The Swearing Jar


Kate Hewlett

Finalist for the Governor General’s Award

About the book

Winner of Best of Fringe at the 2008 Toronto Fringe Festival, and Outstanding New Play at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival.

Meet Carey and Simon, an otherwise-perfect married couple with a bit of a swearing problem. They’re determined to kick the habit by the time their baby is born. Too bad that’s not their only problem. Simon has a secret. And Carey has a new friend—a musician named Owen that she met at a bookstore. With quirky characters, music and gentle humour, this lovely and intricately constructed story is about meeting challenges head-on and finding hope.


“The story Hewlett weaves here is wrenchingly honest, believable, sometimes laugh out loud funny, sometimes heartbreaking.” —CBC Manitoba

Kate Hewlett is a Toronto-born writer and actor. Kate’s plays include Without, Humans Anonymous (Bridge Theatre New York), Malus Domestica and A Life in the Day (Luminato/Soulpepper). TV writing credits include Peter Mitchell’s HemlockThe L.A. Complex, Katie Boland’s Long Story Short and season two of InSecurity.

Her acting credits include: The L.A. Complex, DeBug, Still Life, Sex After Kids, Degrassi, Republic of Doyle, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, and InSecurity, as well as the recurring role of Jeannie Miller on Stargate Atlantis. Theatre credits include: Assassins (Birdland), The Swearing Jar (Bridge Theatre New York), Unity 1918 (GCTC) and Noble Parasites (Theatre Passe Muraille).

Kate was a member of the 2007 Tarragon Playwrights’ Unit and is a graduate of Queen’s University (BA), the National Theatre School of Canada (Acting) and the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Programme. She currently resides in Stratford, Ontario with her fiancé and far too many pets.

DRA0130000 Drama/Canadian
86pp 5.5 x 8.5 in, PB