Kate HennigRepresented by: Emma Laird
The Virgin Trial
A full-length play in two acts for 4 women and 3 men
In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, a companion piece to The Last Wife, the continued reimagining of the Tudor queens sees the young Elizabeth navigate the court intrigues that would deny her the throne.
World premiere at the Stratford Festival 2017.
Winner of the 2017 Carol Bolt Award
Finalist, Governor General’s Award
The Last Wife
A full-length play in two acts, for 3 women and 3 men.
A dying husband, a steamy affair, a marriage steeped in violence that nonetheless offers an irresistible promise. A startling new play about Katherine Parr – the last wife of Henry VIII.
World Premiere at The Stratford Festival, July 30th, 2015.
Published by Playwrights Canada Press, July 2015
A full-length play in two acts, for five women and four men.
Set on a fruit farm at the edge of St. Catharines early in the fall of 1918, a family struggles with its inherited preconceptions of love and truth, and the lies and hatred of the past threaten to take victims in no less painful and personal a way than those taken by the flu epidemic.
Development: (working title: Waterworks) Banff Playwrights’ Colony 2008, readings at the Shaw Festival, self-produced reading, Blyth Festival, and Stratford Festival.
The Eleventh David
A full-length play in one act, for one woman and one man.
A Young Man meets an Old Woman sitting on an art installation in a park. They wait. They talk. They eat plums. Something unexpected happens. One of them falls in love. One of them dies. Based on the Japanese legends of Ono No Komachi, a published poetess of 9th Century Japan, and on the NOH plays that were written about her.
Development: first produced for Summerworks ’06 where it received critical acclaim for writing, acting, and direction.
A full length draft has now been written and had a public reading at Buzz Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille in early 2011.
The Penelope Principle
45 minutes approximately. A monologue, duologue, or chorus to be set with movement.
Using a metaphor of Penelope (as Earth) and Odysseus (as Humankind) Head and Body have a discussion about feminine and masculine principles, and how the current cultural climate of patriarchal achievement is destroying our planet.
Development: Self-produced workshop supported by TAC.
A full-length play in one act, for 2 women, 3 men and a girl.
Nell and Fen are trying to have a child. Again.
We follow this couple’s journey in two time settings, a pre-industrial culture and a contemporary one, as they face medical challenges and limitations, the pressure of their families and friends, and the stress on their otherwise solid relationship. Ultimately, Nell makes a decision that surprises all involved, and opens her way to something more.
Development: Groundswell Playwrights’ Unit 2004, Tarragon Playwrights’ Unit 2005, Banff Centre Playwrights’ Colony 2007.
Press & Links
- Wilde Tales provides children’s theatre that demands true engagement – review
- Shaw Festival review – The Childrens Hour with Oscar WildeKate Hennig Website
- Toronto Star – Stratford 2015 Lineup
- Stratford Festival – 2015 Season Press Release
- Intermission Magazine: Hot Off the Press – Punch Up
- Kate Hennig Becomes Associate Artistic Director of Shaw Festival
- Shaw Festival review – The Childrens Hour with Oscar Wilde
- Review Alberta Theatre Projects production of The Last Wife earns five stars
- The Virgin Trial in Prairie Books Now