Playwrights Canada Press Fall 2014

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    Under Wraps Robert Chafe Canada
    9781770912519 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: September 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.45 x 8.4 x 0.34 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 84 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      The moment Mark meets David his world is thrown off balance. Who could have predicted finding love in a furniture store, or finding it with an unemployed lifeguard? But despite their immediate connection, Mark isn’t sure if David is gay. Mark isn’t even sure if Mark is gay. As he falls deeper in love, Mark works desperately to make David nothing more than a friend and to make that enough. Filled with hopeful exhilaration and devastating missed opportunities, Under Wraps nimbly tracks one man’s tumultuous quest to finally love himself and let it all out.
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      Robert Chafe has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio, fiction, and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps, Between Breaths, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (adapted from the novel by Wayne Johnston). He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and he won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and the National Theatre School of Canada. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.
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      "An ingenious and delightful theatrical tour de force." —Gordon Jones, The Telegram
      "A note perfect piece of pure pleasure!" —Vancouver Sun
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    Armstrong's War Colleen Murphy Canada
    9781770912489 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: September 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.32 x 8.32 x 0.28 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 96 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      After suffering an injury during a military tour of Afghanistan, Michael, a young soldier, is recovering in the rehabilitation wing of a hospital. The last thing he wants is to spend time with a twelve-year-old girl, but Halley, a spirited Pathfinder and self-described “reading fiend,” is eager to earn her community service badge. The pair is at odds from the start, but they find a shared interest in The Red Badge of Courage, the classic American Civil War novel, which spurs them to reveal their own stories. As their friendship grows, uncomfortable truths are exposed and questioned, redefining the meaning of courage and heroism.
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      Colleen Murphy won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2014 Carol Bolt Award for her play Pig Girl. Her play The December Man (L’homme de décembre) won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Other plays include The Breathing Hole, Bright Burning (I Hope My Heart Burns First), Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, The Piper and Beating Heart Cadaver. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and her distinct films have played in festivals around the world. As a librettist, she has worked with composers Aaron Gervais on Oksana G. and with August Murphy-King on the short opera My Mouth on Your Heart. Colleen has been Writer in Residence at the University of Regina, McMaster University, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta.
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      "[Armstrong's War] sidesteps any obvious melodramatic moments with a quick joke or a surprising sharp turn and it provides warm and thoughtful moments..." —David C. Jones, Charlebois Post
      "Framed in surprising plot reversals, a nuanced discussion of hope emerges." —Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
      "A script built to last." —Mark Leiren-Young, Vancouver Sun
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    9781770912571 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.15 x 7.6 x 0.43 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      From the shore of Ko Phi Phi in Thailand to a suburb in Utah to a mysterious Kafkaesque hole in the ground, carried away on the crest of a wave gives us brief glimpses into the lives of a sphinx-like escort, a grieving father, a conflicted priest, brothers of legend, a felonious housewife, an accountant of time, an orphaned boy, a radio shock jock and a man who finds things. Each are connected, primarily, by the cataclysmic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed the lives of over a quarter million people. In a series of vignettes, carried away on the crest of a wave illustrates the ripple effect of one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history and ponders what happens when the events that bind us together are the same events that tear us apart.
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      David Yee is a mixed-race (half Chinese, half Scottish) actor and playwright, born and raised in Toronto. He is the co-founding artistic director of fu-GEN Theatre Company, Canada’s premiere professional Asian Canadian theatre company. A Dora Mavor Moore Award–nominated actor and playwright, his work has been produced internationally and at home. He is a two-time Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for his plays lady in the red dress and carried away on the crest of a wave, which won the award in 2015 along with the Carol Bolt Award in 2013. He has worked extensively in the Asian Canadian community as an artist, advocate and community leader. He has been called many things, but prefers “outlaw poet” to them all.
