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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Bryden MacDonald

Bryden MacDonald is a playwright, director, dramaturge and teacher. His published plays are Whale Riding Weather, The Weekend Healer, Divinity Bash/nine lives, and With Bated Breath.

MacDonald has created and directed theatrical interpretations of the words and music of Leonard Cohen (Sincerely a Friend), Carol Pope & Rough Trade (Shaking the Foundations), and Joni Mitchell (When All the Slaves Are Free). He has taught and coached students at the National Theatre School of Canada and McGill University, served as resident dramaturge at Playwrights Workshop Montreal, and was the mentoring director for Imago Theatre’s Inaugural Directors’ Gym. He has conducted workshops or been artist-in-residence or guest artist at a number of theatres and festivals across the country, including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Factory Theatre, and Neptune Theatre. He has sat on juries at the Canada Council for the Arts and been a member of the board of directors for the Quebec Drama Federation.



LATEST Bryden Macdonald NEWS

October 2015 : Two GG Nominations for Talon this year!

March 2015 : New Arrival! Odd Ducks by Bryden MacDonald

January 2015 : Announcement: New Books for Spring 2015!

BOOK AWARDS

Odd Ducks

Finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Awards (Drama)

BOOK AWARDS

With Bated Breath

Finalist for the 2011 Lambda Literary Awards (Drama)
Winner of 5 MECCA Awards, including for Best Text

BOOK AWARDS

Whale Riding Weather

Finalist for the 1994 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

QUOTES OF NOTE

Odd Ducks

“Odd Ducks is a tragedy that is essentially a comedy because really, without comedy, nothing can be taken seriously … The writing sizzles and sings … the play builds to a great finish.”
Chronicle Herald (Halifax)

“The dialogue is snappy, the laughs are frequent.”
The Coast (Halifax)

QUOTES OF NOTE

With Bated Breath

“Quite stunning … full of one-liners and dark poetry.”
—Daniel MacIvor

QUOTES OF NOTE

Divinity Bash / nine lives

A carnivalesque expression of contemporary zeitgeist.
CBC

QUOTES OF NOTE

Whale Riding Weather

“Powerfully written. Whale Riding Weather succeeds mainly because of MacDonald’s ability to create empathy for his emotionally hungry and interdependent characters.”
— Toronto Star

“MacDonald’s script, a roller-coaster ride of pain and humour and pathos and love, is an actor’s dream.”
— Vancouver Sun

“MacDonald has become a colourful voice in Canadian theatre.”
— Globe and Mail

“This is the most promising playwriting talent I’ve seen in a long time.”
CBC Radio

Whale Riding Weather reaches out and grabs you with naked, kissing men, scalding, gorgeous language, and a painful story about complex issues of aging, love, need and loyalty.”
— Chronicle Herald


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