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Playwrights Canada Press Fall 2021

By (author): Amy Rutherford
Amy Rutherford


Playwrights Canada Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jan 11, 2022
$18.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.4 x 0.3 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

128 pages


115 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Women Authors
Carol Bolt Award 2019, Winner
  • Short Description

When a woman runs into her former abuser, she evokes her adolescent self in an attempt to understand how and why things happened as they did.

A woman runs into her former abuser and is surprised by the power he still holds over her. In an attempt to uncover the truth of what really happened between them, she recalls her adolescent self: a synchronized swimmer struggling to make sense of the world around her. Humorous and dark, Mortified explores sex, shame, and transformation and how we reckon with the traumatic experiences that have shaped us.

  • Premiered in November 2018 at Studio 58 in association with Touchstone Theatre in Vancouver.
  • Mortified is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.
  • Amy was inspired to write this after finding old diaries from when she was a teenager.

Amy Rutherford is a Canadian playwright and actress who has worked for twenty years in TV, film, and theatre with some of the country’s leading artists. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory, Amy has co-written several plays, including The Public Servant and Out of the Woods. She currently divides her time between Toronto and Vancouver with her partner Jonathon Young.

“Taking on the suffocating feeling of a young woman dealing with sexual assault and trauma, Mortified does so with grace and humour. It is a beautiful and memorable piece of theatre that will not be easily forgotten.”

- Katie Gartlan-Close, Vancouver Presents

Mortified feels whole and perfect in the same way that a body can feel whole and perfect: it’s just that organic, sensual—and complicated.”

- Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

“The very fearlessness of Mortified is the biggest strength in a play that has many.”

- Janet Smith, Georgia Straight

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