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Monday July 5, 2010 in Books
With Bated Breath asks questions about memory—how and why it plays such a prominent role in our lives: how time affects it, how it fractures, how we often reinvent it depending on the situation—and why it is that certain things stay with us with a blistering clarity, while the shadows of other people and events simply slip away, only to reveal themselves again later in our lives when we least expect them.
This is the provocative tale of Willy, a troubled but charismatic gay kid who ﬂees Cape Breton Island for Montreal with hopes of forgetting a newly broken heart by starting a new life in the big city. There, hopelessly awkward and naïve, caught up in the cynical and brutalizing cash-economy of the city’s red light district, he retreats ever further into a world of fantasy and anonymity, and soon goes missing without a trace. Willy, in one way or another, has had a profound effect on the lives of the people he has touched. As rumours ﬂy, secrets explode and reality blurs with fantasy, he is both remembered and reinvented by each of the play’s characters in their own way.
Though Willy’s self-appointed, new-found and worldly-wise mentor had cautioned him, “There’s nothing safe. We’re never safe. If you ever thought you were, you were in denial,” it’s too late for this dreamer who ignored the best advice he ever got from those who cared for him: “You just don’t ﬁnd a soul mate—you have to invent them. Cuz love at ﬁrst sight sure don’t last.” What lasts at the end of the day is memory—the necessary tale we tell ourselves to both make sense of our past and to give ourselves hope for a future without having to lose those we have loved.
ISBN 13: 9780889226517 | ISBN 10:
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 128 pages
$17.95 CAN / $17.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“Quite stunning … full of one-liners and dark poetry.”
Finalist for the 2011 Lambda Literary Awards (Drama)
Winner of 5 MECCA Awards, including for Best Text
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).
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.