Twenty Years at Play
A New Play Centre Anthology
Vancouver’s New Play Centre led the way in developing and producing the work of playwrights from Western Canada for the emergent Canadian theatre in the 1970s. The New Play Centre has been a major force in Canadian cultural life for two decades; it retains its dual role as playwrighting workshop and production company and remains an important facility for dramatists to reach national and international audiences.
To mark the New Play Centre’s twentieth year, Talonbooks presents a collection of eight of the finest plays produced by the company from 1975 to 1989: Herringbone by Tom Cone; Ned and Jack by Sheldon Rosen; Something Red by Tom Walmsley; Dreaming and Duelling by John Lazarus and Joa Lazarus; War Babies by Margaret Hollingsworth; Under the Skin by Betty Lambert; The Idler by Ian Weir; and The Wolf Within by Alex Brown. All of these plays have been produced throughout Canada, and often abroad, and remain in active production today. Each script appears in its most current form, with the playwright’s latest revisions, along with biographical and production data and photos.