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How It Ends

How It Ends

By Debbie Patterson
Foreword by Michael Sobota
Subjects: Prairie Playwrights, Manitoba, Women Writers, Family Life, Siblings, Death, Grief & Loss, Disability Theatre
Casting: 3 f, 1 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104007, 64 pages, January 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104014, 250 pages, January 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104021, 250 pages, January 2023


Most of us, when faced with death, wish we could just have a little more time. But what if this is the little more time that we wished for? What are you going to do with it?

Grieving siblings Natalie and Bart have differing views on how we die. Natalie, a palliative care nurse, knows how drugs can help ease someone’s pain, and do so on their own terms; Bart, a minister, believes that surrendering to what may come can bring peace and wisdom. Through this immersive show about end-of-life choices, Natalie and Bart are guided by a disabled angel who helps them address their mother’s final decision and understand their own hopes and fears about death.

Packed with relatable existential questions, this joyously engaging and reflective play offers a welcoming space to think about what comes next.


“Patterson’s script, which makes use of verbatim interviews she did with a variety of people about end-of-life issues, gracefully addresses ideas of agency and control, of surrendering without giving up.”

- Jill Wilson, Winnipeg Free Press

“A thoughtful and provocative piece.”

- Joff Schmidt, CBC News