The Aberhart Summer

Written by:

Conni Massing

Cast Size:
11

Roles For:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama
Mystery

Themes:

20th Century
Coming of Age
Murder
Politics

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

1994

Synopsis:

In The Aberhart Summer, fifteen-year-old Doug spends the summer of 1935 investigating the suspicious death of his best friend Babe against a backdrop of sweeping societal change: the Great Depression.

A murder mystery set in dirty ’30s Alberta, against the backdrop of William Aberhart’s burgeoning Social Credit movement. Adapted from the 1984 novel by Bruce Allen Powe. (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Doug Sayer (age 15 and adult)

Babe Roothe/Barker/ Mover/Patient

Jean Cullen/Diane Thorpe/Neil Cawner/Child

Albert Roothe

Doug Sayers

Mrs. Fetterman/Mrs. Roothe/Streetcar Passenger #1

Peter Thorpe

Mr. Thorpe/Woodwards Floorwalker/Examiner#1

Norman Fetterman/Doctor

Mr. Sayers/Streetcar Conductor/ Heckler/Bible College Official/Policeman/German-Canadian Picnic Politicians

Mrs. Sayers/Streetcar Passenger #2/ Examiner #2

William Aberhart

The characters and chorus may be performed by a group of 10-12 actors, though 8 males and 3 females is the typical configuration.

First Produced:

1994 at Great West Theatre, subsequently produced in 1999 at Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary, Alberta, co-production with the Citadel Theatre.

Resources:

The Aberhart Summer is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

To learn more, visit the playwright’s website here.