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John Murrell was born in 1945 in Texas, but has lived for many years in Calgary, Alberta. He has been playwright-in-residence with Alberta Theatre Projects from 1975 to 1976, associate director of the Stratford Festival from 1977 to 1978, and head of the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts Playwrights Colony in 1986. In 1988 he was appointed Head of the Canada Council’s Theatre Section. Murell’s 1980 play Waiting for the Parade has become a classic repertoire piece in theatres in the English-speaking world.
January 2012 : Librettist and Playwright John Murrell Returns to the Stage
June 2011 : TAJ is Tonight!
April 2011 : Waiting For the Parade in White Rock
January 2011 : The Inventor - Meet Librettist John Murrell
December 2010 : Bramwell Tovey Discusses His New Composition The Inventor
October 2010 : Lillian Alling Strikes Gold!
October 2010 : Who Is Lillian Alling?
October 2010 : Penning Down History with John Murrell
August 2010 : Vancouver Opera presents Lillian Alling
BOOK AWARDSWaiting for the Parade
Winner of the 1980 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
BOOK AWARDSThe Faraway Nearby
Winner of the 1996 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
Winner of the Alberta Writer’s Guild Prize for Drama”
QUOTES OF NOTEDemocracy
Even the simplest lines have a quiet eloquence…soft explosions of the heart.
— Quill & Quire
QUOTES OF NOTEWaiting for the Parade
"Waiting for the Parade demonstrates the old theatrical law that a play that is local, detailed and specific often has the capacity to reach out beyond its immediate environment. Set in Calgary, Alberta, Waiting for the Parade deals with the way five women coped with the pressures of World War II. Geographically, the conflict may have been remote, but it still impinged on individual lives. Waiting for the Parade is an honest play that captures precisely the texture of ordinary hopes and despairs.” —Guardian
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