The Play

These, now two books recount the life of this large, adventurous family from the 1940’s in the harsh climates of Northern Manitoba, to the lush green fields of Southwestern Ontario in the 1950’s, to the present day. It’s a truly remarkable Canadian journey.
The play tells one story about the Gervais family while the book tells many different stories.


Audio PODCAST available!
Paul Regan has shared a personal podcast! (Released March 6th, 2023. Runtime: 27 minutes)
"Listen to Denyse talk about the unusual and frankly dramatic circumstances her family found themselves in right around the time of her birth!" - LISTEN HERE!

A visit to Knot's Landing (New Brunswick)
Denyse learned the art of the spoons!
Check out Denyse performing her new talent - video here!

Special Event! From Rock n' Roll to Rap: A Love Story
Now available to view H E R E ! ENJOY!

Original performance times: November 28-30, 2019. 2PM. November 29, 8PM - Tickets: $18

TO BUY TICKETS CLICK HERE! Larry Regan and Denyse Gervais Regan, along with Musical Director Marque Smith, will be walking us through the ages of rock and roll, all the way to the modern times of rap music. 100% of proceeds will be donated to support TAPs Summer 2020 theatre renovation project. Come on out to support local theatre, and downtown! Construction is almost complete, and we cannot wait for you to have some fun downtown with us for this amazing musical experience. This is a one act show - packed with excitement and fun for everyone. Enjoy the classics with us!

Wed Oct 2, 2019 at 2pm - King's University College
(UWO Campus - 266 Epworth Ave, London ON)

Join alumna Denyse Gervais Regan '82 for a reading from her latest book, The Lucky Thirtheenth One. Denyse will also discuss why she began writing at age 50, the importance of writing our personal stories, and provide aspiring authors with writing advice! MORE INFO

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Indigo - Masonville Mall, London ON

Wanted to let everyone know how my trip to the Royal Manitoba Theater went on Oct. 14. Larry, Celine & I plus the community actors, Louise Daymond & Isla Gorton, helped us read selections from The Thirteenth One. Steven Schipper, the retiring Artistic Director, told us that his one great regret was that he couldn't do my play at this theater. Many friends & relatives enjoyed the reading and had some good laughs too.

Rock N' Roll to Rehab Event - November 16-18th 2017!
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This is a photo of Charlie (pic left), The 11th One, and Marcel (pic right), The 9th One.
Please watch for news about Charlie, a Scarboro Missionary priest who has written a book about his work and adventures in the missions of the Philippians and Ecuador. Watch for news of Charlie's book here on my web page or in the SCARBORO MISSIONS magazine or web page. This book will be launched at SCARBORO MISSIONS SOCIETY on Kingston Road in Scarboro, Ontario early in 2014. (more info)

Book Club / Readings & Signings
Denyse has been 'doing lunch' with some book clubs. The books are bought and read then a gathering date is arranged where there are lots of questions, comments and lively discussions about the stories, the Depression and large families.

Please contact me to book your book club gathering!

A WORKSHOP presentation includes how I got into writing, sharing the writing tips that have helped me and then do a reading. We have Q & A, then break into small groups.
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Théâtre Oskana présents :
Le treizième (The Thirteenth) by Denyse Gervais Regan
November 7-8-9, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Auditorium Carrefour Horizons
1440, 9th Avenue Nord, Regina, Sk.

What would you do, if during the Depression Years, you were the poor mother of 12 children, some needing medical help, when a rich woman without children suggests that she help you save your farm if you give her the unborn thirteenth child? Denyse Gervais Regan from London, Ontario, has written Le treizième, the story of her own family in Élie, Manitoba en 1937. The French-Canadian woman already the mother of 12 and pregnant once again, receives the visit of a rich neighbour lady wanting to adopt the unborn child.

Cast: 4 women, 2 men, 6 boys (7 to 17 years of age)
3 girls (7 to 15 years of age).

Théâtre Oskana présente
Le treizième de Denyse Gervais Regan
Les 7-8-9 novembre 2013 à 20h
Auditorium Carrefour Horizons,
1440, 9e Avenue Nord, Regina, Sk.

Que feriez-vous si, pendant la dépression, vous êtes la pauvre mère de douze enfants, certains nécessitant des soins médicaux, quand une femme riche sans enfant vient vous proposer de vous aider à sauver votre ferme si vous lui donnez votre enfant à venir, LE TREIZIÈME? Denyse Gervais Regan de London en Ontario nous offre Le Treizième, l’histoire de sa propre famille à Élie au Manitoba durant la crise économique des années 1930. La maman a déjà douze enfants affamés et est enceinte avec le treizième quand elle reçoit une visite d'une voisine riche qui désire adopter un bébé.
Distribution : 4 femmes, 2 hommes,

6 garçons (7 à 17 ans) et 3 filles (7 à 15 ans)


News -
Marcel/Charlie info continued:

Many years ago before he became a bishop, Marcel, The 9th One, wrote a series of lessons about the bible called The Journey program. It was written to help lay people read and understand the bible. He has added to The Journey programme. His latest work,The Gospel of John, will be available in e- book format at

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