Stage Plays/Theatre

Frozen In Time©


Michael James Stewart

Uproariously funny, movingly poignant, contemporary and topical, Frozen In Time will leave you sore from laughter and warm with fond memories of six wonderful people who, together, spend a Christmas that truly changes their lives.

It is December 24, 2004, and Clovis Menard enters her run-down home, about ten kilometres outside of Sudbury, in northern Ontario, singing, ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’, after just having a court declare her husband, Forest J. Menard, legally dead. To add to her bliss, her son Frankie telephones, while heading north from Toronto, where he lives, to inform his mother that he is bringing a friend, Vivian Bradshaw, along to meet the family. Elated, Clovis informs her other son, Junior, who suffers from foetal alcohol syndrome, and her mother, Granny Cranston, about the visit and the fact that she figures this is the girl Frankie is finally going to marry.

Finally, after a lifetime of hardship, Clovis is having the best day of her life.

With a fierce snowstorm beginning to isolate them, the driver of a car, which has just slid into the ditch next to Clovis’ driveway, introduces herself as Dolores Menard, as in Mrs. Forest J. Menard.

Suddenly stunned and confused, Clovis attempts to sort that out, while trying to oversee the smooth running of Granny’s bootlegging business, on the busiest day of the year.

Finally, with the arrival of Frankie and Vivian, who are loaded with Christmas presents, Clovis declares about her day, ‘It’s gone from sunshine to shit in no time.’

If seeking a play for production, Frozen In Time, requires only one set and six adult actors.

A great choice if you are playing to an adult audience.

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Michael James Stewart

Fifty year old Marlys Pennington, is a five feet, seven inch, Wagnerian-chested, full-figured, pleasant face, hair in French-roll, straight-forward and eternally optimistic, forever tragedy-waiting-to-happen, who has just been rescued from falling into the grave of her recently died Great Dane, Tiny.

After making her way to a nearby bench and sitting, in order to adjust her broken glasses and dust the soil from her black mourning outfit and veiled hat, she is startled to notice the audience staring at her.

Marlys, in her open and guileless manner, proceeds to tell the audience about her life. From her ending up with Tiny instead of a Chihuahua, to her disastrous trip to Disneyland with her erratic mother, her accidental appearance on ‘The Price Is Right’, and being incorrectly accused of kidnapping, through her twisted relationship with her pathetic family members, to her wonderful marriages, Marlys takes you through every possible emotion from off-the-wall hilarity to gut wrenching pathos and sadness, and everything in between.

Once you have travelled, Up The Down Escalator, with Marlys Pennington, you will never forget meeting her, of that I am certain.

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Elevator To Heaven©

[A Paraprosdokian One Act Play]


Michael James Stewart

Peter is a sixty year-old, neatly groomed, operator of a brass-cage elevator in a simple, clean, but run-down, circa 1930, apartment building in downtown Toronto. Working Monday to Friday, from noon to midnight, Peter is mainly kept busy taking passengers up to the penthouse level and Heaven.

Having just taken someone up, as he waits for his next scheduled passenger, Peter discusses his forty-five years of faithful service; how he met his wife up there; and, how she and he are only five years away from retirement.

Elevator To Heaven is a whimsical play which contains humour, emotions and a few life-lessons, in spite of its’ briefness.

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