The Patron Saint of Stanley Park

By Hiro Kanagawa

Siblings Josh and Jennifer are coping with the loss of their father who disappeared one year ago in a float plane accident on Christmas Eve. While Josh scours the Internet for proof that his father is still alive, Jennifer rebels against his denial and their mother Marcia’s efforts to return the family to normalcy. When Marcia insists that Josh and Jennifer spend Christmas with relatives, the children set out to Stanley Park on their own to honour their father’s memory. Trapped by a catastrophic windstorm, the children are rescued by Skookum Pete, a strange vagabond who takes them to a fantastical bunker beneath the Prospect Point café. Here they experience wondrous visions that help them understand the truth about their father and the healing power of love.

“Will charm adults and older children alike...a superb, layered piece of writing.”

Halifax Chronicle-HeraldAndrea Nemetz

"Be prepared to use your imagination, your sense of wonder, and yes, even your heart strings will be pulled."

examiner.comCrystal Dahl

“The overall effect of this script, which I recommend for kids as well as adults, it that it’s so moving that I had to work hard to stifle what could have been very loud sobs.”

The Georgia StraightColin Thomas

“Bring a tissue to dab your eyes but prepare to be enchanted...”

Prince George Free PressTeresa Mallam

Production Details

3 male (including one pre-teen)

2 female (including one teen)

Running time: 85 minutes including intermission

By Hiro Kanagawa

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Production History

Premiered at the Arts Club, Vancouver (2010)
Remounted at the Arts Club, Vancouver (2011)
Halifax Theatre for Young People (2013)
Theatre NorthWest, Prince George, BC (2014)
Between Shifts Theatre, Squamish, BC (2015)
Published by Playwrights Canada Press (2014)

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