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A Quiet Sip of Coffee (or, This is Not the Play We’ve Written) ()

Produced by

AnimalParts Theatre Co.

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Creators: Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz
Director: Annie Tippe


Pia Bouman: Scotiabank Studio Theatre


August 8th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014


In 2004, Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz, self-proclaimed “gay/straight best friends duo,” wrote a prank letter to a fundamentalist organization asking for funds to produce their play, Never Cry Wolfman: a Play with Mask and Song in which the Monster Within is Summarily Defeated. To their surprise, the letter was answered, and they were invited to workshop the piece at the group’s retreat in rural British Columbia—on the condition that they also spend two weeks participating in gay conversion therapy…

In 2014, still struggling to come to terms with what truly transpired, the friends reunite to perform their conflicting accounts as a piece of theatre. The result is A Quiet Sip of Coffee: part docu-theatre, atonement ritual, melodrama, exorcism, and half-mask musical. (


Anthony Johnston Performer
Nathan Schwartz Performer

Creative Team

Anthony Johnston Creator
Nathan Schwartz Creator
Annie Tippe Director
Anita Rochon Dramaturge


Lisa Aikman Stage Manager
Johnnie Walker Producer


Joseph Patrick Venue Technician
Joseph Patrick Festival Lighting Designer
Andrew Brodkin Venue Technician