Beating Heart Cadaver

Written by:

Colleen Murphy

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • People with Disabilities: 1
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Death
Disability
Family
Grief
Guilt
Infidelity
Loss
Marriage
Parenthood
Supernatural

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

1998

Synopsis:

“In Beating Heart Cadaver, Leona and Danny’s young daughter Amelia perishes in a car crash. Paralyzed in the accident, Danny is spurned by Leona’s harsh accusations as she clings helplessly to a balloon believed to contain Amelia’s breath. Enter Lola, a pathological grief counsellor.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Leona: thirties or early forties

Danny: late thirties or forties; Leona’s husband

Amelia: 8, Leona and Danny’s dead child

Devlin: late twenties; Danny’s brother

Min: sixties; Leona’s mother

Lola: fifties

First Produced:

Necessary Angel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Toronto, ON, 1998

Resources:

Beating Heart Cadaver is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Short-listed for Governor General’s Award.