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Unholy
By (author): Diane Flacks
9780369100276 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Women Authors Toronto Sep 03, 2019
$17.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8.3 x 0.6 in 80 pages Duration: 100 minutes FSC certified – mixed sources 0 Playwrights Canada Press

Should women abandon religion?

Four female panellists face off in a wild, whip-smart televised debate about the intersection of religion and misogyny. On one side, there’s Maryam, a progressive Muslim lawyer, and Yehudit, an Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader. The other has Liz, a lesbian antitheist pundit, and Margaret, an excommunicated nun. The debaters wrestle with themselves and with each other: Can you be a feminist and believe in religion? What can or can’t be forgiven? Why do we have faith to begin with? Between the arguments, each of the debaters return to a seminal and secret moment in their past that represents a crisis of faith, leading the debate to become more and more personally charged, until it climaxes in an epic battle, culminating in a possible leap of faith.

Unholy delves into the biblical struggles that tear us apart and makes us who we are. It's about having the courage to take the leap in life and into love. What is more holy than that?

Diane Flacks is a writer/actor. Her plays include Bear With Me, Random Acts, Myth Me, Waiting Room, By a Thread, Gravity Calling, and Theory of Relatives, as well as SIBS and Care with Richard Greenblatt. Diane also writes extensively for TV (among others: Working the Engels, Workin’ Moms, Baroness Von Sketch Show, and Kids in the Hall). She has been the national parenting columnist for CBC Radio, and a contributor to DNTO and Tapestry. She was a feature columnist for the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. She has performed comedy everywhere from New York's Town Hall to local bars to the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Her four solo shows have toured nationally and internationally. She is currently developing a one-person play called Guilt and a play about the Greek prophet Cassandra. In 2019 she will be playing Nathan in Nathan the Wise at Stratford.

“There is no hiding in Unholy—there’s bad, morally questionable, and worse. That’s what makes it so good.” —Madeleine Copp, Mooney on Theatre

“Necessary and timely. It is important in creating a dialogue for women to discuss how religion has created a world divided by beliefs, while at the same time, seeking a path towards reconnection.” —Heidy M., Hye’s Musings

Unholy is a remarkably funny and intellectually stimulating play about feminism, religion and tolerance and serves as a balm to all the hate-based discussion of these topics one encounters nowadays in all forms of media.” —Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

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