artwork by Mikyong Rodgers

Renowned Canadian Playwright
Morley Shulman 


Infinity Stage
A publishing House for modern plays and musicals


The Gift

by Dr. L Jan Eira


cast:  2m,4w

running time: 100 minutes

A multi-­tiered story ruminating on themes of depression, psychology, suicide and the special gift of foresight imbued upon a young woman named Eleanor. Visions within visions are explored as Harriet, Eleanor’s mother’s, journey towards using her own gift to alter the future in order to stop a young man named Orton from committing suicide (and killing others in doing so) is revealed to be the hallucination of a deeply medicated and psychologically fractured Harriet who survived an attempted suicide pact with a terminally ill Eleanor. This in turn is revealed to be a vision itself, as the layers are peeled back, finally revealing that Eleanor’s brain tumor has prompted the gift of precognition. She has seen that, unless operated upon, her tumor will become terminal and the terrible visions we encountered will come to pass. Fortunately, Eleanor is able to convince her mother and father of the veracity of her claims in time for them to act and save her.


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