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Friday March 26, 2010 in Books
In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside the building. These “seven stories” lead to a charming and surprising ending.
Cast of 2 women and 3 men.
ISBN 13: 9780889222816 | ISBN 10: 889222819
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 104 pages
$17.95 CAN / $17.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“A sweet and funny little play about a man on an apartment building’s window ledge whose deliberations, presumably about whether to jump, keep being interrupted by nutty residents who poke their heads out of windows. How do you know this is a well-conceived work? Because each of those interlopers seems interesting enough to be the subject of a play as well … Panych renders all these encounters with a wry incongruity … the humor [is] restrained enough that the lovely, subtle conclusion doesn’t seem out of place.”
—New York Times
“Panych’s text delivers: It is funny, philosophical, often poetic.”
—Globe and Mail
“Darkly humorous … There’s something about 7 Stories that allowed me to look past the negative commentary on society and sit back and smirk. 7 Stories isn’t a drama nor is it really a full-blown comedy. It’s funny, but not in a laugh-out-loud way. Instead, the show has a quick and dry wit, and it often dips its toes into the theatre of the absurd without allowing itself to become fully immersed in insanity. Frankly, that is a type of comedy I can get behind.”
“The laughter and tears live so closely together that one can’t speak too loudly for fear of drowning the other out … Twenty years after its creation, 7 Stories seems more entertaining and yet more relevant than ever. It’s the kind of fate that every author should enjoy.”
“One of the best plays of the ’80s.”
“Stunningly theatrical endlessly witty and cruelly clear-headed.”
“Very funny, very elegant. This play is an example of that very rare and endangered species of theatre, the fable. It is also an example of that even rarer creature, the successful fable.”
—Globe and Mail
Winner of the 1998 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play, The Sydney Risk Award
About the ContributorsMorris Panych
Playwright, actor and director Morris Panych has been described as “a man for all seasons in Canadian theatre.” He has appeared in over fifty theatre productions and in numerous television and film roles. He has directed more than ninety productions and written over a dozen plays that have been translated and produced throughout the world. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award and has won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award fourteen times for acting and directing. He has also been nominated six times for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award and three times for the Chalmers Award. His classic 7 Stories ranks 9th among the ten best selling plays in Canada, outselling the Coles version of Romeo & Juliet.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.