The December Man by Colleen Murphy is set to be produced by HomeFirst Theatre at The Bus Stop Theatre in late fall 2021.
This play, which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 2007, is inspired by one of the most tragic and significant incidents in our country’s history, the École Polytechnique Massacre on Dec 6, 1989. Murphy’s play does not deal directly with the immediate victims but rather with the fate of a young man who witnessed the event and could not/did not act. The December Man is the story of how he and his family were tragically affected.
For those of us who remember it vividly this play helps us to understand the terrible aftermath still with us. For a generation that wasn’t born when it took place, The December Man is a revelatory experience. With today’s focus on gender-based violence and examination of “the bystander effect,” The December Man is startlingly relevant.
Murphy’s play brings insight, compassion and even humour to an unimaginable tragedy, reflecting deeply on the question of what it means to be a bystander. Inevitably we must ask ourselves the question: Would or could we have behaved differently?
The production will reunite many familiar HomeFirst faces including Mary Vingoe (director), Sue LePage (set and costume designer), Steven Naylor (composition and sound designer), and Leigh-Ann Vardy (lighting designer). It will also feature production and stage management by Olivia Rankin and introduce associate producer, Rebecca Wolfe.