All Restaurant Fires are Arson is a dark and comic look at our relationship with our own mortality, and with each other, as we struggle to face the inevitable. Tom, and ex-cop in his fifties, and Ron, a philandering priest, have been friends since grade school. Their friendship will never die, but their high school friends and acquaintances can and do. They’re surrounded by deaths, that might be accidents, or might be murder driven by incidents in their past. Tom has a violent temper and a past full of resentments toward the deceased. Tanya, the most beautiful girl in the school, has always resented the attention that came her way. For Ron, Tanya and Tom the past is always present and the end of their future seems all too close.
About the Author
Bruce McManus is a playwright based in Winnipeg. His plays include All Restaurant Fires Are Arson,The Chinese Man Said Goodbye, Ordinary Days, Schedules, Calenture, and Selkirk Avenue (nominated for a Governor ‘s General ‘s Award for Drama in 1998). Adaptations for the stage include Three Sisters, A Doll ‘s House, and A Christmas Carol. Bruce has served as the Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba and was a founding member of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.