“…filled with false starts and even falser endings that will keep you guessing till the last second.” —Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star
“With This Is What Happens Next, MacIvor reminds us why he is a master storyteller.” —Wayne Leung, Mooney on Theatre
“Like an expert juggler, [MacIvor] never drops a narrative ball.” —Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
A dark, modern fairy tale from critically acclaimed author Daniel MacIvor.
Most people hope for happy endings. For Warren, a gay divorcee, that means getting his stuff back; most importantly, his cherished John Denver CD. And then there’s Warren’s assortment of friends: Susan, a Percocet-fuelled divorce lawyer whose daughters are giving her a hard time; Tarot-reading Aaron, who is dating Susan and who secretly used to be known as Erin; Mike, an alcoholic who sometimes sees his son on Saturdays; and Kevin, Mike’s kid who has an imaginary friend. Observing and directing all of their lives is the human will—or Will, as he prefers to be called—who doesn’t quite believe in those happy endings. This Is What Happens Next is an intensely relatable, multi-character story that explores the anguish of addiction and divorce as it delves into the fundamentals of human desire and asks the philosophical question, “What happens next?”
Daniel MacIvor has written many plays, including See Bob Run, Never Swim Alone, In On It, A Beautiful View, His Greatness, and with Daniel Brooks created a series of solo shows that have toured extensively internationally. Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You and he was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize. He is also the recipient of the New York Obie Award and a GLAAD Award. He is currently developing a new play for Tarragon Theatre called New Magic Valley Fun Town and working on the libretto for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company.