Drama/ 6 Characters, 3 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts
Act One of Weather may be read by clicking on the “Read It Now” button above. For a complete reading copy, see the Contact Info on this page
Synopsis (From the Calgary Herald): “Peter is a 43-year-old architect whose pet project is Water’s Edge, a new, upscale halfway house, which when finished will be a comfortable home for schizophrenics, including his own adult son, Chris.
“In fact, Peter is gay and lives with Drew, an actor-cum-AIDS volunteer; Chris is the result of a brief heterosexual liaison in his teens. Chris’s Mom, Elizabeth, is now a politically influential lawyer and is also trying to smooth the way for the government-funded Water’s Edge. As he waits for his home to be completed, Chris is living temporarily in a basement suite with his new girlfriend and fellow schizophrenic, Tara.
“Then, like the crazy, end-of-millennium weather that is the play’s meteorological metaphor, this sunny scenario abruptly changes for the worse. The province cancels the project for budgetary reasons, Chris and Tara, evicted from their suite, seek refuge in a squalid squat run by the radical mental-health advocate Yvonne and go off their medication. And Peter suddenly finds himself gripped by a black, angry mood he can’t shake.”
“Cause for a celebration.”
– American Theatre Magazine
“Brilliant . . . . Although about a serious subject, Weather has a surprisingly upbeat feel.”
– The Calgary Sun
“Weather delivers the talk [and] walks the walk, offering Tara, Christopher and Peter as complex, funny and sympathetic characters, human beings working their way through a difficult world.”
– The (Toronto) Globe and Mail
“Weather is a play that never loses sight of its characters nor sacrifices them for the sake of the playwright’s destination. Like life, this play is tragic, funny and optimistic.”
– Fast Forward Weekly
Contact information: Amateur and professional rights:
Single Lane Entertainment,
650 Little Blvd.,
Gabriola Island, B.C.,
Ph.: (in North America) 1-855-757-9216 or 250-247-9216
Playwright’s website: FrankMoher.com
About the Playwright: Frank Moher’s plays have been produced internationally, at theatres including South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Detroit Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), the Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), the Wellington Repertory Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand), Workshop West Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.), the Asolo Theater (Sarasota, Fla.), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Dodona Theatre (Prishtina, Kosova), The Mingei Theatre (Tokyo), and OmaDa Theatre (Athens, Greece). He has won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Writing (for Odd Jobs), the Edmonton Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play (for both The Third Ascent and Prairie Report,), and is published by both ProPlay and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Frank has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta (where he was a Distinguished Visiting Artist), and is currently an instructor in scriptwriting and journalism at Vancouver Island University. He has also worked professionally as a literary manager and dramaturg, and written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Saturday Night magazine, The Georgia Straight, backofthebook.ca and salon.com.
Weather was premiered by Alberta Theatre Projects in January, 1999. It has been revised for publication by ProPlay.
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