by Daniel Thau-Eleff


Curtis Colby – a deserter from the American military, a war resister, a husband, a Canadian? – is unstuck in time. He is a soldier in Iraq, a stranger in a small town in Manitoba, and his wife Jessica is expecting. Now he’s in a holding cell. How will he get out?

Inspired by actual events, it’s Waiting for Godot meets Apocalypse Now.


Director: Arne MacPherson

Dramaturg: Chris Gerrard-Pinker

Video Designer: Jaymez

Sound Designer: Joseph Aragon

Stage Manager: Michelle Lagasse

and featuring

Jeff Strome as Curtis Colby

Charlene Van Buekenhout as Jessica Wiebe

Andrew Cecon as Staff Sargent Yeo

Majdi Bou-Matar as Abdallah

Steven Ratzlaff as Dr Zipkin


We’re aiming for a world premiere in Winnipeg in the spring of 2018, touring in 2019-2020. Stay tuned.

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Photos of our 2016 workshop by Solmund MacPherson.

High res versions of these photos are available on request: MovingTargetTheatreCompany (at)


The development of Deserter is supported by the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Winnipeg Arts CouncilRoyal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Joseph Zuken Memorial Association, and we did staged readings at Prairie Theatre Exchange‘s Carol Shields Festival of New Works (May, 2015) and MT Space‘s Impact! Festival, (Sept, 2015) supported by the Playwrights Guild of Canada and Canada Council for the Arts readings program, Manitoba Association of Playwrights and Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.

The development of this script would not have been possible without input and guidance from Joshua Key, Alexina Key, Amir Al-Azraki, Chris Gerrard-Pinker, Brad Fraser, Rory Runnells and Linsea Allen.

A big thanks to the actors who have been involved in Deserter’s development: Jeff Strome, Charlene Van Buekenhout, Andrew Cecon, Majdi Bou Matar, Steven Ratzlaff, Arne MacPherson, Michael Lawrenchuk, Karl Thordarson, Kevin Anderson, Ray Strachan, Nick Cumming, Pam Patel, Brad Cook, and Matt White and a big thanks to our many friends and supporters who attended the readings and gave valuable feedback.