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Josh MacDonald is a writer and actor living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. His comedy-drama feature film Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage, starring Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), Callum Keith Rennie (Californication, Battlestar Galactica), Ricky Mabe (Zach and Miri Make a Porno), Andrew Bush (Picnicface) and directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), will be released in theatres by Seville Pictures/ Entertainment One in October 2010.
The screenplay for Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage was based upon Josh’s original play Halo, a stage piece commissioned, produced & toured by Two Planks & A Passion Theatre during Josh’s time as the company’s Writer-In-Residence (2001). Halo has since been produced by many theatre companies across North America, from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, California to New York State. Published by Talonbooks, Halo has gone into a 3rd Printing, and is a curriculum title in various high schools and universities in Canada.
Whereverville was also commissioned and toured by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre. The play was shortlisted for The National Arts Centre’s “On The Verge” Festival, and is also published by Talonbooks.
Another feature screenplay The Corridor —a horror/thriller—went before cameras in February 2010, starring James Gilbert (The Tudors), Stephen Chambers (Casino Jack), David Flemming (North/South) and directed by Evan Kelly. The movie will debut on the festival circuit in the Fall of 2010.
Josh also works as a professional story-editor, actor and teacher. Recently, he was the playwriting instructor in the theatre department of Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S..
Merritt Theatre Award Nominee for Best Play, 2004”
QUOTES OF NOTEWhereverville
“Whereverville is highly engaging.”
—Royal National Theatre, Great Britain
“[Whereverville is] emotional, poetic, humourous and character-rich.”
—Mail Star, Halifax
“An intelligent playwright with a love of humanity, MacDonald has a gift …”
—Chronicle Herald, Halifax
“Appearances are deceptive [in Whereverville], no less in the play’s form than in its plotting. A well-crafted and multilayered script.”
—University of Toronto Quarterly
“Josh MacDonald is one of Nova Scotia’s theatrical young Turks … crafting highly compelling theatre that cuts close to the bone.”
—Globe and Mail
QUOTES OF NOTEHalo
" Halo successfully melds faith, drama and honour…very funny and quite moving."
—Halifax Daily News
“ Halo is theatre at its very best. There is not a false note in this high-wire act of comedy and tragedy with beautifully-written, believable characters who never lose their balance in script or performance. [MacDonald] is a writer to watch.”
“Brimming with humour and humanity, Halo retains a serious, poignant core that resonates deeply in a post 9/11 world. Beautifully constructed, it’s a homegrown work that’s slowly but surely establishing a North American-wide reputation.”
—HFX Entertainment Guide
“As gullible faith and hard-hearted defeatism collide in the face of a possible miracle, Canadian playwright Josh MacDonald’s warmhearted Halo finds its way to genuine moments of human reconciliation and acceptance.”
—Los Angeles Times
“ Halo is selling out most nights—a reflection on the true nature of miracles that is anything but pious.”
"Beguiling … Josh MacDonald has crafted an emotionally rich tale. Halo is a fine example of why intimate barebones theatre can be the most rewarding theatre of all."
—Edge Los Angeles
" Halo is a very significant dramatic achievement of the last five years, and the best new play I’ve seen produced and published in that time. Halo ’s ongoing success across Canada bears witness to the fact that this play has touched a universal chord— its funny, yet challenging exploration of faith and small-town life marks it as a Maritime Our Town .”
—Michael Melski, Playwright
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.