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FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD FOR DRAMA
Upcoming: The Secret Mask’s American premiere at Next Act Theater, Milwaukee, November 2017
This heartwarming and often hilarious play tells the story of Ernie and George, an estranged father and son who are reunited when a debilitating stroke leaves Ernie with a speech disorder and memory loss. While George is undeniably hurt and betrayed by the man who abandoned him as a child, Ernie can’t remember his words, or where he lives. Together they must find a way to make sense of their past and their future through fractured memories and muddled language.
“…there is no escaping the forceful narrative pull of Rick Chafe’s The Secret Mask.” —The Winnipeg Free Press
“Complicated and compelling… Engaging, heartbreaking, tragic-comically funny… a universal—and moving—story about a child connecting with a parent.” —CBC Winnipeg
“Alternately hilarious and touching… a poignant triumph.” —The Ottawa Citizen
“Unpretentious, satisfying, humble, and lovely… a story that’s as everyday and extraordinary as real life.” —The Georgia Straight