Finalist for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
“ . . . an important play that boldly goes where few plays have gone before it. It’s essential focus on communication and the needs of humanity makes for difficult, confronting theatre.” — Stephen Collins, Britishtheatre
“The characters may be specific but Fraser deals in universal emotions, using them skilfully to bind us to his story.” — Colin MacLean, The Edmonton Sun
“Yes, it’s funny and brutal and honest. But it is also moving, deeply emotional, and ultimately harrowing. At the final scene there were quite a few in the audience trying to control their sobs.” — Anne Cox, Stage Review
Normal is relative.
When Joey enters puberty, his father Jake finds himself in a morally ambiguous position. Joey is severely disabled, but he still has the same sexual desires as any seventeen-year-old boy, only he can’t do anything to relieve the tension. Jake is a widower whose life is devoted to his son, but when he suddenly develops a serious medical condition, he becomes the one to rely on the people around him, including his sister Twyla, his friend Robyn, and Joey’s best friend Rowdy. As Jake’s condition worsens, an ethical dilemma troubles the household as everyone is forced to consider the possibility of saying goodbye.
Brad Fraser is an award-winning writer/director/host who has worked extensively in various media. Credits include the plays Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man, True Love Lies, and others produced worldwide; the films Love and Human Remains as writer and Leaving Metropolis as writer/director; and for television, Queer as Folk as writer, story editor, and associate producer and Jawbreaker, which he hosted for two seasons on Out TV. He has written a number of projects for CBC and BBC Radio, as well as regular columns and stories for Xtra, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and others. He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and has just finished his Masters degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Check out www.bradfraser.net.