In 2003, a devastating hurricane by the name of Juan roared through Halifax, Nova Scotia and left the city and much of the outlying areas in shambles. Even a few days later, I had ventured from my home in the hinterlands to go out to see Halifax downtown. What I discovered were streets covered in tree branches, trees, and rubble, so thick that no car dared to pass. Thankfully, I was riding my bike at the time. All of Halifax was without power for at least five days, some parts closing on to two weeks. People were sharing water, food, and in some cases the amenities of power thanks to a gas generator here and there.
At the Universalist-Unitarian Church, I found the wife of the minister at the time looking out with a mixture of regret and bemusement at the roof. One of our ancient trees in the back had toppled during the storm and badly damaged a newly built deck and the roof.
Now for those who are unaware of the UU's principles, there is absolutely no reason for the Minister and his wife not to believe in God in the Universalist-Unitarian church, and in this particular case John and Irene were the example to prove the rule. As an atheist it seems, Irene took great delight in reporting to me her cause for relief.
"Don't worry" she said. "We're covered under acts of God... even if we don't believe in him."
In that, I knew, was a story, and a radio play.
I went home and wrote the first two scenes of "Phil Morris" that very day. It took four years, and a deep desire to having something written for the Mark Time Awards that wasn't part of our current anthology to complete this story.
Already a fan favourite, Phil is a lawyer who, with his mortal life complete, is consigned to Hell.
But damnation may not be eternal. Where there's life... there's hope?
Have a listen to Phil Morris from our Sonic Society episode.
Phil Morris.... Jake Willett
Lazarus.... Laura Burke
God.... Leela Pense
Montrose.... David Chambers
Bailiff.... Jack Ward
This show was dedicated to David Chambers who passed away just after the production.