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September 2019 Canadian Fiction

Guarded Girls
9780369100436 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Women Authors Toronto Oct 07, 2019
$17.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.37 x 8.36 x 0.34 in 96 pages Duration: 90 minutes FSC certified – mixed sources 0 Playwrights Canada Press

The stories and experiences of three imprisoned women and a guard intertwine in dramatic and dangerous ways, as the psychological destruction that is solitary confinement taunts each of their lives.

Nineteen-year-old Sid is transferred to a new prison, finding friendship with her cellmate Britt, but she also forms a complicated relationship with a guard who seems to be watching their every move. In another time, an older inmate named Kit talks to an unseen audience about a coming visitor and how she’ll stop at nothing to see them, even if that means bringing down the entire prison system. In another place, three girls wait as visitors, each one thinking about the complicated positions their mothers are in.

At times playful and mysterious, Guarded Girls is about the stories we tell to survive, and how the same stories can also destroy us.

Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman is a Governor General’s Literary Award– and Dora Mavor Moore Award–nominated playwright, winner of the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. She graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School and writes for theatre, radio, film, and television. Her writing includes The End of Pretending with Emily Sugarman, Twisted with Joseph Jomo Pierre, Scratch, and Sudden Death. She directed and co-created Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show and wrote for CBC Radio’s Afganada and for the TV series KING. Currently she is developing two new musicals as well as three feature films. She lives in Toronto.

“Artful and disturbing.” —Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail

“Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman is an intriguing playwright, and perhaps her greatest gift is unpredictability.” —Paula Citron, Ludwig Van

“Corbeil-Coleman is an extremely talented writer; her dialogue sparkles, and her characters feel well-rounded and human.” Ilana Lucas, Mooney on Theatre

“Corbeil-Coleman’s dialogue is quick, cutting, and refreshingly funny even as her play is pitch black.” —Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World

“The whole play might seem disorienting, but the story is worth the ride.” —Carly Maga, Toronto Star

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