The Courier and Other Plays by Vern Thiessen
Back to Berlin
"Thiessen's script is rhythmically sophisticated... There are so many riches here that even analyzing the faults is a pleasure." —The Georgia Straight
"Back to Berlin reminds us that our stories are not only about wars won and lost but also of love and forgiveness." —Vancouver Courier
Spring 1945, occupied Czechoslovakia. David Dyck, a young courier in Hitler's army must decide whether to open a restricted letter and face truth or remain ignorant and risk death.
"Terrific Theatre" —Winnipeg Free Press
"Intelligent, well-crafted, and highly entertaining." —The Globe and Mail
The Resurrection of John Frum
For Isaac, the key to hope lies in the teachings of Christ. Syd worships an obscure Melanesian cargo cult. What happens when they try to convert each other? An off-centre look at the nature of faith, hope and salvation.
"This is the rarest of creature: a play about religion without an obvious agenda." —The Edmonton Sun
"Thiessen has written with compassion and considerable insight about faith and the human need to believe." —Winnipeg Free Press
“After a hard working but rich life with his wife, Victor finds himself unprepared for the domestic duty of raising his teenage son alone… (Thiessen) has crafted intricate, believable characters whom we love and hate all at once…” —Dr. Ruth Dyck Fehderau, University of Alberta