** The sequel to my 3rd Age trilogy, AMPLE MAKE THIS BED is at last re-edited down to a new slim 415 pages from its prior bloated 530 page blockbuster size. I am still battered and bruised from all the slash and burn of over a hundred pages of deathless prose consigned to the flames. […]


TOM – Birth of a Legend. Act 1, Scene 5 – October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019

I think I have settled on the new sub-title of: Birth of a Legend instead of The Phoenix from the Lake. See previous posts in September to read earlier scenes. Summary of play so far: TOM & WINNIE, his mistress, have been caught in flagrante delicto by his painter friends. An argument ensues about the war […]

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TOM – The Phoenix from the Lake – Act 1, Scene 4 – Sept 2019

September 28, 2019

  See previous posts for  Act 1, sc 1,2,&3. Play summary so far: Tom Thomson and his mistress, Winnie are caught in flagrante delicto in Tom’s studio cabin in the Don Valley in north Toronto by his painting friends who have come to collect him for a drunken departure of Fred Varley as he leaves for […]

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THE CHILDREN – The Belfry Theatre – My Play of the Month -Sept 2019

September 18, 2019

Last night the preview of British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s THE CHILDREN, got off to a shaky start with missed cues and several prompts, but it gathered strength during the course of its one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission and ended powerfully. Despite my aversion to boring realistic sets with sinks and fridges that […]

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TOM – The Phoenix from the Lake – Act 1, Scene 3 – September 2019

September 17, 2019

Here’s the third scene of my Tom Thomson play – continuing from last week’s post. It takes place in Toronto’s Don Valley in spring, 1917, in Tom’s painting shack where he is trying to persuade Winnie, his northern mistress, to pose nude for him. They are both taken by surprise by the arrival of several […]

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TOM: The Phoenix from the Lake – UPDATE Sept, 2019

September 7, 2019

As I mentioned in my previous post,( see April 29,) Juggling With Plays, my new play has finished the workshop stage with Janet Munsil’s playwriting group and I have rewritten many scenes as a result. Now it’s over to you for comments and constructive critiques,  as I post it here, scene by scene over the […]

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