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Wednesday January 22, 2014 in Books

Studies in Motion
The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge

By Kevin Kerr

The stop-motion sequences of pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge captured the moving body on film for the first time and laid the foundation for modern cinema. Yet the man behind the camera lived a life filled with Victorian melodrama: infidelity, jealousy, betrayal, murder, and an abandoned child. Tried for murder after killing his wife’s lover, he was acquitted on the basis of justifiable homicide.

Those events, which predate his subsequent obsession with stopping time and freezing motion, become the ghosts that haunt Muybridge in the fictional world of Governor General’s Award–winning dramatist Kevin Kerr’s play, Studies in Motion.

Cast of 4 women and 8 men.

ISBN 13: 9780889228108 | ISBN 10: 889228108
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 144 pages
$18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
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“A piece of theatre polished to brilliance, so complete and so completely satisfying that this awe-inspiring oddity should be seen on major stages around the world.”
– Vancouver Sun

“A lucid, visually compelling and forceful piece of theatre.”
– Calgary Herald

Studies in Motion is always seductive to look at … the resulting complexity is sublime.”
– Georgia Straight

“For Studies in Motion, Kerr has written a complex, thoughtfully layered script that makes us laugh and care about this deeply troubled man.”
– Globe and Mail

”Studies in Motion … takes a subject from the world of science and breathes theatrical life into it with music, movement, imagery and text … production values don’t get higher than this. Feast your eyes.”
– Vancouver Courier

About the Contributors

Kevin Kerr

Kevin Kerr is playwright and founding member of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre. In 2002 he received the Governor General’s Literary Award for his play Unity (1918), which has been produced across Canada as well as in the United States and Australia. Other works include Studies in Motion (Electric Company Theatre) and Skydive (Realwheels). Kevin was Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 2007 to 2010. He returned to Electric Company Theatre in 2011 as Artistic Director.

Studies in Motion cover
Studies in Motion

Kevin Kerr


Kevin Kerr

Unity (1918) cover
Unity (1918)

Kevin Kerr

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