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Michael Lewis MacLennan

MICHAEL LEWIS MACLENNAN

  (1968 - )

Nationality:    Canadian
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Literary Agent:    Kensington Literary Representation  represented by Michael Petrasek

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Michael Lewis MacLennan now divides his time between Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles, working as a playwright, screenwriter and TV producer. He is a two-time finallist for Canada's prestigious Governor General's Literary award, and the only playwright to win the Herman Voaden National Playwriting award twice. His first play, Beat the Sunset garnered Vancouver's Jessie Richardson award for outstanding emerging playwright and the theatrum National Playwriting Competition. Grace won the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition and has been produced across Cananda and internationally. His next two plays the Shooting Stage and Last Romantics both won the Voaden Prize and were GG nominees. Other plays include Leaning Over Railings and the Fabulous Life, commissioned by the Vancouver Playhouse. as a screenwriter, Michael has been nominated four times for the Writers' Guild of Canada award. He began his screenwriting career as writer and story editor for CBC's Wind at My Back, then working as writer and executive story editor for the PBS series Anne of Green Gables and supervising producer for the BBC/TV series Super Rupert. He is now co-executive producer on Showtime/Showcase's Queer as Folk, having written for the show for four years. With Keatley Productions he is executive producer of CHUM TV's new flagship Dramatic series Godiva's, which is now entering its second year. In addition to numerous feature and TV movie projects, he is a much sought-after feature film story editor.

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        Beat the Sunset         Come On!         Fabulous Life         Good Egg, The         Grace         Last Romantics , The         Laurels, The         Leaning Over Railings         Life After God         Shooting Stage , The         What Remains Of Georgia Tuttle



Beat the Sunset

Beat the Sunset
Ten years after a shattering crisis, adam and Sacha meet again. they carry the scars of events which severed  and nearly destroyed  them both. Sacha, a history professor, is spontaneously moved to visit his hold friend recuperating from a bout of aIDS-related pneumonia. Together they forge a relationship which transforms them both. at the same time, adam's mother Iris struggles to accept her son, while desperately trying to reconcile a fractured family. Weaving themes of memory, AIDS, a mother's love, and the history of epidemics, Beat the Sunset is an explosive, life-affirming play about the power of intimacy.

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1st Produced:
Victoria, B C     1993

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1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)   978-0887545498

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Come On!

Synopsis:
Two men make various attempts to pick each other up in a night club. eventually they manage it.

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1st Produced:
Liquid Theatre Vancouver     1997

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Genre:
Comedy One act. - - Gay, theme/character one act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Fabulous Life

Synopsis:
Warren has moved away from his family to the city. then one day his sister turns up with her troubled son and their dying mother who needs specialised medical treatment.

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1st Produced:
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company    

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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, theme/character one act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Good Egg, The

Good Egg, The
a riveting, rollicking comedy about three people trying to conceive a baby. they're the ultimate downtown couple - attractive, smart and successful. they have everything they could ever want except a child. When bad news points them to alternative methods of conception, they encounter a handsome young art model He seems like the perfect solution to their problems. But as this unlikely trio gets more intimate, secret agendas surface and threaten to destroy not only their hasty deal, but everything they've so carefully built for themselves.

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Commissioned, CanStage, Great Canadian theatre Company

1st Produced:
Alberta     2009

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1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Pres   978-0887548512

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Grace

Grace
the lives of six people during one day. as their paths intersect these six strangers transform and affect each other's lives.

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1st Produced:
-     1995

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1st Published:
Scirocco Drama; 1 edition (January 16, 1998)   978-1896239347

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Genre:
Comedic Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Last Romantics , The

Last Romantics , The
a journey from the drawing rooms of fin-de-siecle London, with Oscar Wilde and aubrey Beardsley to Mackenzie King's Canada on the eve of the Great Depression

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1st Produced:
-     2003

Organisations:
Commissioned, the Shaw Festival, 2000 & 2001

1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2003)   978-0887546761

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Genre:
Comedic Drama Comedy. - - Gay/Lesbian, historical characters

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Laurels, The

Synopsis:
Laurel runs through a large city park at night, chased by a male Stranger. In the course of the story, however, clues are slipped which suggest that the victim isn't so innocent. Through music, word and action, the opera reveals that "the Stranger" is in fact part of Laurel's psyche, and his pursuit of her is with a more complex purpose. When she stabs him and explains her motives, talking of "killing a man tonight," we think she is referring to the Stranger we have just seen her stab. But when the stranger stirs, not killed, we realise that he is not the victim. He is haunting her, a voice she cannot escape which offers her the only way to properly silence him. the piece ends in this place of heightened dilEmma. a contemporary retelling of the Daphne and apollo myth, the Laurels tells an exciting, surprising and moving story that works on many levels.

Notes:
Libretto by Michael Lewis MacLennan, Music by Jeffrey Ryan

1st Produced:
-     2001

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Genre:
Dramatic opera One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  1 Soprano / 1 Baritone

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Leaning Over Railings

Synopsis:
Jason is on a sea cruise in the hopes of forgetting the "demons" that have made him take the voyage. However, even though there are 1,000 other passengers he feels alone and has to confront his demons

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1st Produced:
-     1994

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Genre:
Comedic Drama One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Life After God

Life After God
Fifteen years after they were at college together - six friends find their lives unravelling.

Notes:
adapted from A short story by Douglas Coupland

1st Produced:
-     2006

Organisations:
Commissioned, Touchstone Theatre, 2005

1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Press (April 1, 2008)   978-0887547461

Music:
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Genre:
95 min One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Shooting Stage , The

Shooting Stage , The
Two former child stars who played brothers on a now long defunct television series are reunited in later life. One has become a lawyer, the other a photographer. When they were younger on the TV series Len was just starting with his photography and took a number of nude studies of Malcolm - now the lawyer. the photographs have now been published and deemed obscene and Len is to be prosecuted.

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1st Produced:
Firehall Theater Vancouver Canada     2001

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1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Press (September 1, 2002)   978-0887546402

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  -            Other:  -

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What Remains Of Georgia Tuttle

Synopsis:
Georgia Tuttle has set and runs a very successful restaurant - Chez Seul. On her way home from work one night she has the urge to return to the restaurant where she talks to an unseen man - Owen - who she believes is watching her from outside the restaurant and she unburdens herself of her worries.

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1st Produced:
-     2001

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Comedy One act. - - Lesbian, one act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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