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The Clockmaker

The Clockmaker

By Stephen Massicotte
Subjects: Community Theatre Picks, Comedy, Romance, Comedy
Casting: 1 f, 3 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887548437, 88 pages, August 2009
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780887549908, 88 pages, July 2011
Ebook (PDF) : 9780887549892, 88 pages, July 2011


  • Winner, Outstanding New Play Award - Betty Mitchell Awards 2009
  • Winner, Best Canadian Play of the 2010-2011 Season - Toronto Theatre Critics' Awards 2011


"WHO ARE YOU?" Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich's unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical rollercoaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession bring so much attention to an unassuming clockmaker? Maybe because that's two more things than anyone else in this place remembers…? Soon, Heinrich is reminding his new friend Frieda of memories she's forgotten and even summoning up a few of his own—of forbidden love, and crimes he may or may not have committed. Is it possible to be guilty of being about to commit a crime, as Monsieur Pierre suspects? And why wouldn't one recall something so significant as premeditating murder? Armed with a newfound-yet-familiar love for each other, Heinrich and Frieda set about solving this Kafkaesque puzzle. Winner of the Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play (2009) and named best Canadian play of the 2010-2011 season at the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics' Awards.


"…a brilliant and wonderfully funny (though not always so funny) romantic mystery about memory and time…" —Bob Clark, The Calgary Herald

"Stephen Massicotte's charming new play is the best metaphysical mystery and romance to hit Canadian stages since John Mighton's Possible Worlds. " —J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail