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March 2017

Friday March 31, 2017
Book Launch: Entering Time at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

April 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017
bill bissett in Kingston, ON

Wednesday April 5, 2017
Lecture: Bev Sellars at McNally Winnipeg

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: "Sextet" at Calgary Centre for the Performing Art in Calgary, AB

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: “The Watershed” in Richmond, BC

Thursday April 6, 2017
Poet R. Kolewe at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors

Friday April 7, 2017
Bev Sellars at gritLIT in Hamilton, ON

Sunday April 9, 2017
Public protest play readings: Fennario’s “Bolsheviki” and “Motherhouse”

Sunday April 9, 2017
Play: "Bolsheviki" at the Company House in Halifax, NS

Monday April 24, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Bev Sellars in Williams Lake

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: Shape of a Girl at the Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: “The Shape of a Girl” at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC

Thursday April 27, 2017
Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch!

Saturday April 29, 2017
Authors for Indies Day (national)

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

Friday May 5, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Anahita Jamali Rad at the Cottage Bistro in Vancouver, BC

Saturday May 6, 2017
Book Launch: Same Diff at the Duplex (Vancouver, BC)

Monday May 15, 2017
Rumble Theatre’s Living Room with Tetsuro Shigematsu

Tuesday May 16, 2017
Reading: Stephen Collis at Cafe Voltaire (Prince George)

Thursday May 18, 2017
Play: “The Paradise Arms” in Vancouver

June 2017

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

September 2017

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunderbay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)
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(Post) Mistress, The

By Tomson Highway

Canada’s most famous Aboriginal playwright, Tomson Highway, sets his latest theatrical achievement, The (Post) Mistress, in a not-so-distant past, when sending letters through the mail was still vital to communicating with friends and loved ones, and the small-town post office was often the only connection to faraway places longed-for or imagined.



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15 Seconds

By François Archambault

A young female advertising copy writer, her pro-sports-fan ex-boyfriend, a Gen-X welfare-bum loser and his brother with cerebral palsy. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.



1949
1949

By David French

Newfoundland joins Confederation in the continuing saga of the Mercer family. Cast of 6 women, 6 men and 2 male children.



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2000

By Joan MacLeod

The relationships of the young, the aging and the middle-aged, and between urban life and nature at the end of the millennium. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.



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400 Kilometres

By Drew Hayden Taylor

The third play in Taylor’s hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Janice Wirth, an urban professional who has discovered her roots as the Ojibway orphan Grace Wabung, is pregnant and must come to grips with the question of her true identity. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.



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7 Stories

By Morris Panych

In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man’s contemplation of suicide leads to a charming and surprising ending. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.



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A Line in the Sand

By Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

A young Palestinian is befriended, then tortured and murdered by Canadian soldiers during Operation Desert Storm. Cast of 3 to 5 men.



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A Taste of Empire

By Jovanni Sy

Coming May 2017

Everything we eat tells a story. In A Taste of Empire, delectable samples from a real-time cooking demonstration offer food for thought about colonialism and the ethics of modern-day food systems.

Food and Wine named him Chef of the Decade. In 2016 he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. Recently Microsoft released the hit video game Maximo Cortés: Kitchen Gangsta. You’ve seen him on television. You’ve bought his bestselling cookbooks. Now for a limited engagement … it’s the Demon Chef, the Madman of the Kitchen, the Grand Master of Imperial Cuisine … Chef Maximo Cortés.”

The premise of the show is a once-in-a-lifetime cooking demonstration by Chef Maximo Cortés, the renowned inventor of his signature-style “Imperial Cuisine.” The audience excitedly awaits Chef Maximo’s arrival, relaxing with cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres served to their seats. Suddenly their complacency is broken when Maximo’s amusing assistant, Jovanni, appears onstage. The celebrity chef in unavailable, but no worries: Jovanni, too, is an expert at preparing the traditional Filipino dish Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish), and the audience follows along on a journey filled with humorous banter and a silky milkfish, sharp chef’s knife in Jovanni’s hand. As he cooks, he deconstructs the dish in humourous and surprising ways, serving up opinions on the European colonization of Asia, the state of modern agriculture, the ethics of food distribution and consumption – only a few of the ideas sampled in this engaging performance piece. When the actual fish dish is cooked and ready to eat, audience members are given tasting plates and even more food for thought. A Taste of Empire is truly a feast for the mind and palate. We call it “Iron Chef meets Guns, Germs, and Steel.” Bon appetit!

Cast of 1 man.



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Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre

By Larry Tremblay

Mark Killman—a feared but much admired director—hires two actors to play Laurel and Hardy in a re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, while he himself plays the iconic role of the target as a wax figure. Absurd, hilarious and haunting.



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Adrift

By Marcus Youssef

In this play inspired by the novel Adrift on the Nile, by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, a group of urban Egyptian hipsters engages in debates about secularism and “fundamentalism” with tragic consequences.” Cast of 4 women and 6 men.



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Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, The

By Marcus Youssef & Guillermo Verdecchia & Camyar Chai

A hard-hitting and hilarious satire. Cast of 4 men.



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Albertine in Five Times

By Michel Tremblay

The powerful story of one woman, Albertine, at five times in her life. Cast of 6 women.



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Albertine in Five Times – 2nd Edition

By Michel Tremblay

Tremblay presents the powerful story of one woman, Albertine, at five different times in her life. Together, the five Albertines provide a moving portrait of an extraordinary “ordinary” woman in this Chalmers Award-winning play. Cast of 6 women.



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Ali & Ali

By Camyar Chai & Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

In this sequel to the hilarious and hard-hitting The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, the agitprop collaborative team of Camyar Chai, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Marcus Youssef turns its idiosyncratic brand of political satire to new global realities.



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All Fall Down

By Wendy Lill

A play about modern day witch-hunting. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



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All the Verdis of Venice

By Normand Chaurette

Cast of 1 woman and 4 men.



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alterNatives

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Native activists and environmentally concerned vegetarians are invited to a dinner party, where irreconcilable cultural differences clash over moose roast and vegetarian lasagna. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.



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Amigo’s Blue Guitar

By Joan MacLeod

A college student’s life changes when he chooses to sponsor a Salvadoran refugee as a class project. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.



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And Slowly Beauty

By Michel Nadeau

Everything changes on what begins as a typical day in the life of the aptly named Mr. Mann, a forty-eight-year-old, buttoned-down, middle management type in a pinstriped grey suit, who feels himself losing touch with his job, his wife, his children, and the rest of his urban life. He wins tickets to a production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and realizes that the mid-life cocoon he has spun around himself is beginning to unwind.



And So It Goes
And So It Goes

By George F. Walker

Gwen and Ned lose their former middle-class lifestyle as they attempt to comprehend the murder of their schizophrenic daughter Karen, even seeking solace in the wry musings of the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.



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Another Country / bloom

By Guillermo Verdecchia

Two plays, on Argentina’s Dirty War of 1976–83, and on hope flowering in the midst of destruction, constitute an unsparing interrogation of a world perpetually at war.



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Another Home Invasion

By Joan MacLeod

This perceptively poignant Governor General’s Award-nominated play by Siminovitch Prize Winner MacLeod involves the hapless, substance-abusing, middle-aged petty criminal we expect to encounter, but is he the real threat to the elderly couple: who is it that’s robbing them of their possessions, their security, their relationship, their family—their home?



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Assorted Candies for the Theatre

By Michel Tremblay

An exquisite remembrance of childhood past in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, adapted and re-crafted to the stage. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.



The Baby Blues
Baby Blues

By Drew Hayden Taylor

A highly wrought farce of patrimony in a stifling, politically correct, post-colonial milieu of “fancy dancers” of every stripe on the pow wow trail. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.



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Balconville

By David Fennario

The English and French working class get together on their balconies in Montreal. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.



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Banana Boots

By David Fennario

A one-man-show/memoir in which Fennario recounts, with astonishing insight and wit, the phenomenon of taking his famous bilingual play, Balconville, to Belfast on a British / Canadian cultural mission. Cast of 1 man.



