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Stage Plays by Andrew Kooman
Imprisoned in solitary confinement behind the Iron Curtain of post-war Romania, Elsie’s only companions are two other prisoners she cannot touch or see, tortured like Elsie for their beliefs. As they tap out messages in Morse code from the confines of their lonely cells, the unseen companions trigger memories from her former life, especially her love affair before the war. Past and present collide as Elsie is forced to imagine a future without torture or faith.
The play had its World Premiere tour May 9 – 31, 2015. Produced by Burnt Thicket Theatre, the play premiered in Red Deer and Calgary, Alberta followed by performances in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We Are the Body was nominated for 3 Calgary Theatre Critics awards in 2015 for best new script, best actress and best actor.
We Are the Body had a public reading in Rosebud, Alberta in November of 2012. The play was developed in part through a Scripts At Work Playwright Circle led by Gordon Pengilly in 2012.
When Holland falls to the Nazis in May of 1940 after a brief but surprising resistance, Machiel and Sophie van Leeuwen prepare for a long and difficult occupation in a war they and the rest of the country never dreamed Holland would enter. They are soon faced with decisions they never would have imagined, choosing between resistance and passivity, family and friendship, faith, tradition and violence.
Delft Blue was workshopped in a Playwright Circle under the guidance of Conni Massing in 2011 through Scripts At Work in Red Deer.
Please contact the playwright to discuss possibilities for development, readings, and production.
She Has A Name
Haunted by anguished voices, a lawyer poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel trafficking girls into Bangkok. Can he win the trust of a young prostitute and convince her to risk her life for the sake of justice?
15 year old Martin Pewbury dreams of being a rock star. His life is disrupted when he’s dragged by his father to the estate of his great Aunt Anna in order to receive an unexpected inheritance. When Martin meets the elusive Mr.Watts, his dream to be a famous rock star takes him on a musical journey that’s so much more than he bargained for.
The World Premiere of After Hymn! took place in Red Deer, Alberta from March 11-12, 2016, featuring 6 Actors, a Live 5-piece Band and a 70-member Choir, it was a true community effort that raised $80,000 for charity.
Commissioned and presented by The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre, Andrew wrote the production as a romp through the making of much loved hymns. The production was directed by Annette Bradley & Laura Geelen with proceeds going to CAPCC’s special housing project.
Anna returns to the small town church she grew up attending for its annual Easter production after a ten year absence. When she meets Joshua after the performance, her view of the cross as a tired, old symbol is challenged not only by his invitation to imagine it differently, but her need for it to be something more.
Don’t miss the World Premiere! The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre will presents the Easter Premiere Musical Production of That Towering Cross Premieres March 26 – 28 in Red Deer, Alberta. Directed by Annette Bradley & Laura Geelen.
Bryan falls into love with Jenny as simply and easily as a feather fell from the sky on a magical, unexpected afternoon. Janet, fifty-something and deflated, is focused on one painful spot in the past until a pair of tulip bulbs sort of save her life. Sarah risks it all for Eric, a poem-quoting English major, before he abandons her at sea.
Three monologues that explore the reasons we fall in love, life’s unexpected surprises, and the choices we make when love, life and loss meet.
Production History: Commissioned by the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre for their 25th Anniversary Gala in November 2013. The Unveil Studios production was brought to life under the direction of Stephen Waldschmidt by Aaron Krogman, Sue Backs and Amy Burks through multiple roles. Performed November 2, 2013 in Red Deer, Alberta and March 1, 2014 in Didsbury, Alberta. Contact the playwright to discuss performance rights, a production or fundraiser or to get a copy of the script.
Little Will Harrison’s dying wish is to help homeless people in Alberta by organizing a food drive. With the help of their neighbours and close friends the Welsh family, the Harrisons work hard to help Will realize his final wish. As the families gather produce donated from the town of Sunrise, they dig up more than just potatoes: a surprise engagement and a secret affair promise to bring the two families closer together and rip them apart, forever.
A young man’s world starts to unravel during his first year at Bible College as he wrestles with mental illness. Torn by his need for psychiatric care and his desire to be healed by faith, his love for a young girl named Becky might save him or throw him over the edge for good.
Books by Andrew Kooman
A collection of vivid, image-based poems, God/he is both love song and shouting match, an existential celebration and struggle between the human and Divine. Buy the ebook for Kindle or all other devices.
Disappointed by Hope : Migrants and Refugees in Search of a Better Country
The reality of life in Malaysia leaves many migrants and refugees disappointed by the hopes they had of a better life. A call to compassion and action so that migrants and refugees are better protected from violence, abuse, and injustice. Buy the book
Ten Silver Coins: The Drylings of Acchora
Before she ran away from the city of Vendor, Jill Strong was only known as a Daughter of Disgrace. Everything changes when she flees to the Forest and is given a treasure – ten silver coins – which she quickly loses. A novel for young audiences, the first in a series of three. Buy the book.
Short Stories by Andrew Kooman
Andrew’s personal reflections from his time spent in Kenya working on the feature film E for Everyone. Buy the ebook.
After recovering from a terrible car accident that rendered him a paraplegic, a man reflects on the new confines put on his life as he considers the limitations of life, faith, and love from a wheelchair. Buy the ebook.
30 Days of Prayer for the Voiceless
A series of 14 short stories about gender-based injustice featured in a publication that has been translated into multiple languages and published around the world. Buy the book.
A young man tutors and Afghani refugee in English. Unable to communicate beyond simple words and gestures, the young man imagines Nazar’s flight from the Taliban to Canada. Buy the ebook.
Poetry by Andrew Kooman
Fridge for Thought From 2009-2012 Andrew did a regular poetry weekly feature on the web slapping verse and fridge magnets onto his lonely fridge.
So far a collection of poems that considers geographic locations and the locations of the heart.
Poem Pictures – Visual verse.