The Jungle

By (author) Anthony MacMahon & Thomas McKechnie
Categories: Drama
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104403, 88 pages, May 2023


Can Jack and Veronyka ever get ahead? In this all-too-relatable love story in a city suffocating under late-stage capitalism, a young couple is pitted against odd after odd in a way that isn’t about testing one’s character anymore—it’s simply reality.

Jack, a second-generation Chinese Canadian cab driver meets Veronyka, an undocumented factory worker and waitress from Moldova, as he’s bringing her from one job to the other. Their chance encounter blooms into an unlikely romance, stolen in moments between shifts, and then a hasty marriage, which solves migration issues but brings the pair even deeper into the challenges of providing for themselves and their families. The painful death of both of Jack’s parents and the sense of helplessness that has dogged both of their families leads Jack and Veronkya to desperate measures to escape. Some hard work mixed with some political blackmail brings them to a new life, but at what cost?


“A punch to the gut: very real and very much told with eyes wide open . . . It moved me and kept me thinking, long after curtain call.”

- Isabella O’Brien, Mooney on Theatre

The Jungle is a boldly political new play, argumentative and direct and a bit radical. It is also a touchingly honest drama, brimming with humor and pathos.”

- Louis Train, BroadwayWorld

“This play isn’t about Jack and Veronyka: their love story is the bait—well, let’s call it an invitation—for audiences to consider how it is that systems consistently fail decent people.”

- Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

“[A] powerful political parable.”

- Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine