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In Absentia
By (author): Morris Panych
9780889227026 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Canadian Oct 15, 2012
$17.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.65 in 128 pages Talonbooks
Four seasons after her husband’s disappearance, Colette remains emotionally motionless, isolated in a country cottage, waiting for word, or perhaps even more significantly, a connection. A young stranger in a jean jacket waves to her from the frozen lake—a sign? She emerges to give him her husband’s parka—strangely, the boy has a likeness to Tom. A moving story of vanished love enlivened by Panych’s trademark humour. Cast of two women and three men.

Morris Panych
Playwright, actor and director Morris Panych has been described as ?a man for all seasons in Canadian theatre.” He has appeared in over 50 theatre productions and in numerous television and film roles. He has directed over 30 theatre productions and written over 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 9th among the ten best selling plays in Canada, outselling the Coles version of Romeo & Juliet.

“This mystery story is a powerful meditation on the nature of lost love and grief, depicting a woman whose dire circumstances force her into deep contemplation of her marriage.”
– McGill Daily

“As heavy as it sounds and affecting as it is, [the play] has an uplifting vibrancy coming from an embracing narrative … While the story deals with profound loss, it’s much more about the redemptive power of love than the difficult process of grief.”
– Sacramento Bee

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