Courageous by Micheal Healey

Playwrights Canada Press

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Will you fight for your principles? How far will you go to define and defend your rights? Michael Healey paints a provocative and comical picture of “justice” in Canada.

Courageous is a wicked comedy that pits character against character, and exposes the hot-button issues of gay marriage, religious freedom, and liberal immigration policy as battlegrounds for individual expression.

A play in two acts, Healey introduces two sets of characters. In the first, a lawyer and his partner seek a civil ceremony, but are stopped when the officiant won’t perform a homosexual marriage because tenets of his religious beliefs won’t allow it. But tensions only mount when they learn that the officiant himself is openly gay. In the second act, a young couple decide to marry to secure a family for their unborn child, despite their poor financial situation. Facing eviction, the husband—a young Aboriginal man—meets his new neighbour, a refugee from Somalia, and they become fast friends. As the young couple finds happiness, prosperity, and friendship, their competing civil rights tears that friendship apart.

Nominated for the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama

Year Printed: 2010
First Produced: 2010 by Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, ON
Male Cast: 5
Female Cast: 2