Written and performed by Anthony Johnston & Nathan Schwartz
Created with Anita Rochon, directed by Annie Tippe
SummerWorks 2014 ‘Outstanding Ensemble’ Award – NOW Magazine
In the summer of 2004, Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz – self-proclaimed “gay/straight best friends duo” – wrote a prank letter to a fundamentalist “ex-gay” organization asking for funds to produce Never Cry Wolfman: a Play with Mask and Song in which the Monster Within is Summarily Defeated. To their surprise, the letter was answered, and they were invited to workshop their new play at the organization’s retreat in rural British Columbia… under the condition that they also spend two weeks participating in gay conversion therapy.
Years later, still struggling to come to terms with the events of that summer and finding it impossible to agree on what exactly transpired, the friends reunite to perform their conflicting accounts as a piece of theatre.
The result is A Quiet Sip of Coffee – part docu-theatre, part atonement ritual, part melodrama, exorcism, and half-mask musical.
Running Time: 75 minutes, No Intermission
Cast & Crew: 3
“intriguing Charlie Kaufmanesque script… brilliantly focused and detailed”
– Glenn Sumi NOW Magazine NNNN
“at once hilarious and heartbreaking”
“rambunctious and very brave”
– Ottawa Citizen
“Johnston and Schwartz are astounding in various roles and as themselves, using years of both traditional and experimental work to their advantage.”
– Charlebois Post (Montreal)
“fast paced and intriguing… more intimate than (an) on-screen close up… an experience that is uniquely, wonderfully live”
– nytheatre. com
July 7 – 12 / 15 – Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages Festival – Victoria, BC