Daniel, a washed-up Dollywood rhinestone cowboy, returns home to the farm near Wingham after many years, on the occasion of his mother’s death. Despite his best intentions, Daniel gets drawn right back into scrapping with his old man, Walter, who used to play fiddle with the Ranch Boys on Circle 8. This drama about a prodigal son and his cantankerous father is by turns starkly humorous and deeply moving.
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“St. Anne’s Reel is like the strains of an old country waltz, heard far off in the distance, when green cornfields turn to rose as dusk descends at the height of summer … The drama captures two people, father and son, caught in the eternal predicament of living perplexing, imperfect lives. It is a condition we all share in common with Walter and Daniel.” —The Guelph Mercury
About the Author
Gil Garratt is a playwright, director, dramaturge, Dora award-winning actor, and theatre administrator who has worked across Canada and internationally. Garratt’s plays include Severe Blow to the Head, The Strange Wet Saga of the Disappearing Ballerina, Vicious Little Boyz in the Rain, Wireless, St. Anne’s Reel, The Last Donnelly Standing and The Pigeon King. With a career that has been dedicated primarily to the development of new plays, Gil is currently Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival, one of Canada’s premier houses for new work.