Wreckage

Written by:

Sally Stubbs

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Drama
Mystery

Themes:

Addiction
Crime

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2005

Synopsis:

“It’s 1924. Rose disappears from a train wreck without a trace. Twenty-five years later her suitcase arrives anonymously and mysteriously, triggering her daughter’s search for the truth and unlocking a bizarre chain of events. A haunted railway detective, gourmet gangster-chefs, a Puccini-singing ghost, and a host of Dickensian characters populate Vancouver’s underbelly. Wreckage is a stylish ‘gangster’ play with a dark and wicked sense of humour and the theatrical punch of a speeding train.” (From CPO Website)

Characters:

VIOLET: Young woman, 25 years old, gets her looks from her mother, Rose, who she searches for in 1949.

*Note: Violet and Rose written to be played by one actor, but can be played by two. Both work well.

 ROSE: Real name is Lucy Plant. Early to mid-twenties, she has been missing since the crash of the Red Dragon train in 1924.

FRANK CARDINAL: Employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway Police. Orphan, raised with Rose. In 1949 scenes he’s an opium addict. Walks with a limp due to gunshot wound.

MOMMA: Real name is Anna Bigellini. Powerful, sexy gangster in the 1920s in her late 40s or 50s. Violet’s Grand Momma.

BIG MAN: Real name is Shannon Bigellini. Late 20s. Momma’s son, Rose’s husband, Violet’s Poppa.

JOHNNY: Works for Momma. Her muscle and younger lover. In his 30s or early 40s.

VIRGIN MARY: Church statue comes to life.

MOTHER CUTTER: Skid Row hag who performs abortions.

DRUG ADDICT: Colourful Skid Row character.

ENSEMBLE: play characters on initial train wreck as envisioned and ‘written’ by Violet; members of Momma’s gang; passengers waiting in train station. Voice of conductor.

First Produced:

New West Theatre, Lethbridge, AB, 2005

Resources:

Wreckage is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Honourable Mention ‘Top 5’, Herman Voaden Award, 2007

Doubling options: Virgin Mary/Mother Cutter, Johnny/Addict

Visit the playwright’s website here.

Warnings:

This play includes some sexual and drug content.

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