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BASH'd

By Chris Craddock & Nathan Cuckow

While the goal of BASH’d is first and foremost to tell an engaging gay love story, it also flips the music industry’s gangsta stereotype of rap music on its head and returns it to its political roots—in this case to explore the dangers of the kind of attitudes that continue to condone and even encourage sexual discrimination of all kinds in our society. Not since Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner has a narrative poem inspired such empathy in the hearts and minds of its audience.



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Beating the Bushes

By Steven Bush

Steven Bush is on a mission to confront the skeletons in his family closet. Did his very own cousins occupy the White House? What can he, a distant relation of the “Bushes” do to redeem the family name? This stand-up comedy, rant, political protest and call to action is a brash theatrical tour de force. Cast of 1 man.



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Benevolence

By Morris Panych

Full of excruciating twists of fate and malice, this dark comedy of “trading places” resonates with uncomfortable truths about how we see (or don’t see) the people we live with every day. Cast of 2 women and three men.



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Berlin Blues, The

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Concluding Taylor’s Blues Quartet, German developers here show up on the “Otter Lake Reserve” proposing “OjibwayWorld,” a Native theme park designed to attract Europeans tourists to this destination resort. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.



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Bethune

By Rod Langley

Rod Langley’s Bethune chronicles the medical and political career of Norman Bethune, a Canadian-born doctor who died a national hero in the Republic of China in 1939. He remains an esteemed figure in China today, for his selfless contributions to the Communist Party of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937 – 1945), when he trained rural peasants to serve as army medics and set up much-needed base hospitals that ultimately saved thousands of lives.



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Billy Bishop Goes to War

By John MacLachlan Gray & Eric Peterson

A musical about Canada’s famous World War I flying ace. Cast of 2 men.



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Billy Bishop Goes to War - 2nd Edition

By John MacLachlan Gray & Eric Peterson

A musical about Canada’s famous World War I flying ace. Cast of 2 men.



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Blue Box

By Carmen Aguirre

In this sexy, fast-paced, and darkly comic follow-up to her acclaimed autobiography, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, Aguirre ultimately asks: Between the extremes of love for the political cause and love for another, how and where does one create space for self-love?



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Boiler Room Suite

By Rex Deverell

The broken lives and the heroic struggle for joy of two “tramps” in a hotel boiler room. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.



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Bolsheviki

By David Fennario

Set in a hotel bar in Montreal on Remembrance Day, Bolsheviki has World War I veteran Harry “Rosie” Rollins telling young reporter Jerry Nines about his experience in the trenches. Rollins recalls men pissing their pants, losing limbs and planning a revolt against their officers. This cutting-edge drama, profoundly in opposition to conventional histories of Canadian troops in World War I, debunks every sentimental notion of duty, heroism and nationhood.



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Bonjour, Là, Bonjour

By Michel Tremblay

A beloved brother returns to his family. Cast of 6 women and 2 men.



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Book of Esther, The

By Leanna Brodie

The Book of Esther examines the seemingly irreconcilable positions of two groups: conservative rural Christians and militantly anti-religious urban queer activists. But Brodie doesn’t take sides. Instead, it’s like she’s picked up a rock to discover what’s scurrying around underneath, pointed it out to us, and said, “Isn’t this interesting. Maybe we should all look at this for a while. Maybe we should talk about it, instead of just pretending that it isn’t there.”



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Bordertown Café

By Kelly Rebar

Young Jimmy faces a dilemma: embrace the hero of American popular myth as embodied by his father, or engage the task of building a different identity, embodied by his mother “on the Canadian side of nowhere.” Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



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Boy in The Treehouse, The / Girl Who Loved Her Horses

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Two plays about the process of children becoming adults and the nature of, and necessity for, rites of passage in all cultures.



Burning Vision
Burning Vision

By Marie Clements

Dene miners, radium painters and people of Hiroshima labour under the false sun of uranium which poisons their relationships to the earth and to each other. Cast of 5 women and 12 men.



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Buz'Gem Blues, The

By Drew Hayden Taylor

The third play in Taylor’s ongoing zany, often farcical examination of both Native and non-Native stereotypes in what is to become what he calls his “Blues Quartet.” Cast of 3 women and 3 men.



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Can You See Me Yet?

By Timothy Findley

A search for sanctuary in an Ontario insane asylum in 1938. Cast of 7 women and 4 men.



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Cariboo Magi

By Lucia Frangione

Hilarious drama ensues when a bedraggled troupe of players heads into the wilds of the Cariboo to perform a Christmas pageant. Set in the gold rush era, Cariboo Magi is an unabashed celebration of the power of theatre to renew our lives and banish our cares. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



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Carmela’s Table

By Vittorio Rossi

The second play in Rossi’s A Carpenter’s Trilogy finds Italian war veteran Silvio in Montreal with his new family and his mother. Deeply traumatized by his wartime experiences, Silvio’s gradual unravelling ultimately threatens to destroy his family. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.



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Carpenter, The

By Vittorio Rossi

This heart-wrenching but beautifully cathartic story of a family coming to grips with itself unfolds with unmistakably poignant honesty. Cast of 4 women and 5 men.



Cerulean Blue

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. The play was written for a large ensemble cast, which makes it ideal for musical theatre departments in high schools and colleges – every student can play a part. Cast of ten women and ten men.



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Chimera

By Wendy Lill

This compelling drama by a former parliamentary critic for persons with disabilities explores the ethical controversy and public policy surrounding reproductive technologies, particularly cross-species chimeras. Cast of 2 women and 5 men.



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Christina, The Girl King

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Michel Marc Bouchard’s latest play tells the story of Queen Christina of Sweden, who wreaked havoc throughout northern Europe in the middle of the seventeenth century. An enigmatic monarch, a flamboyant and unpredictable intellectual, a woman eager for knowledge, and a feminist before her time, Christina reigned over an empire she hoped to make the most sophisticated in all of Europe.



Cold Comfort (DRAMA)

By Jim Garrard

Set in Saskatchewan, the geographic centre of Canada, Cold Comfort depicts the complex relationship among three characters. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.



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Colours in the Dark

By James Reaney

A mosaic of experiences that form a childhood. Cast of 2 women, 2 men, 1 female child and 1 male child.



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Concise Köchel, The

By Normand Chaurette

A lifetime’s devotion to the music of Mozart conceals a gruesome secret. Cast of 4 women.



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Consecrated Ground

By George Boyd

In Consecrated Ground, Nova Scotian playwright George Boyd retells the struggle of Africville’s residents to save their homes and their dignity. With tremendous wit and gravity, George Boyd takes us back to Africville on the verge of extinction, making us a gift of characters believable in their vulnerabilities, their courage and their outrage.



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Copper Thunderbird

By Marie Clements

A multi-layered and visionary drama of a life wracked by both triumph and ordeal, based on the persona of famed Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau. Cast of 5 women and 4 men.



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Corker

By Wendy Lill

Corker uses the familiar but difficult and treacherous 19th-century device of representing the family as a microcosm of the nation state. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.



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Coronation Voyage, The

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Will a Montreal Mafioso sacrifice his young son for safe conduct to England? Cast of 6 women and 8 men.



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Crabdance

By Beverley Simons

A woman manipulates the men in her life into assuming the stereotypical privatized roles of husband, lover, father and son. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.



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Crees in the Caribbean

By Drew Hayden Taylor

A heartwarming comedy about two middle-aged First Nations elders, Evie and Cecil, on their very first trip out of the country.

CECIL: So, what exactly are we going to do now that we’re here in Mexico?

EVIE: I’m so glad you asked. Supposedly there are some ancient Mayan ruins somewhere in the interior, not far from here. I thought that might be interesting.

CECIL: If you want to look at an ancient, broken-down, Indian ruin, we can go visit
your cousin.

