The Clockmaker

By Stephen Massicotte

The Clockmaker
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"WHO ARE YOU?" Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich's unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical rollercoaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession bring so much attention to an unassuming clockmaker? Maybe because ... Read more


Overview

"WHO ARE YOU?" Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich's unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical rollercoaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession bring so much attention to an unassuming clockmaker? Maybe because that's two more things than anyone else in this place remembers…? Soon, Heinrich is reminding his new friend Frieda of memories she's forgotten and even summoning up a few of his own—of forbidden love, and crimes he may or may not have committed. Is it possible to be guilty of being about to commit a crime, as Monsieur Pierre suspects? And why wouldn't one recall something so significant as premeditating murder? Armed with a newfound-yet-familiar love for each other, Heinrich and Frieda set about solving this Kafkaesque puzzle.Winner of the Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play (2009) and named best Canadian play of the 2010-2011 season at the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics' Awards.

Stephen Massicotte

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.

Reviews

"Stephen Massicotte's charming new play is the best metaphysical mystery and romance to hit Canadian stages since John Mighton's Possible Worlds." —J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

"…a brilliant and wonderfully funny (though not always so funny) romantic mystery about memory and time…" —Bob Clark, The Calgary Herald

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