LPG Drama Backlist Catalogue: 2015

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    15 Seconds François Archambault Canada, Bobby Theodore Canada
    9780889224278 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: March 15, 2000
    $15.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.3 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Talonbooks
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      Brimming with a dark and brittle humor, 15 Seconds is a play about a young female advertising copy writer, her pro-sports-fan ex-boyfriend, a Gen-X welfare-bum loser and his brother handicapped by cerebral palsy. These four characters are constantly making choices about reality and illusion; imagination and fantasy; the hale and the handicapped; about the way things are and the way they might be. The play’s characters each exist in their own worlds utterly without context: objectified to the point where their fantasies about who they might have been are all that define them to themselves, and who they superficially appear to be is all that defines them to each other. They are utterly unable to bridge this gulf and imagine each other; though they all remember that they should try to do so, they seem to have forgotten from where this moral imperative emanates. It is from this vestigial organ of empathy that much of the humour of the play is derived.

      While the inability of such profoundly superficial and alienated characters to understand each other is the stock-in-trade of stand-up comedians and variety shows, 15 Seconds does something completely unexpected with this material?the audience is deprived of its traditional cathartic closure, and does not get to feel smug and morally superior after visiting with these characters. It is the characters themselves who, in their irredeemable banality, pronounce their own verdicts of condemnation. In the end, chance reigns supreme in a world where fifteen seconds of inattention or error can, and in fact does, irrevocably determine the shape of an entire lifetime.

      Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.
      Bio
      François Archambault
      François Archambault secured his reputation as a sharp social satirist with his earlier plays Cul sec (Fast Lane) and Les gagnants (The Winners) and further established his importance on the Quebec theatre scene with the award-winning 15 Seconds, a darkly humourous play about social alienation arising from superficial relationships.

      Bobby Theodore
      Bobby Theodore’s first translation, François Archambault’s 15 Seconds, was produced across Canada and earned him a nomination for the Governor General’s Award for Literary Translation in 2000. Since then, he has gone on to translate more than 12 plays, including the works of some of Quebec’s most talented playwrights.
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      Awards
      Governor General’s Award for Drama 1998, Winner
      Governor General's Award for Translation 2000, Short-listed
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      Winner of the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Drama
      Finalist for the 2000 Governor General’s Award for Translation
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    1949 David French Canada
    9780889222663 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: January 01, 1989
    $18.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 46 Canadian Rights: Y Talonbooks
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      1949 continues the saga of the Mercer family, enlarged to include the extended family as well as off-stage characters from earlier plays. David French deals with the emotional and political decisions that the characters must come to as Newfoundland joins Confederation on April Fool’s Day of 1949. As recent immigrants to Toronto, the members of the Mercer family see this event both as a new future and as a loss of Newfoundland’s culture and independence.

      Cast of 6 women, 6 men and 2 boys.
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      David French
      Born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, David French was one of Canada’s best-known and most critically acclaimed playwrights. His work received many major awards, and French was one of the first inductees into the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour.

      Among his best-loved works are the semi-autobiographical Mercer plays: Salt-Water Moon, 1949, Leaving Home, recently named one of Canada’s 100 Most Influential Books (Literary Review of Canada) and one of the 1,000 Most Essential Plays in the English Language (Oxford Dictionary of Theatre), Of the Fields, Lately and Soldier’s Heart. The Mercer plays have received hundreds of productions across North America, including a Broadway production of Of the Fields, Lately. This quintet of plays about a Newfoundland family has also touched audiences in Europe, South America and Australia. In addition, French produced skillful adaptations of Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Forest, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and August Strindberg’s Miss Julie.
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      Awards
      BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction 1988, Short-listed
      Reviews
      “Written on an epic scale with an epic theme…The stories are told with French’s warm humour and effortless command of stage convention.”
      Globe and Mail
      “Written on an epic scale with an epic theme…The stories are told with French’s warm humour and effortless command of stage convention.”
      - Globe and Mail
      “Hilarious.”
      - Winnipeg Free Press
      “A glorious romp of Newfoundland humour and pathos.”
      - Montreal Gazette
      “With the love French bears his characters, and the humour, poignancy, and insight that grace every scene, 1949 stands squarely in the rich tradition of world literature — Chekhov springs to mind — that maps the intricate joys and torment of the human soul.”
      Metropolis
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    2 Pianos 4 Hands Ted Dykstra Canada, Richard Greenblatt Canada
    9781770910928 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: December 15, 2012
    $16.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.42 x 0.28 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 104 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions and exams, and the dream of greatness, Ted and Richard grow up as "piano nerds." As they mature, they become more aware of the gap between the merely very good and the great, and come to the humbling realization that concert stardom may be out of reach, but they just might be two of the best piano players in the neighbourhood, and that in itself is worth celebrating.
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      Ted Dykstra started playing piano at the age of six, and went on to compete in the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival when he was twelve. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ted’s theatre work has won him a multitude of prestigious awards.

