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Playwrights Canada Press Spring 2020

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Quick Bright Things
By (author): Christina Cook
Christina Cook

Imprint:

Playwrights Canada Press

ISBN:

9780369100863

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
May 20, 2020
$17.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.38in x 5.38 x 0.36 in | 0.25 lb

Page Count:

152 pages

Duration:

120 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Canadian
 
Governor General's Literary Award 2020, Nominated
  • Short Description
When a father and son set out for a quick visit with family for dinner, their pit stop turns into a tense weekend-long event when nobody around them understands or knows how to deal with the son’s schizophrenia diagnosis.

“Everyone hears voices. I’m treated like I’m broken for admitting it.”

Can a weekend trip to visit family ever be smooth?

Nick was hoping for a quick dinner at his brother Reid’s house when he stopped by with his seventeen-year-old adopted son, Gerome, on their way to meet Gerome’s birth mother. Gerome was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he wants to know more about his family history. Though Reid and his family wreak havoc with their well-meaning but misguided ideas about Gerome’s diagnosis, they manage to convince Nick and his son to stay the night, even after they find Gerome on the roof ready to demonstrate backflips. The dinner pit stop becomes a tense weekend-long event full of claims and questions as the family attempts to “un-crazy” Gerome, leading them all to a dangerous breaking point.

With truth, humour, and pathos, Quick Bright Things explores a family’s struggle with understanding mental health, their ways of expressing love, and what it ultimately means to be “okay.”

This play took Christopher ten years to write.

Christopher wanted to examine the power of the words we use, between stigmatization of “mental illness” and the uses of words such as “crazy.”

Christopher Cook is a queer theatre artist and therapist living, creating, and playing in Vancouver. His writing credits include The Better Parts of Mourning, Strip, Gerty—Live! In Concert!, and Quick Bright Things. As a therapist, he specializes in counselling members of the queer and trans communities. As a clinician–researcher, his research focuses on exploring the therapeutic significance of artmaking and creativity. Whether through therapy or theatre, his goal is to engage your head, heart, and body.


  • This play took Christopher ten years to write.
  • Christopher wanted to examine the power of the words we use, between stigmatization of “mental illness” and the uses of words such as “crazy.”

“Funny and disturbing.” - Cam Fuller, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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