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Mary's Wedding

Mary's Wedding

By Stephen Massicotte
Subjects: Community Theatre Picks, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age - 15-18, Romance, Canadian Classics, History, Theatre of War, Award Winners
Casting: 1 f, 1 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770915428, 120 pages, April 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770915442, 120 pages, April 2016
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770915435, 120 pages, April 2016


  • Winner, Alberta Literary Award for Drama 2003
  • Winner, Alberta Playwriting Competition 2000
  • Winner, Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play 2002


On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humour, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together, they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where the tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them. A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.


"Puts you in mind of the grand passion of Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, the vastness of their love mirroring the wild tangle of nature. " —Washington Times

"Massicotte doesn't push his anti-war message. He doesn't have to. The charm of his romance juxtaposed against prosaic descriptions from the trenches… do it for him. " —San Francisco Chronicle

"With an impressive economy of means—only one set, two actors and no intermission—Massicotte has combined a fictional romance with the true story of a heroic World War I exploit. " —New York Times

"If this production had been a videotape I would have rewound it and watched the whole thing all over again the minute it ended. " —New York Theatre Review

"NAFTA commerce should all be this good. " —New York Theatre Wire

"Mary's Wedding could only have been written by a young playwright because only the young would dare skirt so close to the edge of pulp fiction sentimentality. And only a playwright with mature promise could pull it off. " —Calgary Sun

"As dreams do, Massicotte's script collages things prosaic with things fantastical, things recalled with things imagined—heightened, skewed memories, letters, news from the war. " —CityBeat, Cincinnati