David Fennario

Anglophone playwright born David Wiper in Montreal, Quebec, 1947. He was raised in the working class district of Pointe-St-Charles, an area he would make the centre of most of his plays. He was one of six children, his father was a housepainter. His pen name, given to him by a girlfriend, was part of a Bob Dylan song, “Pretty Peggy-O.” David Fennario has described his life as: Born on the Avenues in the Verdun-Pointe Saint Charles working-class district of Montreal; one of six kids growing up in Duplessis’ Quebec, repressed, depressed, oppressed and compressed. “School was a drag. My working experience turned me into a raving Red calling for world revolution. The process of becoming a political activist gave me the confidence to be a writer. Up to then, I thought only middle-class people could become artists, because they were not stupid like working-class people, who were working-class because they were stupid. But reading Socialist literature convinced me that working-class people can change themselves and the world around them. We are not chained to fate, Freud, God, gender or a genetic code. We can make ourselves into what we want. I’ve been trying my best to do that ever since, and have had some success as a playwright and a prose writer.”

Balconville

Winner 1980 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Doctor Thomas Neill Cream

Short-listed 1994 Arthur Ellis Award

On the Job

Winner 1976 Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Play)

Balconville

Winner 1980 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Doctor Thomas Neill Cream

Short-listed 1994 Arthur Ellis Award

On the Job

Winner 1976 Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Play)

events | 2010-04-28
Congress 2010: Theatre, Politics, and Fennario’s Latest Play, Bolsheviki

…Research (CATR) Montréal playwright and activist David Fennario reads from his latest work _Bolsheviki_, which …


news | 2010-09-17
The David Fennario Doc