Foreword by :Daniel Brooks
Imprint:Playwrights Canada Press
Dimensions:7.62in x 5.12 x 0.25 in | 80 gr
Page Count:72 pages
Peter wants to set the record straight—on stage—about his life story since it was told unfairly in a family member’s memoir. A poignant look at how we manage our relationships with ourselves and others.
Peter is putting on a show. He’s a bit stressed. In the show, he will read from a manuscript. It’s a large manuscript, but don’t worry, he’s only going to read the parts about him, and there aren’t many. It’s a memoir written by someone who abandoned him twice—once as a baby and once when he was a young man of thirteen. This person has figured prominently in Peter’s life for over fifty years now, but judging by the memoir, he has not figured so much in theirs. So perhaps it’s going to be a very short show? Again, don’t worry, Peter has other skills which he will share. And if Peter can keep his cool, and if the people who work at the theatre can help him set everything up, and if the audience can just give him a little bit of their time and their attention and their silence, maybe he can tell everyone something about who we really are and who we are to others and who we might be to ourselves when we’re alone. And maybe that can make it all a little bit easier.
Daniel MacIvor is one of Canada’s most accomplished playwrights and performers. Winner of the prestigious Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize, the GLAAD Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and many others, Daniel’s plays have been met with acclaim throughout North America.
Daniel Brooks is one of Canada’s most accomplished theatre makers. As a writer, director, and performer he has collaborated with some of the country’s finest talents in producing a body of daring and original work. His many achievements include a series of monologues created with Daniel MacIvor, direction of work by John Mighton, Samuel Beckett, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Sophocles, Jorge Borges, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, and many creations including Insomnia, The Eco Show, The Good Life, The Noam Chomsky Lectures, Bigger Than Jesus, Pokey Jones, The Full Light of Day, and a series of plays created with Don McKellar and Tracy Wright (Augusta Company). His work has toured across Canada and around the world. He was co-artistic director of the Augusta Company, artistic director of Necessary Angel from 2003–2012, and an associate artist at Soulpepper Theatre. He was also a playwright-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre for seven years. He was recently the Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto. His many awards in the theatre include the Siminovitch Prize. He teaches regularly and has had a significant impact on theatre artists across Canada. He is currently writing Other People, a play about cancer, madness, theatre, and death.
“Profoundly unnerving, intriguing and affecting.”- José Teodoro, NOW Magazine
“Equally amusing and disturbing.”- Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail