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Monday March 29, 2010 in Books
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?”
Cast of 3 men.
ISBN 13: 9780889223530 | ISBN 10: 088922353X
6 W x 9 H inches | 128 pages
$16.95 CAN / $12.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“…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 & 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 ContributorsBryden 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). He is happy to be making his home in Nova Scotia again.
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.