      Richard Greenblatt is an actor, director, writer, and musician working in theatre for the last thirty-seven years. He was born in Montreal and studied piano for ten years at the McGill Conservatory of Music. A mentor and teacher to young talent, he has taught acting, directing, and play creation at most of the theatre training institutions in Canada. 

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      "2 Pianos 4 Hands is like a favourite song." —Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
      "…celebrates so strongly not just music but optimism triumphing in the face of disappointment." —Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen
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    2000 Joan MacLeod Canada
    9780889223738 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: January 01, 1997
    $16.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.35 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Talonbooks
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      According to Joan MacLeod, her play 2000 grew out of a story she read about a cougar that had wandered into a sports arena in Vancouver, BC: ?I was intrigued by the notion of the wild invading the city and the city invading the wild, by the idea of things being not quite right in nature and the approach of the millennium.”

      In the play, the cougar appears to embody the precarious and increasingly circumscribed state of nature. Each character relates to nature in a different way, whether it be with distrust, cynicism, awe or longing. The figure of the ?Mountain Man,” who has abandoned all of his civilized ways, even speech, to live among the animals of the forest, provides a meeting ground between humanity and nature. Like the cougar, increasingly crowded by a rapidly encroaching civilization, he scavenges what precious little remains of the beautiful animal in all of us.

      Cast of 3 women and 2 men.
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      Joan MacLeod
      Multiple Betty Mitchell, Chalmer’s, Dora and Governor General’s Award-winning author Joan MacLeod grew up in North Vancouver.

      Now an internationally celebrated star of the world of the theatre, MacLeod developed her finely honed playwriting skills during seven seasons as playwright-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, and turned her hand to opera with her libretto for The Secret Garden, which won a Dora Award.

      In 1991, her play Amigo’s Blue Guitar won the Governor General’s Drama Award.
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      "Full of good insights good lines."
      University of Toronto Quarterly
      "Full of good insights good lines."
      University of Toronto Quarterly
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    400 Kilometres Drew Hayden Taylor Canada
    9780889225176 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: September 15, 2005
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.35 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Talonbooks
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      400 Kilometres is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor’s hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Janice Wirth, a thirty-something urban professional, having discovered her roots as the Ojibway orphan Grace Wabung in Someday, and having visited her birth family on the Otter Lake Reserve in Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, is pregnant, and must now come to grips with the question of her ?true identity.” Her adoptive parents have just retired, and are about to sell their house to embark on a quest for their own identity by ?returning” to England. Meanwhile, the Native father of her child-to-be is attempting to convince Janice/Grace that their new generation’s future lies with their ?own people” at Otter Lake.

      Which path for the future is Janice/Grace to choose, for herself, her families and her child, having spent a lifetime caught between the questions of ?what I am” and ?who I am”?

      Cast of 3 women and 2 men.
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      Drew Hayden Taylor
      Hailed by the Montreal Gazette as one of Canada’s leading Native dramatists, Drew Hayden Taylor writes for the screen as well as the stage and contributes regularly to North American Native periodicals and national newspapers. His plays have garnered many prestigious awards, and his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has enthralled audiences in Canada, the United States and Germany. One of his most established bodies of work includes what he calls the Blues Quartet, an ongoing, outrageous and often farcical examination of Native and non-Native stereotypes.
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      “Sharply written. Warm and funny."
      Halifax Daily News


      "Drew Hayden Taylor is not only one of the funniest writers in Canada today, he’s one of the most astute as well. He’s got both common sense and a sense of humour. What a winning combination!"
      CBC RADIO


