Smoke by Michael MacLean
Alone in a cheap motel room in the back of beyond, a dazed bureaucrat fights the craving for a cigarette—his first since age 12. His clothes are charred and his face is covered in soot. Earlier tonight, he built a funeral pyre in the woods and laid his father’s body on it. Now he has to figure out why.
Keywords: smoking, arsonist, fire, fireworks
Production history includes Toronto Fringe (1997), Catalyst Theatre New Play Cabaret (1995), Seattle Fringe (1998), Franklin College, Indiana (2000), JCC Productions at Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, Toronto (2004).
Run time: 65 minutes
Suitable for students 14+
Cast size: 1 actor
One of NOW's 10 best plays of 1997: "A theatrical bonfire that crackles with wit and style, angular yet moving. A real and unexpected treasure." -- Jon Kaplan, NOW
"A morbid, pensive but wonderfully evocative one-man show ostensibly about addictions—to simple truths, complicated lies and primal family bonds—that seep through our bodily and emotional systems like smoke through lungs." -- Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
"This taut one-hander supports the adage that where there’s smoke, there’s fire." -- Vit Wagner, Toronto Star