Evie and Cecil are celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. As a gift, their grown children send them on a second honeymoon – to a fabulous resort on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The only problem is that neither have ever been out of the country, let alone off their Cree reservation. Each reacts to their new experiences differently, and something ominous seems to be bothering Cecil. Despite the sun, sand, and sea sparkling right outside the resort window, all Cecil seems to want to do is sit alone in his hotel room, idly flipping through TV channels, the curtains pulled tight. What is he worried about? Maybe there is more behind this trip than he has been told. The past, present, and future all pay the couple a visit as they acclimatize to the pleasures of Mexico – and
spicy food. Mixed up in all the fun is their hotel housekeeper, Manuela. As they form a bond with this courteous young local, they help her navigate some of the troublesome situations in which she finds herself.

Cast of 1 man and 2 women.



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Cruel Tears

By Ken Mitchell

An innovative “country opera” set in Saskatoon, with a captivating parallel to Shakespeare’s Othello. Cast of 5 women, 10 men and a band.



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Cul-de-sac

By Daniel MacIvor

Written by one of Canada’s most influential postmodern playwrights, this dazzling one-man show is storytelling of the highest order.



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Cyrano de Bergerac [new]

By Edmond Rostand

An epic and heroic tale that has enchanted generations, in an English prose translation that is immanently readable and stageable. Cast of 5 women and 12 men, plus many minor characters.



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Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra

By Michel Tremblay

Two interweaving monologues on the sacred and the profane. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.



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Dancock's Dance

By Guy Vanderhaeghe

The influenza epidemic of 1918, and the ruin and chaos of the First World War resonate through the locked doors and barred windows of an insane asylum and into the lives of the patients confined within. Cast of 1 woman and 5 men.



Dead Metaphor

By George F. Walker

Canada’s top playwright sears the page with three new darkly comic plays that denounce political culture, individualism, and the accompanying moral depravity.

The title play, Dead Metaphor, examines the collision of a politician’s personal and professional lives, complicated by a son’s return from Afghanistan.

In The Ravine, a mayoral candidate earns that his ex-wife is living in a gully nearby and wants to put a hit on him.

The Burden of Self-Awareness has money at the centre of a dramatic conflict of values.

Each of the three plays is populated by characters trying to navigate the increasingly blurred lines of what’s right and wrong – trying to always stay informed, alert, and ready to act for the common good. Or just to get even.



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Dead White Writer on the Floor

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Dead White Writer on the Floor uses two literary conventions—theatre of the absurd and mystery novels—to create one of the funniest and thought-provoking plays ever about identity politics.



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Death of René Lévesque, The

By David Fennario

An astonishingly profound and prophetic political drama that delivers the powerful and cathartic stillbirth of a nation, stripped of both pity and fear. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.



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Democracy

By John Murrell

In the midst of the American Civil War, Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson discuss the past, the future, life, love and what it means to be human. Cast of 4 men.



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Diplomacy

By Tim Carlson

Nominally about North American military involvement in Middle East wars, this graphic, conflict-fuelled drama scrutinizes the part the media plays in manufacturing our private reactions to foreign policy. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.



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Dishwashers, The

By Morris Panych

Haplessly determined to have his own miserable authority vindicated, chief dishwasher Dressler presides over the steam-choked basement of an upscale restaurant, tyrannizing his co-workers with his rants of pride of craft and Marxist rhetoric. Cast of 3 men.



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Divinity Bash / nine lives

By Bryden MacDonald

Bryden MacDonald’s most extreme venture into the world of the theatre to date: a play in which everything, and therefore nothing, is sacred. Cast of 3 women, 5 men and 1 transgendered person.



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By David Fennario

In 1876, Jack the Ripper, a.k.a. Canadian Dr. Cream, graduated from McGill’s faculty of medicine. Cast of 4 women and 6 men.



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Down Dangerous Passes Road

By Michel Marc Bouchard

15 years after the death of their father, three brothers get together and drive out to the place where it happened: an old fishing spot on the river down Dangerous Passes Road. Cast of 3 men.



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Driving Force, The

By Michel Tremblay

The stormy and angst-filled relationship between Claude and his father Alex is compellingly played out with a cruel and disconsolate irony in an Alzheimer’s ward. Cast of 2 men.



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Dunsmuirs: A Promise Kept, The

By Rod Langley

A dark family secret emerges in this second play about the wealthy and ill-fated Dunsmuir family. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.



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Dunsmuirs: Alone at the Edge, The

By Rod Langley

The first of three plays in this saga of one of Canada’s wealthiest and most ruthless families. Cast of 2 women and 6 men.



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Earshot

By Morris Panych

Doyle has a very funny problem: he hears too much. He can hear the most intimate details of the lives of everyone living in his apartment building. He blames his hyper-sensitive condition on a physical abnormality; but we’re not so certain. Cast of 1 man.



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East End Plays: Part 1, The

By George F. Walker

Contains the Governor General’s Award-winning Criminals in Love (1984), Chalmers Award-winning Better Living (1986) and Escape from Happiness (1987). With an introduction by Jerry Wasserman.



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East End Plays: Part 2, The

By George F. Walker

Contains Beautiful City, Love and Anger and Tough.



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Ecstasy of Rita Joe, The

By George Ryga

A lyric documentary about a young Indian girl who comes to the city only to die on Skid Row. Cast of 5 women and 15 men.



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Edward Curtis Project, The

By Marie Clements
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The Edward Curtis Project began when the Presentation House Theatre commissioned Marie Clements to write a play that would stage the issues raised by Curtis’ monumental but controversial achievement—to dramatize not only the creation of his photographic record of “the vanishing race of the North American Indian” and the enormous commitment, unwavering vision, sacrifice, poverty and ultimate disappointment it represented for the photographer, but also the devastating legacy that his often misrepresentative and imposed vision had on the lives of the people he touched.



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Empire of the Son

By Tetsuro Shigematsu

Empire of the Son is an original one-hander that blurs the boundaries between artistic disciplines and continents. It is a unique theatrical hybrid that combines cinematography with the raw immediacy of a performance piece intimately connected to real life in real time. Through a series of audio interviews, playwright Tetsuro Shigetmatsu discovers vast worlds contained within his emotionally remote father – from the ashes of World War II and Hiroshima to swinging London in the 1960s and work in broadcasting at the BBC. As the playwright learns about how his own father was once a son, he realizes all the ways in which he himself needs to step up and become a better dad. This funny, poignant story of one immigrant family and their intergenerational conflicts reminds us
that no matter how far we journey out into the world to find ourselves – across decades and continents – we never stop being our parents’ children. It is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. The 2016 remount in Vancouver completely sold out, and Empire of the Son is currently touring across Canada.

Cast of 1 man


Read excerpts from Empire of the Son on Meta-Talon.



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En Pièces Détachées

By Michel Tremblay

The life of a lower-class family in East End Montreal. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.



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Ends of the Earth, The

By Morris Panych

Panych’s brilliant tale reminds us all that fear can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.



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Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout

By Tomson Highway

Based on the signing of the Laurier Memorial, this play is a ritualized retelling of how the Native Peoples of British Columbia lost their land, rights and language—in one of the most tragic cases of cultural genocide to emerge from the history of colonialism. Cast of 4 women.



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Esker Mike and His Wife, Agiluk

By Herschel Hardin

A classic tragedy about Inuit life and how it is affected by white settlers, priests and government officials. Cast of 6 women and 9 men.



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Espresso

By Lucia Frangione

Sexy, provocative and challenging, Espresso inverts the Catholic stereotypes of feminine sexuality to boldly examine their corresponding masculine sexual emblems of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.



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Execution, The

By Marie-Claire Blais

Two school boys plot and enact the murder of a classmate. Cast of 3 women and 17 men.



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Fairies Are Thirsty, The

By Denise Boucher

Three women—a housewife, a whore and the Virgin Mary—fight to break out of the stereotypes in which they have been imprisoned for years. Cast of 3 women.



