The Optimists


Morwyn Brebner

Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award

About the Book

“Let’s believe that the half of our life not yet lived is the good half.” A weekend in Vegas. The chance for hopes and dreams to come true provides the backdrop for Morwyn Brebner’s humourous look at love. It’s the night before the chapel wedding and the promise of “happily ever after.” Old friends confront their regrets, lies, betrayals, and disappointments. Will hope be the elusive wild card?


“…very funny…Brebner has a strong sense of the surreal and ludicrous in people’s lives…”
—ffwd Weekly, Calgary

About the Author

Morwyn Brebner’s debut play Music for Contortionist (Scirocco Drama, 2001), was coproduced by the Shaw Festival and the Tarragon Theatre in 2000 and nominated for a Dora and a Chalmers award. Other plays include Liquor, Guns, Karate and the musical Little Mercy’s First Murder (Scirocco Drama, 2004) (with composers Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey; winner of seven Dora Mavor Moore awards, including outstanding new musical). The Optimists (Theatre Junction, Calgary) was nominated for five Betty Mitchell awards, including best new play and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. Brebner is a graduate of the National Theatre School and a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

DRA013000 Drama/Canadian
96pp 5.5 x 8.5 in