has_publisher_logo

Advanced Search
 

Playwrights Canada Press Spring 2014

more
Titles per page
  • 1
    catalogue cover
    9781770912045 Paperback DRAMA / Women Authors Publication Date:March 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.38 x 8.19 x 0.41 in | 180 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Neuropsychologist Helen Harlow is an expert at understanding the functions of the human brain, and yet her own remains a mystery. Turning her back on a once-brilliant future filled with scientific promise, Helen attempts to escape the mess of her life by diving headfirst into a new one: living in a frat-house basement, teaching Psych 101 to clueless freshmen, and confronting both her depression and the puzzling attentions of her slacker housemate Finlay. Pushed to the brink and increasingly desperate for some semblance of normalcy, Helen finds herself in a doctor’s office looking for a change. But not everyone chooses to change. Certainly not Phineas Gage, a construction foreman in 1848 who miraculously survives an explosion that shoots an iron rod though his head. While Phineas makes an extraordinary physical recovery, he has a dramatic change in personality. Attended to and observed by the young doctor James Harlow, Helen’s ancestor, the legacy of Phineas’s dramatic story shows how far we have come scientifically, and yet how little we can comprehend of the mystery of our own hearts and minds.
      Bio

      Janet Munsil is a Victoria-based playwright, and a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre program. She has been the artistic director and festival producer of Intrepid Theatre since 1992, where she produces the annual Victoria Fringe Festival, Uno Fest, and Winterlab. Her plays have been produced internationally and include The Ugly Duchess, Emphysema (a love story), and Circus Fire, among others. Recently, Janet was commissioned by Theatre Calgary and Canada’s National Arts Centre to adapt Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which won the Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best Play of 2013.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award 2014, Nominated
      Reviews

      "…a wild theatrical romp. "


      "…a colourfully instructive and insightful romantic comedy about change and new beginnings. "

  • 2
    catalogue cover
    9781770912076 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:February 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.38 x 8.5 x 0.45 in | 200 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:68 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Greg is a once-respected journalist searching for a high-profile story that will help revive his career. Chloe is the missing girl he wrote about six years earlier who has just returned home to a world she no longer recognizes. Instead of leading police to her captor, Chloe turns to Greg to share her story. Unfortunately for him, Chloe won’t provide names or locations, and instead dictates exactly how the story should be told. But Chloe has become an international celebrity—both respected and scrutinized by the public—and they all want to know, who is her kidnapper? Why is she protecting him? When Greg begins to question whether truth and fiction have collided, he takes matters into his own hands, in spite of the drastic consequences. Even if that means coming face to face with Chloe’s abductor. An Almost Perfect Thing is a multi-perspective thriller about possession and desire, the need to own our stories, and our “right” to the truth.
      Bio
      Nicole Moeller is an Edmonton-based playwright and a graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s Journalism and Theatre Arts programs. She was the first-place winner in the Alberta Playwrights’ Network 24-hour playwriting competitions in 2008 and 2009, and has received various awards for her work. Nicole was a member of Citadel Theatre’s playwrights’ forum from 2011–2013.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama 2012, Winner
      Neue Theaterstücke aus Kanada' National Competition 2012, Commended
      Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play 2011, Winner
      Reviews
      "Moeller is a big talent: theatrically smart, surprising in her insights, and elliptical in her writing." —Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal
      "… [a] dark and haunting new work." —Paul Blinov, Vue Weekly
  • 3
    catalogue cover
    9781770912106 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:February 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.38 x 8.36 x 0.29 in | 140 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:104 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Marion, a working mother with a special-needs child, has discovered a devastating secret: her husband Curtis has been engaging in a torrid love affair with none other than their son’s young teacher, Teresa. Armed with love notes between Curtis and Teresa, Marion shows up to a parent-teacher interview to confront the woman who may be the thread that unravels her life. What ensues is a gripping and raw confrontation between two women, one fighting to protect her family, the other fighting for the family she always wanted.
      Bio

