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George Elroy Boyd is a highly acclaimed Nova Scotian playwright and journalist who has been based in Montreal for the last three years as playwright-in-residence at the Black Theatre Workshop. His plays have been produced by the Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, and the CBC. The founder of the Canadian Black Theatre Society, Boyd has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award for his play Consecrated Ground (2000), and Gideon’s Blues has been adapted into film, which was released in the winter of 2004.
QUOTES OF NOTEConsecrated Ground
“… raw theatrical force … Sharply drawn, warmly human, and ultimately very moving." — Halifax Daily News
“The only good produced by the disappearance of Africville was the appearance of a conscious black nationalism … In this regard, Consecrated Ground is the heir of fierce, vengeful, and epic activism.” —George Elliott Clarke
“ Consecrated Ground establishes the historical, spiritual, and spatial connection that [Africville] has with and to the more conventionally defined Canadian landscape.” — Theatre Research in Canada
“Boyd combines the larger social issues with a concise view of a domestic relationship that suffers severely from the circumstances. Consecrated Ground provides an excellent case study for the impact of environmental racism. The Africville that Boyd represents embodies the world-wide pattern in which particular communities, often communities inhabited by people of colour, are at a high risk of living and working in environmentally hazardous conditions.” — Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal
“Most contemporary black theatre deals with themes of ancestors, family, home and our place in the world. As a piece of writing, Consecrated Ground ranks with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy with its epic, heroic struggle against impossible odds.” — NOW Magazine”
QUOTES OF NOTEGideon's Blues
Boyd’s writing is muscular, vigorous and commanding.
— Globe & Mail
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