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Sextet
By (author): Morris Panych
9780889229853 Electronic book text, Reflowable, EPUB English General Trade DRAMA / Canadian Apr 14, 2016
$18.95 CAD
Active 160 pages Talonbooks
Music has long been considered beneficial in enhancing cognitive skills and some have even suggested that music constitutes its own category of brain function; that it is, in fact, a separate and distinct type of thought. As is sex, which can produce, aside from children, complete dysfunction, confused brain activity, and even, quite possibly, a compromised immune system, and certainly, in many cases, complete and utter memory loss – both before and after. It seems only natural, then, for playwright Morris Panych to put these two types of human experience together into one play. After all, both take practice.

This dark and steamy comedy explores the harmonies and dysfunctions of six sexually entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour. When a blizzard strands this sextet for an extra night, they have only their instruments, each other, and their secrets to keep them warm. Where will everyone sleep when everyone is sleeping with everyone else?

Cast of 4 men and 2 women.

Morris Panych is one of North America’s master playwrights. Sextet adds to the more than two dozen plays he has written, many of which have been translated and produced throughout the world. His plays have twice won the Governor General’s Award for Drama and he has won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award fourteen times for acting and directing. Panych has directed more than ninety theatre productions and been nominated six times for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award and three times for the Chalmers Award for his more than fifty acting roles in theatre, television, and film. Productions of Panych’s much-lauded Vigil, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Gordon, The Trespassers, and Lawrence and Holloman are being mounted throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in 2016.

“The best script Morris Panych has ever written.”
—Richard Ouzounian

Sextet is not just a wonderfully entertaining piece of theatre, it will make you think about love, sex, procreation, and music in ways you’ve never done before.”
Toronto Star

“These six stories play out side by side – six skinny rooms with thin doors and narrow beds, blurring into each other. It’s like a standard sex-farce set on fertility drugs.”
Globe and Mail

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