PETER COLLEY Playwright-Screenwriter
Mark Of Cain
Also Known As:
(The Murderer In The Mirror)
2 Males, 3 Females, 1 Set
THE STORY: Identical twins Sean and Michael O'Neill were raised in a remote wilderness cottage on a lake in northern Ontario, Canada. Several years ago Michael committed a murder in the cottage and was sent to a mental institution. His brother Sean has recently married Dale, and they have returned to the cottage to fix it up to sell it, against Michael's wishes. As a thick fog sets in over the lake, they hear that Michael has escaped and is heading for the cottage. Can the police stop him, or has he already arrived and taken his brother's place? Or is Sean susceptible to the same madness that afflicted his twin? Dale has to wrestle with the dilemma that affects all people who get involved with identical twins, but this time the consequences are life and death.
The Murderer In The Mirror (The Mark Of Cain) is a suspenseful thriller, laced with humour, about the dark side of being an identical twin (*note, it does NOT require real twins). It is written from the heart, because the author is a twin himself. It premiered at The Muskoka Festival and has had many successful professional theatre productions across Canada and in the U.S., including The Lighthouse Festival, Theatre St. Bruno (Quebec), Capitol Theatre (British Columbia), Powerhouse Theatre (British Columbia), Centrestage Theatre (Nova Scotia), Domino Theatre Kingston, Elgin Theatre (Ontario), Group Theatre (Ontario), Ottawa Theatre, Theatre Windsor, Lakeshore Theatre (Quebec). The play had its U.S. premiere at the S.T.A.G.E. Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.
The play has been made into a
motion picture starring Wendy Crewson (star of The Santa
Clause/Air Force One).
“An evening of suspense... witty, powerful and imaginative... a genuine psychological thriller... a spine- tingling ending!”
The Maple Leaf
"THRILLING AND CHILLING
"SUSPENSE AND DRAMA"
"MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE"
“A spine-chilling yarn... Mr. Colley is skillful in the way he weaves characterization and humour into the tapestry of suspense... superb... !
NIGHTMARE OF SUSPENSE"
The Muskoka Sun“THE BEST PLAY OF THE SEASON”
"A suspenseful and imaginatively written work, building to a startling climax."
“A REAL THRILLER”
The Muskoka Times
“DON’T MISS IT!”
The Bracebridge Examiner
“THEATRE SHOULD BE PROUD”
The Muskoka Sun
THE MIRROR BOTH EERIE AND FUN"
"A very entertaining play with a spooky feel... lots of fun and may even make you jump. Accolades all around."
San Antonio Herald-Zeitung
"TWISTS AND TWINS
ENTERTAIN AS THIS MIRROR SHINES"
San Antonio Express-News
A GOOD LONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR"
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