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False Starts

By Louis Patrick Leroux

False Starts presents a series of determining moments between two people stuck reliving the same scene over and over, but in unexpected ways and in different genres (from diary to dramatic dialogue, film script to sound installation).



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Faraway Nearby, The

By John Murrell

Georgia O’Keeffe resigns herself to an old age spent alone in the auburn and tawny light of her beloved Faraway mountains, in the desert’s dangerous energies, its desolate beauty, until a stranger enters her life. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.



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Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass

By Tom Hendry

A look at post-World War II Canada from a recent high-school graduate’s viewpoint. Cast of 2 women and 9 men.



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For Home and Country

By Leanna Brodie

The rise of an urban and radicalized feminist agenda in the latter part of the 20th century leads to a head-on collision with its much more conservative, rural roots in the Women’s Institute, founded in 1897. Cast of 16 women and 3 men.



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For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

By Michel Tremblay

Tremblay offers glimpses of himself and his mother at five different stages of their lives together. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.



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Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

By Michel Tremblay

Tremblay’s penetrating analysis of a Quebec family unit. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.



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Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists

By Normand Chaurette

A dramatized inquiry in which five geologists are interrogated on the death of one of their colleagues in the Mekong Delta. Cast of 1 woman and 6 men.



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Fronteras Americanas

By Guillermo Verdecchia

One man’s struggle to find a home between two cultures, exploding the images and constructs built up around Latinos and Latin America. Cast of 1 man.



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By Guillermo Verdecchia

One man’s struggle to find a home between two cultures, exploding the images and constructs built up around Latinos and Latin America. Cast of 1 man.



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George Ryga: The Other Plays

By George Ryga

Hoffman provides an effective and multifaceted description for the student seeking a quick understanding of Ryga’s stature as a playwright
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George Ryga: The Prairie Novels

By George Ryga

This collection includes Hungry Hills, Ballad of a Stonepicker and Night Desk.



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Gideon's Blues

By George Boyd

The profound humanity of Boyd’s characters reminds us that while neither drug abuse nor the breakdown of the traditional family is exclusive to the black community, racism accelerates their destructive effects in ghastly measures. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.



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Girl in the Goldfish Bowl

By Morris Panych

It’s into the goldfish bowl of a dysfunctional family that the audience peers with acute recognition, hysterical laughter and an overwhelming sense of the creative healing power of the imagination. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.



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Glace Bay Miners' Museum, The

By Wendy Lill

A story of the ill-fated love between a wandering musician social-idealist and a Cape Breton coal miner’s daughter. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.



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God and the Indian

By Drew Hayden Taylor

While panhandling outside a coffee shop, Johnny, a Cree woman who lives on the streets, is shocked to recognize a face from her childhood, which was spent in a residential school. Desperate to hear the man acknowledge the terrible abuse he inflicted on her and other children at the school, Johnny follows Anglican bishop George King to his office to confront him, but is the bishop actually guilty of what she claims, or has her ability to recollect been altered by poverty, abuse, and starvation experienced on the streets? Can her memories be trusted? Who is responsible for what? At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Aboriginal playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue.

Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.



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Goodnight Disgrace

By Michael Mercer

From his wheelchair in a nursing home, Conrad Aiken recalls his long, stormy relations with Malcolm Lowry. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.



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Gordon

By Morris Panych

Gordon and his former cellmate, Carl, break into Gordon’s family home, wherein they confront some very disturbing metaphors. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.



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Great Wave Of Civilization, The

By Herschel Hardin

The destruction of the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy by the liquor trade in Alberta and Montana. Cast of 5 women and 13 men.



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Gull, The

By Daphne Marlatt

Winner of the prestigious 2008 Uchimura Naoya Prize, The Gull is a play written in the classical Noh style. Set in 1950, when wartime restrictions on interned Japanese Canadians had finally been lifted, allowing them to return to the coast, it exquisitely dramatizes the historical link between the fishing town of Steveston, home to many Japanese Canadians, and Mio, the coastal village in Japan from which many of their ancestors originally emigrated. An international collaboration, The Gull featured: Noh master Akira Matsui, declared an Important Intangible Cultural Asset by Japan in 1998, as the main actor; music by American Noh expert Richard Emmert; masks by Wakayama artist Hakuzan Kubo; and a troupe of professional Noh musicians from Japan.



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Halo

By Josh MacDonald

When an image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Hortons restaurant, the town inhabitants are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life and love. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.



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Heaven

By George F. Walker

Instantly recognizable multicultural characters play out their coincidental relationships in a park on the outskirts of a city. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.



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Hellfire Pass

By Vittorio Rossi

Silvio Rosato shows up at the house of his estranged father and meets the family he raised in Chicago after leaving Silvio in Italy 36 years ago. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.



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Heretic, The

By John Murphy

“If there is a God, why would He create us? If He’s perfect, all-knowing, there’s nothing he can gain from us.” Murphy’s play, centred around the playwright’s assumed persona of “Jesus Murphy,” opens up a discourse where creation interrogates religion; atheists engage believers; and secularists confront theists. Cast of 1 man.



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Homechild

By Joan MacLeod

Between 1860 and 1930, over 80,000 unaccompanied British children were “exported” to Canadian factories and farms, often exploited there as indentured child labourers. Cast of 5 women and 3 men.



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Hope Slide / Little Sister, The

By Joan MacLeod

Two plays by Joan MacLeod: the Chalmers Award-winning The Hope Slide, and MacLeod’s first play for young audiences, Little Sister.



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Hosanna – 3rd Edition

By Michel Tremblay

In Michel Tremblay’s classic play about identity in crisis, Claude leaves the conformity of small-town Quebec to realize a new life and a new persona among the drag queens and prostitutes of Montreal’s seedy “Main.”



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By Michel Tremblay

Three sisters have an “impromptu” and re-examine their personal and social problems. Cast of 4 women.



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Impromptu on Nuns' Island

By Michel Tremblay

In an impromptu get-together in an opera diva’s Nuns’ Island penthouse, on the afternoon of her return from Paris, her celebrity mother and her idealistic daughter lie in wait for her. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.



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In a Blue Moon

By Lucia Frangione

When Frankie’s dad dies, her mom, Ava, can’t afford to live in the city anymore. The only asset they’re left with is a farmhouse situated on twenty acres of land far outside of town. Ava decides to move there and start an Ayurveda clinic on the property, giving her precocious and grieving daughter a new start. One problem presents itself, though: a squatter who won’t leave.



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In a World Created by a Drunken God

By Drew Hayden Taylor

A Canadian half-Native man is thrust into an absurd dilemma when he is asked to be tested for a possible kidney donation to his dying non-Native father, who abandoned him when he was two months old. Cast of 2 men.



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In Absentia

By Morris Panych

Four seasons after her husband’s disappearance, Colette remains emotionally motionless, isolated in a country cottage, waiting for word, or perhaps even more significantly, a connection. A young stranger in a jean jacket waves to her from the frozen lake – a sign? She emerges to give him her husband’s parka – strangely, the boy has a likeness to Tom.



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In Piazza San Domenico

By Steve Galluccio

A comedy of errors, this two-act play recounts the story of how one broken engagement ripples throughout friends and family, affecting all of their respective love lives in different ways. And there’s gossip. And an earthquake.



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In the Eyes of God

By Raul Sanchez Inglis

A vicious and unsparing look at the talent agencies that remake the Hollywood stars out of the willing clay of their own flesh. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.



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In the Eyes of Stone Dogs

By Daniel Danis

Before fleeing her eccentric island community, Djouke is determined to discover the mystery of her paternity. Cast of 4 women and 5 men.



Inside the Seed

By Jason Patrick Rothery

Winner of the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script, Inside the Seed is a contemporary version of Oedipus Rex reimagined as a darkly comic political thriller.



