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Posted: Monday March 22, 2010
Wendy Lill

Wendy Lill was born in Vancouver in 1950 and was educated in London, ON, and Toronto. She lived for many years in Winnipeg and now resides in Dartmouth, NS, with her husband Richard and two children, Joe and Sam.

She has written for magazines, radio, television and stage. Her plays have been produced extensively on Canadian and international stages. Her play All Fall Down examines the roots of intolerance and hysteria and their effects on love. Sisters received the Labatt’s Canadian Play Award at the Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival. Primedia Productions brought out television versions of two of Lill’s plays, Sisters and Memories of You which Lill scripted. (Sisters won a Gemini in 1992). Lill has four plays nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Drama: The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (1996), All Fall Down (1994), The Occupation of Heather Rose (1987) and Corker (1998).

Between June 1997 and June 2004, Wendy Lill was the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth and the Culture Communications critic for the federal New Democratic Party (NDP).



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AUTHOR AWARDS

Winner of the 2011 Merritt Legacy Award

BOOK AWARDS

Sisters

Winner of the 1992 Gemini Award

Winner of the 1992 Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival, Labatt’s Play Award

BOOK AWARDS

Occupation of Heather Rose, The

Finalist for the 1987 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

BOOK AWARDS

Glace Bay Miners' Museum, The

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1996

BOOK AWARDS

Corker

Finalist for the 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

BOOK AWARDS

All Fall Down

Finalist for the 1994 Governor General’s Award for Drama

QUOTES OF NOTE

Occupation of Heather Rose, The

“Playwright Wendy Lill takes you on an incredible intellectual and psychological journey..this kind of theatrical experience is not to be missed.”

— Georgia Straight

“An achingly honest reminder of the naively enthusiastic attempts that each of us has made to wade bravely into unfamiliar territory.”

— Toronto Star

Heather Rose is a structurally seamless play full of wit, vivid imagery and poignancy.”

— Halifax Mail Star

“A virtuoso solo showpiece..an entirely human but deceptively unsentimental play.”

— Vancouver Province

“Ultimately The Occupation of Heather Rose is a plea for forgiveness and understanding as Heather does battle with the darker part of her nature, that ‘heart of darkness’ that ‘occupies’ us all to some degree.”

— Gabriola Sounder

QUOTES OF NOTE

Chimera

The play comes at a propitious time.
The Scientist

QUOTES OF NOTE

Memories of You

“Beautifully written…its pleasure, its sensuality and its pain. A courageous and profoundly moving play…”
— Robert Enright, CBC

“..a startling emotional and visual experience, thrusts the viewer into a red hot and hyper-real world of love..”

— Halifax Chronical-Herald

“resonates with energy and passion”

— Winnipeg Sun

QUOTES OF NOTE

Glace Bay Miners' Museum, The

“Lill has translated a novel – and, moreover, a novel that is essentially an intense, first-person monologue – into a captivating dramatic form, with engaging dialogue, conflict between characters, and enough thoughts shared directly with the audience to retain the flavor of the original.” – Canadian Book Review Annual

“… a tender, romantic triumph over the genre …” – Eye Weekly

"… bittersweet magic realism leavened by the ribald banter between the characters"
Halifax Daily News

"… as real as the coal."
Halifax Chronicle Herald

"What an emotional roller coaster ride! Playwright Wendy Lill has touched every possible nerve in her latest offering, The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum."
Halifax Mail Star

QUOTES OF NOTE

All Fall Down

“Lill writes with compassion and complexity, with an unerring eye and seemingly effortless finesse – what more could you ask for?”

— Calgary Herald

All Fall Down is not about child abuse but rather about protecting the search for truth..Lill examines the roots of intolerance and hysteria and their effects on love..a powerful piece of work that affects every parent in the heart and gut. All Fall Down is a workout for the brain as well!”

— Globe and Mail

QUOTES OF NOTE

Sisters

“Lill plunges deeply into the mysteries of the human heart.”

— NeWest Review

“a powerful dramatic exploration of hypocrisy and the human conscience.”

— Halifax Chronicle Herald

“intelligent and articulate.”

— Winnipeg Free Press

QUOTES OF NOTE

The Fighting Days

“Intelligent, witty, and genuinely moving. The Fighting Days is a superb entertainment, the comedy is genuine, the dramatization of ideas impressive.”

— Winnipeg Free Press

“..The Fighting Days really transcends its documentary roots and gets to the human heart of the story.”

CBC Radio

“An unusually insightful investigation of social conscience.”
Arts Manitoba

“Knockout play.”
Winnipeg Sun


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