      "Drew Hayden Taylor is not only one of the funniest writers in Canada today, he’s one of the most astute as well. He’s got both common sense and a sense of humour. What a winning combination!"
      —CBC Radio
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    9781770914308 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: October 01, 2015
    $17.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.41 x 0.28 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 116 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      6 Essential Questions tells the story of Renata as she travels to Brazil to reunite with the mother who abandoned her when she was just five years old. In Rio, Renata discovers more than she bargained for in her quest to uncover the truth of who abandoned whom. She is continually tossed about by her undead grandmother and a semi-invisible uncle as they choreograph the ultimate dance of mother and daughter, both of whom must confront their dreams before they can ever attempt to confront each other. Imaginations run wild in this strangely beautiful and funny story loosely based on Uppal’s critically acclaimed memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother, a finalist for both the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
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      Dubbed by Time Out London as “Canada’s coolest poet,” Priscila Uppal was also a playwright, essayist, and fiction writer. Among her publications are ten collections of poetry, including Sabotage, Traumatology, and Ontological Necessities (Griffin Prize finalist); the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; and the memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother. Her works have been published internationally and translated into many languages. 6 Essential Questions is Priscila’s first play. Priscila passed away in 2018.
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      Awards
      Reviews
      "[A] riotous Rio Carnival: it’s raucous, in your face, often entertaining." —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine
      "A surreal, tango-drenched adventure through time and space . . . incredibly funny. The dialogue dances with sharp wit that reads like snappy poetry. Funny, shocking, touching, and deeply humanizing, this play deals with a delicate and difficult notion—maternal rejection—with humor, brutal honesty and steely nerve . . . while simultaneously taking the audience on a tour of the human heart, with all its frailties and all of its resilience." —Gesilayefa Azorbo, Cadence Canada
      "[A] riveting and poetic theatrical experience." —Lisa McKeown, The Charlebois Post
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    7 Stories Morris Panych Canada
    9780889222816 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: January 01, 1990
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.3 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Talonbooks
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      In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside the building. These ?seven stories” lead to a charming and surprising ending.

      Cast of 2 women and 3 men.
      Bio
      Morris Panych
      Playwright, actor and director Morris Panych has been described as ?a man for all seasons in Canadian theatre.” He has appeared in more than 50 theatre productions and in numerous television and film roles. He has directed more than 30 theatre productions and written more than a dozen plays that have been translated and produced throughout the world. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award and has won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award 14 times for acting and directing. He has also been nominated six times for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award and three times for the Chalmers Award. His classic 7 Stories ranks ninth among the ten best-selling plays in Canada, outselling the Coles version of Romeo & Juliet.
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      Awards
      Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play, The Sydney Risk Award 1998, Winner
      Reviews
      “A sweet and funny little play about a man on an apartment building’s window ledge whose deliberations, presumably about whether to jump, keep being interrupted by nutty residents who poke their heads out of windows. How do you know this is a well-conceived work? Because each of those interlopers seems interesting enough to be the subject of a play as well … Panych renders all these encounters with a wry incongruity … the humor [is] restrained enough that the lovely, subtle conclusion doesn’t seem out of place.”
      – New York Times
      “Panych’s text delivers: It is funny, philosophical, often poetic.”
      – Globe and Mail
      “The laughter and tears live so closely together that one can’t speak too loudly for fear of drowning the other out … Twenty years after its creation, 7 Stories seems more entertaining and yet more relevant than ever. It’s the kind of fate that every author should enjoy.”
      – Toronto Star
      “One of the best plays of the ’80s.”
      – CBC RADIO
      “Stunningly theatrical endlessly witty and cruelly clear-headed.”
      – Georgia Straight
      “A sweet and funny little play about a man on an apartment building’s window ledge whose deliberations, presumably about whether to jump, keep being interrupted by nutty residents who poke their heads out of windows. How do you know this is a well-conceived work? Because each of those interlopers seems interesting enough to be the subject of a play as well … Panych renders all these encounters with a wry incongruity … the humor [is] restrained enough that the lovely, subtle conclusion doesn’t seem out of place.”
      – New York Times
      “The laughter and tears live so closely together that one can’t speak too loudly for fear of drowning the other out … Twenty years after its creation, 7 Stories seems more entertaining and yet more relevant than ever. It’s the kind of fate that every author should enjoy.”
      – Toronto Star
      “Very funny, very elegant. This play is an example of that very rare and endangered species of theatre, the fable. It is also an example of that even rarer creature, the successful fable.”
      – Globe and Mail
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    7 Stories ebook Morris Panych
    9780889227668 Electronic book text DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: January 01, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.33 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 58 Canadian Rights: Y Talonbooks
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      In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside the building. These ?seven stories” lead to a charming and surprising ending.