Jabber

By Marcus Youssef

High school, like no other social space, throws together people of all histories and backgrounds, and young people must decide what they believe in and how far they are willing to go to defend their beliefs. Jabber does its part to challenge appearances – and the judgments people make based on those appearances.



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Jacob’s Wake

By Michael Cook

A Maritime family’s tragedy, set in a raging storm. Cast of 2 women and 5 men.



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Je me souviens

By Lorena Gale

In this powerful dramatic monologue, Lorena Gale reconstructs for the audience her childhood and the experience of coming of age as an African Canadian in Montreal. Cast of 1 woman.



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Jitters

By David French

A sophisticated backstage comedy. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.



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Joe Beef

By David Fennario

Desperately poor immigrants find refuge with Montreal’s legendary barkeep, Joe Beef. Cast of 5 women and 5 men.



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King of Thieves

By George F. Walker

At its heart, King of Thieves, like both its predecessors, is an examination of criminal behaviour at all levels of society, and of the disturbing truth that everyone can fall prey to dishonesty and corruption. But the element of fun in Walker’s script makes us laugh and his sense of zaniness reflects the bafflement many of us feel when contemplating our own world: a place where men of dubious moral integrity still inhabit the corridors of power and are still not taken to task for their dishonourable – if not downright criminal – behaviour.



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La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays

By Michel Tremblay

A collection of five short plays by Quebec’s best known playwright: La Duchesse de Langeais; Berthe; Johnny Mangano and His Astonishing Dogs; Surprise, Surprise; and Gloria Star.



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La Maison Suspendue

By Michel Tremblay

A rich, emotional, sweeping drama of anger and sorrow spanning three generations. Cast of 3 women, 4 men and 1 male child.



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Lady Smith, The

By Andrew Moodie

Rather than confront her husband when she sees him with another woman, a blues singer follows the woman and insinuates herself into the other woman’s life. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.



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Lawrence & Holloman

By Morris Panych

Lawrence and Holloman, a hapless nerd and a loquacious salesman, meet by chance. From this fleetingly irritating and insignificant encounter comes a viciously murderous and incredulously bizarre plot. Cast of 2 men.



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Leave of Absence

By Lucia Frangione

A small prairie community is blown apart when an audacious teenaged girl challenges long-held views of spirituality and sexuality. Suspected of being gay, she is brutalized by her classmates. This searing drama of bigotry and transcendence challenges the fallout of the Catholic Church’s response to the same-sex marriage rulings in Canada. Cast of 2 men and 3 women.



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Legoland

By Jacob Richmond

When Mom and Dad are busted for growing pot, Penny and Ezra Lamb embark on the wild road trip that comprises this vaudeville-inspired one-act play. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.



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Leisure Society, The

By François Archambault

A dark and thoroughly contemporary comedy. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



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Les Belles Soeurs

By Michel Tremblay

Michel Tremblay’s classic Joual play. A housewife wins a million trading stamps in a lottery and invites her friends over to help her paste them into books. Cast of 15 women.



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Les Canadiens

By Rick Salutin & Ken Dryden

A play about Quebec and Canada using hockey as a metaphor. Cast of 7 men.



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Life Without Instruction

By Sally Clark

A woman’s struggle for freedom, identity and dignity. Cast of 3 women and 5 men.



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Listen to the Wind

By James Reaney

Two stories intertwine and illuminate the relationship of life to its creative dream. Cast of 4 women, 4 men, 1 female child and 1 male child.



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Local Boy Makes Good

By John MacLachlan Gray

Three musicals by John MacLachlan Gray: 18 Wheels, Rock and Roll and Don Messer’s Jubilee.



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Lost Souls & Missing Persons

By Sally Clark

A comic, biting, surreal investigation of the question of self and identity in the North American middle-class. Cast of 9 women and 11 men.



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Ludwig & Mae

By Louis Patrick Leroux

Ludwig, trained as an engineer, hasn’t been able to find work since graduating. The fact that he is sardonic, philosophically inclined, and suicidal hasn’t helped in this regard. Mae, on the other hand, is an actress who has never been out of work. Caught in a relationship of co-dependency, she plays into Ludwig’s constant mind games until one day she decides she’s had enough. This three-play volume includes: Embedded, which establishes Ludwig and Mae’s Strindbergian relationship; Apocalypse, a monodrama in which Ludwig stages his own suicidal ceremonial; and Redemption, Mae’s testimonial, where she confronts and reconciles herself with Ludwig’s death, and finally comes into her own.



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Madonna Painter, The

By Michel Marc Bouchard

At the end of the First World War, to protect his village from the Spanish flu epidemic brought home by returning soldiers, a young priest recently arrived in the Parish of Lac St-Jean commissions a wandering Italian painter to decorate the walls of the local church with a fresco dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The presence of the foreign artist, his choice of a local virgin to serve as a model, and the frighteningly strange nature of his work will upset the lives and change the fate of the entire community.



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Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr, The

By Jovette Marchessault

Marchessault evokes the doubts, the trials and the joys of this singular existence. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.



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Mambo Italiano

By Steve Galluccio

Outrageous pathos and hilarity is unleashed when Nino informs his very traditionally Italian parents that he is gay. A perfect balance of fast-paced comedy and poignant drama that explores family dynamics and the vast spaces between the old world and the new. Cast of 4 women and 3 men.



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Marcel Pursued by the Hounds

By Michel Tremblay

How our “innocent” childhood games and fantasies come back to haunt us in adult life. Cast of 4 women and 1 adolescent male.



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Marion Bridge

By Daniel MacIvor

Includes screenplay and stage play. Cast of 3 women.



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Memories of You

By Wendy Lill

The life of Elizabeth Smart pivoted on a turbulent affair that produced four children and her one book. This is a portrayal of the book as a record of one great life lived. Cast of 4 women and 1 man.



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Messenger

By Wendy Lill

As in Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, two brothers struggle for power and ideals each believes are right. Messenger takes place in another country, Canada, and in another century but tackles similar themes. A timely play in terms of environmental issues, full of lots of great political dirty tricks.



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Michel and Ti-Jean

By George Rideout

In this probing character study, Rideout fashions a hypothetical 1969 meeting in a bar in St. Petersburg, Florida, between Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay and an individual whom he believes to be a truly great writer – beat generation author Jack Kerouac, whose Francophone mother affectionately called him Ti-Jean.



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Miss Julie

By August Strindberg & adaptation by David French

A riveting adaptation of a theatre classic about an affair between the daughter of a count and the count’s man-servant. Cast of 2 women and 1 man.



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Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. I

This fourth edition contains The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Les Belles-Soeurs, Leaving Home, 1837: The Farmer’s Revolt, The St Nicholas Hotel, Zastrozzi, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Balconville, Doc, Drag Queens on Trial and The Occupation of Heather Rose.



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Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. I – 5th Edition

This fifth edition contains The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Les Belles Soeurs, Leaving Home, Sticks and Stones (The Donnellys, Part One), Zastrozzi, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Balconville, Blood Relations, Drag Queens on Trial, Bordertown Café, Toronto, Mississippi, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Lion in the Streets, and Life Without Instruction.



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Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. II

This fourth edition contains Bordertown Café, Polygraph, Moo, The Orphan Muses, 7 Stories, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, Lion in the Streets, Never Swim Alone, Fronteras Americanas, Harlem Duet and Problem Child.



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Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. II – 5th Edition

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.



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Mom's the Word

By Linda A. Carson & Jill Daum & Barbara Pollard

Humorous stories, bittersweet monologues, poetic reflections and revelatory anecdotes about motherhood.



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Moo

By Sally Clark

When the feisty and rebellious Moragh (Moo) MacDowell meets the intriguing Harry Parker, she decides nothing will ever separate them … and Harry has been running ever since. Moo is an unconventionally comedy of love and obsession. Cast of 5 women and 3 men.



Moss Park and Tough!

By George F. Walker

Canada’s top playwright takes on teen pregnancy in two comic dramas for young people.



