7 Stories Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889222816
Pages: 104
Pub. Date: January 1 1990
Dimensions: 9" x 6" x 0.4375"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Non-Fiction / PSY037000

  • DRAMA / Canadian
  • FICTION / Humorous / General
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Suicide

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7 Stories

By Morris Panych

In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside the building. These “seven stories” lead to a charming and surprising ending.

Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

Winner 1998 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play, The Sydney Risk Award

“A sweet and funny little play about a man on an apartment building’s window ledge whose deliberations, presumably about whether to jump, keep being interrupted by nutty residents who poke their heads out of windows. How do you know this is a well-conceived work? Because each of those interlopers seems interesting enough to be the subject of a play as well … Panych renders all these encounters with a wry incongruity … the humor [is] restrained enough that the lovely, subtle conclusion doesn’t seem out of place.”
– New York Times

“The laughter and tears live so closely together that one can’t speak too loudly for fear of drowning the other out … Twenty years after its creation, 7 Stories seems more entertaining and yet more relevant than ever. It’s the kind of fate that every author should enjoy.”
– Toronto Star

“Panych’s text delivers: It is funny, philosophical, often poetic.”
– Globe and Mail

“Very funny, very elegant. This play is an example of that very rare and endangered species of theatre, the fable. It is also an example of that even rarer creature, the successful fable.”
– Globe and Mail

“One of the best plays of the ’80s.”
– CBC Radio

“Stunningly theatrical endlessly witty and cruelly clear-headed.”
– Georgia Straight

Winner of the 1998 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play, The Sydney Risk Award