Plays by Robert Chafe

Afterimage

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

Seeing beyond Winston's disfiguring scars and foreseeing a future with him, Lise falls in love and the couple soon marry. Years later, having inherited Lise's gift, two of their children, Theresa and Jerome, must struggle to find their place within the community. But for Leo, their middle child, that is just the start of his worries. As he grows older and the chasm between himself and his family grows, Leo realizes that he doesn't belong to his family. While familial tensions mount and secrets are revealed, the Evans family come to see the monumental effect even the smallest spark can create. Based on the short story by Michael Crummey, Afterimage explores the connections built within both family and community, of finding a place to belong. Winner of the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award in Drama.

Oil and Water

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

In 1942 the USS Truxton, a ship carrying over a hundred soldiers, ran aground off the Burin Peninsula killing most of its men. Lanier Phillips, the sole African American survivor of the wreck, is rescued and cared for by the locals, where he is treated as a human being, and not judged by the colour of his skin. A tale of two cultures, Oil and Water is hopeful and haunting, an honest legend that still resonates with power nearly 70 years later.

Under Wraps

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

The moment Mark meets David his world is thrown off balance. Who could have predicted finding love in a furniture store, or finding it with an unemployed lifeguard? But despite their immediate connection, Mark isn’t sure if David is gay. Mark isn’t even sure if Mark is gay. As he falls deeper in love, Mark works desperately to make David nothing more than a friend and to make that enough. Filled with hopeful exhilaration and devastating missed opportunities, Under Wraps nimbly tracks one man’s tumultuous quest to finally love himself and let it all out.

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Robert Chafe was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he currently works as artistic associate and playwright for Artistic Fraud. He is the author of numerous plays, of which Butler’s Marsh and Tempting Providence were shortlisted in 2004 for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Robert Chafe is a guest instructor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and at the National Theatre School of Canada.  His newest play, Afterimage, won the Governor General Literary Award for Drama in 2010.