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Motherhouse

By David Fennario

From the renowned author of Balconville, this powerful drama gives a voice to the disillusioned working-class women employed at the British Munitions Factory in Verdun, Quebec, during the First World War. Following in the trudging footsteps of Fennario’s anti-war protest play Bolsheviki (Talonbooks, 2012), Motherhouse similarly debunks the sentimental notions of duty, heroism, and nationhood that figured so prominently in Canadian war effort campaigns and that persist in Canadian history textbooks today.



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My TWP Plays

By Jack Winter

My TWP Plays presents five important plays written by Jack Winter while he was resident playwright at Toronto Workshop Productions, one of the first great troupes of the experimental and alternative theatre movement. The carnivalesque style of the selected works in this anthology reflects the turbulence, contradictions, and subversion of the social revolution during which they were written and first produced, as well as the cultural politics at a time when Canadian artists were investigating new, noncolonial, and distinctly Canadian forms of expression that would define the nation and challenge received artistic styles and practices.



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Noam Chomsky Lectures, The

By Daniel Brooks & Guillermo Verdecchia

An innovative, multi-layered deconstruction of mass media and politics. Cast of 2 men.



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Nothing to Lose

By David Fennario

Working-class survivors of the ’60s stage a workers’ sit-down strike. Cast of 9 men.



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Occupation of Heather Rose, The

By Wendy Lill

Young, naïve and inadequately trained nurse Heather Rose arrives in a remote Native community hoping to improve the lives of its residents, but ends up utterly disillusioned by the impotence of her interventions. Cast of 1 woman.



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Odd Ducks

By Bryden MacDonald

Welcome to the small town of Tartan Cross, Nova Scotia, where skeletons rattle in closets and past histories are so intertwined that the lives of four forty-something, eccentric characters have become so complicated that something needs to change. In the comedy, Odd Ducks, award-winning playwright Bryden MacDonald positions his four characters at the brink of existential angst – and the action unfolds from there.



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Omniscience

By Tim Carlson

The play begs the question of how many of our freedoms have been lost to the institutions engaged in surveillance “for our own protection.”Cast of 2 women and 3 men.



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On the Job

By David Fennario

On Christmas Eve the workers in a Montreal shipping room get drunk and go on strike. Cast of 8 men.



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One Crack Out

By David French

Charlie Evans, a pool shark, has two days to pay off a debt, or have his legs broken by a psychotic debt collector who is also having an affair with his wife. Cast of 2 women and 8 men.



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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

By Drew Hayden Taylor

The emotional struggle of a Native woman who was adopted by a white family to acknowledge her birth family. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



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Other Schools of Thought

By Morris Panych

Dramas that encourage adults to reflect on their past and young people to reflect on their future: Life Science, 2B WUT UR and Cost of Living.



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Paradise by the River

By Vittorio Rossi

After Canada officially declares war with Italy, Romano, a recent immigrant, is arrested without charge in his own home. Cast of 2 women and 8 men.



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Paradise Garden

By Lucia Frangione

After generations of living in the paradise of their west coast family estate, the McKinnons have fallen on hard times—half of it has just been bought by a Turkish immigrant family. The heirs of both families, Day McKinnon and Leyla Zeki, fancy themselves to be sophisticated citizens of the world, alienated by their ancestors’ “outdated” traditions. Yet Leyla recognizes something fundamental and mysterious in the vestiges of the old estate garden, and Day has uncovered an ancient family secret there. Abandoning their families for their careers, Day and Leyla are reunited years later, having discovered that love is not just something that happens to us, but a paradise that we must build and tend by hand: like a garden in the wilderness of our lives.



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Past Perfect

By Michel Tremblay

Unleashing the dark secret of her being, Albertine, one of Tremblay’s most unforgettable heroines, sets out to re-conquer the beau she has lost to her younger sister. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.



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Playing Bare

By Dominic Champagne

A mordant satire on the relation between theatre and life. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.



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Power Plays, The

By George F. Walker

First published as a trilogy in 1986, The Power Plays contains Gossip (1977), Filthy Rich (1979) and The Art of War (1983). These three plays showcase the development and the culmination of Walker’s film noir style.



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Queens, The

By Normand Chaurette

The shifting passions and ambitions of six women drawn from Shakespeare’s theatre. Cast of 6 women.



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Re: Producing Women’s History

By D.A. Hadfield

Hadfield traces the process of creating a theatrical “success” and investigates how the politics involved influences what we perceive as “good” playwriting.



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Real World? , The

By Michel Tremblay

In The Real World?, Michel Tremblay returns to the very source of creative work, that notorious first play which supposedly contains the scenes of everything yet to come. And ultimately, he finds “himself” confronted with the same fundamental question over time. Did he have the right? Does he still have the right?

Cast of 4 women and 3 men.



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Refugee Hotel, The

By Carmen Aguirre

Laid bare in the fictionalized autobiographical details of The Refugee Hotel are the universal truths both the victims and the survivors of political oppression continue to experience everywhere: the terror of persecution, arrest, and torture; the exhausted elation of escape; the trauma of learning to live again with the losses, betrayals, and agonies of the past; the irrational guilt of the survivor—even the tragedy of surviving the nightmares of the past only to have them return to challenge any hope of a future free of fear. More than a dark comedy about a group of Chilean refugees who arrive in Vancouver in 1974 after Pinochet’s coup, this play is Carmen Aguirre’s attempt to give voice to refugee communities from all corners of the globe.



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Remember Me

By Michel Tremblay

Two ex-lovers meet and compare and confess their fears and disillusionments. Cast of 2 men.



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Riddle of the World, The

By David French

A stockbroker and an ex-priest get together to console themselves after being abandoned by their mates and are forced to come to terms with their fragile natures as men. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.



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Rose

By Tomson Highway

A musical set on the Wasaychigan Hill Reserve in 1992. The battle for the future of the community builds to a shattering climax. Cast of 10 women and 7 men.



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Saga of the Wet Hens

By Jovette Marchessault

Four Quebec women writers meet at the centre of a fabulous vortex. Cast of 4 women.



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Saint Frances of Hollywood

By Sally Clark

The tragic life of Frances Farmer, the raucous, idealistic, non-conforming movie star of the ’30s and ’40s. Cast of 4 women and 4 men.



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Sainte-Carmen of the Main

By Michel Tremblay

A play about cultural identity and cultural awakening based on a country and western singer of Montreal’s “The Main.”

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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

By James W. Nichol

A play about the conscience of a priest during the disastrous mission the Jesuits made to the Huron Indians in the 17th century. Cast of 11 men.



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Salt-Water Moon

By David French

The third book of the Mercer family saga. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.



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Satchmo' Suite, The

By Hans Böggild & Doug Innis

A black cellist, on tour with a classical symphony orchestra, invokes the ghost of Louis Armstrong to help him with a difficult passage from Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. The highly mythologized spirit of “the father of jazz himself” takes form in the cellist’s hotel room, where the lives of the characters intertwine and begin to play off each other, and issues of class, hope, courage, family, and race emerge in a lively and powerful struggle between head and heart, intellect and intuition. Ultimately, the drama resolves with the cellist’s beautiful rendition of the Bach piece. Full of great jazz and classical music, but using none of Satchmo’s own compositions, the play incorporates nine original jazz songs, co-written by the author-musicians, into the action.



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Saucy Jack

By Sharon Pollock

In a stately Victorian drawing room, two old friends, James Kenneth Stephen, a scholar, and his former pupil, Prince Albert Victor, Queen Victoria’s nephew and heir to the throne, dance around the truth of the identity of London’s most notorious killer, Jack the Ripper, and while a tale of psychological intrigue is played out, an unravelling of tested friendship, betrayal, duplicity, and motive is revealed.



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Schoolhouse

By Leanna Brodie

Full of warmth and poignant humour this drama set in a one-room schoolhouse evokes a way of life shared by generations of rural North Americans, exploring timeless themes of rejection, of compassion, of damage, of hope. Cast of 5 women and 7 men.



