Double Trouble

Playwright: Marty Chan
Director & Dramaturge: Laurie Steven
Dramaturge: Janet Irwin
Part of The Other Path

Double Trouble follows a misfit couple, Jesse and Liam. Big spenders who can’t pay the rent, they resort to porch pirating to cope with their ever-looming debt. Just when the couple thinks they’ve reached the end of their rope, they steal an old bathtub that could be their ticket. But is two always better than one? A tale about the desperation of poverty, Chan’s dark and suspenseful comedy is inspired by the Chinese folktale “Two of Everything.”


Marty Chan





Marty Chan writes plays for adults and books for kids. Marty’s dramatic works have been produced around the world. His theatre work ranges from romantic comedies to political satires to creepy thrillers, and musicals. His hit play Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl has been produced across Canada and received an Off Broadway production. His thriller, The Bone House, captivated audiences in Edmonton, Toronto and Edinburgh. Marty’s children’s novels include The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, which won the 2007 Diamond Willow Award and was selected for the Edmonton Public Library’s inaugural Kids Read Edmonton campaign.

Marty has also written radio plays and television scripts. From 1994 to 2000, he was a regular contributor to CBC Radio with his weekly commentary series, The Dim Sum Diaries. This series was adapted into a half-hour television program (The Orange Seed Myth), winning a Gold Medal for Best Television Pilot at the Charleston World Film and Television Festival. He regularly appears as a panellist on CTV 2’s Alberta Primetime News.

Marty has served as a writer-in-residence in the library systems of Edmonton, Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, and St. Albert, and was Citadel Theatre’s first playwright-in-residence. He has received an Arts Achievement Award and a Performance Award from the City of Edmonton for his contributions, including his service as the Chair of the Edmonton Arts Council. He now works and lives in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their cat Buddy.