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Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. II – 5th Edition
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Friday May 17, 2013 in Books

Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. II – 5th Edition

Edited by Jerry Wasserman

Modern Canadian Plays is the core text for university-level Canadian drama courses around the world. Now in its fifth edition, with the previous edition published in 2002, the two-volume Modern Canadian Plays drama series anthologizes major Canadian plays written and performed since 1967. The second volume presents a range of exciting Canadian plays from the late 1980s through the first decade of the twenty-first century. These plays respond directly or indirectly to the events of our time; work effectively on the stage, on the page, and in the classroom; and are contextualized with accompanying history, biography, and criticism.

Polygraph (1988) by Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard

7 Stories (1989) by Morris Panych

Never Swim Alone (1991) by Daniel MacIvor

The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (1995) by Wendy Lill

Counter Offence (1996) by Rahul Varma

Problem Child (1997) by George F. Walker

Harlem Duet (1997) by Djanet Sears

Street of Blood (1998) by Ronnie Burkett

The Shape of a Girl (2001) by Joan MacLeod

Tempting Providence (2002) by Robert Chafe

Scorched (2003) by Wajdi Mouawad

The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil (2005) by Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Camyar Chai

Age of Arousal (2007) by Linda Griffiths

BIOBOXES: Artifacting Human Experience (2007) by Theatre Replacement

The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story (2010) by Marie Clements

Kim’s Convenience (2011) by Ins Choi

ISBN 13: 9780889226791 | ISBN 10: 0889226792
6.75 W x 9.75 H inches | 528 pages
$49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
Paperback Edition


“Unquestionably, Jerry Wasserman and Talonbooks deserve praise for publishing an anthology that brings together in such a reader-friendly format … the most important plays of the Canadian dramatic repertory.”
– Andre Loiselle, Theatre Research in Canada

About the Contributors

Jerry Wasserman

Professor of English and Theatre at the University of British Columbia and a professional actor, Jerry Wasserman has written and lectured widely on Canadian theatre, dramatic literature, theatre history, modern fiction, and blues music; publicly interviewed writers and theatre artists ranging from Margaret Atwood to Stephen Sondheim; and served for over fifteen years as a drama critic on CBC Radio. He is currently theatre critic for The Province newspaper and editor of Vancouverplays.com, an informative Web site that provides up-to-date listings and reviews of local theatre performances. Wasserman grew up in New York and attained an M.A. in English from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Cornell, specializing in twentieth-century literature and drama. He started teaching at UBC in 1972; though his initial research focus was on fiction, his work in the theatre as an actor soon led him to teach mainly drama courses, eventually creating a course in Canadian drama.

In addition to his scholarly accomplishments, Wasserman continues to maintain a busy career as an actor. A seasoned veteran on the Vancouver theatre scene, he has also made over two hundred appearances on film and television. For more information on Wasserman and his work, please visit his faculty webpage. His acting credits may also be found here.

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