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Playwrights Canada Press Spring 2019

A Demolition in Two Acts
By (author): Rick Chafe
Rick Chafe


Playwrights Canada Press



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 11, 2019
$17.95 CAD


8.3in x 5.3 x 0.5 in | 200 gr

Page Count:

152 pages


135 minutes
FSC certified – mixed sources 0
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Canadian
Modern and contemporary plays (c 1900 onwards)

Put away the knives because tensions are rising in this kitchen renovation.

What could help patch up a marriage better than a home renovation? Wayne thinks he’s doing his wife Julie a favour by hiring a young couple to help redo the kitchen (at a fraction of the cost she’d hoped for). But Julie has higher standards in mind. John and Maggie think they’ve found a way to make some quick money to pay off the land John bought. John just proposed, but Maggie hasn’t given her answer yet. With both couples on edge amongst themselves and with each other, everything from kitchen cabinets and coffee makers to generational differences and life choices are cause for ridicule, making a play that’s hilarious and relatable.

Rick Chafe’s plays include Governor General’s Literary Award finalist The Secret Mask, Shakespeare’s Dog (adapted from the novel by Leon Rooke), Strike! and its film adaptation Stand! (both co-written with Danny Schur), Red Earth (co-written with Kristian Jordan), Beowulf, and The Odyssey. Rick lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Martine; their daughter, Charlotte; two cats; and their new kitchen.

“After each zesty one-liner gets hammered home you quickly realized how universal home renovation comedy is for all couples.” —Mike Green, Only in the Peg

“Chafe has a great ear for dialogue.” —Joff Schmidt, CBC

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