Imprint:Playwrights Canada Press
Dimensions:8.38in x 5.37 x 0.25 in | 140 gr
Page Count:112 pages
Set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community, this gospel-infused tale explores the complex relationship between two brothers strained over twenty years of secrecy, deception, and dishonour.
Set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community, The Bridge explores the complex relationship between two brothers strained over twenty years of secrecy, deception, and dishonour. Secrets are revealed one by one from the brothers themselves, as well as a trio of community gossips who provide the musical backdrop for this gospel-infused tale. A story of a family torn apart by betrayal, The Bridge invites us to consider the roads we choose in life, and to wonder whether we can ever cross back over the bridges we burn along the way.
Shauntay Grant is a Canadian playwright, poet, performance artist, and children's author. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Dalhousie University, and former poet laureate for the City of Halifax. Her work examines Black Nova Scotian and African diasporic history and folk culture, as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. Grant’s other honours include a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Robert Merritt Award from Theatre Nova Scotia, a Best Atlantic Published Book Prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award from the Canadian Children's Book Centre for Africville (Groundwood Books).
“Innovative and riveting . . . a brilliant dramatic text, incorporating song, naturalistic and unique dialect, thorough knowledge of the Bible, which is a key theme in the play, and a rare theatrical playfulness.”- Judith Thompson, award-winning playwright of The Crackwalker and Lion in the Streets
“Formally inventive—a choreo-poem, layered in the biblical and the vernacular; in simultaneity and multiplicity.”- Dionne Brand, award-winning poet and novelist, author of The Blue Clerk and Theory
“The Bridge already feels like it should be a classic of the Canadian theatre canon . . . The intricate way this story is woven is unique and artful, and its layers create a resonant and powerfully emotional experience.”- Amanda "Equality" Campbell, TWISI: The Way I See It Theatre Blog
“The Bridge succeeds because it appeals to all the wonderful and inescapable facets of the human condition. For all of the trespasses, tests, and tribulations thrown our way, it is ultimately our decision of how we choose to react and respond.”- Carey Bray, Halifax Bloggers