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Caroline Gillis is known for Pay the Ghost (2015), Wild Iris (2001) and Highway 61 (1991).

Playwright Daniel MacIvor likes to tell a story about his long-time friend and collaborator, actress Caroline Gillis: Back at the beginning of their careers, in the 1980s, he promised her that if she moved from Halifax to Toronto, he would write a play for her. She said, okay, but it had to be a one-woman show.

Gillis likes to correct the story: She never insisted that it be a one-woman show. On the contrary, she was horrified when MacIvor burst into the Toronto restaurant where she had spent a year dishwashing and waiting tables, and told her that the new play was a monologue.

“She’s probably right, but I like my story,” MacIvor says.

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