Marilyn Anne Campbell

Marilyn Anne Campbell

In all of her writing, Marilyn Anne Campbell likes to focus on nature, speculative fiction, humour, and young audiences (although not necessarily all in the same story). Her stage plays have been workshopped in Toronto and produced in Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax, Chicago, New York, and South Dakota. In 2016 she was one of three winners of Storybook Theatre (Calgary)'s inaugural National TYA...
In all of her writing, Marilyn Anne Campbell likes to focus on nature, speculative fiction, humour, and young audiences (although not necessarily all in the same story). Her stage plays have been workshopped in Toronto and produced in Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax, Chicago, New York, and South Dakota. In 2016 she was one of three winners of Storybook Theatre (Calgary)'s inaugural National TYA Playwriting Competition and she has received playwriting grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. She is also a published author of short fiction (some which can now be found on the social reading and writing website Wattpad) and an occasional puppeteer.
Find her on Facebook @marilynwrites and on Instagram @marilyn.cam

Plays

  • Universal Language
    When low-level staff at an interstellar supply station find themselves on the frontlines of alien contact, workplace dissatisfaction could lead to an inter-species incident. A silly science fiction play about (mis)communication.
  • The Knight's Errand
    King Arthur, Lancelot, and Percival recount the story of Ferldamed, a lesser-known knight of The Round Table who must overcome his fear of the dark and his general lack of knightly skills both to fulfill a simple errand and to save his friends from a fearsome foe.

    A rhyming play, approximately 20 minutes, suitable for indoor or outdoor production.

    (The script calls for 4 main...
    King Arthur, Lancelot, and Percival recount the story of Ferldamed, a lesser-known knight of The Round Table who must overcome his fear of the dark and his general lack of knightly skills both to fulfill a simple errand and to save his friends from a fearsome foe.

    A rhyming play, approximately 20 minutes, suitable for indoor or outdoor production.

    (The script calls for 4 main characters who also make use of props and puppets but there is the option to expand the cast instead, as seen in the linked video from Storybook Land Theatre's production)

    Production History

    Child's Play Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 2015 (Premiere)
    Storybook Land Theatre, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, July 2016
  • Marks of Birth
    With less than an hour until a gaggle of teenagers arrive for a backyard barbecue, mother Lorraine and daughter Sasha have very different ideas about what makes for a great eighteenth birthday party. Sasha’s almost willing to compromise, until Lorraine reveals her plan to dig up the past... literally.
  • A Place in the World
    In a future where aging has slowed and a child can only be born after a space opens up for them, Ira's plan for a low-key move into middle age is ruined by family members with other plans for her 100th birthday party.
  • Flood Control
    On the eve of his fortieth birthday, lonely Ray stands on a bridge over a swollen river, building up the nerve to end his life. He’s interrupted by Gina, a highly-organized woman who has come to kill herself simply because she has nothing else left to do.

    35+ minutes

    "FemFest prides itself on presenting new work by Canadian Female artists each year, and Marilyn Anne Campbell...
    On the eve of his fortieth birthday, lonely Ray stands on a bridge over a swollen river, building up the nerve to end his life. He’s interrupted by Gina, a highly-organized woman who has come to kill herself simply because she has nothing else left to do.

    35+ minutes

    "FemFest prides itself on presenting new work by Canadian Female artists each year, and Marilyn Anne Campbell is definitely a playwright I am grateful to FemFest for bringing our attention to. This is a smart and funny script, with lovely dark undertones, which focuses on Gina and Ray, two adults who meet on a bridge with the common intention of killing themselves. As the play unfolds, we identify with the hilarious neuroses of each of these characters, whether it is Ray's fear of turning 40 without having kissed a girl, or Gina's obsession with the location of coasters and ensuring things are completed..." - Kendra Jones, Removing the Mask (theatre blog)
  • Longing for Nostalgia
    When Brian and Tasha learn their brother Corey has been killed, they awkwardly reminisce with the audience about a past they remember differently. Corey meanwhile isn't convinced that he's dead, but nobody seems to be listening.
  • All the Light-Hearted Souls
    "I never tried to help people. I never tried to make the world better. I just sat around making bad jokes and using up the air." After an unfortunate encounter with some woodworking machinery, Alex finds himself on the threshold between life and death, challenged to justify his detached and carefree ways.