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The Last Wife

The Last Wife

By Kate Hennig
Subjects: Women Writers, Ontario Playwrights, History, Community Theatre Picks, Large Cast
Casting: 3 f, 3 m
Duration: 120 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770914100, 136 pages, August 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770914124, 136 pages, August 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770914117, 136 pages, August 2015


Kate Parr is smart, confident, and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. But her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and the lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Thom, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. Does Kate risk her life to gain authority in both her relationship and her political career? Which love will she be led to if she follows her heart? And what kind of future is there for her children if she makes a crucial mistake?


“Here is a playwright who is taking on the big themes of feminism with a restless, probing intelligence and political savvy. Her characters are living, breathing, messy human beings who reach for the stars and who stumble in the dirt. These are not mouthpieces for politically correct punditry, but people whose emotions cause chaos and whose ideas drive their passion. In short, this is the best kind of playwriting: thoughtful, full-bodied, and redolent of the stuff of life. ” —Bob White, Director of New Plays, Stratford Festival