      Jordi Mand is a Toronto-based playwright who has worked with some of Canada’s most prominent theatre companies. Her plays include Between the Sheets (Nightwood Theatre), Caught (Theatre Passe Muraille), This Will Be Excellent (Carousel Players), and Brontë: The World Without (Stratford Festival). Her work has been produced nationally, internationally, and published by Playwrights Canada Press. Jordi was a resident in the 2017 Bell Media Prime TV Program at the Canadian Film Centre and has been a playwright-in-residence with Theatre Passe Muraille, Carousel Players, and Nightswimming Theatre. Jordi is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "…a stunning new play from a gifted playwright." —Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
      "…maybe the year's best new script" —Robert Cushman, National Post
  • 4
    catalogue cover
    Flesh and Other Fragments of Love Evelyne de la Chenelière Canada, Linda Gaboriau Canada
    9781770912038 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:February 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.14 x 7.6 x 0.28 in | 120 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:104 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      When Pierre and Simone planned a vacation to the Irish coast, they were hoping to revive their failing marriage. What they weren’t expecting was to stumble upon the body of Mary, a drowned woman, during a walk along the beach. It’s not long before curiosity and obsession take over, and the couple begin to piece together Mary’s history using both facts and their imaginations. As her story comes alive, Mary’s presence integrates itself into Pierre and Simone’s lives, resurrecting their memories and regrets, fears and obsessions. Now they must struggle more than ever to revisit the past in order to write their own story.
      Bio
      Playwright and actor Evelyne de la Chenelière studied drama at École Michel-Granvale in Paris. She was the recipient of the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her play Désordre public. Evelyne lives in Montreal.

      Linda Gaboriau is a Montreal-based dramaturge and literary translator. She has worked as a freelance journalist for the CBC as well as the Montreal Gazette, and worked in Canadian and Quebecois theatre. Gaboriau has won awards for her translations of more than 100 plays and novels by Quebec writers, including many of the Quebec plays best known to English Canadian audiences. She is the founding director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "A beautiful, poetic piece. The writing is in equal parts sophisticated, sensible, and ironic." —Marie Labrecque, Le Devoir
      "Evelyne de la Chenelière's play is magnificently well-written, sparking the emergence of deeply-felt emotions. A superb piece… as troubling as it is moving." —Louise Bourbonnais, Journal de Montréal
      “Evelyne de la Chenelière’s play is magnificently well-written, triggering deeply-felt emotions. A superb piece… as troubling as it is moving.” —Louise Bourbonnais, Journal de Montréal
  • 5
    catalogue cover
    Mary's Wedding 3rd edition Stephen Massicotte Canada
    9781770911680 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:September 05, 2013
    $16.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.63 x 0.3 in | 100 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:112 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      When Mary and Charlie, filled with the passion, vulnerability, and impulsiveness of youth, unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times. A play with a heart as big as the land that serves as its backdrop, Mary's Wedding is a wonderfully tender, poignant story of innocent first love and the vicissitudes of fate.
      Bio
      Stephen's award-winning plays Looking After Eden, Pervert, and The Boy's Own Jedi Handbook series originated at Calgary's Ground Zero Theatre. In 2002, his play Mary's Wedding premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites Festival and won the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play, and the 2003 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards. Mary's Wedding continues to be produced throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. In 2006, The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion was produced as a co-production between the Tarragon Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and was a hit off-Broadway in 2007. The play won the 2007 Canadian Authors Association Carol Bolt Award and the 2007 Gwen Paris Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards. Stephen's filmwriting credits include Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning and The Dark. He has a BFA in drama from the University of Calgary.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Alberta Playwriting Competition 2000, Winner
      Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play 2002, Winner
      Alberta Literary Award for Drama 2003, Winner
      Reviews
      "NAFTA commerce should all be this good." —New York Theatre Wire
      "With an impressive economy of means—only one set, two actors and no intermission—Massicotte has combined a fictional romance with the true story of a heroic World War I exploit." —New York Times
      "Puts you in mind of the grand passion of Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, the vastness of their love mirroring the wild tangle of nature." —Washington Times
      "If this production had been a videotape I would have rewound it and watched the whole thing all over again the minute it ended." —New York Theatre Review
      "As dreams do, Massicotte's script collages things prosaic with things fantastical, things recalled with things imagined—heightened, skewed memories, letters, news from the war." —CityBeat, Cincinnati
      "Mary's Wedding could only have been written by a young playwright because only the young would dare skirt so close to the edge of pulp fiction sentimentality. And only a playwright with mature promise could pull it off." —Calgary Sun
      "Massicotte doesn't push his anti-war message. He doesn't have to. The charm of his romance juxtaposed against prosaic descriptions from the trenches… do it for him." —San Francisco Chronicle
  • 6
    catalogue cover
    9781550814668 Paperback DRAMA / Anthologies Publication Date:March 01, 2014
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 332 gr | 312 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books Ltd.
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays, Volume 2, presents an exciting range of work by both established and emerging playwrights. In her eclectic choices, editor Denyse Lynde offers an extraordinarily varied collection of dramatic works hand-picked from the recent successful and active period of production in the province. Ben Pittman’s vivid, historical “The Fights” shares space with Lois Brown’s firmly present-day tale, “Sex, The Rules Of”. Kevin Major’s wartime drama “Lead Me Home” stands next to Ruth Lawrence’s comic romp, “Sweet Pickle.” Exceptionally edited and introduced by Professor Lynde, this anthology makes important work by contemporary playwrights, rooted in Newfoundland’s vibrant theatre tradition, available to new audiences everywhere.
      Bio

