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the drawer boy

by Michael Healey
"False memory. Real pain."

mar 24 - apr 9, 2023
(Preview Mar 23, 2023)
Drawer Boy recalls the experiences of a young actor from a Canadian theatre group who visits the rural home of two elderly bachelor farmers to research farm life for a new play. In doing so, he/she demonstrates how storytelling can create and interpret reality and transform lives.

The Drawer Boy was originally produced at

Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto in February 1999.


The Drawer Boy is staged by arrangement with Marquis Literary (Colin Rivers) and Gary Goddard Agency (Pam Winter)

Michael Healey


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Michael Healey trained as an actor at Toronto’s Ryerson Theatre School in the mid -eighties. He began writing for the stage in the early nineties and his first play, a solo one-act called KICKED, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. He subsequently toured the play across Canada and internationally, winning the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play.

THE DRAWER BOY, his first full-length play, premiered in Toronto in 1999, winning the Dora Award for best new play, the Chalmers Canadian Playwriting Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award (Canada’s highest literary honour). It has been translated into German, French, Japanese and Hindi and continues to be produced regularly across North America and internationally.

Healey’s other works include THE ROAD TO HELL (co-authored with Kate Lynch), PLAN B, RUNE ARLIDGE, THE INNOCENT EYE TEST, THE NUTTALLS, ARE YOU OKAY and 1979. His informal trilogy focusing on Canadian values and politics, entitled GENEROUS, COURAGEOUS, and PROUD, met with great critical success and individually have had multiple productions. In all, his plays have won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play five times.

He has also adapted works by Chekhov, Molnar, Hecht & MacArthur, Dürrenmatt and Shaw for Soulpepper, and the Stratford and Shaw festivals. He continues to find work as an actor occasionally.

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