Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest - 2004 Winner

The winner of the 2004 contest is “Queen Milli of Galt” by Gary Kirkham. 
A lovely romantic comedy with a handy supply of humor, this play is a genuinely witty exploration of unexpected love.  In 1972, the Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII) dies while living in exile at the age of 78.  Two weeks later in Canada, an 80 year old woman from a small town named Galt has her tombstone engraved, claiming to be his wife.  A young journalist appears at her door, eager for answers.  Flashback to 1919 as Edward, then holding the official title of the Prince of Wales, visits Canada as an emissary of the King.  Bored with the pomp and circumstance, he slips away from his official duties and begins a romance with a charming young woman…

Gary Kirkham was one of the original members of Motus O Dance Theatre, has been in numerous sketch and improv groups, and currently runs Writers¢ Bloc with Theatre & Company.

Samuel French would like to congratulate Gary Kirkham and thank all the playwrights who submitted their work in this contest.

Further information regarding the 2005 contest is available from Samuel French (Canada), Ltd., 100 Lombard Street, Toronto, M5C 1M3, 416-363-8417.

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