton, Ontario, and spent his earliest years living on various Canadian Forces bases in Canada and Europe. For the most part, he grew up in Thunder Bay, where he developed his interests in reading, film, and art. He studied graphic design at Cambrian College, and later, theatre at the University of Calgary. After graduating with a BFA in Drama, he stayed in Calgary to work as an actor, helping to found Ground Zero Theatre and The Shakespeare Company. With the Fringe Festival circuit success of his play, The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook, Stephen began to focus on playwriting. In 2002, Mary’s Wedding premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects and has gone on to have more than a hundred productions in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and the UK. In the years following, Stephen has continued to write for the theatre, as well as opera, film, and fiction. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion is the winner of the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards and the Carol Bolt Award for Drama. The Clockmaker won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play and the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics’ Association Award for Best Canadian Play. He currently lives in New York City.
Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play 2002, Winner
Alberta Playwriting Competition 2000, Winner
Alberta Literary Award for Drama 2003, Winner
"Puts you in mind of the grand passion of Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, the vastness of their love mirroring the wild tangle of nature. " —Washington Times
"Massicotte doesn't push his anti-war message. He doesn't have to. The charm of his romance juxtaposed against prosaic descriptions from the trenches… do it for him. " —San Francisco Chronicle
"With an impressive economy of means—only one set, two actors and no intermission—Massicotte has combined a fictional romance with the true story of a heroic World War I exploit. " —New York Times
"If this production had been a videotape I would have rewound it and watched the whole thing all over again the minute it ended. " —New York Theatre Review
"Mary's Wedding could only have been written by a young playwright because only the young would dare skirt so close to the edge of pulp fiction sentimentality. And only a playwright with mature promise could pull it off. " —Calgary Sun
"As dreams do, Massicotte's script collages things prosaic with things fantastical, things recalled with things imagined—heightened, skewed memories, letters, news from the war. " —CityBeat, Cincinnati
"NAFTA commerce should all be this good. " —New York Theatre Wire
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