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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Guillermo Verdecchia

Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama, fiction, and film; a director, dramaturge, actor, and translator whose work has been seen and heard on stages, screens, and radios across the country and around the globe. The author, or co-author, of, among other works, The Noam Chomsky Lectures and Insomnia (with Daniel Brooks); Fronteras Americanas, The Terrible but Incomplete Journals of John D., bloom; A Line in the Sand (with Marcus Youssef), and the controversial Adventures of Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil (with Camyar Chai and Marcus Youssef). He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, a recipient of Dora and Jessie Awards, and sundry film festival awards for his film Crucero/Crossroads, based on Fronteras Americanas and made with Ramiro Puerta.

He lives in Toronto with Tamsin Kelsey, his partner of many years, and their two children.


Awards and Recognition*
Chalmers Canadian Play Award (1997) A Line the Sand with Marcus Youssef
Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, Community Recognition Award (1994)
Chalmers Canadian Play Award (1994) Fronteras Americanas
Governor General’s Award for Drama (1993) Fronteras Americanas
Governor General’s Award for Drama, Finalist (1992) The Noam Chomsky Lectures with Daniel Brooks
Chalmers Canadian Play Award (1992) The Noam Chomsky Lectures with Daniel Brooks
Chalmers Canadian Play Award (1990) i.d.



LATEST Guillermo Verdecchia NEWS

January 2016 : No fewer than nine Talon plays on stage across Canada this spring!

January 2016 : Two Talon classics at Toronto’s Factory Theatre this spring!

August 2013 : Volume Two of Modern Canadian Plays (5th Edition) Has Arrived!

BOOK AWARDS

Fronteras Americanas - 2nd Edition

Winner of the 1994 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
Winner of the 1993 Governor General’s Award for Drama

BOOK AWARDS

Fronteras Americanas

Winner of the 1994 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
Winner of the 1993 Governor General’s Award for Drama

BOOK AWARDS

A Line in the Sand

Winner of 3 MECCA Awards (2009-2010)
Winner of the 1997 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

BOOK AWARDS

Noam Chomsky Lectures, The

Winner of the 1992 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
Finalist for the 1992 Governor General’s Award for Drama

QUOTES OF NOTE

Fronteras Americanas - 2nd Edition

"Funny, fast-paced, smart, and provocative."
—Globe and Mail

"By turns funny and profound and often both at once."
—Toronto Star

"A witty and intelligently lively deconstruction of the Latin American experience."
—Books in Canada

"An intelligent, heartfelt take on the Latin American immigrant experience in North America."
—Globe and Mail

QUOTES OF NOTE

Another Country / bloom

“Verdecchia … know[s] how to modulate emotional tones beautifully …
bloom is a poetic look at a world where hope must grow in sandy soil.”

NOW

QUOTES OF NOTE

Fronteras Americanas

"Funny, fast-paced, smart, and provocative."
—Globe and Mail

"By turns funny and profound and often both at once."
—Toronto Star

"A witty and intelligently lively deconstruction of the Latin American experience."
—Books in Canada

"An intelligent, heartfelt take on the Latin American immigrant experience in North America."
—Globe and Mail

QUOTES OF NOTE

A Line in the Sand

“Mesmerizing … compelling and ambiguous … Verdecchia and Youssef pull off the tricky task of crafting a complex interpersonal drama that is also a potent allegory. … A reference to the then-recent Oka crisis creates provocative parallels between the Israel/Palestine divide and the ongoing effects of North American colonization. … [In 2016] A Line in the Sand inarguably remains relevant. Given its content, it seems likely that Verdecchia and Youssef will celebrate the day when this play doesn’t need another revival.”
Toronto Star

QUOTES OF NOTE

Ali & Ali

“Razor-sharp timing in a play loaded with controversy … funny and disturbing, all at the same time. It looks at both sides of the terrorism issue, from the point of view of the government and from the point of view of the accused, and both are deeply troubling.”
Globe and Mail

QUOTES OF NOTE

Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, The

The Adventures of Ali & Ali … is solid and polished … shockingly poignant, seriously funny, humbly powerful, intelligently goofy …”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer


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