The Invention of Romance

By Conni Massing

The Invention of Romance
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Thirtysomething Kate has devoted much of her adult life to her career as a museum curator. She’s just been tasked with mounting an exhibit about the history of romance and love despite her own string of romantically unsuccessful relationships. Intent on better curating the ... Read more


Overview

Thirtysomething Kate has devoted much of her adult life to her career as a museum curator. She’s just been tasked with mounting an exhibit about the history of romance and love despite her own string of romantically unsuccessful relationships. Intent on better curating the show, Kate investigates love in books and on hilariously disastrous dates. As her love life enters a comical death spiral, her long-widowed mother rekindles an old romance with a man she co-starred with in a play sixty years ago. Finding the partial script of her mother’s play, yellow with age and dog-eared, Kate sets out to complete its missing ending.

Conni Massing

Conni Massing writes for theatre, film, radio and television. Recent projects include her adaptation of W.O. Mitchell's Jake and the Kid, premiered by Theatre Calgary in 2009. Conni's work has been recognized by AMPIA, the Academy of Cinema and Television, the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Betty Mitchell Awards for theatre, and the Elizabeth Stirling Haynes Awards for theatre. She has taught writing at the University of Alberta, the National Theatre School of Canada, and at the Edmonton Public Library, where she was the 2009 Writer-in-Residence.

Please visit www.connimassing.com.

Reviews

“Aside from the pursuit of the perfect relationship, The Invention of Romance should also be a good vehicle for exposing a host of incongruities and outright contradictions in the way we view romantic love, especially at older ages—getting married after retirement isn’t a common topic on stage (or anywhere else, really).” —Mel Priestley, VUE Weekly

“A romantic comedy for the age of irony.” —Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

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