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Whale Riding Weather
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Monday March 29, 2010 in Books

Whale Riding Weather

By Bryden MacDonald

A love story in which a faded old queen finds his life slipping away from him along with his young lover, who meets a new, younger man.

“One day when I was sitting in a tiny little basement bar I noticed a man sitting alone at the bar—an elegant old queen with snowy white hair perfectly sculpted around his translucent face. His eyes could have been any colour—they were empty. He remained very still, holding a brandy snifter with great reverence while a steady stream of tears flowed down his cheeks. I suddenly found myself inventing his history, wondering what it must have been like for him growing up gay—maybe in a small fishing village on the east coast.

Had he been ridiculed by his peers?
Disowned by his parents?
Did he run to a big city at too early an age?”

Finalist for the 1994 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama
Cast of 3 men.

ISBN 13: 9780889223530 | ISBN 10: 088922353X
6 W x 9 H inches | 128 pages
$16.95 CAN / $12.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000


“Powerfully written. Whale Riding Weather succeeds mainly because of MacDonald’s ability to create empathy for his emotionally hungry and interdependent characters.”
— Toronto Star

“MacDonald’s script, a roller-coaster ride of pain and humour and pathos and love, is an actor’s dream.”
— Vancouver Sun

“MacDonald has become a colourful voice in Canadian theatre.”
— Globe and Mail

“This is the most promising playwriting talent I’ve seen in a long time.”
CBC Radio

Whale Riding Weather reaches out and grabs you with naked, kissing men, scalding, gorgeous language, and a painful story about complex issues of aging, love, need and loyalty.”
— Chronicle Herald


Finalist for the 1994 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

About the Contributors

Bryden MacDonald

Bryden MacDonald is a playwright, director, dramaturge and teacher. He has created and directed theatrical interpretations of the words and music of Leonard Cohen (Sincerely a Friend), Carol Pope & Rough Trade (Shaking the Foundations), and Joni Mitchell (When All the Slaves Are Free).

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