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New Albion
By (author): Dr. Dwayne Brenna
9781550506792 Electronic book text, EPUB English General Trade FICTION / Literary London Jul 22, 2016
$9.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 in 224 pages Coteau Books
New Albion follows the lives of the employees of the New Albion theatre in London, England, in 1850, through the journal entries of the stage manager, Emlyn Phillips. Fighting it’s own reputation - hindered by it’s location and "sketchy" (at best) audience, a police commissioner who demands "morally upstanding" plays, and a playwright so decrepit and addicted to laudanum that the actors of the New Albion are never sure what to expect, the troupe attempts to put on the best show possible, each and every night. The reader is introduced to the entire company of actors, all of whom have their own set of issues, but who consistently band together as a community and family in the face of every obstacle - and there are many. As the theatre encounters problem after problem, Phillips must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of his passion.

Dwayne Brenna has acted at the Stratford Festival and has appeared on television in various nationally and internationally broadcast programs including For the Record, Judge (CBC Toronto), The Great Electrical Revolution, and The Incredible Studio (Mind’s Eye). His movie credits include The Wars, Painted Angels, Black Light, and The Impossible Elephant. A series of character-based vignettes called The Adventures of Eddie Gustafson, written and performed by Brenna, had a five-year run on CBC Radio.

An active researcher and writer, he is the author of several books, including Scenes From Canadian Plays (Fifth House), Eddie Gustafson’s Guide to Christmas (Coteau Books), and Emry’s Dream: Greystone Theatre in Words and Photographs (Thistledown). Our Kind of Work: the Glory Days and Difficult Times of 25th Street Theatre was published by Thistledown in 2011. His two books of poetry, Stealing Home and Give My Love to Rose were published by Hagios Press in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Brenna has been shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards on several occasions. He has contributed articles on theatre to The Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Notebook, The Dictionary of National Biography, The Routledge Who’s Who of Word Theatre and the Czech journal Theatralia. 

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