Cashbox: A Love Story
In 2014, while studying film at McGill University in Montreal, I wrote a play called Cashbox: A Love Story.
An ensemble comedy about sex and scandal at a fictional Ontario university’s wilderness club, Cashbox was a kind of reflection upon–and a sending up of–the youthful psychodramas that populated my time at McGill. The result was a 45-minute romp of jealousy, libido, courage, and wonder. When I was done, I read it over, and thought, “This is a good thing that I’ve written.”
Then, an awesome thing happened: my play got accepted into the McGill Drama Festival, a yearly showcase of student-written theatare. Seeing my work onstage a few months later, performed by real human beings with a real human director guiding them (don’t worry, I double-checked that they weren’t robots), sparked something within me. I guess it’s what all writers feel when their work disseminates: the thrilling idea that something you wrote down on a page might mean something to another soul, somewhere across the ether. That you might do for others what your heroes have done for you.
So the name “Cashbox” stuck with me, and has become the label I’ve attached to all of my creative works since.
Cheers, and happy reading!
Synopsis: In post-apocalyptic Toronto, an amateur improv troupe must prove to a horde of bloodthirsty cannibals that they deserve to be kept alive for entertainment.
Presented at the Storefront Theatre’s monthly showcase of emerging playwrights, Sing For Your Supper. Tarragon Theatre Backspace, August 2018.
Synopsis: Roberts and Stripley, two English dandies in 1920s London, are mysteriously catapulted forward in time and space to present-day Toronto. When the cavalier Roberts falls deeply in love with an eccentric young lady, Alex, the old chums’ lifelong friendship–and their most basic assumptions about what it means to be a gentleman–will be put to the test.
Presented at the Storefront Theatre’s monthly showcase of emerging playwrights, Sing For Your Supper. Tarragon Theatre Backspace, March 2018.