Getting to Room Temperature

A Hard-hitting, Sentimental and Funny One-person Play about Dying - Based on a Mostly True Story

by Arthur Milner



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/29/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 80
ISBN : 9781491798669
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 80
ISBN : 9781491798683

About the Book

My mother was ninety-three and a half and quite healthy when she took a turn for the worse.

I accompanied her to the doctor, who asked, “What can I do for you, Rose?” My mother said, “Doctor, I would like to die. Can you help me?” The doctor said, “No, and don’t ask me again.”

And I thought: I can write a play about this.


“This is to tell you how much I enjoyed your wonderful new play. Undoubtedly it was by far the best piece of theatre I have seen in a very, very long time. I found it deep, challenging, thought provoking, humorous, and really well written. You tackled a very difficult subject and handled it superbly.”

“It was remarkable how many people participated in the talkback. The dialogue underscored how facing the unknown around death and dying is so difficult. So, thank you. You are helping us with your work, which was vulnerable, funny, entertaining and educational.”

About the Author

Arthur Milner is a Canadian playwright, theatre director and journalist. Published plays include Learning to Live with Personal Growth, 1997, Zero Hour, Crusader of the World, It’s Not a Country, It’s Winter, and Masada and Facts (available in Two Plays about Israel/Palestine). He is a past resident playwright and artistic director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, Canada, where he recently directed the world premiere of George F. Walker’s The Burden of Self-Awareness. He is a featured columnist for Inroads, the Canadian Journal of Opinion (