      Cast of 2 women and 3 men.
      Bio
      Morris Panych
      Playwright, actor and director Morris Panych has been described as ?a man for all seasons in Canadian theatre.” He has appeared in more than 50 theatre productions and in numerous television and film roles. He has directed more than 30 theatre productions and written more than a dozen plays that have been translated and produced throughout the world. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award and has won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award 14 times for acting and directing. He has also been nominated six times for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award and three times for the Chalmers Award. His classic 7 Stories ranks ninth among the ten best-selling plays in Canada, outselling the Coles version of Romeo & Juliet.
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      ?One of the best plays of the ’80s.?
      ?CBC Radio

      ?Stunningly theatrical endlessly witty and cruelly clear-headed ??
      ?Georgia Straight

      ?Very funny, very elegant. This play is an example of that very rare and endangered species of theatre, the fable. It is also an example of that even rarer creature, the successful fable ??
      ? Globe and Mail
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    [boxhead] Darren O'Donnell Canada
    9781552452103 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian On Sale Date: October 20, 2008
    $16.95 CAD 5.63 x 7.74 x 0.44 in | 136 pages Carton Quantity: 69 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House
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      Dr. Actions: What do you think it all means?
      Dr. Thinking: I think it means that our collaboration is destined for great heights and the basking glory of inter-planetary fame and fortune.
      Dr. Actions: But you said your dream was terrifying.
      Dr. Thinking: Well, I’ve always been afraid of success.
      Dr. Actions: Well, get over it, Blockbrain. Now that we’ve invented the echoless yell, nothing is going to getin our way. Lay it on me.

      Dr. Thoughtless Actions, a young geneticist, awakes one morning to find a cardboard box secured to his head. Unable to wrench it off, he attempts suicide, not only failing but also, unbeknownst to himself, cloning himself, creating Dr. Wishful Thinking. The two losers fall madly in love, fall in science and fail to make a baby.

      The cast consists of the two boxheads, who also play two disembodied narrators. The conversationbetween the four voices, an intricately woven semantic circus, traverses boxedness, love and the more ridiculous areas of metaphysical speculation. Through a series of rapid exchanges, verbal games and musical numbers, they discover that all their thoughts come from God, all their words come from the devil, and their desire for love is a habit acquired from the cinema. Sound familiar? Don’t be so hard on yourself.

      ‘Audacious, thought-provoking and frequently hilarious …a tightly wound complex of existential postulations, metaphysical ruminations and poop jokes.’

      Eye Weekly

      Bio

      Darren O’Donnell is a novelist, essayist, playwright, director, designer, performer and the artistic director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. His most recent books include a novel, Your Secrets Sleep With Me, and Social Acupuncture: A Guide to Suicide, Performance and Utopia. Previously published drama includes Inoculations (which contains White Mice, Over, Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, Radio Rooster Says That’s Bad) and pppeeeaaaccceee. Through Mammalian Diving Reflex, he stages interventionist performance art, including Haircuts by Children, Slow Dance with Teacher, Ballroom Dancing and the Children’s Choice Awards.

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    A Bomb in the Heart Wajdi Mouawad Canada, Linda Gaboriau Canada
    9781770911031 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: December 01, 2012
    $16.95 CAD 5.11 x 7.65 x 0.22 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 140 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      A call late at night has Wahab springing into action. Despite a blinding snowstorm, an irritating bus driver, and a spinning wheel of worries, Wahab travels to his dying mother’s hospital room. A journey of two kinds, A Bomb in the Heart is about a young man’s relationship to his mother, the pain of loss, and about understanding the voice deep within.
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      Wajdi Mouawad was born in Lebanon in 1968. Mouawad fled the war-torn country with his family; they lived in Paris for a few years, then settled in Montreal. In 1991, shortly after graduating from the National Theatre School, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer, director, and producer. In all his work, from his own plays—a dozen so far, includingJournée de noces chez les Cromagnons (Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons’), Littoral (Tideline), andIncendies (Scorched- which served as the basis for the Academy Award nominated film Incendies)—Wajdi Mouawad is guided by the central notion that “all art bears witness to human existence through the prism of beauty.” From 2000–2004 he was the artistic director of Montreal’s Théâtre de Quat’Sous; in 2005 he founded two companies specializing in the development of new work: Abé carré cé carré in Canada (with Emmanuel Schwartz), and Au carré de l’hypoténuse in France. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours for his writing and directing, including the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama (Littoral), the 2002 Chevalier de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres (France) and the 2004 Prix de la Francophonie. He is currently Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre French Theatre.

      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 80 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.

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