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April 2019 Fiction: Canadian

Body Politic
By (author): Nick Green Introduction by: Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
9781770919747 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / LGBT Toronto May 21, 2019
$17.95 CAD
Active 5.3 x 8.32 x 0.3 in 136 pages Duration: 120 minutes FSC certified – mixed sources 0 Playwrights Canada Press

The point is that we started the conversation.

In 1971 Phillip was on the cusp of starting something big. Something that would make history. Now he’s an aging journalist trying to make sense of Grindr. Phillip was a founding member of The Body Politic, a gay-liberation newspaper based in Toronto. As he recounts memories of censorship battles, police raids, historic rallies, and the onset of HIV/AIDS during an intimate encounter with a younger man, their generational differences shine a light on the massive shifts in queer identity and politics over the last fifty years.

This historical drama reimagines the events surrounding the birth, life, and death of one of the most important journalistic forces in Canada, and the opportunities it created for the future.

Nick Green is a Dora Mavor Moore and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-winning playwright whose work has been seen across Canada and in New York. Nick’s plays and musicals include Dinner with the Duchess; In Real Life; Every Day She Rose (co-writer); Happy Birthday Baby J; Undercovered; Poof! The Musical; Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom, and the Fabulous Buddha Boi; Triple Platinum; 2 Queens and a Joker (co-writer); and Left Field.

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is an emcee, playwright, and arts administrator. Her work has been recognized with a Siminovitch Prize nomination, SATAward nomination, the Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, the Enbridge playRites Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and two nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. She is the current artistic director of New Harlem Productions.

Body Politic is by turns funny, enlightening, heartbreaking and occasionally, for seasoning, bewildering.” —S. Bear Bergman, Mooney on Theatre

“For some, this will be a reminder of history; for others, an important history lesson.” —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

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