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      Carol Bolt Award 2013, Winner
      Governor General`s Literary Award for Drama 2015, Winner
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      "Each character deals with their own personal loss and devastation very differently, and their grief is manifested in unique ways, which is very powerful." —Victoria Bégin, Theatromania
      "Thought-provoking." —Celia Wren, Washington Post
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    Someone Else Kristen Thomson Canada
    9781770912540 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.35 x 0.3 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 100 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Lately Cathy, a middle-aged comedian, has found very little to laugh about. Everything seems either tragic or frustrating, especially her eighteen-year marriage to Peter, a doctor at a local community clinic. Their list of complaints about one another grows day by day, and their teenage daughter is rarely anything but a handful. Despite a once solid and happy marriage, the couple has hit a snag that even counselling can't repair. While Cathy falls further into a creative slump, Peter starts to fall for April, a troubled young patient who helps him open up. The two are unrecognizable to each other and themselves, and as they navigate middle age they push each other further apart. Can they negotiate their changing relationship and learn to be comfortable with who they've become?
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      Kristen Thomson is a Toronto-based actor and playwright. She is well known for her one-woman play I, Claudia, which was adapted to film in 2004. In 2003 Kristen won an ACTRA Award for her performance in I Shout Love, a short film directed by Sarah Polley. She has also won three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her stage work.
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      "Thomson depicts a marriage gone pear-shaped in her powerful new play." —Stéphanie Verge, Toronto Life
      "...riveting." -Robert Crew, Toronto Star
      "Cathy is sharp, witty, overwhelming funny and deeply emotional… [Thomson's] narrative approach is raw and honest making the story's plot undeniably real and unpredictable." —Adelina Fabiano, Mooney on Theatre
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    Yukonstyle Sarah Berthiaume Canada, Nadine Desrochers Canada
    9781770912694 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: November 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 84 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Garin was two years old when his mother disappeared from a rundown East Vancouver neighbourhood. Now that the Robert Pickton trials are gaining national attention, Garin wonders if his mother, a First Nations woman, could be one of the unidentified victims. His ailing father isn't forthcoming with answers, and Garin's suspicions are at an all-time high. In the midst of all this, his roommate Yuko has taken in Kate, a young pregnant hitchhiker who unintentionally wreaks havoc on their friendship. But when Garin's father is hospitalized, nothing else matters but finally determining the truth about his mother. In this deftly written play, the characters grapple with the harsh Yukon winter within a world of racism, addiction, and loneliness.
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      Sarah Berthiaume is an actor and author. Her first play, The Flood Thereafter, won the Égregore prize in 2006. Some of her other works include Disparitions, Villes Mortes, and Les Orphelins de Madrid. She is the co-founder of Abat-Jour Théâtre, and a writer for Télé-Québec’s show, Tactik.
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      "Using metaphor and magic realism, Berthiaume aims to get to the heart of her characters, their needs and the emotional realities they don’t want to face or utter." —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine
      "As a fan of both Berthiaume and exquisite language, it’s hard not to recommend Yukonstyle." —Joel Fishbane, The Charlebois Post
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    9781770912663 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: November 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.45 x 8.36 x 0.38 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 84 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Being a teenager is hard, especially if you're questioning your sexuality and growing up in rural Ontrio in the mid '90s. Add to that a temperamental, homophobia father and a tenacious love for Madonna, and it's almost unbearable. Despite it all, Luke loes working on the family farm, and at least he has the support of a group of local outsiders who invite him into their circle.
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      Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (North America's largest gay and lesbian theatre) for eighteen years, where he produced over twenty-five of his own plays. Sky is an associate professor and holds a University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at the School of English and Theatre at the University of Guelph.
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      "Gilbert provides a good dose of humour to make his message of acceptance and tolerance more palatable..." —Paula Citron
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    9781770912632 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: November 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5.35 x 8.3 x 0.25 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Siblings Josh and Jennifer are coping with the loss of their father, who disappeared in a float plane accident on Christmas Eve one year ago. While Josh scours the Internet for proof that his father is still alive, Jennifer rebels against his denial and their mother Marcia's efforts to return the family to normalcy. When Marcia insists that Josh and Jennifer spend Christmas Eve with relatives, the children instead set out for Stanley Park to honour their father’s memory. Trapped by a catastrophic storm, the children are rescued by Skookum Pete, a strange vagabond who takes them to a fantastical bunker beneath the Prospect Point café, where they experience wondrous visions that help them understand the truth about their father and the healing power of love.
