Stephen Massicotte

Stephen Massicotte, Librettist

Pacific Opera Victoria
Mary's Wedding

November, 2011

Stephen Massicotte is the librettist for the new opera Mary's Wedding, commissioned by Pacific Opera Victoria and based on Mr. Massicotte's award-winning play. The opera, composed by Andrew Paul MacDonald, made its world première in November 2011.

One of Canada's most-produced young writers, Stephen Massicotte was born in Trenton, and grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He earned a diploma in Graphic Design and Advertising from Cambrian College in Sudbury and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) from the University of Calgary.

His early plays include The Boy's Own Jedi Handbook, My Life of Crime, A Farewell to Kings: A Banger Play, and Looking After Eden.

His first full-length work was Mary's Wedding, which premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites Festival in 2002. It won the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play in 2002, and the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for outstanding new publication. It has subsequently been produced at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and at regional theatres across Canada including Victoria's Belfry, as well as in Washington, San Jose, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Scotland.

In 2004 Ground Zero Theatre produced Massicotte's black comedy Pervert at the Pumphouse Theatre, Calgary. The same year his historical drama The Emperor of Atlantis, about the creation of the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis by internees of Theresienstadt concentration camp, was produced by the Edmonton Opera Company.

The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion, based on an incident in the lives of T.E. Lawrence and the poet Robert Graves, premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and at the Tarragon Theatre in 2006, and was a hit off-Broadway in 2007. It won the 2007 Canadian Author's Association Carol Bolt Award for the best English-language play, and the 2007 Gwen Paris Ringwood Award.

In 2009, his metaphysical play The Clockmaker premiered at playRites and won a Betty Mitchell Award. In 2011 The Clockmaker won the inaugural Toronto Critics' Association Award for Best Canadian Play.

Massicotte's screenplays include a supernatural thriller filmed on the Isle of Man called The Dark and the cult horror film, Ginger Snaps and its sequels, for which he was awarded an AMPIA. He has also written scripts for the Disney TV series, Honey, I Shrank the Kids and the CBC 's Tom Stone.

He is a member of the Alberta Playwrights Network, the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He now lives in New York City.

One of the greatest aspects of theater -- and one of its unique traits -- is its fluidity. A play can transcend time and space in a way that film cannot, and Mary's Wedding takes enormous advantage of that fact. It's not just that the storytelling jumps back and forth in time; it's that the characters inhabit those multiple spaces and multiple times at once, commenting on it. Massicotte moves through these shifts with the skill and assurance of a master.
Ted Hoover, Pittsburgh City Paper, 2009

May 2011