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THEATRE (SELECTED)

The Big Sleep
2016
Vertigo Theatre, Calgary, AB

Craig Hall, Director

An adaptation of Raymond Chandler's hardboiled detective story of the same name showcases the best of gumshoe Philip Marlowe as he works a case for a general with two beautiful and dangerous daughters. With spot-on film noir dialogue and romance, this story is all about betrayal and bodies -- some of them are dead too.

"Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky has a real knack for splattering his Philip Marlowe plays with chuckles and even some big laughs all the while his characters are disposing of one another right before our eyes." The Calgary Herald

Farewell, My Lovely
2014
Vertigo Theatre, Calgary; Arts Club Theatre,
Vancouver (2015),
Craig Hall, Director

An adaptation of Raymond Chandler's hardboiled detective story of the same name, featuring down-on-his luck Philip Marlowe who's trying to solve the disappearance of Velma, a beautiful nightclub singer. This play takes the theme of film noir and gives it a modern flair, full of intrigue, gun-play, and the blues.

Nominated for Five Jessie Theatre Awards.

Play With Monsters
2012
Solo Collective Theatre, Performance Works, Vancouver,
Rachel Peake, Director

An ex-con meets his match with a prim and proper woman of Asian descent in the vineyards of Burgundy only to have his parents come back to haunt him in the form of zombies. This playful, hilarious romantic comedy deals with family dysfunctions in a unique way, throwing everything at the audience including bad opera singing and ninjas with throwing stars.

Nominated for five Jessie Theatre Awards including Outstanding Original Script.

“Playful Play With Monsters Kills at Performance Works” — Vancouver Sun

After Jerusalem
2016
Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, AB
Mark Bellamy, Director

2011
Solo Collective Theatre; Performance Works, Vancouver, Rachel Peake, Director

A down-on-her-luck middle-aged woman travels to Jerusalem at Christmas trying to find romance. Once there, she lies about being a famous actress only to run into a soldier wannabe film-writer who wants her to get his script to Ryan Reynolds. This comedy shows us lies and romance with an edge.

  • Nominated for two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Performance/Actress
  • Nominated for the prestigious Carol Bolt Award (2012), a national playwriting competition sponsored by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, PACT (the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres), and Playwrights Canada Press

"Do you want to see artists having a really good time? After Jerusalem is a banquet of pleasure."
The Georgia Straight

"It's a dandy little romantic comedy by Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky given a dynamite staging by Mark Bellamy that features two priceless performances" The Calgary Sun, The Calgary Herald.

The Project
2009
Solo Collective Theatre; Performance Works, Vancouver
Rachel Peake, Director

An egotistical film-maker wants to make a film about starving Africans to boost his flagging career only to discover that the Heart of Darkness holds many secrets. A black comedy that pokes fun at our Hollywood "artists" with good intentions. (This play shattered Solo Collective's box office records.)

Nominated for four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (three for Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress, one for Outstanding Sound Design)

“As a regular theatre-goer in Vancouver, it was a thrill to watch actors delivering a literate, intelligent script by someone who knows how to write.”
Plank Magazine

My Chernobyl
2008
Richmond Gateway Theatre; The Belfry, Victoria, BC
Britt Small, Director

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A lonely Canadian man goes to Belarus to hand over an inheritance to a distant relative only to find himself engaged to a young Russian woman who works at the GAP.

  • Victoria Critic’s Choice Award – Best Production, Best Script
  • Nominated for nine Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Original Script.
  • Published by Canada Playwrights Press, 2009

“My Chernobyl is one of the standout shows of the season. Your best bet for smart, cynical theatre, My Chernobyl gets a glowing recommendation.” The Vancouver Sun

"If Gogol had been Canadian, he might have written something like My Chernobyl. I'm still smiling. This is one smart and funny script, the performances are exquisite and the Belfry Theatre/Gateway Theatre co-production is delightful in every respect. You never know which way Bushkowsky is going to go: serious, political or comedic." The Vancouver Courier

Landscapes of the Dead
2006
Solo Collective Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Johnna Wright, Director

An overbearing mother uses her fame as an artist to continually manipulate her son but her plan backfires after she discovers she doesn’t have long to live.

Nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards.

“Aaron Bushkowsky's latest play is a smart, black comedy….” The Globe and Mail

Soulless
2004 & 2005, Rumble Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Norman Armour,  Director

2008, 505 Productions,  Toronto
Kelly Straughan, Director

A developer finds himself caught between doing the right thing and making money after a woman threatens to stop a downtown development because it deprives people from promised affordable housing. Things worsen when the same woman is discovered dead at the site and the developer is charged with her murder.

Nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards, including Outstanding Original Script.

“Bushkowsky's script is so poetic, provocative, and witty that it's never less than a pleasure.” The Georgia Straight

“Bushkowsky's finest, most moving work.”  The Courier

One Last Kiss
The Belfry; The Vancouver Playhouse, 2004
Roy Surette, Director

After thirty years of marriage an elderly couple find themselves stuck with retirement in the big city with nothing to do until Antonio Stradivari makes an appearance to help with inspiration.

Nominated for one Jessie Richardson Award.

“Vancouver’s playwright to catch.” The Courier

The Dead Reckoning
The Vancouver Playhouse, 2002
Glynis Leyshon, director

Set in the 1590s where Christopher Marlowe competes with William Shakespeare for the consideration of Queen Elizabeth I, this dark comedy explores the world of  spies and treachery where chivalry still exits.

Nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards, including Outstanding Original Script

“Reckoning is one handsome tale.” The Courier

“The play succeeds on the strength of several arrestingly dramatic moments.” The Globe and Mail

The Waterhead
Solo Collective, Vancouver, 2000
Del Surjik, director

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A middle-aged man comes to terms with the mystery of a missing sibling in a haunting monologue of tragedy and regret.

Nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Original Script.

Published by Playwrights Canada Press, 2003

“One affecting evening.” The Vancouver Sun

Strangers Among Us
Western Gold Theatre, Vancouver, 1998
Kate Weiss, director

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Two people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease meet and fall in love over and over again because they don’t have very good short term memory. This sad, romantic tale shows that hope remains even after tragedy strikes.

Nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Original Script.

Published by Playwrights Canada Press, 1999

“Bushkowsky’s script delights in the comic possibilities of misfiring language, in conversations that stumble comically as if the dancers have forgotten the dance.” The Globe and Mail

The Big Blue Bird
Vancouver, an Equity Co-op, 1998
Aaron Bushkowsky, director

Three generations of men – a Russian grandfather, a strict businessman father, and a very Canadian son -- cope with the missing women in their lives in this extraordinary tale of memory, loss and reconciliation.

Nominated for three Jessie Richardson Awards, including Outstanding Original Script.

“Bushkowsky’s Blue Bird Soars.” Vancouver Courier

Other Productions
The Promised Land (a monologue)
Solo Collective Theatre, 1999
Nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards, including Outstanding Original Script

Java Life, New Play Centre, 1998
Dancing Backwards, Phoenix Theatre, Edmonton,  1992
Nominated for six Edmonton Sterling Awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Original Script