Piece by Piece

Written by:

Alison Lawrence

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Grief
Healing
Loss

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2015

Synopsis:

In Piece by Piece, 16-year-old Steffie can’t leave the ICU where she lost her mum as her father wrestles with his grief at home. Barb is slowly losing her husband Frank as his memory dims. Frank’s doctor John can control everything in his life but his wife Jessie’s fertility. Six people are drawn together in an urban hospital in this compelling ensemble piece about sorrow, hope and the remarkable and astonishing moments of love in times of loss.

Characters:

Steffie: a 16 year old girl
Bert: her dad
Jessie: a woman, 40’s
John: her husband, 40’s
Barb: an older woman
Frank: her husband, suffering from dementia

First Produced:

Piece by Piece was developed with assistance from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. It premiered as part of the Next Stage Festival at the Factory Theatre Mainstage in Toronto in January 2015 and was subsequently presented as part of the New American Voices series at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London England in October 2015.

Resources:

Piece by Piece is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

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Notes:

“…six sharply etched characters whose lives intersect at a hospital in this wise and moving play about grief.” – Martin Morrow, The Torontoist

“…interwoven stories take the audience on a path that includes loss, sadness and support, though the tragedy is balanced by moments of light and laughter.” – Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

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