Comedy: Martha (Marty) is an architect anxious to learn more about self-sufficient houses so she can write a magazine article about living “off the grid”. Leonard is a loans officer who has reluctantly agreed to spend a week off the grid while Marty writes her article and they celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary. This is despite the loss of creature comforts such as TV, the internet and a flush toilet. Marty gets some guidance from their retired next door neighbour, Lowell, who has been living out in the middle of nowhere for two years. Leonard is initially wary of this unusual recluse, but his opinion changes as the week progresses.

Cast: 2M/1F


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Premiere production: Theatre Orangeville, March 2019

Playwright’s Notes:  The idea for Off the Grid came from a simple headline in the local newspaper. A film crew was touring the country talking to people who had adopted a self-sufficient lifestyle. While the play involves living off the grid, it isn’t about this lifestyle as much as it is about how a young married couple deals with the choices they’ve made in their lives, and how a complete stranger can have an influence on them.

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