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Posted: Friday June 16, 2017
Sean Devine

Sean Devine is a Canadian playwright, actor, and artistic director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre. His most recent play Daisy premiered at Seattle’s ACT Theatre in 2016, where it received a Gregory Award nomination for Best New Play and a Broadway World Seattle Critic’s Choice Award for Best New Play. Originally commissioned by NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, Daisy has had public readings in Chicago, Toronto, and Ottawa. His first play Re: Union premiered in Vancouver in 2011, was published by Scirocco in 2013, and was presented at Ottawa’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2015, where it won the Prix Rideau Award for Ottawa’s Best Production. Devine’s newest play, When There’s Nothing Left to Burn, was commissioned by the University of Lethbridge, where it will premiere in 2017. Devine ran for federal office as the NDP candidate for Nepean in the 2015 election.




Winner, BroadwayWorld Seattle Critic’s Choice Award for Best New Play (2016)

Nominated for the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play (2016)



The play has “intrinsic quality … Daisy is an interrogation of the current political arena, which is fun to watch … Daisy also works as an exploration of Tony Schwartz, the sound geek adman known for his groundbreaking theories on sound and media. … Daisy evokes. The audience informs. And together, the two resonate.”
Broadway World

“Sean Devine’s Daisy is a play that asks a timely question: Do ads manipulate the fears we already have, or do they actually change minds? … The play ultimately tells us that it is ‘easier to provoke voters than educate them,’ and the post-run letters from critics of the infamous commercial prove that point. Yet Devine’s play makes you feel less vulnerable to such ‘provocations’ and leaves you wondering if ads really have the power to get presidents elected.”
Houstonia Magazine

Daisy is a story that, through history’s irritating tendency to repeat itself … resonates so deeply with our current moment that it should be required viewing for all registered voters.”
Seattle Weekly

“All the science-y stuff and big ideas about the way the body responds to language and images makes Daisy more than just a particularly well-timed dive into the unfortunately relevant presidential compaigns of Johnson and Goldwater [in the 1960’s].”
The Stranger

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