Sense & Sensibility
Produced by Exit 22 Productions at Capilano University in 2018. Directed by Bob Frazer. Featuring the students of the Capilano Theatre Program.
About: Two very different sisters—Marianne, free-spirited & romantic, and Elinor, sensible & reserved—find themselves thrown into an unkind world when their father dies. Uprooted to a new home, Marianne meets a man who appears to be a kindred spirit, but may be harbouring secrets of his own. Elinor meanwhile suffers her own heartbreak but conceals her true feelings, even from Marianne. In a world where rigid social conventions clash with impulses of the heart, Marianne and Elinor must navigate gossip and heartbreak before they can reconcile with each other and find happiness. Based on the novel by Jane Austen.
Length: full length (2 acts). Cast: min. 17 (with doubling, 10 f; 7 m). Photo by Tae Hoon Kim, featuring Sarah Cantuba (Elinor) and Rachel-Lee Jaune (Marianne).
A Dog at a Feast
Produced by Bleeding Heart Theatre at the Vancouver Fringe 2016. Directed by Evan Frayne. Featuring Alison Kelly, Barbara Tomasic, and Lisa Goebel.
”Dog at a Feast is a real meal...The dialogue is sharp, funny and right on the money…a fast-paced, tell-it-like-it-is gem.” - Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
“Michelle Deines’s script is smart and witty…I simply adored this play.” - Helen Martin, CiTR
About: Diane is an arts critic who glories in writing bloodthirsty reviews for the shows she thinks are sub-standard—which are most of them. Maya is an up-and-coming starlet who has been on a string of luck. Janet is a theatre veteran who sees things exactly as they are, and is therefore thoroughly depressed. One day, Janet approaches Diane about a new project, which unwittingly forces Diane to face her biggest fear. A dark comedy, A Dog at a Feast examines the power of the fear of judgement, and how we are all our own worst critics.
Length: One Act.
Cast: 3 f.
I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck
Co-writer (and director) with performer Kathryn Kirkpatrick (pictured). Produced by Working Spark Theatre in 2015 at the Shadbolt Centre, and in 2013 at the Firehall Arts Centre.
About: 10-year-old Kathy must help out at meetings of the Engelbert Humperdinck Fan Club, Montreal Chapter, because her mother is Secretary. Secretly, Kathy begins to nurse an obsession with “Enge,” who seems to be the best candidate to help save her family from imminent collapse…
Nominated for the 2015 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding New Script; Nominated for the 2013 Cultchivating the Fringe Award.
Length: One Act.
Cast: 1 f (who plays 8+ parts). Photo by Emily Cooper. *English with some French.
Ghosts in Baghdad
Produced by Working Spark Theatre at Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver, 2014. Directed by John Murphy. Featuring Alec Willows, Gili Roskies (pictured), Sarah May Redmond, and Josh Drebit.
“Deines weaves an intricate tale of intrigue and suspense, and blends in with a heart-breaking sense of humanity and desperation.” – The Vancouverist
About: Khalil finds solace from the war around in him in the closed halls of the Iraq Museum. His isolation, however, is shattered when a young street kid named Dawood arrives, who says he has a mask, a prized artifact that has been missing since the 2003 looting. A story about the clash between culture and war.
Winner, Special Merit Prize in Theatre BC’s 2013 Playwriting Competition. Nominated for Outstanding New Script Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in 2014.
Cast: 2 f; 2 m. Photo by Tim Matheson. Script available through the Canadian Play Outlet.
Produced by Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, 2010. Directed by Pamela Halstead. Featuring Esther Purves-Smith and Trevor Leigh. Commissioned as part of the Lunchbox Theatre Petro-Canada Stage One Play Series.
About: Cordelia has lost something: her submarine. She travels all the way to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and her only help comes in the form of Murdoch, a drunk funeral-goer who wants nothing to do with her.
Length: One Act.
Cast: 1 f; 1 m.
Script available through the Canadian Play Outlet.