Getting to Room Temperature is Arthur Milner’s sentimental

Getting to Room Temperature: A different approach to death

Hard-hitting yet humorous play, Getting to Room Temperature, tells a bittersweet story of death. It's in Chilliwack March 19.

Hard-hitting yet humorous play, Getting to Room Temperature, tells a bittersweet story of death and learning to cope with it when someone you love asks you to help them end their own life.

Based on a mostly true story, playwright Arthur Milner wrote the one-man play about his mother’s wish for euthanasia.

“The play is a solo piece for an actor. It tells a powerful, intimate, and very personal story about how a man deals with his mother’s death and her request that he help her die,” Maureen Labonté, the play’s dramaturge explained. “She’s 94 and tired. Very tired. She believes it’s time to go. He’s an intelligent, mature man who takes her request seriously and starts investigating how he would do it. More importantly, he starts asking himself questions about how we die and how we would like to die.”

It’s these kinds of difficult questions that the play focusses on, and pulls the audience into the story.

“I want people, even young people, to talk to each other about how they would like to die,” said playwright Arthur Milner. Getting to Room Temperature has been sparking these kinds of challenging conversations across Canada since its first performance in late 2015.

Getting to Room Temperature is only one of many plays that Milner has written, however, out of all Milner’s plays, this may be his most personal — and controversial — so far.

“It was when Arthur started telling me how his mother had asked him to help her die and how he had dealt with that request that I realized his was a very special story,” Labonté said. “How do you go about helping someone die? No. I’ve got that wrong. Not ‘someone’ but your mother? How do you go about helping your mother die because she’s asked you to?”

It’s this personal and controversial approach that makes Getting to Room Temperature sentimental, inspiring, and most of all thought provoking.

Getting to Room Temperature is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s HUB International Theatre on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35/adults, $32/seniors, $30/youth, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

Note: Contains adult material and situations — may not be appropriate for all audiences.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Chilliwack saw record-breaking chilly temperatures on Canada Day

It was 9.4 degrees below normal on July 1, 2020, with max temp at 13.5 degrees C in Chilliwack

Kilby Park in Harrison Mills under water

Area is often subject to flooding, Historic Site will remain open through the summer

Overnight fire destroyed garage at vacant house near downtown Chilliwack

The same property on Reece Avenue on the corner of Victor saw a suspicious fire last month

Chilliwack band Joanie Loves Chachi releases new album, already an award-winner

The local punk rock band’s new album ‘My Brother’s Karate’ available as digital download

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

Police arsenal deployed to avoid potentially violent situation: Mounties

Langley RCMP arrest armed Vancouver man after Tasering him on side street

Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

The prisoners allege guards did not wear masks until April 25

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back”

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein for years

B.C. repairs COVID-19 emergency order for local government

Ombudsperson shut out as his recommendations implemented

More than 50,000 Coronavirus cases reported per day in US

Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 US states

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

Despite health concerns from D.C.’s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear masks

Most Read