The Book of EstherFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889226821 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 128 pages | Pub. Date: 2012 | Edition # 1
5.5 W × 8.50 H × 0.25 D inches
Drama | Backlist | Bisac: DRA000000
ISBN 13: 9780889226821 | Rights: WORLD

It is June 1981: the farm debt crisis. Pride Toronto’s first parade. Everything is changing, including fifteen-year-old Esther, who runs away to the city to escape the family farm. With the help of a brash young hustler and a gay activist who shelters street kids, she confronts her conservative Christian parents—farmers on the brink of financial ruin—and begins to find her way home. Acclaimed playwright Leanna Brodie excels with this heart-warming coming-of-age—and coming-out—drama.
Cast of two women and three men.

“Like The Vic, Leanna Brodie's play The Book of Esther is filled with tenderness, heart, and humour. It is also an eloquent plea for understanding. It posits that people who feel they are very much on the opposite ends of the belief spectrum can learn to understand human difference. Are her dreams possible to realize in reality? I'm not sure, but one must admire her skill as a writer, and her ambition as a dreamer.”
— Sky Gilbert

By Leanna Brodie

Leanna Brodie is an actor, translator, and writer. Her radio dramas have been heard on CBC, and her plays are regularly performed across Canada. She has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and is currently an Associate of Playwrights Theatre Centre. Ruby Slippers premiered her translation of Catherine Léger’s I Lost My Husband! at the Gateway in March 2018, and sold out the entire run. www.leannabrodie.com

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