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The Writer

The Writer

By Norm Foster
Subjects: Atlantic Playwrights, New Brunswick, Community Theatre Picks, Family Life
Casting: 2 m
Duration: 120 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369101372, 136 pages, November 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369101396, November 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369101389, November 2020


Donald Wellner knew success when he wrote a hit play thirty-five years ago, but now he’s recently separated, living in a small apartment, and promising that he’s trying to start a new script. His fortysomething son Blake is a travel writer with commitment issues who pops by between trips to try to hold his family together and prove his worth. Over seven years, Donald experiences the onset of dementia, and father and son become both closer and farther apart. This story of familial bonds provides delightfully comical and satisfyingly sentimental clarity in those small moments that will last forever.


“The play is comic in the broadest sense of the word since it is so alive to the ironies of life and it views human life with such compassion. Over the years Foster has been pushing the boundaries of the kinds of plays he writes. The Writer has an undeniable air of greatness about it.”

- Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

“An insightful and moving exploration of a unique father/son dynamic that is touching, laugh-out-loud funny, poignant and sad all at once.”

- David DeRocco, GoBe Weekly