      Dr. Denyse Lynde is a professor in the English Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland, specializing in Canadian and Newfoundland drama. Her work has been published with Playwrights Canada, in Canadian Theatre Review, and in numerous other academic journals and newspapers.

      Marketing & Promotion
  • 7
    catalogue cover
    Sequence Arun Lakra Canada
    9781770911970 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian On Sale Date:March 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.38 x 8.38 x 0.3 in | 90 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Theo has been named Time Magazine’s Luckiest Man Alive. For twenty consecutive years he has successfully bet double or nothing on the Super Bowl coin toss. And he’s getting ready to risk millions on the twenty-first when he is confronted by Cynthia, a young woman who claims to have figured out his mathematical secret. Stem-cell researcher and professor Dr. Guzman is on the verge of a groundbreaking discovery. She’s also learned that one of her students has defied probability to get all 150 multiple-choice questions wrong on his genetics exam, but it’s not until he shows up to her office in the middle of the night that she’s able to determine if it’s simply bad luck. The two narratives intertwine like a fragment of DNA to examine the interplay between logic and metaphysics, science and faith, luck and probability. Belief systems clash, ideas mutate, and order springs from chaos. With razor-sharp wit and playful language, Sequence asks, in our lives, in our universe, and even in our stories, does order matter?
      Bio
      Arun Lakra is a writer, doctor, and father. As a writer, Arun has produced a book on laser eye surgery, a supernatural thriller screenplay, a song to protest the demotion of Pluto, a heartfelt ballad about puke, a line of misunderstood T-shirts, and his share of illegible prescriptions. Sequence is his second stage play. His first play received rave reviews for balancing a wobbly table in his basement. Arun lives in Calgary with his wife and kids and divides his work week between his creative endeavours and his ophthalmology practice.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play 2013, Winner
      Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best New Script 2013, Winner
      Woodward-Newman Drama Award 2013, Winner
      STAGE International Script Competition 2012, Short-listed
      Alberta Playwriting Competition 2011, Winner
      James Tait Black Drama Prize 2014, Long-listed
      Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama 2014, Winner
      Reviews
      "...dynamic and intriguing..." —Jessica Goldman, CBC Radio
      "Sequence balances smart and heart." —Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald
  • 8
    catalogue cover
    The Grandkid John Lazarus Canada
    9781770912137 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:April 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.35 x 8.35 x 0.4 in | 180 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Julius Rothstein and his granddaughter Abby have loved each other from opposite ends of Canada since Abby was born. But now, accepted as a freshman student at the university where Julius teaches, Abby is moving in with him to be close to school and to keep her newly widowed grandfather company. The two must negotiate a new relationship as housemates and friends, which means dealing with issues of youth and age, work and play, activism and apathy, homework and heart attacks, and those three tricky topics: sex, politics, and religion.
      Bio
      John Lazarus has been an award-winning playwright since 1970. His plays include Babel Rap, Dreaming and Duelling, The Late Blumer, Village of Idiots, and The Grandkid. John taught writing for a decade at Studio 58 and sporadically at the Vancouver Film School and National Theatre School. He lives with his wife in Kingston, Ontario, where he has been a professor at Queen’s since 2000. He intends to retire in 2020–from Queen’s, that is; as a playwright he plans to be found dead at the laptop, many years from now, working on the next one.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "The Grandkid bridges the generation gap with wisdom, wit, and warmth." —Mark Leiren-Young, winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour
