by Daniel MacDonald
A dying prairie town. A frigid winter night. In a land where the ground’s too frozen to bury a body, Jack hijacks his dead father up to the attic and stuffs his coffin with ice cream to chill. His brother Fred tries to host a wake without a body and fix a sign advertising gas they have never sold, while their mother paces in the basement counting every step, and their estranged sister shows up 10 and a half months pregnant. MacGregor’s Hard Ice Cream and Gas is a play of whimsy, humour, and remarkable humanity about a family figuring out how to melt the ice and move on.
Daniel MacDonald is a teacher, playwright, and actor. MacDonald teaches both university and high school where he has collaborated with students on several plays. MacDonald has taught, coached and performed improvization throughout his career and one of his high school teams won the Canadian National Improv Championship in Ottawa. MacDonald's play, Pageant premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects’ National PlayRites Festival and recently had its American premiere in Austin, Texas. Another play, MacGregor’s Hard Ice Cream and Gas recently premiered at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. His new play, Velocity recently won the New Works of Merit playwriting contest in New York and received a reading there in April. MacDonald is currently collaborating on two projects: an original Saskatchewan film entitled, Redemption which will air in January, 2006 and a musical enititled Johnny Zed about the legendary Rock and Roll star who got his power from the uranium mines of Northern Saskatchewan. Daniel has acted in several films and TV series and is current president of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre.