J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Fall 2018/Winter 2019

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    Better Angels: A Parable and Eating Pomegranates Naked Two Plays by Andrea Scott Andrea Scott Canada
    9781927922460 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      In Better Angels: A Parable, Akosua Mansa leaves Ghana to work for Greg and Leila Tate in the tony suburbs of a metropolitan city. But she soon finds herself in an impossible situation: like more than forty million people, she's become trapped in modern-day slavery. Taking cues from the spider god, Anansi, Akosua will take her destiny into her own hands. Eating Pomegranates Naked examines two couples and their single frenemy as they scratch the surface of their relationships over too much wine. What do infertility, religion, toxoplasmosis, and ice-cream have to do with Tulipmania? Maybe more than you think.
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      Andrea Scott is an actor, playwright, and producer. After completing a year in the Obsidian Theatre Playwright Unit, her play Eating Pomegranates Naked was accepted into the SummerWorks Festival where it won the RBC Arts Professional award, was named Outstanding Ensemble, and won for Outstanding Production. Better Angels: A Parable also won the SummerWorks Theatre award for Production and was recognized as Outstanding New Play. Don't Talk to Me Like I'm Your Wife won the 2016 Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre prior to a successful SummerWorks run. Andrea has also written Frenemies and Princesses Don't Grow on Trees, two plays for young audiences. Andrea is a CAEA, ACTRA, PGC, and DGA member. She lives in Toronto.
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      For Better Angels: A Parable: "Tight, taut writing...Better Angels tells a hard story with style and a twist." (Lynn Slotkin, CUIT 89.5) For Eating Pomegranates Naked: "Brassy, fearless, and pitch-black... Scott's provocatively titled drama concerns two couples, one of them biracial, and adds religion to the incendiary ingredients." (Globe and Mail)
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    9781927922453 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.28 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      Moishe Yukle Bernstein was a poor pedlar who bought land near Pontypool, Ontario, a tiny Protestant town outside Toronto. The spot became a summer getaway for Jewish garment workers from Kensington Market -- and for six decades, families made their way to the small village, where they shared dreams, memories, and a pathetic waterfront. With a vast array of characters, songs, and a healthy dose of humour, The Right Road to Pontypool is a unique and moving depiction of the Jewish experience in Canada.
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      Alex Poch-Goldin's work has been produced internationally, and he has developed and produced work at numerous Canadian theatres. His plays include: Yahrzeit (Toronto Jewish Playwriting Award); The Right Road to Pontypool, The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, The Life of Jude, Jim and Shorty, and Internazionale. His plays Cringeworthy and This Hotel were both nominated for Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play. Alex has also created several dance/opera theatricals including the full-length opera The Shadow. He has developed projects for CBC Radio, Bravo! Television, and was a nominee for the Siminovitch Prize for Playwriting. Alex is also an award-winning actor and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. He lives in Toronto with his delightful daughter, Chloƫ Babette.
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      "Remarkable new play...absolutely unforgettable..." (Globe and Mail)
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    9781927922446 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      Janet Wilson Meets the Queen begins in Vancouver, 1969, as society is undergoing profound change. Janet, a woman who places great faith in the British monarchy and its traditions, is valiantly trying to hold together her dysfunctional family: her teenaged daughter, Lilibet; her aging mother, "Granny", and her husband, Jim. When Janet's nephew from San Francisco arrives on her doorstep looking for refuge from the Vietnam War draft, the family grapples with what to do. While the people she cares for are irrevocably affected by the changing political landscape, Janet Wilson struggles for equilibrium, attempting to hold on to a world that refuses to stay still.
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      Beverley Cooper is a writer, teacher, and actor. Her plays include: Clue in the Fast Lane (with Ann-Marie MacDonald); Thin Ice (with Banuta Rubess, Chalmers/Dora Award); The Eyes of Heaven; The Woman in White (from the novel by Wilkie Collins); The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township; Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (nominated for Prix Rideau Award) and If Truth Be Told. Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott was a finalist for a Governor General's Literary Award and was on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, a first for a Canadian playwright. She has also written for television, film, and extensively for CBC Radio Drama. Beverley is the coordinator of PGC's The CASA Project, which aims to support women playwrights living in South Africa. www.BeverleyCooper.com
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      "Cooper does a great job here illustrating just how difficult it can be for women, in particular though not exclusively, to navigate and define themselves in society...thought-provoking." (New Ottawa Critics)
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    9781927922439 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $15.95 CAD 5.55 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 86 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      Deep in Simon's basement, there is a secret world of imagination and adventure. When his new friend Abby comes over after school to work on a class assignment, Simon steers their work toward creating a play...but Simon's older brother, Zach, is having none of it. Zach's on high alert for certain behaviours: as he reveals to Abby, Simon wishes to be a girl. As the three characters struggle through their conflicts, they improvise a fairy tale about a magic prince, an evil king, a brave young girl, and a fire-breathing dragon who's getting more real by the minute. Can Abigail save Princess Simone from the Tower of Light? Will Zach succeed in turning his brother back into being a boy once and for all? Will Simon overcome fear and finally become their true self? Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures is a thoughtful and hilarious play about our ability to transform.
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      Mark Crawford is an actor and playwright. His plays Stag and Doe, Bed and Breakfast, and The Birds and the Bees are published by Scirocco Drama. All three of these plays have been seen on stage from coast to coast. His latest play, The New Canadian Curling Club, premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2018. As an actor, Mark has performed with theatre companies across Canada. He grew up on his family's farm near Glencoe, and he now lives in Stratford.
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      "Bravo to Mark Crawford for writing such an important play, and addressing gender issues so sensitively." (The Slotkin Letter)
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    9781927922422 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.28 in Carton Quantity: 54 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      The Long and the Short of It, an anthology of short plays by writers from the Prairie Theatre Exchange Playwrights Unit, conjures up a landscape filled with aspiring filmmakers, bickering couples, junior chess players, street corner memoirists, and mendacious pie bakers, amongst others. A compendium of Manitoba comedy, drama, and everything in between, The Long and the Short of It provides a showcase for some of the province's finest theatre writers. This sampler of epigrammatic plays was curated by Brian Drader in celebration of Prairie Theatre Exchange, the Carol Shields Festival of New Works, and PTE's esteemed Artistic Director, Bob Metcalfe.
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      Brian Drader is an internationally-acclaimed playwright as well as a teacher and a dramaturg. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights. Authors in the anthology include: Alix Sobler, Ellen Peterson, Deb Paterson, Jason Neufeld, James Durham, Trish Cooper, Ginny Collins, Rick Chafe, Sharon Bajer, and Joseph Aragon.
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