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OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 13, 2022


By Marcia Kash & Douglas E. Hughes

Directed by Jason Podplesky

Playwrights Don and Mara are hired to finish a famous mystery writer’s last play following his mysterious death, shortly before its Broadway opening. The play takes place on a yacht, where an estranged family has been called together for the reading of their mother’s will. As Don and Mara delve deeper into the writing process, they suddenly find themselves literally sucked into the play, trapped in the very world they are trying to complete, where solving the mystery becomes a matter of life and death.

Deadline is a bit of CLUE, and a bit of KNIVES OUT, and a lot of fun!


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The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorEmily N. Wells

Creative ProducerTara Lail


Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes

Directed by Jason Podplesky

Scenic Design Ray Zupp

Lighting Design John Rensel ^

Costume Design Janet G. Powell



About the Playwrights

Marcia KashPlaywright

Marcia trained as an actor at the Drama Centre and began her career at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England.  Her first play, the highly successful WHO’S UNDER WHERE?  written with Douglas E. Hughes, has been translated into nine languages and received over 150 productions around the world. Together with Mr. Hughes, she has also penned the whodunnit A PARTY TO MURDER, an hilarious period comedy TOO MANY COOKS, a seniors’ caper JACK OF DIAMONDS,  and an award winning political farce, SOMETHING FISHY 

 Working solo, Marcia’s credits include the highly popular DISCOVERING ELVIS and her family drama FOR THIS MOMENT ALONE 

Together with collaborator Mary Colin Chisholm, Marcia wrote the screenplay, A BELLY FULL, which received two development awards from Telefilm Canada. Adapted into a stage play it received its world premiere at The Mill at Sonning in the UK in 2019.   

 In addition to writing and acting, Marcia is also an accomplished theatre director with over 100 credits ranging from new works to comedies to major musicals including the US/Canadian tour of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.  

Douglas E. HughesPlaywright

Doug is a Toronto-based actor and playwright. He has worked in theatres across Canada and in the U.S., as well as in TV, film and voiceover. He spent 13 seasons at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, and another 3 seasons at the Stratford Festival. He and his writing partner, Marcia Kash, have written 6 plays to date, the first five of which have been published by Concord Theatricals, and have had more than 300 productions in 16 countries around the world, and have been translated into 9 languages. Their play Something Fishy won the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada’s 2014 Tom Hendry award for Best New Comedy. Deadline is their sixth collaborative effort. Doug’s solo works include 2 short plays, Debussy: At Sea and The Talking Cure (written for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), as well as two novels, The Poor Player and its sequel, The Shaming of the True.  


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