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Seagull, The

By Anton Chekhov

A revitalization of a Russian theatre classic. Cast of 5 women and 8 men.



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Seeds

By Annabel Soutar

Seeds is part courtroom drama and part social satire about the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech company Monsanto Inc. In question is the legitimacy of patenting genetically modified food crops. The play takes us back to the seminal moment when a single farmer stood up to international agribusiness and almost won.



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Sextet

By Morris Panych

A dark and steamy comedy that explores the harmonies and dysfunctions of six sexually entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour. When a blizzard strands this sextet for an extra night, they have only their instruments, each other, and their secrets to keep them warm.



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Shape of a Girl , The / Jewel

By Joan MacLeod

The Shape of a Girl examines the code of silence and tacit complicity which surrounded the sensationalized murder of Reena Virk by school-aged bullies in 1997. Jewel is based on the real-life catastrophe of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger, an oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland, in 1982.



Sila

By Chantal Bilodeau

In Inuit mythology, “sila” means air, climate, or breath. Bilodeau’s play of the same name examines the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, the play Sila features puppetry, spoken word poetry, and three different languages (English, French, and Inuktitut).



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Silver Dagger

By David French

French delivers a thriller guaranteed to have audiences perched on the edge of their seats. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.



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Sisters

By Wendy Lill

A tough uncompromising look at a convent-run Native residential school. The soul-destroying devastation caused by these institutions from the point of view of the nuns running the school. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.



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Six Plays by Mavor Moore

By Mavor Moore

In these theatre pieces stripped to the essentials of character sketches in quick, subtle lines, the emphasis is on the performer’s resources as an actor, rather than the externals of scene changes and stage contexts.



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Skydive

By Kevin Kerr

Having grown apart after a traumatic and defining moment in their youth, two brothers reconnect to fulfill a life-long ambition to go skydiving. Morgan (a feckless schemer who has recently reinvented himself as a counsellor) arrives on the doorstep of Daniel (a housebound agoraphobe), offering to help “liberate” his brother by administering his newly invented technique of “Paratherapy.” Convincing Daniel to face his fears by pursuing their long abandoned childhood dream of jumping from an airplane, the brothers begin a series of misguided training exercises to prepare for their adventure.



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Soldier’s Heart

By David French

Esau Mercer, a veteran of the First World War, tries to persuade his alienated 16-year-old son, Jacob, not to leave. Slowly Esau’s devastating and unsparing account of what secrets lie in his soldier’s heart brings father and son together. Cast of 3 men.



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Somewhere Else

By George F. Walker

Contains Walker’s own selection of his early plays which matter; which for him have stood the test of time: Beyond Mozambique (1974), Zastrozzi (1977), Theatre of the Film Noir (1981) and Nothing Sacred (1988).



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Song of the Say-Sayer

By Daniel Danis

Three brothers strive to unite and care for their ailing sister after the death of their adoptive parents. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.



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Spectacle of Empire

By Jerry Wasserman

Arguably the first North American play, this edition includes the original French script, two English translations, Ben Jonson’s Masque of Blackness and an extensive historical and critical introduction.



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Still Laughing

By Morris Panych

Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector
Georges Feydeau & Maurice Desvallières’ Hotel Peccadillo
Arthur Schnitzler’s The Amorous Adventures of Anatol
Introduction by Jerry Wasserman
The universal mark of good satire is still to make audiences laugh at the worst traits in human nature. Here, in his own words, is how Morris Panych updated these three great comedy classics from a century ago.



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Studies in Motion

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. Kevin Kerr vividly dramatizes this technological breakthrough in this multimedia drama.



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Suburban Motel

By George F. Walker

Six plays that take place in the same hotel room: Problem Child, Criminal Genius, Risk Everything, Adult Entertainment, Featuring Loretta and The End of Civilization.



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Tale of Teeka, The

By Michel Marc Bouchard

A play set in rural Quebec in the ’50s in which a battered child, Maurice, seeks refuge in a fantasy world. Cast of 1 man and 1 male child.



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Talking Bodies

By Larry Tremblay

A collection of Larry Tremblay’s four memorable solo performances for the stage: A Trick of Fate, Anatomy Lesson, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi and Ogre. With an introduction by Jane M. Moss.



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Tear the Curtain!

By Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier

Tear the Curtain! is a psychological thriller set in a fictionalized 1930s Vancouver. The play explores global issues that consider what we want from art: to be shocked and surprised or for order to be restored.



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That Summer

By David French

A woman returns to the cottage country of Ontario where, 32 years before, she vacationed with her family. Cast of 5 women and 2 men.



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That Woman

By Daniel Danis

The story of a woman sent away from her family by her brother the Bishop after she is found exploring her sexuality at age seventeen. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.



The Divine

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Quebec City, 1905. Two priests-to-be are ordered to deliver a cease-and-desist letter to a controversial visitor to their city: the legendary French actress, Sarah Bernhardt. The Divine was commissioned for the 2015 Shaw Festival in honour of George Bernard Shaw and everyone who loves the theatre, and in memory of Sarah Bernhardt, “the woman who dares to say everything that should be left unsaid.”



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The Envelope

By Vittorio Rossi

Drawn from his own experiences, Vittorio Rossi’s new comedy-drama exposes the bureaucratic institution that is the Canadian film industry, and we follow the character Michael Moretti, a veteran playwright, as he struggles to get his new play, Romeo’s Rise, turned into a movie.



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The Fighting Days

By Wendy Lill

The polarities of public and private lives, and issues of racism and pacifism in the suffragette movement. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.



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The Shoplifters

By Morris Panych

With its cast of oddball characters, Panych’s comedy offers biting observations about society’s haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common.

Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



The St. Leonard Chronicles

By Steve Galluccio

From the award-winning author of stage hits Mambo Italiano and In Piazza San Domenico comes a delicious, saucy new comedy about Terry and Robert, a young couple with roots in the Italian neighbourhood of St. Leonard in Montreal. The couple’s newly renovated duplex has barely a hint of gilded rococo – not just a cultural infraction, but also an ominous sign that all is not as it should be. Eager to break free of family ties that are bound too tight, Terry and Robert announce they’re moving to the affluent anglophone suburb of Beaconsfield – tantamount to committing a mortal sin in the eyes of their more traditional Italian relatives. When they confess their plans to their parents over dinner one night, floodgates open to other unspoken desires and revelations, turning conservative St. Leonard values upside down.

The St. Leonard Chronicles opened the 2013–14 season at Montreal’s venerable Centaur Theatre and sold out before its run. The play was extended and went on to sell more than twenty thousand tickets. The French version of the Chronicles, translated by Galluccio himself, premiered at Theâtre Jean Duceppe in Montreal in December 2014 and will embark in 2015 on a twenty-four-city tour.

Cast of 4 women and 3 men.


Read a scene from The St. Leonard Chronicles on Meta-Talon.



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The Valley

By Joan MacLeod

Inspired by an event in British Columbia that shattered the public’s confidence in the police – the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski during his arrest at the Vancouver airport – The Valley dramatizes the volatile relationship between law enforcement and people in the grip of mental illness. In addressing this fraught relationship, award-winning playwright Joan MacLeod empathizes with both parties, each of whom is guided by good intentions but equally challenged by their own
cultural biases and flawed humanity.



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The Vic

By Leanna Brodie

The Vic creates an ensemble of eight ethnically diverse women ranging in age from their teens to their fifties, each of them eager to claim the entitlement they feel their status as victim has “naturally” conferred upon them. Cast of 8 women.



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The Watershed

By Annabel Soutar

Largely constructed from original interviews conducted by the playwright, The Watershed brings to the stage a multiplicity of ideological perspectives and conflicting visions for Canada’s natural resources, and its characters speak the words of real Canadians from all across the political spectrum. Policy is anything but dry in The Watershed; in fact, it holds startling implications for our national identity and future.