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      Hiro Kanagawa is a Vancouver-based actor and writer. His distinctions include Jessie Richardson Awards for both acting and writing, an Asians on Film award, and numerous other nominations. Although best known as an actor, he was a story editor on several critically-acclaimed Canadian television series: Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Intelligence, and Blackstone. His plays Tiger of Malaya and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park have been performed across Canada. His most recent play, Indian Arm, received the 2015 Jessie Award for Outstanding Original Script and the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
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      “Be prepared to use your imagination, your sense of wonder and yes, even your heart strings will be pulled.” —Crystal Dahl, examiner.com
      "Kanagawa is an agile writer—often coming at things from surprising angles—and the overall effect of this script, which I recommend for kids as well as adults, is that it’s so moving that I had to work hard to stifle what could have been very loud sobs." —Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
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    Tough Case David S. Craig Canada
    9781770912601 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: February 05, 2015
    $16.95 CAD 5.46 x 8.36 x 0.28 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Sixteen-year-old Dane and his mom have relocated to Nova Scotia hoping to flee an abusive relationship with Dane’s father. In the midst of this, Dane has been getting into trouble with the law. He’s been caught breaking into and vandalizing an elderly woman’s home and is about to be charged with a host of serious offences unless he participates in a court-ordered restorative-justice program. With dreams of joining the military, Dane decides to co-operate so a criminal record won’t follow him. There he meets Nessa, a social worker who grew up in a tough north Halifax housing project and the only person able to connect with Dane. A contemporary story about one teen’s journey through the restorative justice system, a mother fighting for her son, the scared and angry victims of a senseless crime, and the mediator who helps them all come together.
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      David S. Craig is one of Canada’s most prolific dramatists. He has written twenty-nine professionally produced dramatic works including his hit comedy Having Hope at Home and the internationally acclaimed Danny, King of the Basement. David’s work has won numerous awards, including the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production, the Chalmers New Play Award, the Rideau Award, and the Writer’s Guild Prize for Radio Drama. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named David one of Canada’s Top Twenty Playwrights.


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    9781770912809 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 100 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      David, a successful novelist with writer's block, has received some devastating news he's kept to himself. Lucy, his housekeeper of twenty-eight years, has her own secret that she's afraid to admit. As Lucy is getting ready to end her shift, David invites her to stay and have a drink, curious about the woman who's been tending to his house all these years. But as the night sets in and the drinks start to flow, secrets reveal themselves, for better or worse.
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      Norm Foster has written sixty plays and has been produced all over the world from Newfoundland to Australia. His most popular plays include The Melville Boys, The Ladies Foursome, Hilda’s Yard, and On A First Name Basis. He has been given the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for The Melville Boys, and The Motor Trade won the best new play award at the Hollywood NAACP Awards in 2012. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017.
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    9781770912731 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Theater Publication Date: December 01, 2014
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.45 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Nobody invented a sense of humour; that’s inherent. People have always laughed, joked, and shared comic stories. What the ancient Greeks and Romans did, however, was develop ways to express that comic sensibility in the theatre. Useful for those writing comedy for the theatre today, The Ancient Comedians explores the strategies used by the innovators who navigated the terrain thousands of years ago and made their mark on the craft.
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      Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays and nine books of fiction and non-fiction to his credit, including Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, winner of the Calgary Book Award, and his most recent anthology of plays, Martini With A Twist. He has served on the boards of numerous writing organizations including the Alberta Playwrights Network, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt Playwright and The Greek Playwright, are used in universities and colleges across the country. He is currently a professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.
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