Psychiatrist Novelist Film Director Turns Playwright With Release of Two One Act Plays

David Laing Dawson has just released a new title of two one act plays - Here Not There - recently staged at the Hamilton ON Fringe Festival to positive reviews and My Name is Walter James Cross based on his filmed docudrama of the same name.
Here Not There and My Name is Walter James Cross
Here Not There and My Name is Walter James Cross
Oct. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- Dawson is well known internationally for his novels which include:

Don't Look Down - about four men aged 18 to 81 who have murdered and now share a room in the secure forensic psychiatry ward.
Slide in All Direction - a compelling story of crime, addictions, love and redemption, played out in the shadows of a post-industrial steel town. Known as a Canadian Elmore Leonard, Dawson is perhaps a little kinder and gentler but no less real.
The Intern - during the tumultuous sixties, Dr. Robert Snow interns in a big city hospital. Dawson lets his readers feel the triumphs and tragedies, the exhausting, overwhelming experiences of hospital life and death. Set against the social upheavals of 67/68 the author once again gives us vital characters struggling in an ambiance that rings all too true.
●  Essondale - a psychological thriller. Is this hell, or just a psychiatric hospital? Dr. Robert Snow isn't sure. Waking from a drunken stupor in a small green room, the doctor finds he's on the other side of the diagnosis - in a place where life and mental health seem to be going pretty cheap these days.

Three of Dawson's previous novels, Last Rights, Double Blind, and the first edition of Essondale, have been published in seven languages other than English.

His current release entitled Here Not There and My Name is Walter James Cross combines two one act plays. Here Not There - in their golden years Charles and Shirley have downsized to a small Condominium. Charles comes home one night very late, a little drunk, carrying a mysterious box. He has decided this is the night he and his wife should confront their failures, their diminishing opportunities, the state of the world, and the very meaning of life. Shirley would rather go back to bed.

From a review "the very first show of the Fringe meets with a standing ovation"
And, the video promo for the play can be seen at

My Name is Walter James Cross - Walter tried to kill himself and failed, so he decided to tell his story instead. Finding an abandoned theater, he stands on the stage alone and recounts his descent into mental illness, into schizophrenia. This compelling dramatic monologue presents an accurate depiction of a devastating, costly, much maligned, and misunderstood illness.

Walter has been shown on TV Ontario, at various psychiatric meetings such as the American Psychiatric Association and at numerous family organizations dealing with mental illness.

All of Dawson's films can be seen at

Dawson is also the author of The Adolescent Owner's Manual also published by Bridgeross. The Library Journal review stated "Dawson's understated sense of humor translates well to text. While there are a plethora of books available on parenting teens, his to-the-pointness recommends this for busy readers."

Here Not There and My Name is Walter James Cross, ISBN 978-0987824479 $11.95,108 pages and distributed by Ingram available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo and in Kindle and Kobo versions.

Dawson's other titles are also distributed by Ingram and are available from all booksellers. For more information, visit

For a trailer of Walter,

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