      "The Grandkid is undeniably charming in a Mordecai Richler sort of way. But John Lazarus is also witty and thoughtful and intelligent and he looks at the unique relationship between grandfather and granddaughter with tremendous honesty, generosity, and wry humour." —Jo Ledingham
      "The Grandkid is a superb play; it should be an annual Christmas classic in every Jewish theatre in the country. (Feel free to substitute Hanukkah for Christmas if you wish.)" —Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day
  • 9
    catalogue cover
    9781770912007 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:April 20, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.15 x 7.65 x 0.23 in | 100 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:90 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Most people hope for happy endings. For Warren, a gay divorcee, that means getting his stuff back; most importantly, his cherished John Denver CD. And then there's Warren's assortment of friends: Susan, a Percocet-fuelled divorce lawyer whose daughters are giving her a hard time; Tarot-reading Aaron, who is dating Susan and who secretly used to be known as Erin; Mike, an alcoholic who sometimes sees his son on Saturdays; and Kevin, Mike's kid who has an imaginary friend. Observing and directing all of their lives is the human will—or Will, as he prefers to be called—who doesn't quite believe in those happy endings. This Is What Happens Next is an intensely relatable, multi-character story that explores the anguish of addiction and divorce as it delves into the fundamentals of human desire and asks the philosophical question, "What happens next?"
      Bio
      Daniel MacIvor is one of Canada's most accomplished playwrights and performers. Winner of the prestigious Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize, the GLAAD Award, the Governor General's Literary Award, and many others, Daniel's plays have been met with acclaim throughout North America.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "…filled with false starts and even falser endings that will keep you guessing till the last second." —Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star
      "With This Is What Happens Next, MacIvor reminds us why he is a master storyteller." —Wayne Leung, Mooney on Theatre
      "Like an expert juggler, [MacIvor] never drops a narrative ball." —Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
  • 10
    catalogue cover
    9781770912168 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama Publication Date:May 01, 2014
    $25.00 CAD 5.86 x 8.69 x 0.73 in | 560 gr | 296 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      What is it to think feeling, to put the affective dimensions of theatrical experience and its production centre stage? As theatre people, we are well equipped for the challenges of this task, for we labour expressly, consistently, and consciously with emotion, feeling, mood, and affect. In essays by seasoned and emerging scholars, Theatres of Affect takes the emotional temperature of Canadian performances, ranging from a verbatim theatre piece on the emotional labours and costs of kin care, to the Canadian military's "theatre of war," to disability arts performances of sexuality, to the affecting role of intercultural music theatre in reconciliation proceedings. Contributors assess the deployments of various emotional registers in threatrical performance and explore how and where the "affective turn" in contemporary humanities scholarship affects theatre studies in Canada
      Bio
      Erin Hurley is a director of undergraduate studies and an associate professor in the Department of English at McGill University. Her teaching and research areas focus on Québécois theatre and cultural performance, national performatives, theatre historiography, performance studies, dramatic theory, twentieth-century theatre, and feminist and LGBTQ theatre. Erin has won several awards for her work, including the Pierre Savard Award and the Ann Saddlemyer Award.
      Marketing & Promotion

Select a Market


Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.