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Sometimes the greatest love stories do not end with happily ever after. An anthology of tragic love stories written for the theatre, Chloë Whitehorn's plays rival Romeo and Juliet in heartbreak and conflict. The lovers in these plays defy society’s expectations, embracing the taboo moments in their lives, and sacrificing what matters most.

This collection of plays, originally premiered on Canadian stages, includes:

Divine Wrecks
Full length drama, 3F 3M
There are many different types of love: first love, true love, obsessive love, and that other type of love. A high school god falls for the wrong girl. His teacher. A modern take on a classic story, this dark tale of heart break and revelations explores the nature of love without boundaries.

Mourning After the Night Before
Full length drama, 3F 2M
When a family moves to a small coastal town to recover from a tragedy, they struggle to rediscover who they are and if they're worth saving. Lucy doesn't know who she is anymore. Everett is falling in love. Drew has lost so much already. Fenwick is just trying to keep her family afloat. And Pippa, well Pippa is drowning. Mourning After the Night Before explores the rippling impact of loss and the repercussions of drowning in every way a person can drown.

The Deepest Trench
One-act comedic drama, 2F 1M
An almost love story about the ways we protect the people we love, trench warfare as a version of a fairy tale ending, and a pair of ducks.

Waltzing With Puppets
One-act drama, 1F 1M
When searching for the man of your dreams, why would you marry someone who reminded you of the man in your nightmares?

The Pigeon
Full length drama, 2F 1M
What could Jegger, a young punk, and Malone, a past middle-aged woman, possibly have in common? Drawn together by their mutual hatred for the woman who damaged them both, they plot her destruction. Some say revenge is bittersweet, and sometimes it’s like a box of chocolates.
*Listed as one of the 10 Best Toronto Productions of the year it premiered

Love, Virtually
Full length dramatic comedy, 3F 4M
A play about our storybook romance expectations and how real life struggles to live up to the fantasy lives we've created for ourselves. It's like Shrodinger's cat. As long as you stick to online dating without really getting to know someone, you're perfect together without actually being in a relationship.
*Toronto Best of Fringe

How to Not Die Horribly in a Fire
Monologue, 1F
Claire has just been proposed to. As she considers her response she reflects on advice her mother gave her in an ice cream shop, her gold star rating system for men, and how likely she is to die in a fire.

Trigger warnings: suicide, mental illness, rape, murder.

DIVINE WRECKS and other morally questionable tragedies -- paperback

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