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Fall 2016 - Talonbooks

The Envelope
By (author): Vittorio Rossi
9781772010312 Paperback , Trade English General/trade Dec 27, 2016
$18.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.32 in | 140 gr 144 pages Talonbooks
DRAMA / Canadian
This comedy-drama skewers the film world when a veteran playwright must decide between accepting government funds to turn his new play into a Canadian-made feature film with a multi-million dollar contract. Or accept an American producer’s offer of total artistic control but far less money. Will Moretti stand firm in his artistic and personal integrity? Or take the cash?

Vittorio Rossi: Born in Montreal in 1961, Italian-Canadian playwright Vittorio Rossi grew up in the district of Ville-Émard and graduated from Concordia University in 1985 with a BFA specializing in theater performance. In 1987 he was playwright-in-residence at Montreal’s prestigious Centaur Theatre, during which he completed his first full-length play, The Chain, which opened Centaur’s twentieth-anniversary season in October 1988. The show was then produced at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. From 1990–91 Rossi was writer-in-residence at Concordia University where he also taught playwriting.

Rossi has also written several screenplays and directed a film version of his play Little Blood Brother. In 2003 he taught screenwriting at the University of Sherbrooke. His talent extends to acting as well, with screen credits in both television (Urban Angel) and film (Le Sphinx, 1995; Canvas, 1992; Malarek, 1989).

Rossi has established himself as a significant playwright in the national theater community with his award-winning plays.

"Hard-hitting on the one hand, sweet as sugar on the other, The Envelope left the impression of a well-baked, enjoyable piece of Italian pastry." – Montreal Gazette

The Envelope makes us laugh, gasp, and cheer all throughout the play. Right up until the dramatic conclusion when Michael makes his lifechanging decision, there’s never a dull moment, and the clever storyline always keeps us guessing.”
—Gemma Cocomello, montrealites.ca

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