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Tiln & Other Plays

By Michael Cook

Three short plays by Cook: Tiln, Quiller and Therese’s Creed.



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Tom at the Farm

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Following the accidental death of his lover, and in the throes of his grief, urban ad executive Tom travels to the country to attend the funeral and to meet his mother-in-law, Agatha, and her son, Francis – neither of whom know Tom even exists.



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Tombs of the Vanishing Indian

By Marie Clements

Three sisters and their mother are forced by the American government to relocate from Oklahoma to Los Angeles. As these four women try to re-establish connections to a new land, they each find themselves lost. Inspired by true events, Tombs of the Vanishing Indian is a poetic excavation of the lost stories of displaced Aboriginal people.



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Toronto, Mississippi

By Joan MacLeod

Drawing from MacLeod’s experience working with mentally handicapped adults and children, this play celebrates the personal challenges of both self-destruction and self-affirmation so vital to the process of identity creation. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



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Trespassers, The

By Morris Panych

When inspector Milton shows up in a town in the middle of nowhere to investigate a mysterious murder, fifteen year-old Lowell’s skills at shaping the truth to protect both himself and those he cares about are put to the ultimate test: shall he plea bargain, or stick to the truth as he understands it? As Hardy once pointed out to him, “There’s something in between lying and not lying. It’s called a story.”



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Trial of Judith K. , The

By Sally Clark

Roughly based on The Trial by Franz Kafka, this black comedy changes the lead character to a modem business woman who finds herself accused of an unknown crime. The more she delves into the bureaucratic nightmare the more her ordered, little world unravels and the more she is entangled in the increasingly obscure process.



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Trigger, The

By Carmen Aguirre

Based on the author’s own experience as a victim of the Paper Bag Rapist, The Trigger is a play written for anyone who has ever dealt with sexual violation and who continues to live with it at their core. Cast of 5 women.



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Twenty Years at Play

By Jerry Wasserman

This collection of eight of the finest plays produced by Vancouver’s New Play Centre marks the company’s 20th year.



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Two Plays

By George Woodcock

This volume contains two uniquely Canadian stories of exile: The Island of Demons and Six Dry Cakes for the Hunted.



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Unity (1918)

By Kevin Kerr

In the fall of 1918, a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague. As fear of the dreaded “Spanish” flu begins to fill the town of Unity with paranoia, drastic measures are taken. Cast of 6 women and 3 men.



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Unnatural and Accidental Women, The

By Marie Clements

A surrealist dramatization of a notorious 30-year murder case involving many mysterious deaths in the “Skid Row” area of Vancouver. Cast of 11 women and 2 men.



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Ventriloquist, The

By Larry Tremblay

Theatre of innovation. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.



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Vigil - 2nd Edition

By Morris Panych

Vigil is about a man returning—after thirty years—to sit with a female relative on her deathbed. Kemp, the protagonist, is an extremely self-centred and shallow person who uses acid wit and seemingly callous indifference to cover up the profound discomfort he experiences upon finding himself part of a death watch. Kemp’s problem is: she’s not dying fast enough. Gallows humour and Kemp’s diatribes on humanity and mortality fuel this delightfully dark narrative, but it is Grace’s economical contributions to the dialogue (she’s a woman of few words) that give this play its weight and profundity.



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Waiting for the Parade

By John Murrell

Waiting for the Parade is set in Calgary during World War II, in which five women gather to work for the war effort while their men are away. Cast of 5 women.



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Walsh

By Sharon Pollock

A historical documentary of Sitting Bull’s exile in Canada after the Montana massacre at Little Big Horn. Cast of 3 women and 11 men.



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Wanted

By Sally Clark

Set during the Klondike gold rush, Wanted is a celebration of one woman’s determination to triumph over all who seek to possess her in a harsh social climate of chaos, opportunism, raw desire, greed and lust. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.



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War Cantata / Child Object

By Larry Tremblay

How far will humanity go in its quest for power? Why do we desire to eliminate each other through war? Larry Tremblay’s latest play, War Cantata, looks at ways the impulse for violence is transmitted from one generation to the next.



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Warriors

By Michel Garneau

Warriors enters the world of advertising where even if the product is war, it is still a product that can be sold. Cast of 2 men.



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Wasps

By Sally Clark

A play about the elements of our constructed tribal identities: incest, fashion, fetishism, style, populist art, amateur psychobabble and a fascination with the other. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.



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We the Family

By George F. Walker

Canada’s master playwright applies his trademark black humour and incredibly crisp dialogue to the family and multiculturalism. We the Family follows the ripple effects within two culturally and racially divergent families when their children wed.



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Weekend Healer, The

By Bryden MacDonald

The disappearance of a young man acts as a catalyst for a drama that questions the nature of family and “traditional values.” Cast of 2 women and 1 man.



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Westray

By Chris O’Neill & Ken Schwartz

Although the Westray mine is dangerously mismanaged, a young father descends under the ground again to support his family. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.



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Whale Riding Weather

By Bryden MacDonald

A faded old man finds his life slipping away from him along with his young male lover, who meets a new, younger man. Cast of 3 men.



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What Lies Before Us

By Morris Panych

Two–time Governor General’s Award–winning playwright Panych has turned Waiting for Godot into a comedy while simultaneously heightening the profound existential questions it asks. Cast of 3 men.



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Where the Blood Mixes

By Kevin Loring

Can a person survive their past; can a people survive their history? Irreverently funny and brutally honest, this play about loss and redemption takes us to the bottom of a river, to the heart of a People. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.



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Whereverville

By Josh MacDonald

On the evening of Loam Bay’s vote on resettlement, schoolteacher Abby Shea, herself “from away,” must struggle with her own phantom attachment to the community before casting her deciding vote. Cast of 1 woman and 4 men.



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Willful Acts

By Margaret Hollingsworth

An expanded and updated collection of Margaret Hollingsworth’s best known and most popular plays, including The Apple in the Eye, Everloving, Diving, Islands, War Babies and Commonwealth Games.



Winners and Losers

By Marcus Youssef & James Long

Two buddies, theatre artists and long-time friends Marcus and James, sit at a table and pass the time together playing a made-up game in which they name people, places, or things – Pamela Anderson, microwave ovens, their fathers, Goldman Sachs – and debate whether they are successful or not; in other words, whether they are winners or losers. Each friend seeks to defeat the other, and because one of these men grew up economically privileged, and the other did not, the competition very quickly adds up.

Winners and Losers showcases the work of two giants of the Vancouver indie theatre scene. James Long’s Theatre Replacement develops work specific to particular places and the people who live in them. Marcus Youssef’s Neworld Theatre investigates questions of power, culture, and belonging.

Their first collaborative work is a staged conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships as well as our most intimate experiences of self.

Cast of 2 men.



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With Bated Breath

By Bryden MacDonald

With Bated Breath is a poignant look at the disappearance of a shy, young gay man who leaves his community behind to start a new life in the big city. There, hopelessly awkward and naïve, caught 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. Though his self-appointed, new-found, and worldly-wise mentor cautions 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.”



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Written on Water

By Michel Marc Bouchard

A group of seniors struggles to rescue and rewrite their memories when torrential rains wash away all records of their past. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.



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You Will Remember Me

By François Archambault

Memory – personal, familial, and societal – is the central theme of this new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright François Archambault. Translated by Bobby Theodore, this work follows a family’s struggle with dementia.



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Yours Forever, Marie-Lou

By Michel Tremblay

In Linda Gaboriau’s new translation of this classic Michel Tremblay play, two sisters confront the memory of their parents’ death – and other long-buried memories and points of tension.



Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Karasick gives to SFU library

Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.

[cover of In Search of New Babylon] Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon

In Which Caspar Tootsey Joins the Phantom Cavalry

All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.

On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.

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Today is Annual Day: A Very Short Story

Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.

Annual Day

Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.

Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Book List: Migration and Multiculturalism

Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.

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Michel Tremblay
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Jovanni Sy
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