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An Open-Ended Run - A Memoir

An Open-Ended Run

A Memoir

Paperback : 9781779400260, 232 pages, October 2024
Hardcover : 9781779400277, 232 pages, October 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-10-29
Expected to ship: 2024-10-29


A collection of memories chronicling love, grief, and a life lived on and off stage

Raised on a farm and educated in a prairie Bible school, Layne Coleman escapes the confines of his stiflingly religious upbringing at an early age to pursue a life in theatre. He migrates to Saskatoon and later Toronto where he immerses himself in the Bohemian lifestyle of the 1980s theatre scene, carving out a career as a successful actor, playwright, and eventual Artistic Director of the Theatre Passe Muraille. While there, his path intersects with that of his future wife, a captivating and glamorous French journalist. Their transformative relationship is ultimately cut short when she tragically loses her life at 48, following a painful battle with cancer.

What follows is a raw and bruised account of Coleman’s struggle to make sense of his new identity as a widower and single father. Unfolding through a series of vignettes, Coleman’s memoir takes us into the heart of loss as he wrestles with mental health and addiction while confronting his own mortality and moral compass.

Shattering yet hopeful, An Open-Ended Run is an exploration of a life spent in the arts and a man’s search for meaning in the face of grief.