The Lonely Diner


Beverley Cooper

About the book

The year is 1928 and someone is stealing Al Capone’s whiskey. Prohibition has just been lifted in Ontario but still holds firm in Chicago. For those who want a drink, the morality is shaky. In a quiet little diner close to the U.S. border, Lucy yearns for excitement and glamour. When a couple of well-dressed American gangsters make an after hours visit, Lucy changes her tune as the stakes get higher…


“Beverley Cooper has written a play that is gripping and complex.”—CIUT 89.5 FM

“…the story has more twists than a strand of spaghetti on a fork… The play combines dramatic tension—there is a moment when the action verges on violence—with abundant humour.”—Kitchener Waterloo Record

About the author

Beverley Cooper trained as an actor and has performed in TV, film and in theatres across the country. As a writer she has written plays, episodic TV and film. She has written extensively for CBC radio drama: both original dramas and adaptations. Her adaptation of Rohinton Mistry’s epic novel A Fine Balance and her original drama It Came from Beyond! both earned her nominations for a Writer’s Guild of Canada Award. Beverley’s writing for theatre includes Thin Ice (co-written with Banuta Rubess) which won Dora and Chalmer’s Awards, The Eyes of Heaven (Scirocco Drama) and The Woman in White (adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins). Her play Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott (Scirocco Drama) was a sold-out hit at the Blyth Festival in both 2008 and 2009 and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2009. The National Arts Centre and the Centaur Theatre will co-produce Innocence Lost in 2013. Beverley has been invited to present her work at two Women Playwrights International conferences (Mumbai, 2009/Stockholm, 2012). She is currently enrolled at the University of Guelph, working on her MFA in Creative Writing, Beverley is a memeber of PEN Canada: an organization that assists writers around the world who are persecuted for the peaceful expression of their ideas. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

DRA013000 Drama/Canadian
88pp 5.5 x 8.5 in