Salt-Water Moon Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889222571
Pages: 88
Pub. Date: January 1 1988
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.3125"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Fiction / FIC027200

  • DRAMA / Canadian
  • FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century

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Salt-Water Moon

By David French

It’s a splendid moon-filled night at Coley’s Point in August, 1926. Eighteen-year-old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed.

Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Winner 1985 Dora Mavor Moore Award (Outstanding New Play)

Winner 1985 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Winner Canadian Authors Association Literary Award

Winner Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics Award and ACTRA Award

“Small-scaled and delicate, Salt-Water Moon is a radiant affirmation of the gifts French exhibited in his earlier plays. Spare, lyrical and tightly constructed, there’s nothing in it that isn’t essential, yet the images the writer conjures up stay in the mind long after the play is finished. It’s a long time since Canadian theatre has been graced by a play as well written as this one.”
—Ottawa Citizen

“[Ravi Jain’s 2016 production] sheds a new light on Jacob’s relationship with his father. … But more than anything, … Jacob and Mary are two people trying to balance love, independence and responsibility. … It does what any good production of a classic does: reminds us why it’s a classic in the first place.”
Toronto Star

“This is a lovely play, lovingly written. We’ve not met the likes of Mary and Jacob on any stage in many a long day. You’ll not soon forget them.”
—Hollywood Drama-Logue

“[Salt-Water Moon is] a gem of a play, an old-fashioned love song that is affecting, funny, and evocative as a dream.”
—Globe and Mail

“David French has created an old-fashioned love song that fills Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre with tough talk and tender feeling.”
—Maclean’s magazine

Salt-Water Moon shines.”
—Philadelphia Daily News