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LPG Drama Backlist Catalogue: 2015

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HER2
By (author): Maja Ardal
9781770914544 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Canadian Ontario Nov 01, 2015
$17.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.4 x 0.4 in 136 pages FSC certified – mixed sources 0 Playwrights Canada Press
In this poignant meditation on the uneasy relationship between science and the human spirit, a group of women aged nineteen to fifty with HER2-related breast cancer are recruited for a clinical drug trial. For some of them the trial is renewed hope; others feel it’s a weary last resort. For Dr. Danielle Pearce, the research scientist in charge of the program, the trial is the most critical moment in her career. Her mission is global, and measured outcomes are her chief concern. But in the chemo room, medical statistics are just background noise as the women gradually form a collective bond through humour and compassion, raising the question, does community positively influence immunity?

Maja Ardal has been working in theatre for forty-five years. She is a director, playwright, actor, and theatre trainer. Some of her plays include Midnight Sun, You Fancy Yourself (winner of the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance), and the sequel The Cure for Everything (nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding New Play). Maja was the artistic director of Young People’s Theatre from 1990-1998, and played Mrs. Potts on Road to Avonlea. She lives in Toronto.

“…Maja Ardal finds exactly the right tone. Her script is laced with droll humour and so much emotional intelligence that you connect deeply to the characters and Ardal’s pointed critique of the ways medical treatments use and abuse patients.” —Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine

“…an admirable portrayal of challenged, but not defeated, women who are loud, funny, sexy and imperfect.” —Carly Maga, The Toronto Star

“A wise, funny and thoughtful piece about a difficult subject.” —Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail

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