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Josh MacDonald is the writer of the stage plays Degrees, Halo, and Whereverville. Published by Talonbooks, Halo and Whereverville are curriculum titles in Nova Scotia high schools. Halo has been produced around North America, and been adapted into the feature film Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage (eOne Entertainment), for which Josh wrote the screenplay. Josh is also the writer of the horror feature The Corridor (IFC Films; D Films) which played around the world and won the “Next Wave” Award for Best Screenplay at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. He is the writer-director of the short film Game, which has been viewed over a million times online. Josh has written for CBC Television and Radio, the National Film Board, the Smithsonian Channel, Reelz, Blue Ant, and others. He has taught creative writing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University. Also a professional actor for stage and screen, Josh is married to actor Francine Deschepper.
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
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