Two touching plays about love, life, and loss from Ontario native Douglas Bowie.
Bess Brickley is bustling about her Canadian country inn in a flurry of excitement. She’s just learned that Brick, her husband of more than fifty years, is to be awarded the Order of Canada. But before this has time to sink in, she receives the news that Brick has been found dead on a bench in Leicester Square—an ocean away. This is especially shocking to Bess because she thought he was on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park. As layers are peeled away, secrets stretching back to World War II are uncovered. Full of heart, humour, and surprises, Goodbye, Piccadilly is a story about the families we have, the families we make, and the secrets we keep from both.
Toby Boone sits alone in a drab room. He’s reached the end of his rope. The possibility of suicide looms in the air. But he happens across a photo—the love of his life. Maybe she can rescue him, change everything, if he can just get up his nerve to contact her. There’s only one problem. He last saw her at summer came when they were thirteen, thirty-one years ago. And in thirty-one years things change. What if she doesn’t remember him? Even worse, what if she does?
Douglas Bowie fell into a writing career when he entered a CBC TV contest on a whim while working for a local ad agency. His teleplay, Who Was the Lone Ranger?, won a top prize, and launched a thirty-year career, during which he has written a wide range of film and TV dramas. These include The Man Who Wanted To Be Happy, The Newcomers, The Boy in Blue (starring Nicolas Cage), Obsessed, the mini-series Chasing Rainbows, the Gemini Award-winning Love and Larceny, Grand Larceny, and the Christmas perennial Must Be Santa (starring Dabney Coleman). He won an ACTRA Award for the hit CBC miniseries Empire, Inc., and a Gemini Award for an outstanding body of work in television. He edited the book Best Canadian Screenplays, and added playwriting to his repertoire in the ’90s. His plays include the award-winning comedy The Noble Pursuit, !SGODSDOGS!, Goodbye Piccadilly, Love and Larceny (the musical), and Rope’s End. He lives in Kingston and is currently playwright-in residence at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.