Winners and LosersFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889229327 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 96 pages | Pub. Date: 2015
5.5 W × 8.5 H × .5 D inches
Drama | Backlist | Bisac: DRA013000
ISBN 13: 9780889229327 | Rights: WORLD

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.

By Marcus Youssef

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Read more about Marcus Youssef


By James Long

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Read more about James Long


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news | 2017-11-07
Marcus Youssef wins the Siminovitch Prize!

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news | 2017-09-26
Marcus Youssef nominated for Siminovitch Prize!

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news | 2017-01-24
“Winners and Losers” opens in Calgary tomorrow!

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news | 2016-05-25
Talonbooks will be at Congress 2016 this weekend

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news | 2016-01-25
No fewer than nine Talon plays on stage across Canada this spring!

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news | 2015-10-08
Two GG Nominations for Talon this year!

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news | 2015-05-08
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news | 2015-04-06
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news | 2015-01-21
Announcement: New Books for Spring 2015!

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news | 2015-01-19
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